Outspoken:  A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century

April 12, 2023

The latest publication featuring the dean of the College of Design is now available. Outspoken:  A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century, is the fifth book in the series that "articulate[s] the intellectual stakes of pressing cultural, social, environmental, economic, and political issues that unsettle today’s world." Edited by Adrian Parr, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon, and Santiago Zabala, ICREA Research Professor at Pompue Fabra University, the book features essays written by some of the world's most radical thinkers who in turn examine what it means to be outspoken, today. 

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Book Details

In a world of increasing right-wing populism, global capitalism, and a climate emergency, leading thinkers come together to interrogate the meaning and practice of being outspoken.

The violence, nativism, persecution, and social hostilities of the twenty-first century demand a call to order: philosophical and theoretical communities must commit their intellectual resources to confronting and articulating the structures, desires, and resentment driving the dismantling of democratic values. Action in the absence of understanding and political vision devoid of inclusive ideas are all the more vulnerable to taking a reactionary turn. Contributors to this volume challenge the return of fascism, dehumanization of immigrants, distrust of science, intolerance of fair and equitable economic models, and suspicion of inclusive political platforms. All, in their own way, tackle the burning question of how we might reimagine twenty-first-century life in the face of divisive forces.

Outspoken includes essays by some of the world’s most radical thinkers - Rosi Braidotti, Henry A. Giroux, Amelia Jones, and Slavoj Žižek, among others - who together chart multiple progressive courses for political antagonism and social intervention.