IMAG-E-NATION the political & philosophical arts initiative blog

(re)imagining the political and philosophical in the 21st century

The Political & Philosophical Arts Initiative is interested in the ways in which people interact with and compose political and philosophical ideas and actions through the various, diverse media of technology and the arts. Participants in PAI seek to explore the ways in which poetry, literature, music, photography, performance and other creative arts interleave with the political and philosophical life, either as vehicles for criticism, elaboration, theorization, intervention or activism.
The Imag-e-nation blog is a forum for interested parties to share stories, images or other contributions. Contributors range from students and faculty to artists and musicians to professional and casual commentators. Pieces can be short opinions, re-postings of appropriate materials, or original compositions. In addition, the PAI at LUC will make a selection of relevant or provocative news items each week for (re)publication here.


Homosexual propaganda

'Homosexual propaganda' is the term the Russian government used recently to refer to any printed matter or media that they considered gay-related. In an attempt to gain in influence by appealing to conservatives, LGBT 'propaganda' was banned. This idea of the LGBT community as a kind of dark regime, spreading its tempting propaganda to lure in innocents, made me wonder what actual 'homosexual propaganda' might look like: politically correct, critical propaganda...?

Images 2 and 3 of this column are on the Graphic Column page.

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Prostitutes and Policy

We generally feel protected and respected by our political systems and our voices within them. These systems should not be liable to discrimination or lapse in judgment the way individual people can be – but, being governed by people, this is still often the case. One example of this is the way policy on prostitution is decided: based on the legislators' ideas about sexual morality, with little regard for the quality of life of the prostitutes involved.

Check our Graphic Column page to see all 3 images of this 'Prostitutes and Policy' column.




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