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Homo Mimeticus 2.0 in Art, Philosophy and Technics
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It is tempting to affirm that on and about November 2022 (post)human character changed. The revolution in A.I. simulations certainly calls for an updated of the ancient realization that humans are imitative animals, or homo mimeticus. But the mimetic turn in posthuman studies is not limited to A.I.: from simulation to identification, affective contagion to viral mimesis, robotics to hypermimesis, the essays collected in this volume articulate the multiple facets of homo mimeticus 2.0. Challenging rationalist accounts of autonomous originality internal to the history of Homo sapiens, this volume argues from different—artistic, philosophical, technological—perspectives that the all too human tendency to imitate is, paradoxically, central to our ongoing process of becoming posthuman.
This book's primary task is to test the contemporary value of performance and performativity. Performative Identities in Culture: From Literature to Social Media undertakes this task via a host of chapters on a vast spectrum of performativity-related topics such as: literature (British, American, Welsh), film, art, social media, and sports. Within these contexts, the book raises a number of questions relevant today. How is minority culture constructed and performed in literature? How can one manifest identity in multicultural contexts? How has performativity been transformed in audiovisual media, like film, video games and social media? And, can the digital itself be performative?
Handbooks in Caribbean Studies publishes comprehensive reference works on the Caribbean region, broadly defined as consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands, surrounding coastal areas, and diasporic communities.
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From tenth-century South India to twenty-first-century cultural events, from the court assemblies to the public space: Attentive Minds takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of avadhāna, a complex and long-living performative art of India whose practitioners showcase highly developed cognitive skills (like attention, ability to multitask, memory) and specialized knowledge.
With the help of epigraphic and literary sources and field research, Hermina Cielas reconstructs avadhāna’s history in its socio-cultural context and provides a detailed systematization of the art. Her multifaceted study investigates the cultural phenomenon scarcely known outside of India. It explores avadhāna’s multiple forms, from games and puzzles, through a display of mnemonic or motor skills, to multilingual literary feasts.
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This volume offers a critical re-assessment of the thought of Ernst Bloch, best known for his groundbreaking study The Principle of Hope and one of the most significant European thinkers and public intellectuals of the twentieth century. It explores Bloch’s life, work and reception; his debt to Marx and Hegel; his central concepts of hope and utopia; his affinities with philosophers such as Gramsci and Žižek; and his radical reframing of our understanding of history, society and culture. Above all, this volume examines the relevance of Bloch’s ideas today, in a world still shot through with economic inequality and social injustice.

Contributors are: Agata Bielik-Robson, Ivan Boldyrev, Henk de Berg, Sam Dolbear, Vincent Geoghegan, Holger Glinka, Loren Goldman, Douglas Kellner, Cat Moir, Jan Rehmann, Nina Rismal, Johan Siebers and Peter Thompson
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Through the investigation of textual records of avadhāna and the translations of relative passages, the chapter draws the portraits of the most famous avadhānīs and presents their achievements. The author demonstrates how literary sources attest to the continuous presence of avadhāna on the cultural arena of India and help reconstruct the characteristics of the art in the past. The material analysed is varied and shows that avadhāna penetrated numerous cultural milieus of India; among the analysed texts are Sāhityaratnākara of Dharmasūri (ca. 14th-15th centuries), the works by Hemavijaya (16th-17th century) and Siddhicandra (17th century), the 17th-century Ālāol’s Bengali translation of Haft Peykar by Nizāmī Ganjavī, the works by Madhuravāṇī and Rāmabhadrāmbā and other sources that confirm the activity of women in avadhāna at the Nāyaka court of Tanjore, an 18th-century work of Vāñcheśvara entitled Mahiṣaśataka, the examples of Tamil viṟaliviṭutūtu works from the 18th-19th centuries, and others. The author of the present book gathers the literary evidences of avadhāna from the past and, based on their analysis, traces the modifications in the art.

In: Attentive Minds: A History of the Indian Performative Art of Avadhāna from the Origin to Modern Times
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The chapter includes information on the role of concentration, retention, memory, and memorization in Indian culture. The described cognitive skills are the basis for the art of avadhāna. The chapter presents the definitions and discourses on attentiveness, retention, and memory proposed by Indian theoreticians and provides translations of relative passages from their works. It introduces the practice of Veda chanting and certain ritualized verbal contests (brahmodyas) and shows how they influenced the development of avadhāna.

In: Attentive Minds: A History of the Indian Performative Art of Avadhāna from the Origin to Modern Times
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The last chapter reconstructs the reasons that led to the crisis of avadhāna in the first half of the 20th century. The author hypothesizes that the main cause of such a state of affairs was the changes in the modes of patronage that forced practitioners to search for financial gratification outside the courts and perform in public, often in front of uneducated spectators who accused the avadhānīs of fraud or use of black magic. The chapter also elaborates on the other factors that contributed to the critique of the art, such as the arguments between the practitioners or the questioning of the quality of poetry created in the course of literary avadhānas. Then, the author describes the revival of the art, the influence of technology and media on the transformation of avadhāna, and the process of its commercialization. A separate sub-chapter focuses on the organization of a performance and challenges faced by the organizers. The chapter ends with an analysis of the prospects of avadhāna and possible development routes.

In: Attentive Minds: A History of the Indian Performative Art of Avadhāna from the Origin to Modern Times
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The chapter sums up information on the position of avadhāna practitioners in society and investigates the position and role of women, teachers, and questioners in the practice. The author hypothesizes that even though the ability to perform avadhāna is highly prized by society and practitioners often have the status of local or national authorities or celebrities, the gratifications for performing the art are no longer economically sufficient like before the 20th century. The chapter traces how the society’s perception of avadhānīs changed throughout the history, examines the role of women in the art, and specifies the reasons for the limited presence of female practitioners of avadhāna. Here, the author focuses also on teachers who train future performers and questioners who examine the avadhānīs during spectacles. The chapter answers the questions of whether it is possible to teach avadhāna, what are the qualities of a good questioner, and is the presence of questioners in the avadhāna performance necessary.