Bringing back the true meaning of universitas
Cultural Theory and Concepts

Bringing back the true meaning of universitas

Some questions in life cut across traditional divisions in academia. What is culture? Who is the global citizen, if he exists at all? What is considered progress and decay in our society? Such questions lie at the heart of the values held by all human kind. They cannot be ‘owned’ by a particular discipline. They are deeply personal, and yet shared. Continue reading

The IdeaLab “The Biopolitical Condition”
Cultural Theory and Concepts

The IdeaLab “The Biopolitical Condition”

Since Michel Foucault described how life as such became the object of political attention, planning and intervention – a phenomenon he called biopolitics – his theories have attracted a large amount of academic and non-academic interest. The ideas Foucault developed later in his life have become much more accessible because of the recent publication and translation of his lectures at the Collège de France. Continue reading

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

One of Cultural Studies more interesting scholars is Andrew Ross. Besides being an activist, being infamously involved in the Sokal affair (physicist Alan Sokal managed to get a nonsensical article published in the journal with Ross on the editorial board), and being brave enough to ethnographically immerse himself in the life of “Celebration, Florida”, a constructed town by the Disney corporation (as an alternative form of post-Sokal sabbatical reorientation), he also wrote quite a famous book on the conditions of labor in the new neoliberal climate: Nice Work If You Can Get It. Continue reading

No literary studies without cultural studies
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

No literary studies without cultural studies

Recently there has been an impressive amount of publications in French on the cultural as well as the societal value of the humanities (Yves Citton) or, more specifically of literature (Tzvetan Todorov, Antoine Compagnon, Jean-Marie Schaeffer, among others). The new book by William Marx, a world-leading voice in the field of literary studies (see for instance his L’Adieu à la littérature, 2005), does just this and simultaneously brings forth something completely different, and that is one of the many reasons to read it urgently. Continue reading