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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

Cardboard publishers in Latin America
Lucy Bell

the cartonera movement is one in which social, environmental and economic factors are intermeshed, it renders problematic the concept of sustainability as three distinct ‘pillars’. The ‘three pillars’ – suggesting solid, separate columns supporting a larger structure – were promoted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The logic of the model can be seen in the structure of Agenda 21, the action plan that resulted from the summit (United Nations 1992), which is divided into two sections: the first, ‘Social and Economic Dimensions’, deals with issues such as reducing

in Literature and sustainability
The sense of an ending in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods
Adeline Johns-Putra

. In analysing Winterson’s novel, I suggest that the result – the novel’s case for its own unsustainability – is borne out by its dénouement. Sustainability, plural A large part of the problem with defining sustainability is that it is often put to uses for which it was not intended, namely, uses beyond questions of economic utility and corporate accountability. Its short name of ‘sustainability’ means that one often forgets that its introduction into the mainstream of public thinking was as ‘sustainable development’. When the United Nations World Commission on the

in Literature and sustainability
On last animals and future bison
Joshua Schuster

population numbers would be seen as a triumph. Human sustainability is pitched at the level of the whole planet, while for most animals sustainability has shrunk to a very small area of historical habitat range. Sustainability for humans may mean limiting economic growth, while for most animals it means finding some way to stave off complete elimination. The language of sustainability, beginning in its early adoption in the United Nations Brundtland Report, Our Common Future (1987), loudly tied anthropocentricism to developmentalism: ‘Humanity has the ability to make

in Literature and sustainability
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Elleke Boehmer

Histories (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994); but also Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World – A Derivative Discourse? (London: Zed Press, 1986). 22 Amilcar Cabral, ‘Second address before the United Nations’, Return to the Source (New York and London: Monthly Review Press, 1973), p. 19. 23 Cabral, ‘Connecting the struggles: an informal talk with Black Americans’, Return to the Source, pp. 85–6. For an alternative reading of this passage, see Laura Chrisman, ‘Nationalism and postcolonial studies’, in Neil Lazarus (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to

in Stories of women
Theorising the en-gendered nation
Elleke Boehmer

unshackling of the colonised world by way of nationalism has tended to date to preclude a corresponding full emancipation for most women, including those of the middle class. In the iconographies of nation-states there have conventionally been few positive roles on offer to women that are not stereotypes and/or connected in some way to women’s biological capacity for mothering. As regards women’s day-to-day reality the situation is even bleaker. Notwithstanding the achievement of family and work rights by some women, as for example in Cuba, notwithstanding United Nations

in Stories of women
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Convergence, emergence and divergence
Simon Parry

report though. There is little significant reference to climate sciences or technologies of artificial intelligence and cognitive enhancement. These emerged as issues of widespread public concern in the 1990s. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed in 1992 and the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. The IBM computer Deep Blue famously beat the chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov in a six-game match in 1996. Despite the proportions of the global pandemic, in a decade during which new infections peaked at approaching 3.5 million and global deaths were still

in Science in performance
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Ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality
Kate Rigby

: Springer-Verlag. Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council 2013. ‘An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development: Report for the UN Secretary-General’, 6 June. http://unsdsn.org/resources/publications/an-action-agenda-forsustainable-development/. Accessed 15 February 2017. Uexküll, Jakob von 2010. A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Men, with a Theory of Meaning [1934]. Trans. Joseph D. O’Neill, intro. Dorion Sagan, Deep sustainability 75 afterword Geoffrey Winthrop-Young. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. United Nations General

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