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Reviving Lavinia

Aquatic Imagery and Ecocritical Complexity in Titus Andronicus

Claire Hansen

language and narrative that our culture has always grappled with living in an unstable, ocean-drenched environment. 10 As a systems-based framework, ecocriticism shares common traits with complexity theory: the study of complex systems. Ecological

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Christian Fuchs and John Collier

Economic logic impinges on contemporary political theory through both economic reductionism and economic methodology applied to political decision-making (through game theory). The authors argue that the sort of models used are based on mechanistic and linear methodologies that have now been found wanting in physics. They further argue that complexity based self-organization methods are better suited to model the complexities of economy and polity and their interactions with the overall social system.

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Critical Museology

A Manifesto

Anthony Shelton

Synthesizing work carried out by the author over the past twenty-five years, this article proposes a tentative disciplinary definition of critical museology, distinguishing its related methodological interdictions and describing its distinctiveness from what is here defined as operational museology. The article acknowledges the diverse intellectual sources that have informed the subject and calls for a reorientation and separation of critical museology from the operational museologies that form part of its area of study. Critical museology, it is argued, is not only an essential intellectual tool for better understanding museums, related exhibitionary institutions, fields of patrimony and counter patrimonies, and the global and local flows and conditions in which they are embedded, but is also crucial for developing new exhibitionary genres, telling untold stories, rearticulating knowledge systems for public dissemination, reimagining organizational and management structures, and repurposing museums and galleries in line with multicultural and intercultural states and communities.

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Many Damn Things Simultaneously--at Least for Awhile

Complexity Theory and World Affairs

James N. Rosenau

In this emergent epoch of multiple contradictions that I have labelled ‘fragmegration’ in order to summarily capture the tensions between the fragmenting and integrating forces that sustain world affairs,2 a little noticed – and yet potentially significant – discrepancy prevails between our intellectual progress toward grasping the underlying complexity of human systems and our emotional expectation that advances in complexity theory may somehow point the way to policies which can ameliorate the uncertainties inherent in a fragmegrative world. The links here are profoundly causal: the more uncertainty has spread since the end of the Cold War, the more are analysts inclined to seek panaceas for instability and thus the more have they latched onto recent strides in complexity theory in the hope that it will yield solutions to the intractable problems that beset us. No less important, all these links – the uncertainty, the search for panaceas, and the strides in complexity theory – are huge, interactive, and still intensifying, thus rendering the causal dynamics ever more relevant to the course of events.

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The Ontological Turn

Taking Different Worlds Seriously

Andrew Pickering


In this article I discuss different scientific and non-modern worlds as they appear in a performative (rather than representational) idiom, situating my analysis in relation to the recent ontological turns in science and technology studies (STS) and anthropology. I propose an ontology of decentered becoming that can help us take seriously the multiplicity of ‘found’ ontologies. A key concept is that of ‘islands of stability’, which enables a comparative transition between the worlds of science and shamanism. This offers an opportunity to reflect back critically and politically on modernity, while highlighting the problems of anthropological translation that surface in a performative apprehension of non-modern worlds. In conclusion, I touch on scientific and non-scientific worlds (complexity theory, cybernetics, Taoism, Zen) that do not center themselves on islands of stability.

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The Unrealized Potential of Body-Reflexive Practices

Intimations of a New Materialism

Steve Garlick

alongside new materialist ideas drawn from complexity theories, posthumanism, and, especially, affect theories, holds potential for productive insights into the importance of corporeal relations in boyhood and masculinities studies. Each of these new

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Paul Apostolidis, William E. Connolly, Jodi Dean, Jade Schiff, and Romand Coles

receptivity, the appreciation of mirror neurons as actual and potential conduits of mimesis in social and political life, the exploration of a constituency habitus operating below the level of direct intellectual control, the engagements with complexity theory

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Theorizing Mobility Transitions

An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Cristina Temenos, Anna Nikolaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers, Matt Watson, and Mimi Sheller

the new mobilities paradigm to understand transitions, bringing together complexity theory, MLP, and social practice theory. With this discussion, we hope to provide a short yet succinct overview that suggests some approaches to the challenges of

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

predict the rise of the “alt-right” and Trump. He cautions, however, that complexity theory—translated by Coles into democratic resource—lends itself to the neoliberalism Coles seeks to challenge, given its ethos of flexibility, self-organization, and

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Laurel Hart, Pamela Lamb, and Joshua Cader

Leaders in Chaotic Environments: Examinations of Leadership Using Complexity Theory , ed. Şefika Şule Erçetin , 127 – 142 . Cham : Springer International Publishing . Gill , Rosalind . 2012 . “ Media, Empowerment and the ‘Sexualization of Culture