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Author: Gunnar Skirbekk

we focus on? Here is my answer, my choice: (i) we should use concepts of modernisation and democratisation, and (ii) we should focus on decisive events and experiences, such as war and crisis, and enduring cultural and class conflicts – all of this against the background of natural conditions and

In: Transcultural Studies
Author: Laurent Demanze

modalités collaboratives. La tension narrative implique plus nettement le lecteur dans les opérations cognitives. Cette exigence ­d’ouvrir au lecteur ordinaire la production du savoir, Ivan Jablonka l’inscrit dans un large mouvement de démocratisation du champ littéraire et des sciences sociales 165 . À la

In: Territoires de la non-fiction

Stanford prison experiment by rebelling against the “guards.” It is precisely “to open the world of politics to average people, especially in the case of decision making, to democratize the government, and to politicize culture,” as Žmijewski puts it, that Pussy Riot perform in most unlikely venues and for

In: Transcultural Studies
Volume Editors: Barbara Dalle Pezze and Carlo Salzani
The past thirty years saw a growing academic interest in the phenomenon of boredom. If initially the analyses were mostly a-historical, now the historicity of boredom is widely recognised, though often it is taken as evidence of its permanence as a constant “quality” of the human condition, expression of a metaphysical malady inherent to the fact of being human. New trends in the literature focus on the peculiar relationship between boredom and modernity and attempt to embrace the new social, cultural and political factors which provoked the epochal change of modernity and relate them to a change in the parameters of human experience and the crisis of subjectivity. The very changes that characterise modernity are the same that led to the “democratisation” of boredom: modernity and boredom are shown to be inextricably connected and inseparable.
This volume aims at contributing to the growing body of literature on boredom with a number of essays which reflect on the connection of boredom and modernity and focus on particular texts, authors, or aspects of the phenomenon. The approach is multidisciplinary, in keeping with the pervasiveness of the phenomenon in our culture and societies, with essays reflecting on philosophy, literature, film, media and psychology.
New Perspectives on the Old GDR and Young Länder
This volume represents the efforts of fifteen scholars from Europe and North America to work through the complex and sometimes compromising past and the current struggles that together define eastern German identity, society, and politics ten years after unification. Their papers offer an exemplary illustration of the variety of disciplinary methods and new source materials on which established and younger scholars can draw today to further differentiated understanding of the old GDR and the young Länder. In a volume that will interest students of German history, cultural studies and comparative politics, the authors show how utopian ideals quickly degenerated into a dictatorship that provoked the everyday resistance at all levels of society that ultimately brought the regime to its demise. They also suggest how the GDR might live on in memory to shape the emerging varieties of postcommunist politics in the young states of the Federal Republic and how the GDR experience might inspire new practices and concepts for German society as a whole. Most importantly, the papers here testify to the multidisciplinary vitality of a field whose original object of enquiry disappeared over a decade ago.
Volume Editors: Tania Ørum and Jesper Olsson
A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975 is the first publication to deal with the postwar avant-garde in the Nordic countries. The essays cover a wide range of avant-garde manifestations in arts and culture: literature, the visual arts, architecture and design, film, radio, television and the performative arts.
It is the first major historical work to consider the Nordic avant-garde in a transnational perspective that includes all the arts and to discuss the role of the avant-garde not only within the aesthetic field but in a broader cultural and political context: The cultural politics, institutions and new cultural geographies after World War II, new technologies and media, performative strategies, interventions into everyday life and tensions between market and counterculture.

felt as the keenest torture by the operatives, and its action upon mind and body is in the long run stunting in the highest degree ( 1987 , p. 192). 4 Democratizing Boredom With Kierkegaard and Engels, we see a significative turn in the concept of boredom that goes beyond the sphere of the leisure

In: The Culture of Boredom
Author: Victor Toubert

’heure de la démocratisation du savoir, des figures apparemment étrangères à cette légitimation. On retrouve ce souci chez de nombreux autres écrivains du collectif Inculte Collectif Inculte , qui veulent considérer les productions de la culture admise, officielle, sérieuse, sur le même pied que celles de

In: Mathias Énard et l’érudition du roman

, courtesy the Ulster Museum Like some of the artists above, Beuys read Joyce’s works during his formative years, when he was recovering from a depression and was searching for ways to create art that could respond to some of the urgent needs of the time, such as democratizing post wwii societies

In: James Joyce and the Arts