This volume sheds new light on how today’s peripheries are made, lived, imagined and mobilized in a context of rapidly advancing globalization. Focusing on peripheral spaces, mobilities and aesthetics, it presents critical readings of, among others, Indian caste quarters, the Sahara, the South African backyard and European migration, as well as films, novels and artworks about marginalized communities and repressed histories. Together, these readings insist that the peripheral not only needs more visibility in political, economic and cultural terms, but is also invaluable for creating alternative perspectives on the globalizing present.
Peripheral Visions combines sociological, cultural, literary and philosophical perspectives on the periphery, and highlights peripheral innovation and futurity to counter the lingering association of the peripheral with stagnation and backwardness.
Esther Peeren is Associate Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her publications include
Intersubjectivity and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond (Stanford, 2008) and
The Spectral Metaphor: Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility (Palgrave, 2014).
Hanneke Stuit is Assistant Professor of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Her recent publications deal with community and ubuntu, including
Ubuntu Strategies: Constructing Spaces of Belonging in Contemporary South African Culture (Palgrave, 2016).
Astrid Van Weyenberg is Lecturer of Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University and a member of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts (LUCAS). She is the author of
The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy (Rodopi, 2013).
Contents Introduction: Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present,
Esther Peeren, Hanneke Stuit and Astrid Van Weyenberg Part 1: Theorizing the Peripheral A Grammar of Peripheralization: Neill Blomkamp’s
Mireille Rosello The Infra-Periphery and Global Circuits of Symbolic Capital Accumulation,
Paulina Aroch-Fugellie Fragments in Relation: Trajectories of/for an Unbound Europe,
Sudeep Dasgupta Peripheral Worldscapes in Circulation: Towards a Productive Understanding of Untranslatability,
Doro Wiese Part II: Peripheral Spaces The Center of All Concerns at the Periphery of the World: The Sahara Desert from a Nomadic Perspective,
Luca Raineri Cast(e)ing Life: The Experience of Living in Peripheral Caste Quarters,
Durgesh Solanki The South African Backyard as a Very Local Peripheral Space,
Ena Jansen Part III: Peripheral Mobilities Mobile Peripheries? Contesting and Negotiating Peripheries in the Global Era of Mobility,
Magdalena Ślusarczyk and Paula Pustułka “Repairing Europe”: A Critical Reading of Storytelling in European Cultural Projects,
Astrid Van Weyenberg The Rise of the Peripheral Subject: Questions of Cultural Hybridity in the Greek “Crisis”,
Evangelia Mademli Part IV: Peripheral Aesthetics Remains to be Un/Seen: Envisioning the Disappeared in Willie Doherty’s
Ancient Ground and Patricio Guzmán’s
Nostalgia for the Light,
Paula Blair Shaping “Common Places”: Post-Soviet Narratives beyond Anti-Utopia in Ksenia Buksha’s
The Freedom Factory and Igor Saveljev’s
Tereshkova is Flying to Mars,
Ksenia Robbe The Heterotopic Closet: Spectral Presences and Otherworlds in
La Revue Monstre and Michael James O’Brien’s
Matthieu Foucher Contributors
Scholars and students interested in globalization, postcolonial contexts and the concept of the periphery.