Derrida and Queer Theory

Published: 05/26/2017

Read Christian Hite’s “Intro-extro-duction” and J. Hillis Miller’s “Preposterous Preface” Here! Coming from behind (derrière)—how else to describe a volume called “Derrida and Queer Theory”? — as if arriving late to the party, or, indeed, after the party is already over. After all, we already have Deleuze and Queer Theory and, of course, Saint Foucault.[…]

Urban Re-industrialization

Published: 07/25/2017

Read an Excerpt from Urban Re-industrialization Here! Urban re-industrialisation could be seen as a method of increasing business effectiveness in the context of a politically stimulated ‘green economy’; it could also be seen as a nostalgic mutation of a creative-class concept, focused on 3D printing, ‘boutique manufacturing’ and crafts. These two notions place urban re-industrialisation[…]

The Old Nubian Language

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Published: 09/11/2017

Read an Excerpt from The Old Nubian Language Here! Eugenia Smagina (Евгeния Б. Смaгина) first published her grammar of the Old Nubian language in 1986 in Russian. For more than thirty years the work has remained untranslated, even though the late Gerald M. Browne affirmed that “this lucid, well-argued presentation should be available to all[…]

Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida

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Published: 05/15/2017

Read J. Hillis Miller’s Chapter Here! Read Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei’s Postface Here! In 1980, Jacques Derrida published La carte postale: De Socrate à Freud et au-delà. At the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the English translation, Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida revisits this seminal work in Derrida’s oeuvre. Derrida himself described The Post Card in his preface as[…]

Language Parasites: Of Phorontology

Published: 05/04/2017

Read an Excerpt from Language Parasites Here! Who speaks when you speak? Who writes when you write? Is it “you”—is it the “I” that you think you are? Or are we the chance inheritors of an invasive, exterior parasite—a parasite that calls itself “Being” or “Language?” If our sense of self is best defined on[…]

Philosophy for Militants

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Published: 03/15/2017

My thinking is related to theology as blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it. Were one to go by the blotter, however, nothing of what is written would remain. ~ Walter Benjamin “No longer imminent, the End is immanent.” “Ends are ends,” Frank Kermode goes on to clarify, “only when they[…]

Everyday Cinema: The Films of Marc Lafia

Published: 01/31/2017

Read an Excerpt from Everday Cinema Here! Everyday Cinema presents the films (eight features and numerous shorts, computational, and installation films) of Marc Lafia. In his many films (including Exploding Oedipus; Love and Art; Confessions of an Image; Revolution of Everyday Life; Paradise; Hi, How Are You Guest 10497; and 27)  Lafia probes what it is to construct an[…]

Kill Boxes: Facing the Legacy of US-Sponsored Torture, Indefinite Detention, and Drone Warfare

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Published: 03/02/2017

Read an Excerpt from Kill Boxes Here! Kill Boxes addresses the legacy of US-sponsored torture, indefinite detention, and drone warfare by deciphering the shocks of recognition that humanistic and artistic responses to violence bring to consciousness if readers and viewers have eyes to face them. Beginning with an analysis of the ways in which the[…]