Commitment and Complicity in Cultural Theory and Practice

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

EditorBegum Ozden Firat, Sarah de Mul, Sonja Van Wichelen

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In this book, an international line-up of scholars examines the role of the intellectual in the twenty-first century, looking at the gap between contemporary cultural theory and cultural practice, and asking whether knowledge and methodologies in the humanities can intervene in everyday politics and vice-versa.

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In this book, an international line-up of scholars examines the role of the intellectual in the twenty-first century, looking at the gap between contemporary cultural theory and cultural practice, and asking whether knowledge and methodologies in the humanities can intervene in everyday politics and vice-versa.

BEGUM ÖZDEN FIRAT is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her areas of research include visual culture, cultural activism, radical arts and politics. She is currently co-editing a volume entitled Theorizing Cultural Activism: Challenges, Dilemmas, and Potential...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.79 × 5.64 × 0.76 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230221955

ISBN - 13:9780230221956

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Commitment and Complicity--B.O.Firat, S.De Mul &--S.van Wichelen
PART I: RETHINKING COMMITMENT 
Commitment as a Non-Performative--S.Ahmed
Commitment or Commitment-Kitsch? Rethinking the Woman Question, Agency, and Feminist Politics--S.van Wichelen
Human in the Age of Disposable People: the Ambiguous Import of Kinship and Education in Blind Shaft--R.Chow
PART II: COMMITMENT AND COMPLICITY IN THE PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE
The Middle East and the Disciplinary (Re)Production of Knowledge--A.Teti
Empty Versatility and the Art of the Circular Reading--T.Brennan
The Commitment to Face--M.Bal
PART III: PUTTING COMPLICITY TO WORK
The Necessity of Terror--E.Boehmer
Putting Complicity to Work for Accountability: An Australian Case Study--F.Probyn
Layers of Labour in Cultural Production: Notes On Aesthetics and Commitment from the Transparent Factory--O.Comeron . The The Politics of Contemporary "Islamic" Art'--B.O.Firat
Bibliography
Index