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Fictions of African Dictatorship

Cultural Representations of Postcolonial Power

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Edited by Charlotte Baker and Hannah Grayson

Fictions of African Dictatorship examines the fictional representation of the African dictator and the performance of dictatorship across genres. The volume includes contributions focusing on literature, theatre and film, all of which examine the relationship between the fictional and the political. Among the questions the contributors ask: what are the implications of reading a novel for its historical content or accuracy? How does the dictator novel interrogate ideas of veracity? How is power performed and ridiculed? How do different writers reflect on questions of authority in the postcolony, and what are the effects on their stories and modes of narration? This volume untangles some of the intricate workings of dictatorial power in the postcolony, through twelve close readings of works of fiction. It interrogates the intersections between real and literary space, exploring censorship, political critique and creative resistance. Insights into a wide range of lesser known texts and contexts make this volume an original and insightful contribution to scholarship on representations of dictatorship.

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Zeit- und Alterstopik im Minnesang

Eine Untersuchung zu Liedern Walthers von der Vogelweide, Reinmars, Neidharts und Oswalds von Wolkenstein

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Simone Loleit

Der Band präsentiert ein grundlegendes systematisch-theoretisches Gesamtkonzept zur Erforschung minnesangspezifischer Zeit- und Alterstopik sowie innovative Ergebnisse zur Walther-, Reinmar-, Neidhart- und Oswald-Philologie. Die Analysen widmen sich sowohl ‚kanonischen‘ als auch seltener behandelten Liedern der vier Autoren und arbeiten unter anderem mit Verfahren der rhetorischen und literaturwissenschaftlichen Toposforschung, der Varianzforschung und der Erzähltextanalyse.

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Between an Animal and a Machine

Stanisław Lem’s Technological Utopia

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Paweł Majewski

The subject of this book is the philosophy of Stanisław Lem. The first part contains an analysis and interpretation of one of his early works, The Dialogues. The author tries to show how Lem used the terminology of cybernetics to create a project of sociology and anthropology. The second part examines Lem’s essay Summa technologiae, which is considered as the project of human autoevolution. The term «autoevolution» is a neologism for the concept of humans taking control over their own biological evolution and form in order to improve the conditions of their being. In this interpretation, Summa is an example of a liberal utopia, based on the assumption that all human problems can be resolved by science. Various social theories, which can be linked to the project of autoevolution, are presented in the final part.

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Intense Bodily Presence

Practices of Polish Butō Dancers

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Magdalena Anna Zamorska

The author explores the practices of Polish butō dancers. Underlining the transcultural potential of the genre, she discusses in particular their individual body-mind practices and so-called butō techniques in order to produce a generalised account of butō training. Her argument is underpinned by complex field research which she carried out as an expert observer and a workshop participant. Drawing on a transdisciplinary approach, which combines insights and findings from the fields of cultural and performance studies, cultural anthropology and cognitive sciences, the book depicts the sequence of three phases which make up the processual structure of butō training: intro, following and embodiment.

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¿Discapacidad?

Literatura, teatro y cine hispánicos vistos desde los disability studies

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Edited by Susanne Hartwig and Julio Enrique Checa Puerta

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La diversidad funcional, entendida como una afección corporal, cognitiva o psíquica, a menudo altera gravemente la participación de las personas en la vida colectiva. En ocasiones, la diversidad funcional también puede venir acompañada de una estigmatización social muy marcada. El presente volumen ofrece una de las primeras aproximaciones a la representación de la diversidad funcional en el ámbito hispánico. Los trabajos que se incluyen en este libro se encargan de mostrar los posibles acercamientos teóricos y prácticos a la representación de la diversidad funcional, a través de un variado corpus integrado por obras literarias, escénicas, cinematográficas y audiovisuales, extraídas de la creación hispánica contemporánea.

Functional diversity, understood as a bodily, cognitive or psychic affection, often seriously disrupts the participation of people in collective life. At times, functional diversity can also be accompanied by a strong social stigma. This volume offers one of the first approaches to the representation of functional diversity in the Hispanic sphere. The works included in this book are in charge of showing the possible theoretical and practical approaches to the representation of functional diversity, through a varied corpus composed of literary, scenic, cinematographic and audiovisual works, extracted from the contemporary Hispanic creation.

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Piotr Śniedziewski

This book consists of nine chapters devoted to representations of melancholia in 19th-century art and literature. A noteworthy feature of the book is its use of concepts from later works by Sigmund Freud, Jean Clair, Jean Starobinski, Julia Kristeva and others. Those concepts elucidate further contexts of the notion of melancholia, which are presented not in isolation but juxtaposed with the philosophical background of the concept (starting from Hippocrates and Aristotle). Thus, the book not only provides a survey of images and modes of behaviour of 19th-century individuals, but also discusses the meanings of melancholia as they appeared in European culture over time.

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Stanisław Filipowicz

It is often repeated that we live today in a ‹post-truth› world. But this problem has a long history. Greek philosophers investigated the origins of truth (and the will to truth) in hope to separate truth from illusion. But already Machiavelli equated the concept of truth with the notion of what seems to be true. And today? Perhaps, we are paying the price of naivety. In this book, the author approaches the idea of deliberative democracy with reservation, attempting to expose the vain hopes rooted in the Enlightenment tradition, which placed the desire for truth at the fore, and relegated the desire for illusion to the shadows. The book encourages reflection on the appeal of deception in a world which has become the media’s ‹grazing ground›; a world which rejects metaphysics in favour of pragmatic theories, thereby transforming politics into a sphere where truth is replaced with ‹narrative›.

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La cortesía en la Península Ibérica

Dialectología del «Sprachbund» suroccidental

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Víctor Lara Bermejo

Las formas de tratamiento en el ámbito hispánico y lusófono representan uno de los temas más complejos y, a la vez, más estudiados. La diversidad de alternativas y usos a ambos lados del Atlántico es bien conocida, aunque la mayoría de estudios se concentra en casos aislados de una ciudad o región muy determinada, o bien muestra un análisis descriptivo de los pronombres de cortesía. Además, los especialistas han prestado más atención a la casuística de las variedades americanas y menos a la situación del español y portugués europeos. Este estudio pretende dar cuenta de la evolución de las formas de tratamiento en la Península Ibérica en los últimos cien años, con un especial énfasis en el fenómeno de nivelación que se atestigua en la zona suroccidental. De forma pionera, se expone el comportamiento geolingüístico, sociolingüístico y gramatical de dicha nivelación, aplicando métodos estadísticos y los programas de cartografía más actuales. Todo ello, auspiciado por una metodología innovadora y un corpus cuantitativo que refleja la estrecha relación que guardan el español y el portugués, no solo en la cortesía, sino a nivel lingüístico, derivando en un Sprachbund que tiene como foco el suroccidente de la Península Ibérica.

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Unsicherheit als Herausforderung für die Wissenschaft

Reflexionen aus Natur-, Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften

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Edited by Nina Janich and Lisa Rhein

Das Buch präsentiert eine disziplinäre Vielfalt an Perspektiven auf Unsicherheit in der Wissenschaft. Schwerpunkte sind Klimaforschung, Umweltwissenschaft und Technikfolgenabschätzung. Die Beiträge diskutieren Gründe und Folgen wissenschaftlicher Unsicherheit und einer entsprechenden Verantwortung der Wissenschaft. Vertreten sind Kommunikationswissenschaft, Linguistik, Philosophie, Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Volkswirtschaftslehre sowie Chemie und Klimawissenschaft.

Der Band dokumentiert die ungewöhnliche Kooperation zweier Schwerpunktprogramme der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft – «Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit» und «Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?» –, die sich auf einer Tagung an der TU Darmstadt mit weiteren WissenschaftlerInnen zu Austausch und kritischer Reflexion getroffen haben.

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Roman Kuźniar

The subject of this work is the rise and fall of Europe’s aim to rebuild its position in global politics after the Cold War. With success in the unification of Europe and the subsequent deepening and enlargement of its integration, the Union set itself the ambitious task of becoming a global power, even a superpower.
However, starting with the first decade of the XXI century, we have witnessed a rapid erosion of the international position of Europe (the EU). The author carefully analyses the causes of the EU’s failure in pursuing the role of European representative, Europe thereby pretending to the role of one of three world powers. Besides cultural and demographic trends, the author identifies the main factors leading to this failure: the divergent interests of individual European powers, their incapacity to act in a geopolitical context and the rapid erosion of Europe’s civilizational identity.
The rapid decline of Europe’s international position threatens the appearance of a new and bipolar global arrangement together with the further marginalisation of Europe.