Abstract

Abstract:

What movement is a “turn”? After all, as some of the theoretical work discussed in The Turn I and The Turn II shows, turning itself is multiple. Is a turn eventfully singular or recurring? Does it mark a rupture or a return, a turn away or a turn toward? The turn comes in a multiplicity of different figures—revolutionary upheaval, Möbian tautology, fold and unfolding. What does this mean for thinking the different modalities of the turn, not only the shape it takes or the movement it traces, but also its scale, (in)frequency, and number? Is the “turn” we envision one or many? Micro or macro? And what do we make of the paradox that much of our theoretical desires dream of the molar, eventful, cutting-edge, revolutionary, innovative energy of the “turn” when we invoke theoretical innovation while much of our thought is otherwise celebratory of minor figures, of microfolds, multiply pleated surfaces, hosts of warps and whorls, or dynamic constellations of gyrations and turnings?

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