This book investigates the notion of silence as both an oppressing instrument and a powerful tool of resistance under the lenses and practices of cultural production. Taking a transdisciplinary and transcultural approach to the study of creative and cultural practices, the chapters ask how cultural production is dealing with surges of oppressive regimes, censorship, and fake news, and which cultural processes are implied in silencing as well in giving voice to, in erasing, and in producing small and grand narratives. The book reaches beyond dominant instrumental views of contemporary cultural practice to understand culture not only as an expedient to conduct social policy but also as a diagnostic tool and a vernacular space of giving voice to the many small narratives that make the world we live in. 

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Table of Contents


List of Figures
List of Contributors 

Telling a Story of Silence(s) in Three Parts
Luísa Santos

Part I: (Embodied) Silence and Memory

1. Un-Silencing Bodies, Un-Silencing Lives: Artistic (Self-)Decoloniality and Artistic (Self-)Empowerment
Ana Fabíola Maurício

2. The Sound of Silence in the Age of Man
Diana Gonçalves

3. Ecocritical Perspectives on Nuclear Silence: Listening Across Multiple Scales 
Hannah Klaubert

Part II: (Imposed) Silence and Identity

4. Burning Silence in the Country House: On Colonial Torchères at Betlér Manor
Rado Ištok

5. Queer Silences: Art, Sexuality and Acoustic Neuroma (The Art of Samak Kosem)
Vlad Strukov

6. Silence as a Weapon of Power Within the Context of the Portuguese Dictatorship
Irene Flunser Pimentel

7. [Inaudible]: The Politics of Silence in the Work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Gabrielle Goliath
Sven Christian

Part III: (Acts Of) Silence and Resistance
8. Undoing Language: Gender Dissent and The Disquiet of Silence
Athena Athanasiou

9. Rest as Resistance: From Self-Care to Decolonial Narratives 
Sofia Ana Elise Steinvorth

10. Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19 Pandemic: Addressing a Pervasive Public Health Issue Through an Upstream Multi-Systems Approach 
Nazilla Khanlou, Luz Maria Vazquez, and Soheila Pashang


11. On the Subject of Silence 
Tânia Ganito