Yaël van der Wouden | Unpacking the Activist Shtick: On the Representation (and Possibilities) of Activism in Popular Culture

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Abstract

In the 50s it was the beatniks, the 60s had the hippies, and we— what do we have, really? In this essay, the social role and history of social activism will be sketched out and analysed with an eye on the future. How do we overcome
misrepresentations, and how do we shift the creation of information from media-driven dominant ideologies, to the individual? Join me as I search for answers in the depths of popular culture, including (but not restricted to),
the Powerpuff Girls, evil cash registers, and the grand invention of the Internet.

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June 26th, 2015

Joost de Bloois | “Laten we proberen communist te zijn zoals Mallarmé”: Alain Badiou over politiek, kunst en poëzie

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De Franse filosoof Alain Badiou is een uitgesproken politiek denker. Hij plaatst zijn filosofie onder de conditie van de radicaalemancipatoire politiek die hij, nog altijd, de naam ‘communisme’ geeft. In zijn essay over Badiou’s
kunstheorie laat Joost de Bloois zien dat vanuit Badiou’s pleidooi voor een nieuw communisme in de kunst de (verborgen) aannames en impasses blootgelegd kunnen worden van het huidige debat over de politieke betekenis van kunst, in het bijzonder de poëzie.

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June 26th, 2015

Frans-Willem Korsten | Revolution Fabrication Convulsion: Bringing Art (Back) Down to Earth

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In the course of the twentieth century art has been charged with ever higher requirements by artists and philosophers alike. Art is given a massive and pivotal task in the revolutionary opening up of a new world: to get us out of the instrumentalisation of modernity and capitalism, for instance. In this context it is as if art has
become the desperate last resort for thinkers such as Heidegger, Badiou, Agamben and Critchley. In their work the special role of art has been defined in theological or religious terms. This article takes the conversion of St. Paul, as it is depicted by Pieter Breughel the Elder, as the starting point for an alternative, more humble way of
looking at the role of art in the context of the revolutionary New, and in the process it turns Hannah Arendt and Gilles Deleuze into philosophical and political allies.

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June 26th, 2015

Rita Sakr | Writing the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Visions and Realities

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This essay briefly examines some of the myths and realities about agency in the revolutionary Arab republic of letters across which writers envisioned, fueled an shaped the cultural and political imaginary of the 2011 uprisings
across the Arab world. These novelists contributed to the increasingly expanding world of ‘literature and revolution’ as they re-imagined the past, present and future of their nations through a literary rendering of political geographies marked by oppression, human rights abuses, growing distrust and rising dissent.

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June 26th, 2015