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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.

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Simon Parry

of the Arctic but also to stimulate a range of public responses to these representations. As such, it is an experiment in creating a cosmopolitical process. In some ways Cape Farewell seems to rehearse the Victorian voyages of adventure with their diverse and sometimes spectacular cultural outcomes. It is clearly an ambitious, costly and even hubristic enterprise that potentially lays itself open to charges of hypocrisy when considering its carbon, environmental or financial costs in relation to its apparently eco-political objectives. However, its relatively low

in Science in performance
Sustainability in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital trilogy
Chris Pak

Capital trilogy continues the inquiry into environmentalism, ecopolitics, and sustainability that his groundbreaking Mars trilogy engages. Considering the impact of the future on science, society and politics on Earth allows Robinson to reconnect many of the issues explored in that trilogy directly to the infrastructure – the lifesupport system – of Earth. The Science in the Capital trilogy imagines a future that gestures towards clean energies as a replacement for carbon capital as a foundation for a new economic system. The depiction in this sf narrative of an

in Literature and sustainability
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Ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality
Kate Rigby

: 75, 77), prior to any identification, without any expectation of reciprocity, and beyond any possible calculation of collective wellbeing. In practice, however, hospitality towards the ‘arrivant’ is inevitably always qualified by one’s other duties of care, as Derrida reminds us with the tale of the biblical patriarch, Lot, himself a non-native inhabitant of Sodom, who offered up his own virgin daughters in place of his angelic guests to the Sodomites who wished to ‘penetrate’ them. An ecopolitical analogue of this might be the actions of those legislatures that

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