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The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Unlimited action concerns the limits imposed upon art and life, and the means by which artists have exposed, refused or otherwise reshaped the horizon of aesthetics and of the practice of art, by way of performance art. It examines the ‘performance of extremity’ as practices at the limits of the histories of performance and art, in performance art’s most fertile and prescient decade, the 1970s. This book recounts and analyses game-changing performance events by six artists: Kerry Trengove, Ulay, Genesis P-Orridge, Anne Bean, the Kipper Kids and Stephen Cripps. Through close encounters with these six artists and their works, and a broader contextual milieu of artists and works, Johnson articulates a counter-history of actions in a new narrative of performance art in the 1970s, to rethink and rediscover the history of contemporary art and performance.

Synchronicity in Historical Research and Archiving Humanitarian Missions
Bertrand Taithe
Mickaël le Paih
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Fabrice Weissman

This roundtable was convened on 5 July 2022 and built on five years of collaborative work in Cambodia and ongoing collaborations within the Centre de Reflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires (CRASH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) between Bertrand Taithe, Mickaël le Paih and Fabrice Weissman. The central question raised in this discussion relates to two profoundly intermeshed issues for humanitarian practitioners and organisations: the use of history for

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Engaging in the Affair
Alexandra Paulin-Booth

Alfred Dreyfus’ conviction for passing military secrets to Germany. 2 Halévy’s hurried diary entry offers a glimpse of the experiences of many of those engaged in the Affair, both Dreyfusards protesting Dreyfus’ innocence and anti-Dreyfusards maintaining his guilt. There was a frenetic explosion of action in the press, in meeting halls, and on the streets; one observer described

in Time and radical politics in France
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Law, responsibility, and deterrence

international customary practices or taking action against foreign entities, groups of people, or individuals without justifying this in a legal context. As highlighted by Dixon: ‘This is powerful evidence that states follow rules of international law as a matter of obligation, not simply as a matter of choice or morality. If this were not so, there would be no need for states to justify their action in legal

in International law in Europe, 700–1200
Community–university research partnerships in global perspectives

This book is based on a three-year international comparative study on poverty reduction and sustainability strategies . It provides evidence from twenty case studies around the world on the power and potential of community and higher education based scholars and activists working together in the co-creation of transformative knowledge. Opening with a theoretical overview of knowledge, democracy and action, the book is followed by analytical chapters providing lessons learned and capacity building, and on the theory and practice of community university research partnerships. It also includes lessons on models of evaluation, approaches to measuring the impact and an agenda for future research and policy recommendations. The book overviews the concept of engaged scholarship and then moves to focus on community-university research partnerships. It is based on a global empirical study of the role of community-university research partnerships within the context of poverty alleviation, the creation of sustainable societies and, broadly speaking, the Millennium Development Goals. The book frames the contribution of community-university research partnerships within a larger knowledge democracy framework, linking this practice to other spaces of knowledge democracy. These include the open access movement, new acceptance of the methods of community-based and participatory research and the call for cognitive justice or the need for epistemologies of the Global South. It takes a particular look at the variety of structures that have been created in the various universities and civil society research organizations to facilitate and enhance research partnerships.

Kipling’s Edwardian summer
Daniel Karlin

8 Actions and Reactions: Kipling’s Edwardian summer Daniel Karlin R  udyard Kipling’s collection of stories and accompanying poems, Actions  and Reactions, was published in October 1909. It consisted of eight stories, each followed by a poem; the stories had all previously appeared in magazines in both the United States and Britain, with the exception of the first and last, which appeared in American magazines only. (The Addendum to Actions and Reactions, reproduced at the end of this chapter, gives the sequence of stories and poems in the published volume

in In Time’s eye
Gavin Wilk

8 Restrained action, 1940–5 On 5 January 1940 Joseph McGarrity noted in his diary that ‘about $3,500 [was] on hand’ at a recent Clan executive meeting held in New York.1 For an organisation that had only one day earlier been accused by the Irish government of being the ‘source’ of funds for the IRA, this figure was indeed meagre.2 Faced with a growing financial predicament, the leaders of the Clan turned once again to their members in order to support the ‘men of action’ in the IRA. An internal circular was soon distributed to Clan clubs across the country

in Transatlantic defiance
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Wyn Grant

THIS chapter considers three case studies of lobbying in action: the campaign to reduce sugar consumption; issues relating to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs); and the future of the Green Belt. Two of these cases relate to potential harm: in the case of sugar, to the population in general; in the case of fixed odds betting terminals, to a subset of those who gamble. The issue of the Green Belt relates to deeply held values in one section of the population. An underlying theme of this chapter is the way in which issues are ‘framed’. This in turn relates to

in Lobbying
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Networks, methods and strategies
Janet Clark

5 The NCCL in action: networks, methods and strategies At first one of the NCCL’s favoured tactics was to investigate major concerns about legislated executive powers or operational police behaviour via an unofficial commission of inquiry. A commission’s members consisted of well-known individuals from legal, political and reformist backgrounds and the proceedings closely replicated an official government inquiry, hearing evidence under oath and producing a report of its findings for publication. It was hoped that a consequent public and parliamentary debate

in The National Council for Civil Liberties and the policing of interwar politics