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Anneka Esch-van Kan, Stephan Packard, ...: Politics and Aesthetics: Introduction
Politics and Aesthetics: Introduction
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Anneka Esch-van Kan, Stephan Packard, Philipp Schulte

Politics and Aesthetics: Introduction

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Anneka Esch-van Kan

Anneka Esch-van Kan

is a member of the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of Giessen, where she pursues her PhD project Representation of Crisis – Crisis of Representation. The Politics of Aesthetics and 21st Century. Political Theatre in the United States. Her research interests include the relations between politics and aesthetics, experimental theater in Europe and the US, contemporary (American) drama, poststructuralist philosophy, and points of contact between theories of culture and disability studies.

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Stephan Packard

Stephan Packard

is Junior Professor for Media Culture Studies at Freiburg University; previously, he was Assistant Professor for Comparative Literature in Munich, where he received his Ph D. Interests focus on semiotic and psychoanalytic research into new and traditional media; the semiotics of affect; censorship and other forms of media control; as well as comics studies. He is an active member of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor), on the editing board of the journal Medienobservationen, and edits the new open access journal Mediale Kontrolle unter Beobachtung on censorship and media control.

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Philipp Schulte

Philipp Schulte

studied Applied Theatre Studies at Bergen University (Norway) and Gießen University. Since 2007, he has worked as contributor at the Hessian Theater Academy in Frankfurt, as a freelance author, and as a dramaturge. He is a researcher at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen.

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Anneka Esch-van Kan (ed.), Stephan Packard (ed.), ...: Thinking – Resisting – Reading the Political

This volume contrasts a number of recently suggested concepts of the political – each of which connects to certain instances of art and literature in its discourse – with questions concerning the rigidity of those connections: How strongly do such claims to politics depend on their specific examples, what is the scope of their validity to understand art with regard to politics, and how can they help us grasp the political within other pieces of art? In each case, manners of thinking concepts of the political, the mutual resistance of such concepts and their academic treatment, and the turn towards specific readings informed by those concepts converge.

The essays collected in “Thinking Resistances. Current Perspectives on Politics, Community, and Art“ engage with political phenomena in their interrelations with arts as well as with recent theoretical and philosophical perspectives on the very meaning of politics, the political, and community.

With contributions by Armen Avanessian, Friedrich Balke, Judith Butler, Simon Critchley, Anneka Esch-van Kan, Josef Früchtl, Andreas Hetzel, Jon McKenzie, Dieter Mersch, Chantal Mouffe, Maria Muhle, Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Stephan Packard, Wim Peeters, Jacques Rancière, Juliane Rebentisch, Gabriel Rockhill, Frank Ruda and Philipp Schulte.