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A Politics of Space: The #DANS with me Protest Movement on the Stage of Post-Socialist Sofia
A Politics of Space: The #DANS with me Protest Movement on the Stage of Post-Socialist Sofia

Author(s): Nikolay Nikolov
Subject(s): Politics, Civil Society, Governance
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: #DANSwithme; power/knowledge; Foucault; Habermas; democracy; post-socialism; totalitarianism; Bulgaria; public sphere; politics; freedom; discourse

Summary/Abstract: #DANSwithme is the longest-lasting anti-government protest in the history of Bulgaria. Acting as a temporary intervention into the urban fabric of Sofi a, the protest was a battle for the access to truth in the public sphere. Through this battle, a particular discursive critique and practical critical ethos were developed, which were aimed at uncovering the overarching relations of power and dominant systems of truth hidden behind the regime of a façade democracy in Bulgaria. It is argued in this paper that #DANSwithme functioned as a specifi c kind of diagnosis of the present because it generated distinct battles for the access to truth both about the present through the past and about the present through the future.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 46
  • Page Range: 127-149
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: English