Die Krise-Communitas-Schleife im Kunstkontext. Prämisse

Der schottisch-amerikanische Anthropologe Victor Turner war massgeblich an der konzeptuellen Herausarbeitung des Zusammenhangs von Communitas und Krise beteiligt. Die Communitas als offene, egalitäre und solidarische Gemeinschaftlichkeit sucht ethnische, nationale und sozialhierarchische Grenzen wie Geschlecht oder Klasse zu überwinden und ein Gegengewicht zur «kalten», normierenden Struktur der Gesellschaft zu bilden. Gemäss Turner basiert Communitas nicht auf […]

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Antonin Artaud zur Kulturkrise

Zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts fand sich Europa in einer regelrechten Kulturkrise wieder: ein radikaler kultureller Wandel wälzte aufgrund der Industrialisierung im 19. Jahrhundert das Alltagsleben, die Arbeitswelt wie auch Wissenschaft und Kunst um. Wahrnehmungs- Denk- und Handlungsmuster wurden erschüttert. Dies führte dazu, dass sich völlig neue Verhaltensweisen  herausbildeten. Insbesondere das Theater der historischen Avantgardebewegungen […]

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Archeologia traumy aborcyjnej

Na kilka dni przed premierą Klątwy Oliviera Frljicia, która stała się spektakularną manifestacją konfliktu teatru i Kościoła we współczesnej kulturze polskiej, uczestniczyłam w zdarzeniu, które kazało mi gruntownie przemyśleć problematykę aborcji jako istotnej stawki w rozgrywce sztuki awangardowej o władzę symboliczną, a zarazem jako zagadnienia transnarodowego, którego lokalne przejawy stanowią symptomy przemian zachodzących w polityce […]

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Anthropospectral Mismatches in Konwicki’s Zwierzoczłekoupiór: An Outline

Polish writer Tadeusz Konwicki’s 1969 novel Zwierzoczłekoupiór (The Anthropos-Spectre-Beast) may be regarded as a children’s tale, but it is just as much a mapping of the social and cultural order after the events of the so-called Polish March 1968. Its escapist note reflects the isolation and despair felt by individuals in the crisis of commonality[1] […]

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On the origins of post-enlightenment nation in Poland

The present political majority in Poland (which supports the right-wing government) is characterized by nationalism and anti-refugee sentiments. The genesis of a thus-shaped majority should be traced back to post-1989 deregulation of social rights and dismantling of the working and peasant class. Following the disintegration of the previous class order, the only political subject capable of exerting influence on the government turned out to be a nationalistic community. This community treats nationalism as the basis of its political contract with the authorities and regards xenophobia as an instrument of its own agency.

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Im transgenerativen Prozess. Die Angst als Drehmoment

Panikattacken und Angstzustände – aufgrund familiärer Zusammenhänge? Generationenüberschreitende Ängste können trennendes wie verbindendes Moment zugleich sein. Die feministische psychoanalytische Bindungstheorie arbeitet hier mit dem Konzept der intersubjektiven Beziehung – einer nicht-hierarchischen Bindung zwischen Menschen, auf die Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft hochgerechnet werden kann.

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Cultural change in Poland. The end of conservative consensus or a fascist future?

Comments that appeared in the public sphere after the autumn elections in Poland didn’t take into account an important cultural dimension of the elections. The same can be said about the articles on the upcoming presidential elections in May 2020. People writing about Polish politics seem to look only at surveys or analyze performances of […]

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Transformation. Memory and Matter in Early Polish Capitalism

The process of political and economic transformation which started in Poland in the late eighties is narrated in terms of regaining freedom and establishing democracy. The end of the totalitarian regime also brought the end of censorship and political persecution, the beginning of the free market, and the free flow of commodities. However, on the […]

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The philosophical debate about biopolitics in times of CoVid-19

At the end of February, the philosopher Giorgio Agamben reacted to the measures taken by the Italian government to face the CoVid-19 pandemic. “[T]he invention of an epidemic”, he wrote, “could offer the ideal pretext for broadening such measures beyond any limitation”[1] and thus reinforced his well-known thesis on the normalisation of the use of […]

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An Introduction to the Symposium «Crisis and Communitas»

Crisis is a term increasingly heard these days – climate crisis, migration crisis, crisis of representation, identity, masculinity… Contemporary societies often react to crises by installing mechanisms of classification and order. Identitarian communities perceive themselves as an antidote to personal and social crises. On 14 and 15 November 2019, the symposium «Crisis and Communitas. Performative […]

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Potent Collectivities: Aesthetics of Solidarity. A lecture by Jeremy Gilbert

A key feature of neoliberal culture has been its systematic inhibition of the emergence, survival and empowerment of ‘potent collectivities’ on any scale: from socially functional neighbourhoods to national political movements to transnational networks of solidarity. Democracy itself might be described as the potentiation of complex collectivities; and the directly anti-democratic, anti-social nature of neoliberalism had […]

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