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Contact zones: activism, art and media in Italy, 1994-2006

Funding: 2005: $72,000
2006: $60,000
2007: $95,000

Project Member(s): Vanni Accarigi, I.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2005

Summary: The last decade in Italy has seen the proliferation of innovative activist practices resulting from a productive traffic between political theory with art and media. Merging with activism, art and media practices take a dynamic role in the promotion of social change while simultaneously providing a critical commentary to social and political issues in contemporary Italy. This research, which will result in a book length study, will be the first to explore the emergence of contact zones in these practices.


Vanni Accarigi, I 2020, Precarious Objects. Activism and Design in Italy, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

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Vanni Accarigi, I 2016, '“Why Save the World When You can Design It?” Precarity and Fashion in Milan', Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 441-460.
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Crosby, AL 2013, 'Remixing environmentalism in Blora, Central Java 2005-10', International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 257-269.
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Keywords: Italy, Social change, Activism, Contemporary art, Media, Politics,

FOR Codes: Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified, Cultural Theory, Social Change, Understanding other countries, Visual communication, Studies in human society, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, International Relations not elsewhere classified