Exploring Hartmut Rosa's Concept of Resonance

Exploring Hartmut Rosa's Concept of Resonance

Mathijs Peters









This book makes a compelling case for utilising experiences of resonance in various academic and societal fields.

The concept of resonance was first introduced by Hartmut Rosa to foreground the importance of affective, emotional, transformative and uncontrollable experiences in socio-political contexts that he characterizes as alienating. Based on a critical reading of Rosa’s theory and further developed through engagement with Theodor W. Adorno, Gilles Deleuze, Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler and others, this book introduces the notion of a ‘spectrum of resonance’ which encompasses both critical resonance and affirmationist resonance. This spectrum of resonance is used to analyse various forms of aesthetic experience illustrated with reference to Edgar Reitz’s film Heimat and the music of Nick Cave and Kayhan Kalhor.

The spectrum is also deployed in the fields of museum, memory and trauma studies to show how experiences of resonance contribute to the constitution of political and social identities. The focus here is on memory practices in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the book seeks to decolonize resonance theory.

Mathijs Peters is a lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, The Netherlands.

Bareez Majid is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Germany.

断断续续花了快半年的时间才读完 今天总算合书 当合书的时候意识到这本书陪我经历了不同的时段 从我抑郁 到旅游 到好转 resonance 启发我了很多 虽然有一些观点不太同意 比如如何去衡量生活的质量的观点 因为这是一个很主观的东西 好比说抑郁的人也能装作很开心 但是总体来说力荐这本书 感谢Rosa