How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound

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Published: 07/18/2019

What do we do when we read? Reading can be an act of consumption or an act of creation. Our “work reading” overlaps with our “pleasure reading,” and yet these two modes of reading engage with different parts of the self. It is sometimes passive, sometimes active, and can even be an embodied form. The[…]

Antiracism Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters

Published: 04/25/2019

Antiracism Inc. traces the ways people along the political spectrum appropriate, incorporate, and neutralize antiracist discourses to perpetuate injustice. It also examines the ways organizers continue to struggle for racial justice in the context of such appropriations. Antiracism Inc. reveals how antiracist claims can be used to propagate racism, and what we can do about[…]

Mythodologies: Methods in Medieval Studies, Chaucer, and Book History

Published: 05/31/2018

Read an Excerpt from Mythodologies Here! Mythodologies challenges the implied methodology in contemporary studies in the humanities. We claim, at times, that we gather facts or what we will call evidence, and from that form hypotheses and conclusions. Of course, we recognize that the sum total of evidence for any argument is beyond comprehension; therefore,[…]

The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist

Published: 08/23/2018

Read an Excerpt from The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist Here! Are you a Lone Medievalist? Working medievalists are often the only scholar of the Middle Ages in a department, a university, or a hundred-mile radius. While working to build a body of focused scholarly work, the lone medievalist is expected to be a generalist[…]

Disrupting the Digital Humanities

Published: 11/06/2018

Read an Excerpt from Disrupting the Digital Humanities Here! All too often, defining a discipline becomes more an exercise of exclusion than inclusion. Disrupting the Digital Humanities seeks to rethink how we map disciplinary terrain by directly confronting the gatekeeping impulse of many other so-called field-defining collections. What is most beautiful about the work of[…]

Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy

Published: 01/11/2018

Read an Excerpt from Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy Here! The belief in the transformative potential of education has long underpinned critical educational theory. But its concerns have also been largely political and economic, using education as the means to achieve a better – or ideal – future state: of equality and social justice. Our[…]

Dear Professor: A Chronicle of Absences

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Published: 12/19/2016

What an absolutely brilliant idea for a book. I wish I’d had it and feel full of envy that I didn’t. These compulsively readable messages are part of the pathetic and poignant pornography of our time. ~ Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research Dear Professor: A Chronicle of Absences is a collection[…]

The Pedagogics of Unlearning

Published: 05/23/2016

Read “Unlearning: A Duologue,” by L.O. Aranye Fradenburg and Eileen A. Joy HERE. What does it mean to unlearn? Once we have learned something, is it ever possible to unlearn that something? If something is said to have been unlearned, does that mean that it is simply forgotten or does some residual force of learning,[…]