Category Archives: Theory

CFP: Non Human and In Human in Performing Arts

University of the Arts Helsinki.

The Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke) at the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki welcomes artistic researchers at doctoral and post-doctoral levels to take part in the fourth biannual colloquium on artistic research in performing arts.

Artistic research, art-based research, practice-based research, practice-led research, performance as research – these are just some of the terms and approaches that have been developed to describe knowledge production originating from artistic concerns. This colloquium is the fourth in a series of biannual colloquia, organised by the Performing Arts Research Centre at the University of the Arts, Theatre Academy Helsinki, aimed at addressing the problems and possibilities of artistic research, particularly those involving the performing arts. The term ‘performing arts’ is here understood in a broad sense that encompasses a variety of different creative practices. The purpose of these colloquia is to contribute to the development of research practices in the field of the performing arts and to foster their social, pedagogical and ecological connections.  

Lance Strate on Arendt and Media Ecology

Violence, Power, Technology, and Identity-Lance Strate « Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities.

Some interesting points here, especially around power and violence in relation to media.

And another Strate posting that also takes up Arendt’s relationship to media ecology:

Urban Humanities at UCLA

The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative presents
Design Knowledge: Making Urban Humanities

Friday and Saturday, November 14 – 15, in the Decafe (Perloff Hall, Room 1302).

For more information:



Eric Cazdyn
Lev Manovich
Christian Philipp Müller
John Pickles
Sarah Whiting
Karen Tei Yamashita

Anthony Cascardi
Jon Christensen
Michael Dear
Ursula Heise
Miwon Kwon
Peter Lunenfeld
Jasmine Nadua Trice
Jennifer Wolch

Robert Chi
Jonathan Crisman
Dana Cuff
Yoh Kawano
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
William Marotti
Todd Presner
Sarah Walsh

As the world grows increasingly urban, so grows the imperative to more fully comprehend the space of our collective life. Nowhere is this more urgent than in the context of intensely interactive, rapidly expanding cities of the Pacific Rim. Urban humanities offer an emerging paradigm to explore the lived spaces of dynamic proximities, cultural hybridities, and networked interconnections. The complexity of such spaces calls for new intellectual and practical alliances between design, the humanities, and urban studies for the advanced tools that each brings to bear on its objects of investigation.

In practice, this paradigm is guided by “working knowledge”: a set of provisional methodological models that orient how we work, how we do projects, and how we teach. Can we be intentional about these models, designing them to be critical, projective, urban, and interdisciplinary? Can the practice of these models produce new forms of knowledge about the urban? Can they bridge disciplines in productive ways which overcome conventional tropes of interdisciplinarity? In other words, to what extent can “urban humanities” be defined by methodology—and what are the methods fundamental and unique to urban humanities?

That an action-oriented methodology could serve as a disciplinary basis for urban studies would seem to be an unpopular notion: positivism and empiricism have been seen as incapable of providing a means to understand the city. We argue that such statements ignore the potentials of a new humanist methodology at the nexus of the humanities, design, and urbanism—one that is reinvigorating the public role of design and the humanities, and their place at the heart of understanding our contemporary, urban world. This symposium will investigate epistemologies of making and action, to reclaim the empty terms “urban” and “interdisciplinary, and to recuperate the status of method.

We propose the following as “working knowledge models” for this new humanist methodology at the nexus of design, urban studies, and the humanities:

Working Knowledge Models for an Urban Humanities
Transgressing Media. Urban projects are, by default, unable to be constrained to any one medium because of the complexity of urbanism. Therefore, the construction and creation of multi-model documents which describe and speculate about urban space—transgressing mapping, writing, and image making—serve not only as products but as a means for thinking through urban issues.

Artistic Research. To be comprehended, the complexities of urban space require a marriage of quantitative and qualitative analyses with non-empirical modes of knowing. Artistic research allows for methods of working through these non-empirical epistemologies to produce urban speculation through poetics.

Operative History. Manfredo Tafuri, writing about architectural history, criticized what he called “operative criticism” which concealed fact with ideology, projecting history into normative futures. History, however, always has political and cultural entanglements. The cosmopolitan enterprise of urban understanding only benefits when these entanglements are acknowledged and there is a move toward praxis such that debate and discussion are possible.


Speculative Literature. In the same way that artistic research incorporates the scientifically knowable with non-scientific modes of knowing, so too can speculative literature integrate this binary within texts and narratives. Often produced as science fiction, speculative literature can provide insight about contemporary urbanism by depicting its logical extreme.


Critical Cartography. Space plays a primary role in understanding cities and mapping is a means through which various phenomena can be spatialized in comparison to one another. Drawing upon Clifford Geertz’s notion of “thick description,” new practices of critical cartography can lay a similarly thick understanding of spatial phenomena into a cartographic platform of thick mapping.


Participation Reconfigured. The socio-political issues integral to collective life are at the core of urban inquiry. A middle ground between top-down and bottom-up modes of civic engagement has the potential to push conventional, often unproductive modes of socio-political participation toward the production of new knowledge, novel pedagogical forms, and public-oriented roles for scholars.

Hillis Miller Papers archived

UCI Libraries Update | Fall 14.

Remembering Derrida: A Forum | The Los Angeles Review of Books

Remembering Derrida: A Forum | The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Includes an interesting piece by Gil Anidjar on Derrida’s Holocaust.

Politics of the Debt

Project MUSE – Postmodern Culture – Politics of the Debt.

Latest issue of Postmodern Culture is on debt, with essays by Etienne Balibar, Sam Weber, and Martin McQuillan among others.

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France –

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France –

Including Sylvia Bataille, wife of Jacques Lacan.

Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre: Thinking through Tragedy and Comedy

Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre: Thinking through Tragedy and Comedy.


Paul Kottman and Adriana Cavarero at the Grave of Hegel


Great photo, sent by my friend Paul Kottman, author of A Politics of the Scene and Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare. He is pictured here with Italian philosopher Adriana Caverero.