The Provocation of Laughter and the Practice of Resistance: On Humour and the Politics of Subjectivity

Tragedy has played a prominent and active role in the construction of Western political imaginaries. For many thinkers working not only in IR but also in a host of other disciplines, tragic drama offers a singular and compelling representation of humanity’s social, political, and/or ethical capacities and limitations: to be a political subject, in these instances, is to be a tragic subject.

In this Podcast, Dr Alister Wedderburn begins by establishing a genealogical understanding of tragedy as a discourse embedded within relations of power/knowledge. He then asks questions of the ways in which certain strands of thought within the discipline have framed debates about agency, subjectivity, power, and the politics of culture and performance.

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