Performing Democracy (Questions 3 and 6)

What does it mean to protest through literature or with cultural forms? How are these forms of performing democracy? Literature and other forms of free expression have the power to unveil injustice, tell stories of heritage, suffering, and abuse. They can attempt to counter dehumanization, preserve memory, and empower those who have been oppressed and ... [Read more...]

Questions 2 & 5

2. “The journey of a researcher” does not follow a simple path. Select a quote from the preface or introduction, which considers the author’s journey, starting questions, or identification. Explain why the quote is significant.             “Locating these stories in historical venues, I analyze how circulating forms, integrating creative media in blogs, plays, songs, and ... [Read more...]

Questions 3 & &

What does it mean to protest through literature or with cultural forms? How are these forms of performing democracy? To protest though literature or cultural forms means to have power over one's story.  Rather than participating in potentially destructive acts of violent protest, acts that can often be misinterpreted or reframed, protesting through cultural forms ... [Read more...]

Performing Democracy-Intro

What can you infer about sacred spaces, after reading the introduction? Sacred spaces are formed in communities when people share similar experiences and challenges despite having different religious or ethnic background. We all have multiple identities. I am Asian and American. I am a student and an employee. I am Christian but more specifically Catholic. A sacred ... [Read more...]

Blog Entry #1: Question 2 and 7: Jamie Hansen

Question 2: “The journey of a researcher” does not follow a simple path. Select a quote from the preface or introduction, which considers the author’s journey, starting questions, or identification. Explain why the quote is significant. Chosen quote: "Given the closed borders of war, my work has continued in cultural studies, in witnessing forums with refugees, ... [Read more...]

Questions 2 & 7

7) What are the images after 9-11? After the famous attack on the twin towers that instilled fear in all of America, many had a thirst for revenge.  The terror once obtained, became anger and hatred-- two emotions that easily obscure ones judgement of right and wrong.  What resulted was a classic case of stereotyping; ... [Read more...]

Questions 5 and 2 - Morgan Glascock

5. What can you infer about sacred spaces, after reading the introduction? "While Western media spotlight the protest, rightly claiming the importance of political voicing, the swinging lens from political spring to winter ignores creative resistant and simplifies history- with its ebb and flow of traumatic experiences and economic challenges-which carves sacred spaces into communities." ... [Read more...]

Questions 4 and 3

Question 4: Page xv-xvi How do the women on this page “perform democratic desire with diverse claims?” These women protested against the oppression they or their community felt using the democratic ideal of freedom of speech. They each used different means of demonstrating their frustrations, such as posing for a photograph wrapped in a flag, or ... [Read more...]

Healing and Action Through Creative Means

What does it mean to protest through literature or with cultural forms? How are these forms of performing democracy? Unlike the protests that receive most Western media attention, protests through creative media resist generalizations of public identity and articulate complex experiences and backgrounds that shape democratic desire. Outlets like blogs, theater, poetry, and music give ... [Read more...]

Questions 1 & 3

#1: Preface: What stories had been “largely forgotten” by the western press, in this example? How do the highlights of the western press influence a sense of global memory/forgetting? The stories that have been “largely forgotten” by the western press are the stories that many in the west deem “insignificant”. Daily occurrences in the Middle ... [Read more...]