Volume 22 Issue 4
On the Maternal
Issue editors: Lena Šimić & Emily Underwood-Lee
Publication date: 31 October 2017
On the Maternal addresses maternal aesthetics, (bio)ethics, the posthuman condition, migratory experience across generations, the performativity of objects, ecology and art activism, the politics of birth and nationhood, digital technologies and performance in online spaces, labour and care, and questions of maternal subjectivity. Transnational in scope, with contributions covering work from Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, UK, USA, Russia and the former Yugoslav Republic this issue charts the multifaceted work of maternal performance as well as corresponding theoretical approaches across the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, maternal studies, feminist and political theory. The issue asks us to open up new ways of thinking, seeing and feeling the maternal in and through performance practices, exploring alliances between the maternal and (feminist) performance, which both actively embrace notions of vulnerability, risk, interruption, immanence, calls for transcendence, failure, loss, labour, endurance and certain kinds of discomfort, shame and embarrassment in the live encounter.
Volume 22 Issue 5
Issue editors: Joshua Abrams & Richard Gough
Publication date: 30 November 2017
Taking as a challenge the proverb that there is no disputing about taste, ‘De gustibus non est disputandum’, On Taste brings together a variety of contributors to examine notions of gustatory taste in relation to performance and performativity. Ranging across historical cookbooks, contemporary performance art, home cooking and restaurant dining as well as across varied cultures from throughout the world, the articles in this issue upend relationships of the aesthetics of sense and sensibility, as a means of understanding varying practices through embodied cognition, asking questions about what epistemologies of understanding might gain from a serious contemplation of taste as and in performance.
Volume 22 Issue 6
Issue editors: Konstantina Georgelou & Janez Janša
Publication date: 15 December 2017
Prompted by the pervasive operation of names, which on the one hand act as empty signifiers and on the other ‘fix’ subjects within their cultural and social environments, this issue brings together a variety of contributions that explore the performativity, agency and problematics of names. On Names addresses issues around centring and decentring subjectivities through naming and asks what one can (un)do with names by means of art and performance. Ranging across recent political debates, astronomy, authorship, scholarship, procedures of renaming and artistic pseudonyms, the articles collected in this issue urge us to consider how names ‘capture’ us and at the same time generate different modes of agency and possibilities for political intervention.