How Did Left-Wing Print Culture Experiment with Capitalism?
Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Gábor Dobó, moderated by ECEC co-directors Aleksandar Bošković and Christopher Caes.
Through the study of hitherto largely unexplored primary sources, including avant-garde periodicals and leaflets, editorial material, secret police accounts, Comintern documents, and annotated pages of avant-garde and labor movement publications, this lecture investigates how the avant-garde radical imagination about capitalism resonated in the larger ecosystem of workers’ culture. It also explores the significant role of centers like New York City—a global hub of avant-garde periodicals, the heart of surging Fordist capitalism, and a battlefield for multi-ethnic organized workers, including a large number of Hungarian immigrants—played in the formation of a Hungarian-language counter-hegemonic public sphere.
Gábor Dobó, PhD, is a literary historian, researching periodicals of the avant-garde. Currently, he is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, and principal investigator of the OTKA FK-139325 research project. Hosted at the Kassák Museum, Budapest, the objective of this undertaking is to produce the digital critical edition of the correspondence of avant-garde artists Lajos Kassák and Jolán Simon. He is a committee member of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit). Previously, he studied at universities in Budapest, Florence, and Angers.
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