The inflationary use of the term crisis in public discourse and media to pinpoint particular events in the most divergent branches of society (finance and debt, economy, climate, migration, national and supranational political institutions, to name only a few of many examples) should make us suspicious. Critical Theory at a Crossroads deals with these crisis situations, as well as the manifold forms of resistance and theoretical analyses provoked by them. The book consists of eleven interviews with a well-considered sample of established thinkers across a variety of disciplines. Among the interviewees we find Rosi Braidotti, Jacques Rancière, Joseph Vogl, Wendy Brown, Antonio Negri, Tariq Ali, Saskia Sassen, Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela McRobbie, and Jean-Luc Nancy. The book concludes with a letter exchange between Zygmunt Bauman and Roberto Esposito on the latter’s theorem of immunity. In a thought-provoking and engaging introduction, Stijn de Cauwer, the editor...
Critical Theory in Times of Crisis
Michiel Rys is a postdoctoral researcher for the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Leuven. He is currently working on a research project on the history and representation of precarity with a focus on German literature.
Michiel Rys; Critical Theory in Times of Crisis. Cultural Politics 1 March 2020; 16 (1): 138–140. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-8017373
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