John Hutnyk – Keynote for the Conference “Framing Struggles”
“Framing Struggles or Containing Fears?
– Performative Paranoia and the Manufacture of Demons”.
Theatricality can sometimes out-perform theory. This presentation considers how insights from performance studies might provide a critical line on the range of theory-driven post-September 11 commentary that seeks to deal with the meaning of the war of terror and issues of public security. In particular the writings of Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou and Susan Buck-Morss will be examined, alongside the critical positions from media commentators and cultural artists. It seems that from the world of performance arts there might be a more nuanced understanding of the way the stories unfold, with implications for how we imagine scholarship and explanatory frameworks. The culture of fear creates demons, but a culture of struggle perhaps questions such framings.
Friday 13 June 17.30 PM (followed by a reception).
FRAMING STRUGGLES: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY.
2ND CEU Sociology & Social Anthropology Graduate Conference
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University
Nador utca 9.
Budapest H-1051, Hungary