Sites of Appearance, Matters of Thought: Hannah Arendt and Performance Philosophy
This editorial introduces this special issue on the thresholds, borders, and dialogues between Hannah Arendt’s work and performance philosophy, bringing together contributions that investigate political resistance, thought, and practice. Arendt’s relevance to our times is ubiquitous: from the near constant citation of The Origins of Totalitarianism in relation to the recent rise in strong-man politics and resurgent ethnic nationalism, to her diagnosis of the plight of refugees, denied even the rights belonging to those that have broken the law, but instead placed outside the law. Contemporary political philosophy also bears numerous influences, in the thinking of Mouffe, Rancière, Nancy, Agamben, Brown, Butler, and more. For performance philosophy, we might engage with Arendt’s performative notion of politics itself, as exemplified in her idea of ‘spaces of appearance’, but also the performativity of thought, as well as the implications of Arendt’s work for phenomenology, governmentality, rights, and ecology. Contributors to this special issue also think through the relevance of Arendt’s work for an anti-colonial and anti-racist political praxis, and for post and non-human political ethics, judgment, and thinking.
Agamben, Giorgio. 1995. “We Refugees.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 49 (2): 114–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/00397709.1995.10733798
Agamben, Giorgio. 1998. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Agamben, Giorgio. 2005. State of Exception. Translated by Kevin Attell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. https://doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226009261.001.0001
Arendt, Hannah. (1943) 1994. “We Refugees.” In Altogether Elsewhere: Writers On Exile, edited by Marc Robinson, 110–19. London: Faber and Faber.
Arendt, Hannah. (1951) 1973. The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York: Harvest/HBJ.
Arendt, Hannah. (1958) 1998. The Human Condition. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Arendt, Hannah. (1963) 2006. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. New York: Penguin Classics.
Arendt, Hannah. 1971. The Life of the Mind: Thinking. London: Secker & Warburg.
Arendt, Hannah. 2009. The Promise of Politics. Edited by Jerome Kohn. New York: Schocken.
Berkowitz, Roger. 2017. “Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism.’” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 19, 2017. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/arendt-matters-revisiting-origins-totalitarianism/.
Bernstein, Richard J. 2018. Why Read Hannah Arendt Now. Cambridge: Polity.
Borren, Marieke. 2013. “‘A Sense of the World’: Hannah Arendt’s Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Common Sense.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 21 (2): 225–55. https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2012.743156
Brown, Wendy. 2013. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution. London: Zone.
Butler, Judith. 2015. Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. https://doi.org/10.4159/9780674495548
Butler, Judith, and Athena Athanasiou. 2013. Dispossession: The Performative in the Political. Cambridge: Polity.
Dietz, Mary. 2002. Turning Operations: Feminism, Arendt, Politics. London: Routledge.
Euben, J. Peter. 2000. “Arendt’s Hellenism.” In The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt, edited by Dana Villa, 151–64. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CCOL0521641985.008
Griswold, Alison. 2017. “‘The Origins of Totalitarianism,’ Hannah Arendt’s Definitive Guide to Tyranny, Has Sold out on Amazon.” Quartz, January 30. https://qz.com/897517/the-origins-of-totalitarianism-hannah-arendts-defining-work-on-tyranny-is-out-of-stock-on-amazon/.
Gündogdu, Ayten. 2015. Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mouffe, Chantal. 2000. The Democratic Paradox. London: Verso.
Nancy, Jean-Luc. (1986) 1991. The Inoperative Community. Translated by Peter Connor. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Nancy, Jean-Luc. (1996) 2000. Being Singular Plural. Translated by Robert D. Richardson. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Pitkin, Hanna Fenichel. 1981. “Justice: On Relating Private and Public.” Political Theory 9 (3): 327–52. https://doi.org/10.1177/009059178100900304
Rancière, Jacques. 2004. “Who Is the Subject of the Rights of Man?” South Atlantic Quarterly 103 (2/3): 297–310. https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-103-2-3-297
Rancière, Jacques. 2009. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics. Translated by Steven Corcoran. London: Continuum.
Storey, Ian, and Roger Berkowitz, eds. 2017. Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch. New York: Fordham University.
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