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Under Fire – Critical Arts



The post-millennium world has seen a rapid escalation of violent conflicts in the Middle East, West, Central and some areas of Southern Africa, and ongoing civil wars and human rights abuses in a variety of other regions across the world. As a means to engage these developments, Critical Arts instituted “Under Fire” themed articles.


This was to keep with its interpretation of cultural studies as a form of praxis, of experience, and of strategic intervention, in which individuals find themselves caught up in broader processes over which they may have little or no control. The aim of this section has been to invite short theorised autobiographies, autoethnographies, and dramatic narratives of what it is like living under fire, of the relevance of cultural studies in such circumstances, and how it could be deployed to challenge such conditions.


“Under Fire” has become a space where those who have had enough speak in ways they believe might make an impact, however small.


The articles below are free-access via this page up until 29th February 2020.

Article Title Author Journal Title Year
Introduction Arnold SheppersonCritical Arts 2002
Rivers: From Academic ManagerialismPatrick Lynn Rivers Critical Arts 2010
Neoliberalising higher education: language and performing purpose in corporatised universitiesBrenden Gray Critical Arts2016
Marx, labour economics and the academyChristopher Merrett Critical Arts 2013
Under Fire: Defining a contemporary African dance aesthetic – can it be done?Gilbert Douglas,Adrienne Sichel,Adedayo M. Liadi,Kettly NoëCritical Arts2006

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