Figurative publics: Crowds, protest, and democratic anxieties

As Nusrat S. Chowdhury writes in her introductory essay, “In this forum of The Immanent Frame, the contributors tackle the dual questions of the political and the popular. They focus on what Jason Frank terms ‘popular visualizations’ to recognize the cultural-political labor of imagination and representation. From their respective geographic and analytical locations, they inaugurate a conversation around the purchase and pitfalls of investing our collective political hopes and anxieties in the manifold figurations of the people as the crowd, the mob, the migrant, or the minority.”

Many thanks to Nusrat Chowdhury for cocurating this forum with editor Mona Oraby.