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Book Talk. Cannibalizing the Canon
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Please join the East Central European Institute and the Harriman Institute for a book talk with Oliver A.I. Botar, Irina Denishenko, Gábor Dobó, and Merse Pál Szeredi, in conversation with Aleksandar Bošković and Meghan Forbes.

This rich, in-depth exploration of Dada’s roots in East-Central Europe is a vital addition to existing research on Dada and the avant-garde. Through deeply researched case studies and employing novel theoretical approaches, the volume rewrites the history of Dada as a story of cultural and political hybridity, border-crossings, transitions, and transgressions, across political, class and gender lines. Dismantling prevailing notions of Dada as a “Western” movement, the contributors to this volume present East-Central Europe as the locus of Dada activity and techniques. The articles explore how artists from the region pre-figured Dada as well as actively “cannibalized”, that is, reabsorbed and further hybridized, a range of avant-garde techniques, thus challenging “Western” cultural hegemony.

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