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[…]

Let Us Now Stand Up for Bastards

Figure 1. Adad Hannah, The Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) 2 (2009) by Eileen A. Joy [cross-posted to In The Middle] I recently had the great pleasure and honor of participating in the symposium, “Disrupting DH,” convened on January 30, 2015 under the auspices of GWU’s Digital Humanities Institute, co-managed by Jonathan Hsy,[…]

Hang On to the Emails: Collaboration Across the Divide, In Life and In Death

by EILEEN JOY cross-posted at In The Middle I am thrilled to announce today the publication, by punctum books, of The Witch and the Hysteric: The Monstrous Medieval in Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan, co-authored by Alexander Doty and Patricia Ingham. As part of punctum’s Dead Letter Office series, this book means a lot to me in[…]

On Seeing Zac Efron Nude: Winner of CRUSH Poetry Contest

Earlier in March, we announced on Facebook a CRUSH POETRY CONTEST, inspired by the publication of Will Stockton and D. Gilson’s punctum book CRUSH, and we are pleased to day to announce the winner of that contest, Carlton D. Fisher, for his poem, “On Seeing Zac Efron Nude,” which we happily publish here: On Seeing[…]

Reflecting and Refracting: A Review of Jean-Paul Martinon’s The End of Man

We’re pleased to feature Ilya Merlin’s review of Jean-Paul Martinon’s book, The End of Man, published by punctum last March: Reflecting and Refracting The End of Man by Ilya Merlin To ask oneself before another: by what means does he calm within himself the desire to be everything? -Georges Bataille The state of sleep guarantees[…]