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Critical Times 4:1

Vol. 4, No. 1 (2021)


Contributors to this issue uncover the critical sensibilities that both enable and emerge from political life. Subjects range from the agency of counter-communities to the timeliness of political courage, from Foucault’s use of irony in his reading of neoliberalism to the question of what it would take to decolonize Frankfurt School critical theory. Special sections on Étienne Balibar’s recent contribution to Critical Times (in vol. 3:3) and on debt, blame, and responsibility in Puerto Rico show how violence and colonialism continue to structure our present. The issue concludes with a wry artistic intervention that unsettles the position of “the female artist from the Global South.”



Scholarly Essays


DANIEL LOICK

MANU SAMNOTRA

CARLOS PALACIOS

GURMINDER K. BHAMBRA

Artistic Intervention



KARIN ZITZEWITZ and MITHU SEN

FIGURE 1. Mithu Sen, How to be a SUCKcessful Artist. Lecture performance, video still from 1:12. Shown at “States of Consciousness in Cognitive Capitalism,” SFSIA (Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art) 2019, Berlin.


Critical Encounters


On Debt, blame, and responsibility: Feminist Resistance in the Colony of Puerto Rico

ROCÍO ZAMBRANA

ARIADNA MICHELLE GODREAU-AUBERT
Translated by Tara Philips

ANAYRA SANTORY JORGE
Translated by Nicole Delgado

VANESA CONTRERAS CAPÓ
Translated by Nicole Delgado

EVA PRADOS RODRÍGUEZ
Translated by Nicole Delgado