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2016 Annual Theme: Forms of Authority

Forms of Authority

Fiona Jenkins, Philosophy

Authority involves claims of legitimacy, the capacity and right to exercise power. Taking ‘forms’ primarily in a literary/aesthetic sense, this theme seeks to interrogate the genres, images, and aesthetic forms in which authority is embedded – via tropes of realism, for example, in melodrama, reportage, tradition, and so on. Political representation and representations of politics come to inform the humanities broadly writ, while literary, artistic, and dramatic modalities are foregrounded as ways of addressing and shifting forms of authority. New technologies and forms of mediation also profoundly inflect this line of questioning and might be explored through direct examination of the forms of authority that technology wields or through the politics and histories of representation.


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