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Time and the World: Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural Transformations
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Concepts and Intersections
Edited by Johan Schimanski and Stephen F. Wolfe
188 pages, 5 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-464-1 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (April 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-465-8 eBook
“This well-structured book offers a refreshing and novel approach to the now fairly crowded field of border studies, advancing an innovative and humanities-facing theoretical framework grounded in aesthetics.” · Hastings Donnan, Queen’s University Belfast
“By pushing aesthetics beyond its canonical topics and giving special attention to the link between aesthetic sensitivity and political context, this volume introduces a groundbreaking perspective and provides an impressive starting point for further wide-ranging investigations.” · Tonino Griffero, University of Rome
Few concepts are as central to understanding the modern world as borders, and the now-thriving field of border studies has already produced a substantial literature analyzing their legal, ideological, geographical, and historical aspects. Such studies have hardly exhausted the subject’s conceptual fertility, however, as this pioneering collection on the aesthetics of borders demonstrates. Organized around six key ideas—ecology, imaginary, in/visibility, palimpsest, sovereignty and waiting—the interlocking essays collected here provide theoretical starting points for an aesthetic understanding of borders, developed in detail through interdisciplinary analyses of literature, audio-visual borderscapes, historical and contemporary ecologies, political culture, and migration.
Johan Schimanski is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo; he has been an Adjunct Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and now holds a similar position at the University of Eastern Finland. His publications include the co-edited volumes Border Poetics De-limited (2007) and Arctic Discourses (2010), and various essays on border poetics.
Stephen F. Wolfe is Associate Professor of English Literature and Culture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His publications as co-editor include Border Poetics De-limited (2007) and a special issue of Nordlit entitled “Border Work/Border Aesthetics” (2014), as well as essays focused on the culture of borders.
Subject: General Cultural Studies General Anthropology General Geography
List of Figures
Mireille Rosello and Stephen F. Wolfe
Chapter 1. Ecology
Mireille Rosello and Timothy Saunders
Chapter 2. Imaginary
Lene M. Johannessen and Ruben Moi
Chapter 3. In/visibility
Chiara Brambilla and Holger Pötzsch
Chapter 4. Palimpsests
Nadir Kinossian and Urban Wråkberg
Chapter 5. Sovereignty
Reinhold Görling and Johan Schimanski
Chapter 6. Waiting
Henk van Houtum and Stephen F. Wolfe
Intersections: A Conclusion in the Form of a Glossary
Johan Schimanski and Stephen F. Wolfe
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