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This book proposes a new institution -- the 'People’s Forum' -- to enable democratic governments to effectively address long-running issues like global warming and inequality. It would help citizens decide what strategic problems their government ...
Crisis States: Governance, Resistance & Precarious Capitalism
Read Table of Contents + Opening Chapter! This is an age of crisis: economic, political, environmental, and social. Yet the nature of contemporary crisis is often misunderstood. Crisis, rather than being accidental or episodic – as ...
Centaurs, Rioting in Thessaly
Ionia has disappeared, Troy is no more, Antigone and the heroes are gone. But then, they were never there in the first place . . . The ghosts of the Oresteia haunt our imaginations as Clytemnestra treads upon ...
Download an excerpt of Murder Ballads! England, 1798. You buy a book of poems. An anonymous volume. You carry it home in your jacket pocket, set it on a table in your sitting room while you ...
photo by Quinn Norton, taken on Feb. 9, 2008 There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. ~Aaron Swartz (1986–2013) … open-access publishing is a brilliant way around the failure[…]
by Eileen Joy Responses to the website of prominent Anglo-Saxonist Allen Frantzen (Loyola University, Emeritus) have generated a wide conversation, centering especially on the need for what we might call ‘truth and reconciliation’ in the field of academic medieval studies, conducted in person, by phone, and on social media (which was also partly sparked by[…]
It is the Connection of Desire to Reality that Possesses Revolutionary Force, or, Why I Decided Not to Commit Suicide, After All
by EILEEN JOY I am recently returned from the annual convention of the Modern Language Association in Austin, Texas, accompanied by one of my co-Directors Chris Piuma, and I have to say that it was the most exhilarating, inspiring, galvanzing event I have ever attended, and for reasons that had practically zilch to do with[…]
Open Letter to Rosemary Feal, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and the Modern Language Association by Eileen A. Joy *initially written for Facebook, 14 December 2015 (and slightly expanded here / to help me make this letter better and to point out its weaknesses and to help me emend/correct anything, please visit the Discussion Session built around the[…]
Someone, or some distributive collectives of someones, needs to take responsibility for securing the [necessary] freedom for the greatest number of persons possible who want to participate in intellectual-cultural life, and for enabling the greatest possible number of forms of such life, thereby also ensuring the creative robustness of the larger social systems within which[…]
Figure 1. still image from Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You (1996) by EILEEN JOY I am recently returned from the 4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, held at the University of Toronto (Oct. 9-11; see full program HERE), where I participated as a speaker on a session co-organized by Craig Dionne[…]
On the occasion of the publication by punctum of feminist philosopher Katerina Kolozova’s much awaited new book, Toward a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism: Marx and Laruelle, the Associate Editor and Designer for Katerina’s book, Troy O’Neill (a student in liberal arts at The New School, NYC), interviewed Katerina about this new work but also about[…]
It’s a brand new world, this, where academics finally agree to stand in solidarity with the workers who keep their enterprise running, hopefully in terms shorn of the usual affective talk about the sheer saltiness and heroism of “ordinary workers” that is cringe-inducing, counterproductive, condescending, and anti-intellectual. The Subconference committee members I spoke to are[…]