1. Research Library

      2. The Research Library is a continually expanding curated selection of exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, art theory, and cultural studies publications as well as works from theory, postcolonial studies, political history, geopolitics, and other fields. Together these materials seek to provide an overview of the key exhibitions, artists, theories, and discourses that made a significant contribution to charting the shifts in contemporary art and intellectual debates from 1989 till today. The physical Library is housed at BAK; an online version of it, complete with a short entry on each publication explaining why the book is relevant to FORMER WEST project research, can be accessed below. Please note that the selection of artist monographs and catalogs of solo exhibitions is not available online at this time. We are happy to receive suggestions for books to include in the Research Library. Please send an e-mail with the book title, publication data, and a short message to info@formerwest.org. If you would like to visit the physical library at BAK in Utrecht, please schedule an appointment (during visiting hours, Wednesday–Saturday 12.00–17.00 hrs, Sunday 13.00–17.00 hrs) by sending an e-mail to info@bak-utrecht.nl.
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      4. Categories:
        1. All
        2. Art History
        3. Art Theory
        4. Etc.
        5. Exhibitions (Group/Thematic)
        6. Globalization
        7. Post-Colonial Studies/Cultural Studies
        8. Political Science
        9. Political History/Geopolitics
        10. Theory
        Sort order:
        1. Title
        2. Year


        Envisioning Real UtopiasEric Olin WrightVerso2010POL


        The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity Wang HuiVerso2009POL
        Islams and ModernitiesAziz Al-AzmehVerso2009POL
        The Post-American World (2008)Fareed ZakariaNew York: Penguin2009POL


        America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11.The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on TerrorDerek Chollet and James GoldgeierWashington: PublicAffairs Books2008POL
        The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order Jeffrey Anderson, G. John Ikenberry, and Thomas RisseNew York: Cornell University Press2008POL
        The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (Crises in World Politics)Faisal DevjiLondon: Hurst & Co.2008POL


        A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005)David HarveyCambridge: Oxford University Press2007POL
        The European Union: A Very Short Introduction John PinderOxford University Press2007POL


        The End of History and the Last Man (1992)Francis FukuyamaLondon: Free Press2006POL
        Murder in Amsterdam. The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance Ian BurumaLondon: Atlantic Books2006POL


        Governing Europe: Discourse, Governmentality and European Integration William Walters and Jens Henrik HaahrRoutledge2005POL
        Global Civil Society: Contested Futures (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics)Gideon Baker and David ChandlerLondon: Routledge2005POL
        In the Space of Theory: Postfoundational Geographies of the Nation-State Matthew SparkeUniversity of Minnesota Press2005POL
        Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, ModernityFaisal DevjiLondon: Hurst & Co.2005POL
        One China, Many PathsChaohua Wang Verso2005POL
        Turkey Today: A European Country? Oliver Roy London: Anthem Press2005POL


        No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and Its Hidden Costs Andrew RossTemple University Press2004POL


        The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order (1996)Samuel HuntingtonLondon: Free Press2002POL


        Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self (1990)Nikolas RoseLondon: Free Association Books1999POL


        The Question of EuropePeter Gowan and Perry Anderson Verso1997POL


        What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next? (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History)Katherine VerderyPrinceton University Press1996POL