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Frame 30.2 – Precarity

Since the late 1990s and early 2000s, the concept of precarity has emerged as a central point of reference in economic, philosophical, and sociological discourse, and has become a rallying cry for contemporary resistance movements. Precarity refers to the structural financial and existential insecurity brought about by the advent of neoliberalism, the dismantling of the welfare state and social security, and the increasing reliance on casual, short-term, and flexible labour. As a socio-economic concept, precarity adequately captures the increasing insecurity, flexibility, and decentralization characteristic of today’s economy.

In the socio-ontological sense, developed by Judith Butler in Precarious Life and Frames of War, precariousness refers to a shared bodily vulnerability and interdependency, and the demand to be protected from the potential exposure to (state) violence. As such, precariousness gives rise to a non-violent ethics of cooperation and solidarity, and is fundamentally connected to questions of vulnerability, injurability, interdependency, mourning and grief, and the question what does or does not count as a life.

For this issue of Frame, we invite you to consider the relevance that the concepts of precarity and precariousness might have for fields such as literary studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and aesthetics. How do precarity and precariousness affect identity formation, and what consequences does this increasingly fractured state of living have for the role of art? In what ways, for instance, does contemporary art tackle the normalization of insecurity and risk in the world of today? How could media such as literature or photography raise awareness of and disclose previously unheard, unseen, or unwritten stories of mourning, grief, and vulnerability?

Naturally, the questions raised above represent only some of the issues that could be tackled in our upcoming issue; we welcome any interesting research topic—provided that it fits within the main theme. If you are interested in writing for Frame, please submit a brief proposal of 250 words at maximum before 1 May 2017. The deadline for the final version of your article is set on 15 August 2017. An article for Frame consists of a maximum of 5400 words, including bibliography and footnotes. For our Masterclass section students and PhD candidates are invited to write up to a maximum of 3500 words. Articles should be accompanied by a summary in English of approximately 100 words and a short biography. Please feel free to contact us at, should you have any questions.