Cultural Agents Reloaded: The Legacy
of Antanas Mockus
Cultural Agents Reloaded: The Legacy of Antanas Mockus systematically reflects on the practices and legacy of one exceptional cultural agent Antanas Mockus. His accomplishments as twice mayor of Bogotá, Colombia bear witness to the potential of creative, symbolic practices as a trigger for social change. His failures, in turn, demonstrate what happens when cultural agency and epistemic legitimacy take divergent paths.
Mockus’s example motivates us to further revise and sharpen our understanding of what cultural agency is in the present day, bringing into focus some of the most formidable challenges that public humanities face when they travel South and struggle to become genuinely global.