About the Authority Research Network (ARN)
The Authority Research Network (ARN) is a research collective spanning the UK, Ireland, USA and Brazil. We engage with questions of authority, positive power, political subjectivity and experience. As a research network, we work collaboratively through conceptual retreats and research projects, as well as working alongside colleagues from other organizations and conducting our own research.
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Why research authority today?
Amidst the contemporary celebration of contingency, creativity and finitude, when traditions and social structures are seen to be fragmenting, authority is often considered in decline and/or undesirable. Through a number of individual and collaborative projects, the Authority Research Network explores the positive role of experimental, non-traditional forms of authority in producing openings for new ways of knowing, feeling and seeing. Through historical, political, sociological and geographical research, we ask how relations of authority are generated and mobilised, and how they might open up new forms of politics. In order to do this, we seek to critically interrogate the crucial role of experience, experiment, and the arts in new and emerging forms of authority.