Department of Social Anthropology

NEW BOOK: The Event of Charlie Hebdo: Imaginaries of Freedom and Control

Alessandro Zagato edits new book where all the chapters are written by project members from the project “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons”.

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“The January 2015 shooting at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the subsequent attacks that took place in the Île-de-France region were staggeringly violent events. They sparked an enormous discussion among citizens and intellectuals from around Europe and beyond. By analyzing the effects the attacks have had in various spheres of social life, including the political, ideology, collective imaginaries, the media, and education, this collection of essays aims to serve as a contribution as well as a critical response to that discussion. The volume observes that the events being attributed to Charlie Hebdo go beyond sensationalist reports of the mainstream media, transcend the spatial confines of nation states, and lend themselves to an ever-expanding number of mutating discursive formations.”


Introduction: The Event of Charlie Hebdo - Imaginaries of Freedom and Control
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen and Alessandro Zagato

  • The Barbariat and Democratic Tolerance
    Knut Rio
  • Charlie Hebdo: The West and the Sacred
    Axel Rudi
  • The Thoughtcrimes of an Eight-Year-Old
    Maria Dyveke Styve
  • Imaginaries of Violence and Surrogates for Politics
    Alessandro Zagato
  • Where Were You, Charlie? Contesting Voices of Political Activism in the Wake of a Tragedy
    Mari Hanssen Korsbrekke
  • Moral, All-Too Moral: Satire, Morality, and Charlie Hebdo
    Jacob Hjortsberg
  • On Blasphemy: The Paradoxes of Protecting and Mocking God
    Theodoros Rakopoulos

Afterword: When a Joke is Not a Joke? The Paradox of Egalitarianism
Bruce Kapferer