Embodying Theory

Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance

by Elizabeth Bishop (Author) Tamsen Wojtanowski (Author)
©2019 Monographs XIV, 102 Pages


Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance takes a deep dive into representational spaces of social science theory and research, positioning post-structuralist frameworks as potent tools in ongoing fights against injustice and inequity. In this interactive text, the reader takes a discursive tour through theoretical and imagistic landscapes that offer options for liberated existence and expression from repression and moralism. By foregrounding the "double articulation" of what is articulated through language and what is shown through visual material, Embodying Theory furthers an argument that there are numerous ways to embody, interpret and interact with meaning across cultural, materialist and populist platforms, to strategically create counter-narratives in the service of building peaceable, inclusive, sustainable and joyful futures.
Embodying Theory offers a series of writings and images to make theory walk, recasting major post-structural and deconstructive thought in order to explore spheres of action in the educational, the sociopolitical, the ethical, the aesthetic and the academic. This is an explicitly politicized approach to text creation, understood as both building theory and practice, to collaboratively design a textual experiment. This book reconceptualizes the text as an anti-moralistic response, as a non-violent battleground visually and textually. Embodying Theory uses the form of the book to demonstrate the always possible, to break open words and images. Through an interplay of light and language, the text foregrounds an affirmative stance against the nihilistic and the cynical. Embodying Theory interacts with core notions of "becoming" as key to understanding processes of subjects constructing their present and future.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author(s)/editor(s)
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Introduction: Locating the Imaginary Horizon
  • I. Track 0. Press Play
  • I. Track 1. Subterranean Subjects against Alienation and Home Invasion
  • I. Track 2. Face First
  • I. Track 3. On Caveats and Interludes
  • I. Track 4. I am Not a (Wo)Man, I am Dynamite: Distinctions between Ethics and Morals
  • I. Track 5. An Ethical-Political Vision for Activist Aesthetics, Research, Love and Survival
  • I. Track 6. Hidden Track: On Introducing Joy Early and Often
  • Notes
  • Chapter 1. Mapping Rhizomatic Lines: Engendering Promiscuous Epistemologies
  • 1. Track 0. Ready Yourself
  • 1. Track 1. Nomad Science: On Theoretical Lexicography and Punkademic Etymologies
  • 1. Track 2. On Theory vs. Theoretical Framework: Epistemology and Post-Structuralisms
  • 1. Track 3. Rhizomatic Understandings of Morphology and Making Maps of Transgression
  • 1. Track 4. On a Conceptual Orchestration: Vectors of Iterative Fields of Meaning
  • 1. Track 5. On the Disruptive Power of Deterritorializing Space
  • Notes
  • Chapter 2. Tactical Subjects: Ethical Pleasure in Resistance
  • 2. Track 0. Begin Where You Are
  • 2. Track 1. Toward Ethical Audacity: Aesthetic Bodies Made Light
  • 2. Track 2. Body Power Politics: Toward Marx and Material Economies of Exchange
  • 2. Track 3. Performing Principled Pleasures
  • 2. Track 4. Derrida’s Nietzschean Affirmation
  • Notes
  • Chapter 3. Embodied Politics and Strategic Aesthetics
  • 3. Track 0. You and Yours
  • 3. Track 1: Understanding an Intersectional Queer Theory of Ethical Action
  • 3. Track 2. On the Value of Planting Seeds and Guerilla Gardening
  • 3. Track 3. How To: Anti-Oppressive Implications
  • 3. Track 4. Re-Centering Double Articulation: Approaching Humans, Rights, Activisms
  • 3. Track 5. Getting Inside the Outsider: Credentials and Queerness in the Academy
  • Notes
  • Chapter 4. Collective Action: Make Theory Walk
  • 4. Track 0. On Future Tracks
  • 4. Track 1. Designing Ethical-Political Methods for Documenting Liberatory Futures
  • 4. Track 2. On a Vision for Praxis: Rationale for Localized Action
  • 4. Track 3. Participatory Action Research: Democratic Form and Content
  • 4. Track 4. Critical Auto/Ethnography: Subjectivity, Ownership and Articulation of Action
  • 4. Track 5. Polyvocal Mixed Media Portrait: Visioning Aesthetic Fragments
  • 4. Track 6. On Rhizoanalysis: A Description and Procedure for Post-structural Reportage
  • 4. Hidden Track. On Proof: Unreliable Narratives and Catalytic Convergences
  • 4. Track 7. On Inspirational Roots for Building Momentum Spun Out of Ethical Vectors
  • 4. Track 8. On Confessional Subjectivity: Be Critically Complicit in History and Futurity
  • 4. Track 9. Ethical Lines of Flight: Assessing Available Tools and the Impetus to Act
  • 4. Track 10. On Drawing Conceptual Maps for an Anti-oppressive Futurist Agenda
  • 4. Bonus Track. (Re)Construct Deconstruction Toward Ethics: Eternal Return at the End
  • Notes
  • Works Cited

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Figure I.1: Bend. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure I.2: Rocket. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 1.1: Free. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 1.2: Pause. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 2.1: Neighbors. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 2.2: Emo Jawn. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 3.1: Potential. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 3.2: Lightning. Tamsen Wojtanowksi. 2018.

Figure 4.1: Support. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

Figure 4.2: YES. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018.

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Locating the Imaginary Horizon


Figure I.1: Bend. Tamsen Wojtanowski. 2018. ← 1 | 2 →

I. Track 0. Press Play

How pale and cadaverous will today’s rationalists appear as the intense throng of Dionysian revelers post turn.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

This book is an experiment. As reader, your participation makes the experiment possible. Without you, the book is not read and ostensibly then there is no book since a book’s central purpose is the active function of transmission. You are invited to interact with the text. You are provided multiple entry points to do so. You are what makes all things possible. You are seen.


XIV, 102
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2019 (January)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2019. XIV, 102 pp. 10 b/w ills.

Biographical notes

Elizabeth Bishop (Author) Tamsen Wojtanowski (Author)

Elizabeth Bishop is a researcher, educator and youth advocate. She is Director of Curriculum and Outcomes Evaluation at Global Kids, and Faculty of Youth Studies at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. Bishop also directs the Drop Knowledge Project, where she conducts ongoing research exploring the intersections of literacy, civic engagement, global education, cultural studies and youth organizing. Tamsen Wojtanowski is an artist interested in where the medium of photography might overlap with painting, printmaking and installation. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and Vancouver. Wojtanowski is a found-ing member of the artist-run exhibition space, NAPOLEON, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches photography classes at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art, Temple University.


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