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Gutenberg and Prof. Natascha Würzbach, who initiated and fostered my interest in critical theory and gender studies. The participation in their seminars as a student proved to be turning points in my life. I feel additionally blessed by the solid friendships that have ensued. I’m indebted to Alison Fell, Susanne Röltgen, and Tobias Schmidt for all the time and work they put into helping me with some of the book’s “formal” concerns, which – as the study upholds – are insepar- able from the presented ideas. Thank you. While I also regard my closest friends as

the generative system, but the freedom of people: the freedom of the producers as well as the users of images. In asking these questions, the perspective of semiotics seems to have a blind spot, and in opposition to poststructuralist theories of signs, Adorno’s critical theory is more interested in intentions and affections than in effec- tiveness. The functional operation of communication in art and also within design processes is not a valid criterion of a successful act of creation to Adorno. In his eyes, a good design is not necessarily a functional one

.): Questions of Cultural Identity. London: Sage, S. 53-60. CNU: Benhabib, Seyla 1986: Critique, Norm, and Utopia. A Study of the Founda- tions of Critical Theory. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. CoC: Benhabib, Seyla 2002a: The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. CoI: Said, Edward W. 2001: The Clash of Ignorance. In: The Nation. 22.10.2011, S. 11-13. CPR: Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty 1999: A Critique of Postcolonial Reason. Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, MA: Harvard

,maintaining that “it serves the ideological function of justi- fying the position and interests of the wealthy and powerful” (Kemmis and McTag- gart, 2005, p. 560). Instead, PAR acknowledges the politics inherent in research. Its conceptual proximity to poststructural, feminist and postcolonial theories makes PAR sensitive to power relations, alternative ways of knowing, and (institutional- ized) oppression while explicitly pursuing an agenda of emancipation and empow- erment (Kemmis and McTaggart, 2005; Kindon et al., 2007, 2009). PAR builds on a critical theory that is

the affinity between aesthetics and the philosophy of the body in the likes of Kant, Merleau-Ponty, J-L Nancy and Jacques Lacan. She has been teaching in Tel Aviv University Topological Perspectives254 since 2006 and published on Lacanian psychoanalysis, as well as translated works by Zizek and W. J. T. Mitchell. Email: Mladen Dolar is Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. His area of research stretches from German idealism to psychoanalysis and critical theory. He is the author of numerous

Einführung8 gen, dass der Band erst jetzt vorliegt. Andererseits hat dies auch unser Ver- ständnis des postkolonialen Projekts deutlich erweitert. Unter anderem die Einladungen zu Aufenthalten an die Pusan Universität in Südkorea, an das Institute for International Law and the Humanities der Universität Melbourne in Australien, an das Program of Critical Theory, Uni- versity of California, Berkeley und Columbia University, New York, USA, an die Universität La Laguna auf Tenerife, Spanien und an die Universität Costa Rica haben uns die Möglichkeit gegeben, unsere


often been criticised for appropriating and construc- ting certain areas, which are not perceived as such by those living in these regions. Rüdiger Korff contributed to overcoming such container-like thinking by propagating an emic approach to Southeast Asia. Combining critical theory (from the Global North) with emic reconstructions of meaning, while closely cooperating with academics from Southeast Asia and beyond, Rüdiger Korff succeeded in establishing the field of con- temporary Southeast Asian Studies as theoretically informed and empirically based discipline

University of Hannover. Moreover, he is editing with G. Sebald a critical anthology titled Theorizing Social Memories: Concepts and Contexts, which will be published by Routledge in 2014. Earlier, he has taught English and American studies at the SIES College of the University of Mumbai, India and edited the interdisciplinary journal, New Quest. His research interests include Critical Theory of society, migration and diaspora studies. Janina Wierzoch hat 2011 ihr Studium der Anglistik, Medienkultur und Neu- eren Deutschen Literatur an der Universität Hamburg mit

das größte Kapitel in diesem Buch handelt hiervon. Das halbwegs Soziale — Eine Kritik der Vernetzungskultur8 Im Februar 2009 habe ich verschiedene Kapitel in einem Mini-Seminar im Rahmen des Critical Theory Emphasis Programms an der University of Cali- fornia, Irvine, zur Diskussion gestellt. Ich danke Elisabeth Losch dafür, dass sie dies ermöglicht hat. Ebenfalls hilfreich war die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Eurozine Netzwerk, das nicht nur einige meiner Essays zur Veröffentlichung brachte, sondern mich auch zu seiner Konferenz im September 2008 nach Pa- ris einlud

the present day. She is the author of Lad Trouble. Masculinity and Identity in the British Male Confessional Novel and the co-editor of Moment to Monument. The Making and Unmaking of Cultural Significance (both published 2009). Rainbow, Adrian has been working as a lecturer at the University of Zurich since February 2009. His Habilitation project is titled Ecocriti- cism and the Canadian Visionaries. He holds a BA in English Litera- ture and Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, an MA (English - Critical Theory) and a PhD (English) from the