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Module Reading List

Arts and Activism, 2021/22, Semester 2
Prof. Alice O'Grady
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Abad-Santos, A. 2018. ‘How LGBTQ Pride Month became a branded holiday’, Vox, 25/06. Available at

Alexander, A. and Stimson, B. 2011.’What is institutional critique?”’, pp.21-41, in Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings. MIT Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Bain, A. McLean, H. 2013. ‘The artistic precariat’, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6, 93–111. DOI:10.1093/cjres/rss020

Borchi, A. 2018. ‘Culture as commons: theoretical challenges and empirical evidence from occupied cultural spaces in Italy’, Cultural Trends, Volume 27, Issue 1, 33 – 45. DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2018.1415410 Contemporary Justice Review, 2015

Boyd, A. 2016. Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, London: New York, OR Books. Key text.  

Bruce, C. 2014. ‘The Balaclava as Affect Generator: Free Pussy Riot Protests and Transnational Iconicity’, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12:1, 42-62. Available at

Butler, J. Athanasiou, A. 2013. Dispossession: the performative in the political, Cambridge, Polity Press. Key text.  

Carter, D. 2010. Chapter 12,’Seizing the moment’, pp. 209-221, in Stonewall: the riots that sparked the gay revolution, New York, St. Martin's Press OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 19/02/2020)   

Chave, A.C. 2011. ‘The Guerrilla Girls' Reckoning’, Art Journal, 70:2, 102-111, DOI: 10.1080/00043249.2011.10791004.

Cuffman, T. 2015. ‘Idle musical community: Dischord Records and anarchic DIY practice’, Contemporary Justice Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, 4–21,

Demo, A.T.  2010. ‘The Guerrilla Girls' Comic Politics of Subversion’, Women’s Studies in Communication, 23:2, 133-156.Available at:

Doherty, C., Eeg-Tverbakk, P., Fite-Wassilak, C., Lucchetti, M., Malm, M., & Zimberg, A. (2015). Out of time, out of place : public art (now) . Art Books Publishing Ltd, in association with Situations, Public Art Agency Sweden and the European Network of Public Art Producers.

Dudouet, V. 2017. ‘Powering to Peace: Integrated Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding Strategies’, ICNC Special Report Series, vol. 1. Available at

Duhamel, P. 2004. The Dilemma Demonstration: Using nonviolent civil disobedience to put the government between a rock and a hard place, New Tactics Project of the Center for Victims of Torture. Available at

Engler, M and Engler, P. 2016. ‘Chapter 8: The Dividers’ in This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. New York: Nation Books Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Evans, M. 2015 Artwash, London: Pluto Press.

Evans, M. 2015. Chapter 3, “Capital and Culture”, pp. 41-68, Artwash, London: Pluto Press.    

Forsgren, L. (2015). “Set Your Blackness Free”: Barbara Ann Teer’s Art and Activism during the Black Arts Movement.  Frontiers (Boulder)36(1), 136–159.

Greenberger, A. 2019. ‘”Really a Time of Reckoning”: Activist Group Art Space Sanctuary Protests MoMA and Trustee Larry Fink’, Artnews, 15 March. Available at:

Helvey, R. (2004) ‘Pillars of Support’, On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking about the Fundamentals. Boston: Albert Einstein Institution, pp. 9-18 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 19/02/2020) .  

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. 2011. Civil Resistance: A First Look (booklet). Available at

Khomami, N. 2016. ‘BP to end Tate sponsorship after 26 years’, The Guardian, 11/03. Available at

Lakey, G. 2019. ‘What We Can Learn from the LGBTQ Movement’s 50 Years of Achievement’, Waging Nonviolence, June 20 2019. Available at

Liberate Tate. 2015. ‘Confronting the Institution in Performance: Liberate Tate’s Hidden Figures’, Performance Research, 20:4, 78-84. Available at

Martin, B. 2012. ‘Backfire Basics’, available at:

Martin, Brian and David Hess. "Repression, Backfire, and the Theory of Transformative Events." Mobilization 11, No. 1, (June 2006): 249-267.    

Maultsby, O. (2018). Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection. In Black Lives Matter and Music. Indiana University Press.

McAllister, P. 1988. ‘You Can’t Kill the Spirit: Women and Nonviolent Action’ (article), In You Can't Kill the Spirit, New Society Publishers. Available at:

McNamara, C. 2019. ‘How LGBTQ People are Resisting Bolsanaro’s Brazil through Art’, The Conversation, May 2 2019. Available at

Memou, A. (2018), ‘Arts, activism and the Tate’, Third Text, Vol.31, 5/6, 619-631. Available at:

Minamore, B. (2018). ‘Slaver! Invader! The tour guide who tells the ugly truth about museum portraits’, The Guardian, 24/04. Available at:

Nichols, D.A. 2018. The art of protest (TedX talk). Available at

Pawlak, J. Sinha-Roy, P. 2012. ‘Russian punk band verdict draws criticism around globe’, Reuters. Available at:

Popovic, S. et al (2007), ‘Pillars of Support’ in Centre for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies, Canvas Core Curriculum: A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, trans. Giorgi Meladze. Available at

Popovic, S. Milivojevic, A. Djinovic, S. 2006. Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points, Belgrade, Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).  

Practice of Serious Play. London: Routledge   

Ryan, H.E. 2014. Affect's Effects: Considering Art-activism and the 2001 Crisis in Argentina. Social Movement Studies, 14(1), pp. 42-57. doi: 10.1080/14742837.2014.944893

Sharp, G (1973), ‘198 Methods of Nonviolent Action’, Boston: The Albert Einstein Institute. Available from

Sharp, G. (1990), The Role of Power in Nonviolent Struggle, Boston, The Albert Einstein Institute. Available at

Sharp, G. 1973. Correcting Common Misconceptions about Nonviolent Action, Boston, The Albert Einstein Institute. Available at

Sorensen, M. and Martin, B. (2014). ‘The dilemma action: analysis of an activist technique’. Peace and Change: a journal of peace research, 39 (1), 73-100. Available at

Stephan, M.J. Chenoweth, E. 2008. ‘Why Civil Resistance Works’, International Security, 33:1, 7-44. Available at

Sutton, Jonathan, Charles R Butcher, and Isak Svensson. "Explaining political jiu-jitsu: Institution- building and the outcomes of regime violence against unarmed protests." Journal of Peace Research, 2014. Available at:

Whitney, E. ‘Capitalizing on Camp: Greed and the Queer Marketplace’, Text and Performance Quarterly, 26:1, 36-46. Available at

 Further reading

Basil, Roger, et al. 2018. Protest : the aesthetics of resistance, Zurich : Lars Müller Publishers

Day, Amber. 2017. DIY utopia : cultural imagination and the remaking of the possibleLanham, Maryland : Lexington Book

Gilbert, J. 2008. Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular PoliticsOxford: Berg. 

Kester, Grant H. 1998. Art, activism, and oppositionality : essays from AfterimageDurham N.C. : Duke University Press

Message, Kylie. 2014. Museums and social activism : engaged protestAbingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge.

McKee, Yates. 2016. Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition, London, Verso Books.

Peddie, Ian. 2006. The resisting muse : popular music and social protestAldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate

Reilly, Maura. 2018. Curatorial activism : towards an ethics of curating, London : Thames & Hudson.

Ryan, Holly E. 2016. Political Street Art: Communication, culture and resistance in Latin AmericaRoutledge

Shalson, Lara. 2017. Theatre & Protest. London : Palgrave : Macmillan Education

Vlavo, Fidèle A. 2018. Performing digital activism : new aesthetics and discourses of resistanceNew York, NY : Routledge



This list was last updated on 27/08/2021