Animal acts

Bergit Arends

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWörterbuch der Gegenwart
EditorsBernd Scherer, Olga von Schubert, Stefan Aue
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherMatthes & Seitz
Number of pages712
ISBN (Print)978-3-95757-418-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

Name100 Years of Now Library
PublisherHaus der Kulturen der Welt

Bibliographical note

What comes after universalism? Many of the categories and concepts of modernity carry on historical interpretive patterns from which critical, post-colonial and feminist thinkers worldwide are distancing themselves. But how can we communicate about a globalized present without agreeing on certain basic concepts? The Wörterbuch der Gegenwart (Dictionary of Now) uses the examples of the twelve keywords Fear, Image, Thing, Violence, Justice, Body, Market, Politics, Language, Animal, Truth and Time to show how definitions can be reassessed by established voices. Exclusion mechanisms and assumptions regarding race, class and gender, but also space and time, are thus made visible. At the same time, shifts and expansions of meaning arise in order to linguistically reshape the world.


  • contemporary art
  • animal representation
  • Animal study
  • naturecultue
  • multispecies
  • ethics

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