Aesthetic Objects and Citizenship

Roundtable: Discover how aesthetic objects connect us to citizenship in a roundtable with multi-disciplinary experts.

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Sjöfartsmuseet Akvariet

12:00 - 13:15, lör. 22 apr.



Aesthetic objects and citizenship are related in many ways. A flag, for example, can symbolise a certain political community and make the members feel connected. A national anthem will only materialise when it is sung, but would also trigger your memory, imagination, and emotion. Yellow vests or umbrellas can immediately tell the world that a mass of protesters is united and determined.

In what other ways are aesthetic objects linked with citizenship? How do they relate with the integration of new members to a certain political community, or with the imagination of an unrecognised state? How does this connection manifest in the public sphere? We will explore these questions in this cross-disciplinary roundtable.

This is part of a series of public events introducing the THINGSTIGATE research project. The project is funded by the European Research Council. For full program, go to


Andrea Spehar, Universitetslektor, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Göteborgs universitet;

Tintin Wulia, Dr, Centrum för Global Migration och HDK -Högskolan för design och konsthantverk, Göteborgs universitet;

Onkar Kular, Professor , HDK, Göteborgs universitet
Kaya Barry, Senior Lecturer / Universitetslektor, Griffith Centre for Social Cultural Research / Griffith Centrum för social kulturforskning, Griffith University (AU) / Griffith Universitet (AU);

Bart Klem, Senior Lecturer / Universitetslektor, School of Global Studies / Institutionen för globala studier, University of Gothenburg / Göteborgs Universitet


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