Theodor Adorno

The abundance of real suffering tolerates no forgetting. This suffering demands the continued existence of art even as it prohibits it. It is now virtually in art alone that suffering can still find its own voice

Theodor Adorno


The Bauman Lectures

Henry A. Giroux War On Youth

In the second of our Bauman lectures, the critically acclaimed public intellectual Henry A. Giroux discusses the state sponsored assault being waged against young people across the globe, especially in the United States. For Giroux, what is no longer a hidden order of politics is that American society is at war with its children, and that the use of such violence against young people is a disturbing index of a society in the midst of a deep moral and political crisis. Only a fundamental rethinking of our political priorities can rescue us from this tragic foreclosure of hope. A close friend of the late Paolo Friere, Henry has made groundbreaking contributions to numerous fields, including education, critical theory, youth studies, media studies and public pedagogy. He currently occupies the Global TV network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

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Special Series Disposable Life 

To what extent is it possible to write of entire populations as disposable? How might we think about mass violence is such terms? And how might we forge a truly trans-disciplinary pedagogy that connects the arts, humanities and social sciences such that we may re-imagine peaceful co-habitation amongst the world of people? Bringing together some of the most celebrated critical scholars, public intellectuals and artists, this three year collaborative project will directly address these types of questions by interrogating the concept of “disposable life”. In doing so, the project aims to rethink the very meaning of mass violence in the 21st Century. Click Here

In Focus Robert Longo on Violence 

In this interview conducted in the studio of New York based artist Robert Longo, the relationship between violence and art in the contemporary period is questioned. Longo discusses how his work draws upon a personal fascination with the “violence of the real”, in particular how living in New York City (including during the events of September 11th 2011) had a profound influence in shaping the content and direction of his works. The artist also discusses his historical influences and his earlier provocations on the purpose of artistic productions. Section also features a retrospective of his works. Click Here

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On Violence

Edition No. 1

Now Published

On Violence is an annual publication which provides a dedicated intellectual and creative space for cutting-edge mediations and critical reflections. It is not aiming to be a conventional academic journal in any stylistic sense; instead it prefers trans-disciplinary interventions that openly challenge orthodox modes of thinking, presentation and form. Our inaugural edition includes contributions from Todd May, Cynthia Enloe, Brian Massumi, Saul Newman, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, John Steppling, Lewis Gordon, Henry Giroux, Michael Dillon, and Julian Reid.

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New Press:

Evans & Reid 

Violence & Danger

What does it mean to live dangerously? This is not just a philosophical question or an ethical call to reflect upon our own individual recklessness. According to Evans & Reid, it is a deeply political issue, fundamental to the new doctrine of ‘resilience’ that is becoming a key term of art for governing planetary life in the 21st Century. No longer should we think in terms of evading the possibility of traumatic experiences. Vulnerability to threat, injury and loss has to be accepted as a reality of human existence. The political stakes could not be more pronounced.

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The Ten Years of Terror Project

How were we to commemorate the 10th anniversary of violence of September 11th 2001? What challenges did the decade which followed pose for critical scholars and thinkers who share a commitment to non-violence as a political strategy? To what extent did our response to the violence of that day represent a failure of the political imagination? And how might we have better reflected upon that historical moment such that we might rethink the meaning of war/peace, violence and global citizenship in the 21st Century? Organised in partnership with the Solomon K. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, the Ten Years of Terror project provided a timely intervention on the state of global affairs that remains as prescient as ever.

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