Issue 2, 2017
While super-hurricane climate and super-offensive politicians are tying up news headlines, the new issue of Krisis brings together philosophical perspectives on urgent political issues. Joost Leuven analyses the role of theory in contemporary animal rights advocacy and argues as to why the articulation of philosophical theory should be an intrinsic aspect of the practice of advocacy. With similar exigency, Michiel Bot’s work focuses on the case of Dutch politician Geert Wilders’s employment of ‘giving and taking offense’ and demonstrates the enduring salience of Adorno and Marcuse for the 21st century. The article by Pieter Lemmens and Yuk Hui focusses on two philosophers that have recently waded into the discussion of the Anthropocene, Stiegler and Sloterdijk, and explores their Heideggerian inheritance. This exploration prompts serious questions as to whether Stiegler and Sloterdijk have convincing answers to the Anthropocene’s moral and political challenges.
In addition, Rob Ritzen interviews philosopher Chiara Bottici, author of A Philosophy of Political Myth and Imaginal Politics. As part of our review section, Sudeep Dasgupta considers Gloria Wekker’s book White Innocence against the backdrop of current politics of race, Matthijs Kouw presents the Dutch geophilosophical work Water by René ten Bos, and Temi Ogunye reviews Alejandra Mancilla’s cosmopolitan exploration of The Right of Necessity. Finally, Marc Tuters discusses Alberto Toscano and Jeff Kinkle’s Cartographies of the Absolute in relation to Fredric Jameson’s legacy.
Michiel Bot is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence, and Legal History at Tilburg University (Netherlands), where he teaches courses in law and humanities. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, where he wrote a dissertation titled, “The Right to Offend: Contested Speech Acts and Critical Democratic Practice,” and he has held postdoctoral fellowships and visiting appointments at Bard College (New York) and Al-Quds Bard College (Palestine).
Yuk Hui is currently research associate at the ICAM of Leuphana University Lüneburg where he also teaches at the institute of philosophy. He has published articles in periodicals such as Research in Phe-nomenology, Metaphilosophy, Angelaki, Parrhesia, Cahiers Simondon, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Implica-tions Philosophiques, Intellectica among others. He is the author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (Minnesota University Press, 2016) and The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cos-motechnics (Urbanomic, 2016), and co-editor of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (Meson 2015).
Pieter Lemmens teaches philosophy and ethics at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He has pub-lished on themes in the philosophy of technology and innovation studies, on the work of Martin Heidegger, Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler as well as on post-autonomist and post-operaist Marx-ism (Hardt, Negri, Berardi) and on themes from philosophical anthropology and postphenomenology. His articles have appeared in journals such as Techne, Philosophy of Technology, Human Studies, Krisis and Boundary2. He translated Stiegler’s Philosopher par accident in Dutch (2014) and co-edited a book on the philosophy of landscape and place (2011) as well as a volume on contemporary German philosophy (2013), both in Dutch.
Joost Leuven (1990) studied philosophy and cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His main interests are animal ethics, political theory and social movement studies.
Rob Ritzen is a curator and philosopher. He is co-initiator of That Might Be Right, an organization for collaboration and alternatives to the present. He curated: Between the Sheets: Intimate Experiments, Loving Assembly, Affecting Commons (2017) a series of assemblies where cultural practitioners presented their work, thoughts and interests in an supportive scenography; We Tell Stories - An Anthology (2012) a series of exhibitions which explored the notion of storytelling in artistic practices and the potential to overcome the separation between doer/thinker/spectator; When Squares [Re]Frame Meaning (2011) an exhibition on the public square as a place for the production of meaning, inspired by the Arab Spring and the occupation of Tahrir Square.
Chiara Bottici is a philosopher and writer. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at New School for Social Research. She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images beyond Imagination and The Imaginary (Columbia University Press, 2014), A Philosophy of Political Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Men and States (Palgrave, 2009). With Benoit Challand, she also co-authored Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010). She also co-edited the collection of essays The Politics of Imagination (Routledge, 2011, with Benoit Challand) and The Anarchist Turn (Pluto 2013, with Simon Critchley and Jacob Blu-menfeld). Her short stories have appeared in Il Caffe illustrato, while her novel Per tre miti, forse quattro was published by Manni Editore in 2016.
Temi Ogunye is a Political Theory PhD candidate in the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research explores how to people should respond to different circumstances of injustice.
As an educator at the University of Amsterdam's department of New Media and Digital Culture, through his affiliation with the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) and as director of the Open Intelligence Lab (oilab.eu), Marc Tuters’ research seeks to ground media theory in an empirical engagement with the materiality of new media infrastructure. While his past research contributed to the field of new media art discourse by developing the concept of "locative media”, his current work looks at how online subcultures use digitally-native formats to constitute themselves as political actors, with particular attention to the so-called alt-right.
Matthijs Kouw is werkzaam bij Sim-CI in Den Haag, waar hij werkt aan simulatiemodellen van kriti-sche infrastructuren en steden. Matthijs studeerde Wijsbegeerte en Wetenschapsdynamica aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. In 2012 promoveerde hij aan de Universiteit Maastricht op een proef-schrift over mogelijke gevaren van modellering in het waterbeheer en civiele techniek. Na het afron-den van zijn proefschrift werkte Matthijs achtereenvolgens bij het Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving en het Rathenau Instituut aan slimme steden en verschillende risicovraagstukken, zoals klimaatveran-dering en cybersecurity.
Sudeep Dasgupta is Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies, the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam. His publications focus on the aesthetics and politics of displacement in visual culture, from the disciplinary perspectives of aesthetics, postcolonial and globalization studies, political philosophy, and feminist and queer theory. Book publications include the co-edited volume (with Mireille Rosello) What's Queer about Europe? (New York, Fordham University Press, 2014), and Constellations of the Transnational: Modernity, Culture, Critique (New York and Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2007).