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

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[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing Graduated Open Access @punctum

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[…]

Illegitimate

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[…]

The (Socialist) Future Is Not Necessarily Utopian: An Interview with Katerina Kolozova

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[…]

Between the Public and its Privates: BABEL, Punctum & Studium Join Hands with the MLA Subconference

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[…]

Not Breaking the Rules Is Unconscionable: Where Punctum is Headed, Why It Is Hard, and What You Can Do To Help

by EILEEN JOY … because humanities scholarship is so tied to writing and publishing, opening up new possibilities for writing and publishing may, in fact, open up new possibilities within the institution itself. To change attitudes toward academic style means changing practices in the training of graduate students, … changing the practices of conferences and[…]

Nothing Has Yet Been Said: On the Non-Existence of Academic Freedom and the Necessity of Inoperative Community

by Eileen A. Joy *talk given at Harvard University for the Medieval Studies Workshop, 27 April 2015 Nothing Has Yet Been Said: On the Non-Existence of Academic Freedom and the  Necessity of Inoperative Community But if this world, even though it has changed … , proposes no new figure of community, perhaps this in itself[…]