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Nothing Unintentional

By on September 17th, 2014
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… >>

Genocidal desistance in Gaza

By on August 27th, 2014
An earlier version of this post was published by Open Democracy on August 12, 2014. In response to the current outbreak of vicious siege warfare in Gaza, satirist John Oliver, on his weekly cable show, reviewed the past decade of Gaza war coverage by CNN’s Anderson Cooper beginning with his… >>

Andrew Ross on Creditocracy

By on June 26th, 2014
ST PODCAST: Web editor Ashley Dawson sits down with former Social Text editor Andrew Ross to discuss his newest book, Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal (OR Books, 2014). >>

The Skim

“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.

Care for that sandwich with a side of “enforced rapture“?

What exactly is happening to also those videotapes of lectures … and Derrida answering the phone

The breathtaking, unrepentant arrogance of the 1% is on full display in Jessica Pressler’s profile of AIG CEO Bob Benmosche.

Barred by law from the internet, an Anonymous hacker relishes “the feeling of being able to close my eyes without being bombarded with flashing shapes or constant buzzing sounds.”

Collective member Jasbir Puar with Maya Mikdashi on pinkwashing and pinkwatching.

Sex is changing.

“What is needed is not an extension or reformulation of Subaltern Studies; what is needed are new projects.”

“Nothing highlights Spanish financial problems like an abandoned airport.”

Social Text collective member Alondra Nelson on the genetic ancestry we all have in common with President Obama.

“Being With” Release Event

By on October 30th, 2014
  "Being With: A Special Issue on the Work of José Esteban Muñoz" (STX 121) Release Event November 13th, 2014 | 7pm | NYU Department of Performance Studies, Room 602 The Social Text editorial collective, the NYU Department of Performance Studies and the Center for LGBTQ Studies at NYU invite you to join us in celebrating the intellectual legacies of José Esteban Muñoz. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the journal will be available at a discounted rate. If you have any questions, contact the Managing Editor at >>

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… >>

Time Binds

This Social Text: Periscope dossier arises from a two-day intensive seminar, Queer Temporalities: Reading Elizabeth Freeman’s Time Binds’, a collaborative event co-organised by The(e)ories: Critical Theory and Sexuality Studies, which was held at University College Dublin, Ireland in November 2011 . On the first day of the seminar, Freeman presented a paper arising from her current research, ‘Theorizing the Chronic’, in which she unfurled some of her new thinking around chronicity, disability and the work of Gertrude Stein . The second day of the seminar featured three panels each with three short responses to Freeman’s book, with a focus on… >>