The Here and Now of Cultural Studies

A renewed focus on the ‘here and now’ of cultural studies, we argue, works towards de-linking, disrupting and de-totalising the grand narratives of the field that are currently produced in Anglo-American contexts. While remaining committed to cultural studies as a dynamic political form of knowledge production, we want to de-link cultural studies from its supposedly singular origin in Birmingham, drawing attention to regionally specific approaches and their challenges to some of cultural studies’ core concepts and methodologies; we engage with the disruptive potential queer and postcolonial critiques may bring to cultural studies’ commitment to emancipation and progressivist narratives; and we draw attention to the de-totalising impact of the recent interest in non-human agents and affects on a field so thoroughly committed to social causes and human actors.

Read our co-written paper here, published first as:

Dunst, Alexander, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, and Anja Schwarz. “The Here and Now of Cultural Studies.” Journal for the Study of British Cultures 21.2 (2014): 195-222.

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