Experiments/On the Political
Series edited by Iain MacKenzie
This series reflects on the political in interdisciplinary and/or practice-led ways on the assumption that crossing these borders of the discipline can create the conditions for experimental thinking about politics and the political. What if the domain of the political is not what we usually think it is? There is no doubt that presumptions of either conflict or cooperation have deeply marked the history of debates about the political and continue to inform even the most apparently radical approaches in contemporary theory. The question guiding this series is as follows: are there ways of thinking about the nature of politics and the political that can take us beyond the frameworks of conflict and cooperation? This question derives from a commitment to the idea that political thought has not yet exhausted its creative potential with regard to what constitutes the political domain. It is also motivated by the desire for political theory to become a genuinely creative discipline, open to collaborative interdisciplinary efforts in innovation. Moreover, if our understanding of the political world is to keep pace with political events then it is important that political theorists do not simply presume that they express one or other of these dominant models of the political; rather they should remain open to the possibility that experiments in politics may be happening ‘on the street’ in ways that require theorists to think differently about what is meant by ‘the political’.
The series welcomes proposals for monographs that pioneer new directions of inquiry.