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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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Precedents to sustainability in nineteenth-century literature and culture
John Parham

, remained in the cultural background until the late twentieth century, Grober suggests that the practical connotations raised by the Romantic conception of a living, powerful nature were buried under a competing, increasingly dominant free-market liberalism. For example, the briefly Sustenance from the past 37 fashionable doctrine of cameralism had advocated State-administered strategies for achieving sustainable self-sufficiency in the supply of food and raw materials via measures like environmental improvement, reclamation or the indigenous cultivation of

in Literature and sustainability
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Gender and a new politics in Achebe
Elleke Boehmer

’s Anthills of the Savannah (1987) remains the culmination point of his achievement as a writer of fiction, as well as being an elaboration of his earlier novelistic interests. The novel is, as Ben Okri has remarked, Achebe’s ‘most complex and his wisest book to date’.2 Dealing in coded terms with Nigeria’s calcified power-elite, and the bankruptcy of its post-independence nepotistic politics, Anthills of the Savannah is in many respects a sequel to the penultimate novel A Man of the People (1966), which explored themes of political corruption and military takeover on the eve

in Stories of women
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Sara Haslam

Crucially, in cultural terms, it is the experience ‘of fragmentation, of nearness to an edge, or dissolution of self’ that produces what Helen McNeil calls the ‘characteristic modernist terror’ of T. S. Eliot, as represented primarily in The Waste Land, but elsewhere too.14 Post-war, the pattern can be discerned more clearly still: ‘the modernists who followed after World War I were more noticeable for their pessimism and their sense of a failed, fragmented, society’.15 Peter Introduction 3 Conrad affirms Childs’s judgement, claiming that the war gave renewed impetus

in Fragmenting modernism
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Culture, criticism, theory since 1990
Scott Brewster

’.35 Revisionist and anti-revisionist camps alike could argue that history was being manipulated to airbrush conflict from the past for the benefit of the heritage and tourist industries, whether by recycling hoary myths and nationalist verities, or by neutralising the North as a site of political conflict and marginalising those who question the merits of economic liberalism and labour flexibility. Despite the strategic silences and evasions in relation to the past since 1990, however, it is hard to reject Carla Power’s assertion that ‘thanks to the boom, Ireland

in Irish literature since 1990
Beholding young people’s experiences and expressions of care through oral history performance
Kathleen Gallagher and Rachel Turner-King

this standpoint, a private matter. In short, whether it is classic liberalism or contemporary neoliberalism, the primacy of educating the autonomous, rational subject (clearly also one important aspect of education) has occluded the enormously important dimensions of human interdependency. Even within the spheres of well-intentioned youth work, Julie Tilsen argues persuasively that an ‘individualist framework’ within education has drawn focus away from our ‘social/relational complexities’. She goes on to say: ‘Our attention is given to what is one’s “authentic self

in Performing care
Dystopian performatives and vertigo aesthetics in popular theatre
Simon Parry

feeling for the dangers just as much as the possibilities for us of protecting ourselves from them’ (Pignarre and Stengers 2011, 9). Here they echo a number of other thinkers in different fields, from critical pedagogy to queer studies (Giroux 2001; Muñoz 2009), who resist twentieth-century fears of utopian thought in an attempt to conserve the idea of the future, even within the context of the Anthropocene, and escape the otherwise eternal present in which There Is No Alternative to neo-liberalism. This chapter sets out to locate science in performance as just such a

in Science in performance
Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert and Ingrid Ryberg

(eds), Conceiving the New World Order:  The Global Politics of Reproduction. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, pp. 78–​102.  130 130 Vulnerability and visibility Cooper, M. and C. Waldby (2008). ‘The biopolitics of reproduction:  Post-​Fordist biotechnology and women’s clinical labour’, Australian Feminist Studies, 23:55. http://​​10.1080/​08164640701816223. Cooper, M. and C. Waldby (2014). Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press. Damelio

in The power of vulnerability
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Jonathan Atkin

, Marshall’s ideals of suffrage sprang from a background of liberalism; she had absorbed J.S. Mill’s Liberalism, for example, and in her case – as in that of others – suffrage (and, later, her pacifism) could be seen as a ‘component’ of her personal liberal ideals. After the Women’s International Congress of the Hague in April 1915 caused a split to occur in the NUWSS over education for Peace and support for that meeting, Marshall helped to found the British section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, which had emerged from the meeting and which was

in A war of individuals
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Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s
Ingrid Ryberg

by the  200 200 Vulnerability and cultural policy Committee’s division for sex and cohabitation issues, and their specific subdivision for contraceptives and birth control (Riksarkivet [hereafter RA], n.d.a; RA, 1977b). Eva and Maria was supported under the banner ‘collaboration with cultural producers’, an allocated budget post that formed part of the division’s information work about contraceptives that had begun in 1973 (RA, n.d.a; Utredningen om homosexuellas situation i samhället, 1984: 209–​ 12). The Woman in Your Life Is You was funded by a budget

in The power of vulnerability