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The increased use of digital tools for political activism has triggered heated debates about the effectiveness of digital campaigns for political change and feminist causes. While technologys immediacy and transnational reach have broadened the potential impact of activism it has at the same time compli- cated the goals materiality and consumption of feminist actions. In Awkward Politics Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle suggest that awkwardness offers a means of engaging with twenty-rst century feminist activism by accounting for the uncertainty of popfeminist moments and movements its sometimes illegible meanings affects and aesthetics. By inves- tigating transnational media ranging from popfeminist performance art music street activism blogs and hashtags to literature lm academic theory and protests the authors demonstrate that viewing activist art through the lens of awkwardness can yield a nuanced critique. By developing awkward- ness into a theoretical tool for intervention a key concept of feminist politics and a moving target this innovative study dramatically alters the ways in which we approach activism its forms movements and effects. It also sug- gests a broad range of applicability from social movements to the academy. Breaking new ground through the intersections of technology con- sumerism and the political in popfeminist work Awkward Politics high- lights the urgency of feminist politics and activism. Carrie Smith-Prei is associate professor of German studies at the University of Alberta. Maria Stehle is associate professor of German and a faculty member in cinema studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The violent operations performed in the 1970s by West German urban guerrillas such as the Red Army Faction raf were so vivid and incom- prehensible that it seemed to be more urgent to produce spectacle than to be politically successful. In Guerrilla Aesthetics Kimberly Mair challenges the assumption that these guerrillas sought to realize specic political goals. Instead she tracks the guerrilla ghters plunge into an avant-garde-inspired negativity that rejected rationality and provoked the state. Focusing on the Red Decade of 1967 to 1977 which was characterized not only by terrorism and police brutality but also by counterculture aesthet- ics Mair draws from archives grey literatures popular culture art and me- morial and curatorial practices to explore the sensorial aspects of guerrilla communications performed by the raf as well as the 2nd of June Move- ment and the Socialist Patients Collective. Turning to cultural and artistic responses to the decade and its legacy of raw public feelings Mair also ex- amines works by Eleanor Antin Erin Cosgrove Christoph Draeger Bruce LaBruce Gerhard Richter and others. Reconsidering an enigmatic period in the history of terrorism Guerrilla Aesthetics innovatively engages with the inherent connections between violence performance the senses and memory. Kimberly Mair is assistant professor of sociology and co-director of the Centre for Culture and Community at the University of Lethbridge. 2 1 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2016 978-0-7735-4747-6 29.95A 27.95A 18.99 paper 978-0-7735-4746-9 110.00S 110.00S 76.00 cloth 6 x 9 248pp 21 bw photos Ebook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2016 978-0-7735-4695-0 32.95A 29.95A 20.99 paper 978-0-7735-4694-3 100.00S 100.00S 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 368pp 30 bw photos Ebook available C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S G E R M A N S T U D I E S Guerrilla Aesthetics Art Memory and the West German Urban Guerrilla kimberly mair A bold rumination on 1970s West German urban terrorism and its haunting traces in contemporary art and memory. Awkward Politics Technologies of Popfeminist Activism carrie smith-prei and maria stehle A cutting-edge study that shows how awkwardness uncovers feminist politics at work in the digital age. P O L I T I C A L S T U D I E S G E N D E R S T U D I E S