The interest in aesthetics in philosophy, literary and cultural studies is growing rapidly. This book contains exemplary essays by key practitioners in these fields which demonstrate the importance of this area of enquiry. New aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the 'philistine controversy' which first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the New Left Review during the mid-1990s. A serious aesthetic education is necessary for resisting the advance of 'philistinism'. Contemporary aesthetic production may be decentred and belonging to the past, but that is not a reason to underestimate what great works do that nothing else can. Despite well-established feminist work in literary criticism, film theory and art history, feminist aesthetics 'is a relatively young discipline, dating from the early 1990s'. The book focuses on the critical interrogation of the historical status of mimesis in the context of a gendered and racial politics of modernity. Throughout the history of literary and art criticism the focus has fallen on the creation or reception of works and texts. The book also identifies a fragmentary Romantic residue in contemporary aesthetics. The Alexandrian aesthetic underlies the experience of the 'allegorical'. 'Cultural poetics' makes clear the expansion of 'poetics' into a domain that is no longer strictly associated with 'poetry'. The book also presents an account of a Kantian aesthetic criticism, discussing Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and Critique of Judgement.
, decoloniality questions what we mourn.
With humanitarianism itself being redefined, decolonial perspectives can contribute to an
understanding of the relevance of the good intentions of humanitarians to the aspirations of
their intended ‘beneficiaries’. They can provide an antidote to the
‘colonial amnesia’ of liberal humanitarians and, therefore, provide a basis for the
criticalinterrogation of, and contribution to, humanitarian endeavours in the service of life
and dignity and not merely of survival. They can challenge not only the ideological character
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.
This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen
science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth
age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within
environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists
have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging
in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics
has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of
science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living
with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary
contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American
hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental
controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,”
citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding
toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory
environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing,
witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for
seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of
engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of
critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will
also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the
book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues,
as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen
science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors
in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from
emerging scholars and community activists.
could declare that ‘Derrida’s work has
been so crucially important to postmodernism’. 61 In the same year, Steven Best and Douglas Kellner’s Postmodern Theory: CriticalInterrogations discussed the work of
Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Baudrillard and Lyotard, with Derrida making frequent
appearances. 62 Two years later, Joseph
Natoli and Linda Hutcheon’s A Postmodern Reader included articles and excerpts
from Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault and Baudrillard, 63 and in 2003 Michael Drolet’s The Postmodern Reader
the Second International in the latter years of the nineteenth century.
Marx’s early thinking was much exercised by Prussia’s social and political
backwardness, and in particular the persistence of neo-feudal relations of
personal lordship and dependence (Herrschaft).6 But his thought develops
as a criticalinterrogation of the notion that the market liberates individuals
from feudal ties, arguing that the formal independence of the labourer as
free seller of his own labour-power is subverted by the background conditions that leave him little choice
The case of community initiatives promoting cycling and walking in São Paulo and London
Tim Schwanen and Denver V. Nixon
capabilities, which in turn triggered new competencies (going somewhere ‘he’d never been … at all’, the ‘knowledge to dream’) and appropriations such as a desire for a central-city-style network of bicycle lanes that are clearly marked with red paint and bicycle paths that are segregated from pedestrian and vehicular traffic and also marked with red paint.
On the basis of the analysis in this chapter, we offer three sets of propositions, a term that conveys their tentativeness and the need for further criticalinterrogation better than ‘conclusions’ would
(which it isn’t), making itself
unproblematical (or at least less problematical), and assuming an
extra-historical identity that is beyond criticalinterrogation.
Moreover, by invoking the notion of ‘security’, modern
discourse has tried to discipline and stabilise ‘a region of
historical contingency and chance that refuses to submit to the
sovereign truth of reason and that calls forth the means of the
Care and debility in collaborations between non-disabled and learning disabled theatre makers
resulting performance is often perceived as belonging primarily to Bel’s repertoire rather than Theater HORA’s. Gerald Siegmund ( 2017 ) proposes that Bel’s collected work constitutes an ongoing criticalinterrogation of dance itself, a discursive project in which Bel sets the parameters for a theatrical examination of the dancing body as culturally produced. Everything that happens within these parameters therefore participates in ‘the discourse “Jérôme Bel”’ (Siegmund, 2017 : 12).
Siegmund accordingly suggests that Disabled Theater attends to several recurring
Sujatha Raman, Pru Hobson-West, Mimi E. Lam, and Kate Millar
1992, and see Introduction), we will criticallyinterrogate this assumption and illustrate how minority groups are capable of engaging with
science in ways that allow alternative visions of the public interest to
become temporarily visible and potentially compelling.
The ‘Science Matters’ speech provides an opening for our argument,
which we develop in the context of two different cases of minority
engagement with science. We first consider the case of activists
campaigning against the use of animals in scientific research, who