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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

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Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame
Elleke Boehmer

; as in Vera, too, this redemptive quality is subtly interleaved with the restorative charge of a sentimental nationalism. Roy’s sense that local needs are pressed by national and international demands, that small turmoils lock into larger ones, is more starkly articulated in her anti-globalisation polemical writing, collected as The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2002), which reflects back on the role played by national history in her novel.36 Exposing the contradictory destructions inflicted by multinational corporations, and the postcolonial nation’s co-operation with

in Stories of women
Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia, and Meesha Nehru

to increase their programmes, using the cultural emphasis during the Feria. Equally, the 2010 event was immediately followed by a high-profile conference on anti-colonial thought and access to the book, in the AHS centre of the Pabellón Cuba, part of the general anti-globalisation campaign in Latin America of which Cuba was an enthusiastic participant. One interesting outcome of all this came in 2008 when international recognition of the Feria was accorded by the nomination of Havana as UNESCO World Book Capital for 2011, a title created in 1996 by UNESCO, as part

in Literary culture in Cuba
David Alderson

traditional left [including Halliday’s ‘hard-headed’ socialists] placed so much emphasis upon) have to be seen in a dialectical relation with the struggles against accumulation by dispossession that the social movements coalescing within the anti- and alternative globalization movements [Halliday’s ‘motley agglomeration’] are primarily focusing upon.28 Harvey’s dialectical grasp here refuses simply to privilege one tradition over the other, and retains a commitment to evaluating the social and political aims of anti-globalisation movements in relation to the continuing need

in End of empire and the English novel since 1945
Dystopian performatives and vertigo aesthetics in popular theatre
Simon Parry

, Philippe Pignarre and Isabelle Stengers took inspiration from the cry heard at the Seattle protests in 1999: ‘another 66 Science in performance world is possible’. The link that Stengers draws between anti-globalisation movements and her cosmopolitical philosophy of science is rooted in an impulse to speculate about the possibility of another world. With Pignarre she attempts to assemble diverse and sometimes divergent practices to revive a sense of futurity and speculation as a political practice: ‘propositions that attempt to transmit effectively – affectively – a

in Science in performance
On Regie, realism and political critique
Peter M. Boenisch

side unequivocally with this activist who promises to sort out all problems. Already in Ibsen’s original drama, Stockmann uses his speech to the public to discuss ‘greater issues’ than the poisoned wells. At this point, Ostermeier (b. 1968) and his dramaturg Florian Borchmeyer (b. 1974), who had translated the playtext into present-day colloquial German, inserted The Coming Insurrection into their production. This controversial anti-globalisation manifesto from 2007, published on the Internet by an anonymous French anarchist group calling itself The Invisible

in Directing scenes and senses
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Sara Mills

is, however, an exception, since in his focus on the difficulty of asserting and maintaining clear racial divisions, he is able to challenge some of the certainties around racial categorisation (Young, 1995). 4 Contrary to popular belief, Marxist thought is still thriving, adapting itself to the changing political and economic circumstances, and is particularly in evidence in relation to the anti-globalisation movement. 5 I would, however, contest the assumption in Radhakrishnan’s statement that women’s concerns

in Gender and colonial space