Situated Knowing: Epistemic Perspectives on Performance

1st Edition

Ewa Bal, Mateusz Chaberski

July 31, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367408657 - CAT# 329961
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

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Situated Knowing aims to critically examine performance studies’ ideological and socio-political underpinnings while also challenging the Anglo-centrism of the discipline. This book reworks the concept of ‘situated knowledges’ put forward over thirty years ago by American biologist and philosopher Donna Haraway in order to challenge the Enlightenment paradigm of objectivity in sciences by emphasising the role of the embodied and partial socio-cultural perspective of the scholar in the production of knowledge. Through carefully selected case studies of contemporary natural, cultural and technological performances, contributors to this volume show that the proposed approach requires new genealogies of traditional concepts, emerges from encounters with contemporary performative arts or contact zones and may potentially go beyond the human in order to include non-human ways of being in the world. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of performance studies, cultural studies, media studies and theatre studies.

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