Making Sense

For an Effective Aesthetics- Includes an original essay by Jean-Luc Nancy

by Lorna Collins (Volume editor) Elizabeth Rush (Volume editor)
©2012 Conference proceedings XII, 230 Pages
Series: European Connections, Volume 33


This volume of texts and images has evolved from papers given at the inaugural Making Sense colloquium, which was held at the University of Cambridge in September 2009. The chapters collected here reflect the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary sense made at this event, which became something of an artistic installation in itself. The essay ‘Making Sense’ by Jean-Luc Nancy provided the grand finale for the colloquium and is also the culmination of the volume. The collection also includes articles that expound and critique Nancean theory, as well as those that provide challenging manifestos or question the divide between artist and artisan. The volume contrasts works that use texts to make sense of the world with performance pieces that question the sense of theory and seek to make sense through craft, plastic art or painting. By juxtaposing works of pure theory with pieces that incorporate poetry, prose and performance, the book presents the reader with a distillation of the creative act.


XII, 230
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (February)
question the divide between artist and artisan the creative act to make sense through craft, plastic art or painting poetry, prose and performance
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XII, 230 pp., num. coloured and b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Lorna Collins (Volume editor) Elizabeth Rush (Volume editor)

Lorna Collins is a PhD student in French philosophy at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Foundation Scholar at Jesus College. Her philosophical work develops the concept of Making Sense through the aesthetic theories of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Rancière and Bernard Stiegler. Elizabeth Rush is a PhD student in modern languages at the University of Cambridge. She is currently researching representations of care in Spanish and French fiction written between 1890 and 1930, focusing on J.K. Huysmans, André Gide, Ramón del Valle-Inclán and Gabriel Miró.


Title: Making Sense