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In Conversation with Luke Willis Thompson

By on September 3rd, 2015
The following is an edited transcript of an e-mail interview between the artist Luke Willis Thompson and Social Text editor Tavia Nyong’o that was conducted over the spring and summer of 2015, during and after the New Museum triennial, within which Thompson’s piece, eventually they introduced me to people I… >>

A Note on Race and the Left

By on July 31st, 2015
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  This short essay was commissioned by Dissent Magazine, which after putting me through an arduous editorial exchange rejected it. (Draw your own conclusions). I attach the original essay here, slightly revised and welcome any comments. I hope to expand it in a forthcoming book of essays.   How should… >>

Remembering Randy Martin

By on March 16th, 2015
It is with great sadness that we open this page to commemorate the passing of our colleague and friend Randy Martin. Martin, who joined Social Text in 1983 and served as one of its co-editors from 2000-2006, was one of the longest running members of the editorial collective. (more…) >>

The Skim

ST Collective member Jasbir Puar on the current state of freedom of speech and the BDS struggle.

Is the crisis of the university a good thing?

Jurgen Habermas on the “toxic” conditions of the Greek debt deal.

Artists and Activists gathered in Times Square Monday to protest the ongoing detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera.

An art exhibit critiquing Spain’s colonial legacy in Latin America runs afoul of a crime of lése majeste.

In war zones, both combatants and civilians must cope with, and interpret, the sounds of weaponry. KPFA’s Against the Grain interviews J. Martin Daughtry about his article in Social Text 119.

“To be silent amidst the continuous criminalities, to accept military occupation and colonial violence, to accept the killing of women and men, young and old, rural, refugee and villagers, is to approve the various colonial modes of dispossession, and deny Palestinians the right to a dignified life.” Read the full statement (PDF) in Arabic and English from the Coalition for Jerusalemite Women.

An unrepentant Marxist becomes an unexpected ally, reopening the Sokal hoax in consideration of Bruce Robbin’s critique of Vivek Chibber.

The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism: Jameson and After

By on April 2nd, 2015
  February 21, 2015 | The New School, 10am-6pm The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism: Jameson and After In 1984, Fredric Jameson published his seminal essay, “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.” Here, and in the expanded 1991 book of the same name, Jameson argued that the “postmodern” was not simply a style or a mode of theorizing, but instead the “cultural dominant” of a period in which “aesthetic production” had “become integrated into commodity production generally.” On February 21st, 2015, The Social Text Collective collaborated with Nico Baumbach, Damon Young, and Genevieve Yue to convene “The Cultural… >>

When the Market Goes Marching In

By and on February 15th, 2014
Work Reviewed: Adams, Vincanne: Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina. Durham, NC & London: Duke UP, 2013.   Markets of Sorrow, Labor of Faith, Vincanne Adams argues, “is not about Hurricane Katrina” (1). Instead, her study focuses on the aftermath of the storm, on “a second-order disaster that was precipitated by the success of profit-driven solutions to a crisis of need at the turn of the twenty-first century” (1). In eight chapters, Adams allows the individuals whom she interviews to tell a people’s history, highlighting the emotional and physical costs of the capitalist… >>

Radical Materialism

This Periscope features World of Matter, an international art and media project that investigates primary materials (fossil, mineral, agrarian, maritime) and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. Contributions by World of Matter participants along with those by other artist-activists and critics highlight transnational networks of relation that oftentimes entail forms of “slow violence,” with a commitment to grappling simultaneously with the social, the material, the geopolitical, the planetary, and questions of justice. >>