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Global Modernities is a sustained commentary on the international character of the most microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the global increasingly informs the regional, so deconstructing ideas like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social theory, hybridization and bio-politics are among the critical issues discussed.

The Modern Error: Or, the Unbearable Enlightenment of Being
The modern error: Or, the unbearable enlightenment of being

It seems to me that man has what we call a human heart, but that he also has something of the baboon within him. The modern age treats the heart as a pump and denies the presence of the baboon within us. And so again and again, this officially non-existent baboon, unobserved, goes on the rampage.

(Vaclav Havel, 1986)

In order to convey what I mean by ‘the modern error’, let us consider what is meant by the term ‘the modern era’. By the word ‘modern’ most people mean the twentieth century, especially when talking about art. Take, for example, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which is ...

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