15 May 2017

Cornelia Gräbner was awarded a fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for a research project on ‘Acquiescent Imaginaries: Snapshots from the Cultures of Low-Intensity Democracy.’ During the duration of the fellowship, which runs from 1st September 2017 until 31st December 2018, she will write a cultural analysis of acquiescent imaginaries as a constitutive feature of the cultures of contemporary ‘low-intensity democracies’ (Boaventura de Sousa Santos). Through close cultural analyses of three elements of acquiescent imaginaries – codes of silence, the normalization of violent transgressions by way of impunity, and the discreditation of anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and decolonial uprisings and alternatives to the status quo  – it traces the ways in which acquiescence is turned into a cultural feature of many contemporary societies, thus contributing to de-politicization and social de-sensitization. The analyses draw on a variety of materials, including investigative and literary journalism, public events and actions, and documentary material. Dr. Gräbner will be based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (http://asca.uva.nl/), the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies http://acgs.uva.nl/ and carry out research in Mexico in collaboration with the Academic Centre ‘Memory of Our América’ https://selser.uacm.edu.mx/ in Mexico City.