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Toward a Transindividual Self

Ana Vujanović, Bojana Cvejić - Toward a Transindividual Self
Toward a Transindividual Self examines the process of performing the self, distinctive for the formation of the self in Western neoliberal societies in the 21st century. It approaches the self from a transdisciplinary angle where political and cultural anthropology, performance studies, and dramaturgy intersect.
Starting from our concern with the crisis of the social, which coincides with the rise of individualism, Bojana and I critically untangle individualist modes of performing the self, such as possessive, aesthetic, and autopoietic individualisms. However, our critique does not make for an argument for collectivism as a socially more viable alternative to individualism. Instead, it confronts us with the more fundamental problem of ontogenesis: how is that which distinguishes me as an individual formed in the first place? This question marks a turning point in our study, where it steps back into the process of individuation, prior to, and in excess of, the individual.
The process of individuation, however, encompasses biological, social, and technological conditions of becoming whose real potential is transindividual, or more specifically, social transformation. A "theater of individuation" (Gilbert Simondon) captures the dramaturgical stroke by which we investigate social relations (like solidarity and de-alienation) in which the self actualizes its transindividual dimension. This epistemic intervention into ontogenesis allows us to expand the horizon of transindividuation in an array of tangible social, aesthetic, and political acts and practices. As with every horizon, the transindividual may not be closely at hand; however, it is certainly within reach, and the book encourages the reader to approach it.

"Toward a Transindividual Self is an ambitious and capacious effort to theorize a new way to approach collectivity for political purposes through the lens of performance. Convinced that the current neoliberal conjuncture has only heightened a form of capitalist individualism that blocks notions of the social, the authors aim to show that a 'transindividual formation of the self can bring about different courses of action and a more socially driven imagination.'
Transindividuation, they assure us, shows how we form ourselves on the basis of interdependence, sharing, commonality, as well as indispensability of the individual as the agent of creativity/knowledge, freedom, and change, who 'possibilizes' their own conditions of formation."
Janelle Reinelt (University of Warwick), co-editor of Critical Theory and Performance (University of Michigan, 2006)
New edition of the book first published by Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Sarma, Brussels, in 2022 (ISBN 978-82-7038-415-0 / 978-953-7372-83-5).
Ana Vujanović (born 1975 in Belgrade) is a cultural worker focused on bringing together critical theory and contemporary art. She holds Ph.D. in Humanities (Theatre Studies) and post-graduate diploma in Culture and Gender Studies.
Bojana Cvejić (born 1975 in Belgrade) is a Professor of Dance Theory. Ph.D. in Philosophy, Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London, she is a dramaturg and researcher, and her writing, performances and videos interweave performance matters and critical theory.
published in January 2024
English edition
14,5 x 22 cm (softcover)
340 pages
ISBN : 978-8-270384-15-0
EAN : 9788270384150
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