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Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, and Ingrid Ryberg

be used at all in some contexts. In Butler’s (2016:  25) words, undoing the binary between vulnerability and resistance is a feminist task, but ‘vulnerability cannot be the basis of group identification without strengthening paternalistic power’. She further critiques human rights discourse and legal regimes for ignoring ‘modes of political agency and resistance within so-​called vulnerable populations’, seeing them instead as in need of institutional or state protection and advocacy (Butler, 2016:  24–​5). On the other hand, feminist scholars such as Alyson Cole

in The power of vulnerability
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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.

Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Ingrid Ryberg

to reproductive rights (Cohen, 2005; Cooper and Waldby, 2008; 2014). Recent scholarship argues that reproduction is increasingly perceived as a marker of citizenship by providing the ground for social participation and claims to social resources (Turner, 2001; 2008:  46). In this context, reproductive rights, which are enshrined in the UN declaration of human rights, can be interpreted as having a child being a human right (Turner, 2008: 52). In China Girl, such an understanding of reproductive rights as human rights is explicitly expressed by the couple Felicity

in The power of vulnerability
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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990
Michael Parker

decriminalise homosexual acts between adults. Although Norris’s bid to liberalise Irish law was rejected in the Irish Supreme Court, five years later the European Court of Human Rights declared that such law breached his and other gay men’s ‘human rights and fundamental freedoms’. In what turned out to be one further setback for those seeking change in Ireland, a plan by Garret Fitzgerald’s Fine Gael administration to reverse the 1937 Constitution’s ban on divorce suffered a heavy defeat in June 1986, again as a result of the ability of traditionalist forces to mobilise

in Irish literature since 1990
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Convergence, emergence and divergence
Simon Parry

not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. (Paralympic Games 2012) A golden, smoking orrery inscribed with ‘human rights for all’ descends into a giant umbrella that erupts with pyrotechnics. Dancers hold umbrellas that change colour under the lights. They spread out from the centre and move into a dance sequence to Rihanna’s hit song Umbrella. Aerial performers spin over their heads and street dancers from Flawless perform acrobatic moves on stage beneath a giant model moon. The Paralympic

in Science in performance
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Petitions, politics, and the African Christian converts of the nineteenth century
Hlonipha Mokoena

of Orality, Literacy, Illiteracy and History in Southern Africa’, South African Historical Journal , 31 (1994), 3–27; and Vivian Bickford-Smith, ‘Words, Wars and World Views: The Coming of Literacy and Books to Southern Africa’, Bulletin du Bibliophile , 1 (2003), 9–22. 4 There is obviously a bias here towards what may be called ‘modern’ ideas, meaning ideas that shaped and saturated Africa as a consequence of European contact. This is not to deny or ignore the presence of ‘pre-modern’ ideas about liberalism or human rights. For this latter discussion, see, e

in Worlding the south
Martine Pelletier

Brown explains: ‘From 39 persons applying for refugee status in 1992 those seeking such status rose to 7,724 in 1999. Forbidden to work, subsisting on small state handouts, often forced to wait years before their cases could be heard, asylum seekers in the 1990s faced hostility in the popular press as they were branded as “fake” applicants’.14 Shortly before Asylum! Asylum! was produced, O’Kelly translated his own commitment to the defence of human rights by setting up Calypso Productions with playwright Kenneth Glenaan. Its mission statement reads: Calypso’s mission

in Irish literature since 1990
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Syrian displacement and care in contemporary Beirut
Ella Parry- Davies

UNHCR was suspended as per instructions from the Government of Lebanon on 6 May 2015 (at which point the number registered reached over a million), so this data does not include unregistered individuals, estimated to raise the total number to 1.5 million (Human Rights Watch, 2017 ). On the Lebanese government’s response, see el Mufti ( 2014 ). 4 The Beqaa region has received more UNHCR-registered refugees from the Syrian conflict than any other area of Lebanon (at the time of writing, 35.9 per cent as opposed to 26.3 per cent in Beirut), and there are currently

in Performing care
The paradoxes of sustainability and Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island
Hannes Bergthaller

the commentaries added to the latter, 2,000 years into a post-apocalyptic future, by his cloned descendants Daniels 24 and 25. Daniel1 is a French comedy star who has made a fortune with anti-human rights, anti-family, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, misogynist and generally offensive television shows (tellingly, one of his productions is called ‘100% hateful’; Houellebecq 2006: 45).1 His story opens at the end of his thirties. Having grown tired even of his own disgust and with his sexual life in decline, he meets Isabelle, editor of the girls’ magazine Lolita. They

in Literature and sustainability
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Gill Rye and Michael Worton

deals with sexual activity that deviates radically from its norms. The police came into possession of videotapes of a group of gay men who engaged in sadomasochistic sex. This involved hitting the penis with a ruler, caning and dripping hot wax on the genitals, all of which are activities not normally associated with gay sex. However, crucially, all were consenting adults. Fifteen of the men were given criminal convictions, five of these being prison sentences. They appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which, in , upheld the convictions on the grounds

in Women’s writing in contemporary France