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Revolution in Ukraine: The View from Lviv

By and on March 20th, 2014
  These photographs show the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine from the perspective of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.  All photographs were made in Lviv between February 19-23, 2014.  The Euromaidan revolution began as a public protest in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on November 21, 2013, and grew into a permanent occupation of Independence… >>

Circuits of Influence

By on March 6th, 2014
American Studies Association President-Elect and NYU Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Lisa Duggan offers background on the "virtual vitriol" that surrounded a recent NYU graduate student conference, "Circuits of Influence: U.S., Israel, Palestine." Her post appears here in anticipation of a forthcoming Periscope dossier on the conference, BDS, and… >>

Social Text Condemns New York State Assembly’s Attack on Free Speech

By on February 2nd, 2014
The Social Text Collective strongly opposes New York State Assembly Bill 8392. This pending legislation would prohibit colleges and universities in New York State from using state funding to support employees’ participation in academic groups or associations that have passed resolutions or taken official actions to promote boycotts against certain… >>

The Skim

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.

The University Bubble is quite large and only expanding.

Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies Conference

[caption id="attachment_4441" align="alignright" width="287"] Click to visit the Living Labor website[/caption]   Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies presents: Beyond Marxism and Performance Studies: a closing plenary session convened in honor of ST Collective Member José Esteban Muñoz. WHEN: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3:00 - 5:00 pm WHERE: NYU, 721 Broadway, Room 612 Panel Participants: Anne Boyer (Kansas City Art Institute) - "The Jeune Fille as She Really Is" Angela Mitropoulos (University of Sydney) - "Contractual Performance, Labor & the Art of Life" Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern Univsersity) - "The Impermanent Encounter: Gnji Monogatari, The Knife, and the One Night Stand" Patricia… >>

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… >>


One year ago today Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York metropolitan region after devastating many islands in the Caribbean. Nearly three hundred people died in the New York area as a result of the storm, and an estimated $68 billion of damage was done to communities in the region. In addition to this terrible toll, Sandy raised troubling questions about the future of cities in general and New York City in particular in the face of climate change. Today, one year later, questions about how to build urban resilience in the face of the multifarious challenges of climate change… >>