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Remembering Randy Martin

By on March 16th, 2015
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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 Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production.

By on February 1st, 2015
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The Wikipedia Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) just completed the process of sanctioning a number of editors over edits to the Gamergate controversy page. This has been a controversial decision, with many parties issuing statements, including the Wikimedia Foundation, two of the editors who were brought before the ArbCom, and in an… >>

Nothing Unintentional

By on September 17th, 2014
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This post originally appeared on the London Review of Books Blog on July 29, 2014. The Palestinian body count in Gaza has passed 1000, with more than 5000 wounded. Over 70 per cent of the casualties are civilians, including more than 200 children. Extended families have been wiped out. Children… >>

The Skim

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.

Caveat Emptor! Amazon announces plans for 30-min delivery to your door via drones.

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek exchange a series of public letters on oppression and resistance under global capitalism.


The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism: Jameson and After

By on April 2nd, 2015
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  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
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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. >>