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Andrew Ross on Creditocracy

By on June 26th, 2014
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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). >>

Week One: Fear in the Shadow of Violence

By on June 16th, 2014
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A PhD does not prepare you for a school shooting. My students are afraid. We are afraid. It’s been almost a week since the tragedy in Isla Vista. A student came into my office Tuesday saying, “Professor, you look hella sad.” I haven’t been sleeping well. Neither have the students.… >>

Investing in Whiteness: the UCSB tragedy and Asian America

By on June 4th, 2014
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  I went with a colleague to Isla Vista (IV as we call it) on Sunday, thinking that as faculty members we could offer our support to students and community members. We were not prepared for what we encountered. News sources are calling it the “Isla Vista Massacre” or the… >>

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.


Two London Events with Allen Feldman

Two Upcoming Events with ST Collective Member Allen Feldman: May 13, 2014: "The Apophatic Blur of War: Scopic Formations of Extra-Judicial Death" May 15, 2014: "First Person Shooters: On Photopolitical Sovereignty" *** The London School of Economics and Political Science hosts:  "The Apophatic Blur of War: Scopic Formations of Extra-Judicial Death"  WHEN: May 13, 2014 - 5pm - 7pm  WHERE: London School of Economics and Political Science, NAB LG03. NAB - New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields In Society Must be Defended, Michel Foucault treats discrete military practice and materialized violence as reducible to the logistics of the “silent war” that underwrites social contract, institutional orders… >>

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… >>

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… >>