Vibrant Matter

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Publisher : Duke University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780822391623
Pages : 200 pages
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Download or read book Vibrant Matter written by Jane Bennett and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2009-12-14 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Vibrant Matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a “vital materiality” that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman. Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces. She suggests that recognizing that agency is distributed this way, and is not solely the province of humans, might spur the cultivation of a more responsible, ecologically sound politics: a politics less devoted to blaming and condemning individuals than to discerning the web of forces affecting situations and events. Bennett examines the political and theoretical implications of vital materialism through extended discussions of commonplace things and physical phenomena including stem cells, fish oils, electricity, metal, and trash. She reflects on the vital power of material formations such as landfills, which generate lively streams of chemicals, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can transform brain chemistry and mood. Along the way, she engages with the concepts and claims of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Thoreau, Darwin, Adorno, and Deleuze, disclosing a long history of thinking about vibrant matter in Western philosophy, including attempts by Kant, Bergson, and the embryologist Hans Driesch to name the “vital force” inherent in material forms. Bennett concludes by sketching the contours of a “green materialist” ecophilosophy.

International Politics and Performance

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 10 : 9781134664603
Pages : 278 pages
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Download or read book International Politics and Performance written by Jenny Edkins and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-11-07 with total page 278 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In recent years we have witnessed an increasing convergence of work in International Politics and Performance Studies around the troubled, and often troubling, relationship between politics and aesthetics. Whilst examination of political aesthetics, aesthetic politics, and politics of aesthetic practice has been central to research in both disciplines for some time, the emergence of a distinctive ‘performative turn’ in International Politics and a critical return to the centrality of politics and the concept of ‘the political’ in Performance Studies highlights the importance of investigating the productivity of bringing the methods and approaches of the two fields of enquiry into dialogue and mutual relation. Exploring a wide range of issues including rioting, youth-driven protests, border security practices and the significance of cultural awareness in war, this text provides an accessible and cutting edge survey of the intersection of international politics and performance examining issues surrounding the politics of appearance, image, event and place; and discusses the development and deployment of innovative critical and creative research methods, from auto-ethnography to site-specific theatre-making, from philosophical aesthetics to the aesthetic thought of new securities scenario-planning. The book’s focus throughout is on the materiality of performance practices—on the politics of making, spectating, and participating in a variety of modes as political actors and audiences—whilst also seeking to explicate the performative dynamics of creative and critical thinking. Structured thematically and framed by a detailed introduction and conclusion, the focus is on producing a dialogue between contributors and providing an essential reference point in this developing field. This work is essential reading for students of politics and performance and will be of great interest to students and scholars of IR, performance studies and cultural studies.

Gendered Ecologies

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Publisher : Liverpool University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9781949979053
Pages : 276 pages
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Download or read book Gendered Ecologies written by Dewey W. Hall and published by Liverpool University Press. This book was released on 2020-03-18 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century considers the value of interrelationships that exist among human, nonhuman species, and inanimate objects as part of the environment, and features observations by women writers as recorded in nature diaries, poetry, bildungsroman, sensational fiction, philosophical fiction, and folklore. In addition, the edition aims to present a case for transnational women writers who have been involved in participating in the discourse of natural philosophy from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. The collection engages with current paradigms of thought influencing the field of ecocriticism and, more specifically, ecofeminism. Various theories are featured, informing interpretation of literary and non-literary material, which include Anthropocene feminism, feminist geography, neo-materialism, object-oriented ontology, panarchy, and trans-corporeality. In particular, neo-materialism and trans-corporeality are guiding principles of the collection, providing theoretical coherence. Neo-materialism becomes a means by which to examine literary and non-literary content by women writers with attention to the materiality of objects as the aim of inquiry. Regarding trans-corporeality, contributors provide evidence of the interrelations between the body-as-matter and animate beings along with inanimate entities. Together, neo-materialism and trans-corporeality drive the edition, as contributors contemplate the significance of interactions among human, nonhuman, organic, and inanimate objects.

Artifacts

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ISBN 10 : 9781421436517
Pages : 272 pages
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Download or read book Artifacts written by Crystal B. Lake and published by JHU Press. This book was released on 2020-02-11 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This fascinating book provides curious readers with new ways of evaluating the relationships that exist between texts and objects.

Circus in flux

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Publisher : Verlag Theater der Zeit
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ISBN 10 : 9783957494474
Pages : 200 pages
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Download or read book Circus in flux written by CircusDanceFestival and published by Verlag Theater der Zeit. This book was released on 2022-07-01 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In den letzten fünfzig Jahren hat der Zirkus einen bemerkenswerten Wandel erlebt. Progressive Zirkusformen haben sich international als "Zeitgenössischer Zirkus" eine neue Position innerhalb der Gesellschaft erobert. Das Arbeitsbuch widmet sich dieser noch jungen Zirkusform und präsentiert Analysen, Interviews, Kommentare, umfangreiches Fotomaterial und künstlerische Positionen internationaler und deutscher Zirkuskünstlerinnen und -künstler. Mit der zusätzlichen Sondereinlage des VOICES Magazins "Re-thinking objects" taucht das Buch tief in den aktuellen zirkusästhetischen Diskurs über neue Materialismen ein und nimmt außerdem die Verbindungen zum zeitgenössischen Tanz auf.

End of Phenomenology

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Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780748684847
Pages : 216 pages
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Download or read book End of Phenomenology written by Tom Sparrow and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2014-06-04 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Shows how speculative realism is replacing phenomenology as the beacon of realism in contemporary Continental philosophy.

Posthumanism and the Digital University

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ISBN 10 : 9781350038189
Pages : 200 pages
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Download or read book Posthumanism and the Digital University written by Lesley Gourlay and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2020-12-10 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It is a commonplace in educational policy and theory to claim that digital technology has 'transformed' the university, the nature of learning and even the essence of what it means to be a scholar or a student. However, these claims have not always been based on strong research evidence. What are students and scholars actually doing in the day-to-day life of the digital university? This book examines in detail how the world of the digital interacts with texts, artefacts, devices and humans, in the contemporary university setting. Weaving together perspectives from a range of thinkers and disciplinary sources, Lesley Gourlay draws on ideas from posthuman and new materialist theory in particular, to open up our understanding about how digital knowledge practices operate. She proposes that digital engagement in the university should not be regarded as 'virtual' or disembodied, but instead may be understood as a complex set of entanglements of the body, texts and material artefacts, making a case that agency and the ways in which knowledge emerges should be regarded as 'more than human'.

Edible Entanglements

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ISBN 10 : 9781532643637
Pages : 270 pages
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Download or read book Edible Entanglements written by S. Yael Dennis and published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. This book was released on 2019-03-12 with total page 270 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Obesity in the Global North and starvation in the Global South can be attributed to the same cause: the concentration of enormous power in the hands of transnational agricultural corporations. The food sovereignty movement has arisen as the major challenger to the corporate food regime. The concept of sovereignty is central to the discursive field of political theology, yet seldom if ever have its theoretical insights been applied to the concept of sovereignty as it appears in global food politics. Food politics operates simultaneously in several registers: individual, national, transnational, and ecological. A politics of food takes a transdisciplinary approach to analyzing Schmitt’s concept of sovereignty in each of these registers, employing Giorgio Agamben’s political philosophy to elucidate vulnerability in the national and transnational registers; Jane Bennett’s vibrant materiality, Karen Barad’s agential realism, and nutritional science to describe the social production of classed bodies in the individual and national registers; data from climate science and the political ecology of Bruno Latour to examine the impact of sovereignty in the ecological register. Catherine Keller’s theology of becoming and Paulina Ochoa Espejo’s people as process will be explored for their capacity to enliven a democratic political theology of food.

Influx and Efflux

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ISBN 10 : 1478007796
Pages : 224 pages
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Download or read book Influx and Efflux written by Jane Bennett and published by . This book was released on 2020-05-22 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Engaging the Everyday

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ISBN 10 : 9780262327114
Pages : 264 pages
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Download or read book Engaging the Everyday written by John M. Meyer and published by MIT Press. This book was released on 2015-03-20 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An argument that environmental challenges will only resonate with citizens of affluent postindustrial countries if sustainability concerns emerge from everyday practices. Far-reaching efforts to address environmental issues rarely seem to resonate with citizens of the United States or other wealthy postindustrial societies. In Engaging the Everyday, John Meyer considers this impediment to action on environmental problems—which he terms “the resonance dilemma”—and argues that an environmental agenda that emerges from everyday concerns would resonate more deeply with ordinary citizens. Meyer explores the contours of this alternative, theorizing both obstacles and opportunities and then considering it in terms of three everyday areas of material practice: land use, transportation by automobile, and home dwelling. Adopting the stance of an “inside critic” (neither detached theorist nor narrow policy advocate), and taking an approach that he calls “contested materiality,” Meyer draws on a variety of theoretical perspectives to construct a framework for understanding material practices. He reimagines each of the three material practices in terms of a political idea: for land, property; for automobiles, freedom; and for homes, citizenship. His innovative analysis offers a grounded basis for reshaping our talk about political concepts and values.

New Music and the Crises of Materiality

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ISBN 10 : 9781000405972
Pages : 182 pages
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Download or read book New Music and the Crises of Materiality written by Samuel Wilson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-07-05 with total page 182 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores the transformation of ideas of the material in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century musical composition. New music of this era is argued to reflect a historical moment when the idea of materiality itself is in flux. Engaging with thinkers such as Theodor Adorno, Sara Ahmed, Zygmunt Bauman, Rosi Braidotti, and Timothy Morton, the author considers music's relationship with changing material conditions, from the rise of neo-liberalisms and information technologies to new concepts of the natural world. Drawing on musicology, cultural theory, and philosophy, the author develops a critical understanding of musical bodies, objects, and the environments of their interaction. Music is grasped as something that both registers material changes in society whilst also enabling us to practice materiality differently.

Being Posthuman

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ISBN 10 : 9781350151109
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book Being Posthuman written by Zahi Zalloua and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2020-12-10 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Posthumanism is both a descriptive and a prescriptive term. Firstly, it registers a shift beginning in the late 1960s and epitomized by Foucault's “the death of Man”. Secondly, it refers to the future and a new relationship with the non-human, along with a different understanding of human exceptionalism. In Being Posthuman: Ontologies of the Future, Zahi Zalloua interrogates this future and shows that “post-” does not necessarily mean 'after' or that what comes after is more advanced than what has gone before. He pursues this line of inquiry across four distinct, yet interrelated, figures: cyborgs, animals, objects, and racialized and excluded 'others'. These figures disrupt the narrative of the 'human' and its singularity and by reading them together, Zalloua determines that it is only when posthumanist discourse is combined with psychoanalysis that subjectivity can be properly examined.

Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice

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Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN 10 : 9781317517931
Pages : 308 pages
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Download or read book Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice written by Christian Mieves and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2017-01-12 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Wonder has an established link to the history and philosophy of science. However, there is little acknowledgement of the relationship between the visual arts and wonder. This book presents a new perspective on this overlooked connection, allowing a unique insight into the role of wonder in contemporary visual practice. Artists, curators and art theorists give accounts of their approach to wonder through the use of materials, objects and ways of exhibiting. These accounts not only raise issues of a particular relevance to the way in which we encounter our reality today but ask to what extent artists utilize the function of wonder purposely in their work.

Victorian Ecocriticism

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ISBN 10 : 9781498551076
Pages : 210 pages
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Download or read book Victorian Ecocriticism written by Dewey W. Hall and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2017-10-16 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This interdisciplinary collection explores Victorian literature and its connection to various fields such as environmental history, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Further, the edition features seminal nineteenth-century figures advancing the cause of early environmental justice linked to place.

Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists

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ISBN 10 : 9781137271297
Pages : 225 pages
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Download or read book Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists written by G. Browning and published by Springer. This book was released on 2012-11-16 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A lively and engaging collection which explains the various strands of political theory, identifies key futures trends and explores the foundations of contemporary debate. Features interviews with pre-eminent theorists, including Quentin Skinner, Carole Pateman and Alex Honneth.

The Literature of Waste

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ISBN 10 : 9781137394446
Pages : 330 pages
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Download or read book The Literature of Waste written by S. Morrison and published by Springer. This book was released on 2015-06-03 with total page 330 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tracing material and metaphoric waste through the Western canon, ranging from Beowulf to Samuel Beckett, Susan Signe Morrison disrupts traditional perceptions of waste to better understand how we theorize, manage, and are implicated in what is discarded and seen as garbage. Engaging a wide range of disciplines, Morrison addresses how the materiality of waste has been sedimented into a variety of toxic metaphors. If scholars can read waste as possessing dynamic agency, how might that change the ethics of refuse-ing and ostracizing wasted humans? A major contribution to the growing field of Waste Studies, this comparative and theoretically innovative book confronts the reader with the ethical urgency present in waste literature itself.

Performing Objects and Theatrical Things

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ISBN 10 : 9781137402455
Pages : 264 pages
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Download or read book Performing Objects and Theatrical Things written by Marlis Schweitzer and published by Springer. This book was released on 2014-08-14 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book rethinks historical and contemporary theatre, performance, and cultural events by scrutinizing and theorizing the objects and things that activate stages, venues, environments, and archives.