Marta Bashovski

Marta Bashovski

PhD, Political Science

R.B.J. Walker


I am a PhD candidate in Politics and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought. My dissertation research engages the problem of classification in thinking about contemporary protests. More specifically, I am interested in the way the modern categories through which we have come to understand dissent may or may not apply to global presents that are increasingly described as undergoing fundamental shifts or transformations. Thinking about the languages and categories used in discussing protests in the past 25 years, but especially from 2009-present (through the Occupy movement and the 2013 protests in Turkey and Bulgaria), I examine media commentaries, activist statements, oral histories, and scholarly texts. The aim is to consider ways in which many of these engagements simultaneously express an excitement around shifts in thinking and acting politically. At the same time, I suggest that some of these engagements also struggle with reproducing explanations that reflect well-worn, often universalizing, formulations of what both protest and politics may be. In troubling the problem of redefining forms of dissent, I draw on various theoretical, historical and sociological literatures (from Nandy to Foucault) that put into question the modes of thinking associated with European modernity.

More broadly, my research and teaching interests might be classified into the following categories: the history of political thought; the politics of history and (spatio)temporality; post/decolonial political thought; the politics of aesthetics and the aesthetics of politics; narrative and story telling; the politics of language; theories of resistance and dissent; critical methodologies and practices of critique; sovereignty; nationalism(s); the history and sociology of the social sciences; the politics of epistemology and epistemologies of resistance; and the applications and implications of all of the above to questions and theories of the international or the global. In light of this, I am currently engaged in the early stages of a project on the boundaries and limits of the aesthetics of international theory.