Greece is in revolt. Not surprisingly, though, the protests there are being totally misrepresented in the mainstream media. Much attention in the US press has focused on the spectacle of the riots and on the three tragic deaths in a … Continue reading “Capitalism=Crisis”
Dancing in front of the May Day march against the state of Arizona’s draconian anti-immigration laws down Broadway in New York City, one protestor in festive spring drag.
Reviewed: Menand, Louis. The Marketplace of Ideas. New York: W.W. Norton & Co Ltd, 2010. Louis Menand’s The Marketplace of Ideas offers suggestions for revamping liberal education at a time when the liberal arts seem increasingly irrelevant to incoming freshmen. 1 Andrew Scull’s notorious hatchet job … Continue reading “Liberal Arts: Lurching towards Obsolescence?”
The Middle Passage has long been a trope for unspeakable terror. But a recent generation of scholars has been keen on discerning how the Middle Passage as social experience defined lives, histories and contemporary social selves. This event brings together some of the most prominent writers on the subject to present papers and participate in discussion. May 6-7, 2010 at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Congratulations to Robin Bernstein, whose article in ST 101, “Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race” has won the Research and Publication Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society and the 2010 Association for Theater in Higher Education … Continue reading “Social Text article wins award”
Before everything else, the Cochabamba conference was remarkable for bringing together a large group of radical activists from all around the world. The social connections and sense of possibility that resulted from the exchanges that unfolded in this setting were … Continue reading “From Copenhagen to Cochabamba”
One day a very well known Internet theorist writes a rant on women. The rant generates controversy, controversy lands theorist on WNYC (On the Media), despite the fact the he does not really work on the politics of gender. If … Continue reading “On Internet Punditry and Engendering Change”
Please join the collective Friday April 30th in celebrating the publication of Social Text 102, a special issue on “The Politics of Recorded Sound,” guest edited by Gustavus Stadler.
Recently, collective member Ashley Dawson live blogged from “Innovation and the
American Metropolis” organized by the Regional Plan Association. You can read the transcript here.
The World Bank yesterday approved a $3.75 billion loan for a new coal-fired power plant in Limpopo, South Africa. Named Medupi, the 4,800 megawatt plant will draw on South Africa’s abundant sources of coal to provide power for an increasingly … Continue reading “The Will to Power”
By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner. Suppose you take a barefoot walk along the sweeping stretch of white-powder China Beach toward what the marines called Monkey Mountain (toward Da Nang, that is, where U.S. soldiers were sent for R&R–the first marines deployed to Vietnam, came ashore at Namo Beach, on the north end of Da Nang in ’65). It’s best, if you have any sort of a sensitive streak, not to allow your gaze to stray too far ashore.
By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner.It was the more than 40-year resonance of all those indelible place names that made the final reckoning for us to come to
Vietnam–but no such name was more fraught than My Lai. We hired a car and driver to take us on a cloudy day to what is called–not My Lai–the Son My Vestige Area.
By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner. The bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap makes its routine rest-stop in Kampong Thom, a dusty bustling provincial town. From the open-air restaurant, where we consume a quick bowl of pho, Sherry points out that the street corner sign reads in English: “Democrat Street.” I take a quick photo, noticing that we are in fact at the eternally imperiled corner of Democrat Street and National Road.
If anyone claims that “geek” or hacker politics is x (x usually being some version of libertarianism), I wouldn’t buy it. In fact, just like any sphere and arena, geek politics are remarkably varied.
Dear ST Collective Friends,
Please join Ed Cohen and David L. Eng, authors of A Body Worth Defending and A Feeling of Kinship for a joint book party on Sunday, 18 April 2010 at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.