Elzbieta Matynia

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Professor of Liberal Studies and Sociology; director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, NSSR

An Invisible Bridge

Elzbieta Matynia is Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her research in the sociology of art and politics focuses on democratic transitions in Eastern Europe and beyond. Her recent books bring together the theater of politics, performance art, and citizens’.agency. An Uncanny Era (Yale University Press, 2015) presents post-revolutionary conversations between Europe’s most emblematic former dissidents: Czech playwright and president Václav Havel, and Polish political thinker Adam Michnik. Her Performative Democracy (Paradigm, 2009), explores a potential in political life that easily escapes theorists: the indigenously inspired enacting of democracy by citizens.

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