'Unpacking Europe is an exciting collection of scholarly essays and artists' projects which interrogate the historical and contemporary meanings of Europe. Examining the construction of "Europeanness", this volume focuses on the contradictions between homogenizing official narratives and everyday realities of urban life, where heterogeneity and hybridity have long been the living norms. The theme is timely, given the political climate in Europe, its shifting demographics, and the rising xenophobia and hardening of immigration policies.' - excerpt from back cover

Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Unpacking Europe', this volume is composed of two parts: Part one includes essays by scholars from around he world rethinking various philosophical, historical, and cultural facets of Europe. Part two focuses on the artists' projects and includes essays on each of the artists by art critics as well as images of artists' works.

Please note that only Asian artists are listed below. In Part 2, only articles related to these artists are listed.
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Part 1

Preface - Modern Europeans - Gilane TAWADROS

Introduction - Unpacking Europe - Salah M. HASSAN, Iftikhar DADI

Rethinking Europe Historically

Race, Class, and Gender in the Formation of the Aryan Model of Greek Origins - Martin BERNAL

Hegel and Haiti - Susan BUCK-MORSS

Foreigners, Germans, and German Foreigners: Constructions of National Identity in Early 20th Century Germany - Fatima EL-TAYEB

Eurocentricism and the Universal

Horror's Difference - Irit ROGOFF

Pretender to Universalism: Western Culture in a Globalizing Age - Ali A. MAZRUI

A Leftist Plea for 'Eurocentrism' - Slavoj ZIZEK

Whiteness, Imaginative Aporias and Possibilities

Re-imagining the Universal - Natalie MELAS

When Whiteness Feminizes ...: Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic - Rey CHOW

Provincializing and De-provincializing Europe

Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History - Dipesh CHAKRABARTY

Dislocation of the West and the Status of the Humanities - Naoki SAKAI, 酒井直樹

Infiltrating Europe: Outside the Borders of Postcolonial Cool - Rustom BHARUCHA

The Other Europe: Cultural Expressions

A Question of Place: Revisions, Reassessments, Diaspora - Okwui ENWEZOR

Against Between: A Manifesto - Leslie A. ADELSON

Transglobal Islamic Underground: Aki Nawaz, Natacha Atlas, Akhenaton - Ted SWEDENBURG

The Other Europe: Voyeuristically

Undressing Europa: Voyeuristically Through the Dark Corridor - Apinan POSHYANANDA, อภินันท์ โปษยานนท์

Belief in Europe - Jimmy DURHAM

Europe and Its Others - Fredric JAMESON

Part 2

Heri Dono: Colonialism and the Remaining Splinters - Martinus Dwi Marianto

Ni Haifeng: Laws of Inscription - Sebastian LOPEZ

Ken Lum: Some on Lum - Cornelia LAUF

Nalini Malani: Transgression - Johan PIJNAPPEL

Vivan Sundaram: Against the Grain - Deepak ANANTH

Nasrin Tabatabai: Leaving Room - Bartomeu MARI

Beate Terfloth: Project for Unpacking Europe - Beate TERFLOTH

Shi Yong: The Prescribed Image of Difference - Martina KOEPPEL-YANG, 楊天娜

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