[csaa-forum] New book: Iconoclastic Controversies: A photographic inquiry into antagonistic nationalism

carpentier nico nico.carpentier at fsv.cuni.cz
Mon Jul 19 20:56:33 ACST 2021

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New book

Iconoclastic Controversies:
A photographic inquiry into antagonistic nationalism
By Nico Carpentier

ISBN 9781789384550
Paperback: 220 x 220 mm
166 pages
GBP 30.00

This book combines photography and written text to analyse the role of 
memorials and commemoration sites in the construction of antagonistic 
nationalism. Taking Cypriot memorializations as a case study, it shows 
how these memorials often support, but sometimes also undermine, the 
discursive-material assemblage of nationalism.


The Iconoclastic Controversies project is a research project with 
multiple aims and focal points. First, as a research project, 
Iconoclastic Controversies enquires into the relationship of memorials 
and commemoration sites with antagonistic nationalism. The second aim of 
Iconoclastic Controversies is to contribute to the more general 
discussions about the relationship between the discursive and the 
material, as theorized in an earlier publication, the 
Discursive-Material Knot (Carpentier, 2017). The third aim of the 
Iconoclastic Controversies project is to bring a more critical and 
interventionist approach to the analysis, by deconstructing and 
de-naturalizing the Greek Cypriot hegemonic antagonistic nationalist 
discourse, and the material support that is provided by the majority of 
the memorials and commemoration sites in the south of Cyprus. Finally, 
the Iconoclastic Controversies research project also aims to rethink the 
ways that academics communicate their research outcomes, moving away 
from an exclusive emphasis on the written text. Moreover, the research 
project demonstrates how academic communicational practices —written and 
non-written— are not outside knowledge production processes, and cannot 
be confined to a second, disconnected stage. In contrast, academic 
communicational practices can be seen to form an integrated part of 
knowledge production.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Iconoclastic Controversies

Chapter 2: Communicating Academic Knowledge beyond the Written Academic Text

Chapter 3: On Antagonism and Nationalism – A Discursive- Material Re- 

Chapter 4: The Discourses and Materialities of Cypriot Antagonistic 

Chapter 5: The Iconoclastic Controversies Photographs

Chapter 6: The Reception of the Two Cypriot Exhibitions
(with Vaia Doudaki, Yiannis Christidis and Fatma Nazli Köksal)

Chapter 7: The Interviews

Nico Carpentier is Extraordinary Professor at Charles University 
(Prague, Czech Republic) and President of the International Association 
for Media and Communication Research (2020-2023). He also holds a 
part-time position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free 
University of Brussels, Belgium), as Associate Professor. Moreover, he 
is a Research Fellow at Loughborough University. His previous monograph 
was The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media 
Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York). Recent (co-)edited volumes 
are: Cyprus and its Conflicts. Representations, Materialities, and 
Cultures (2018, co-edited), Critical Perspectives on Media, Power and 
Change (2018, co-edited), Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of 
Participation and Democracy (2019, edited), Communication and Discourse 
Theory (2019, co-edited) and Communication as the Intersection of the 
Old and the New (2019, co-edited). See http://nicocarpentier.net/


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