debate 5: the experimental humanities

1. Alexander Dunst opens the debate, asking how the rise of the digital humanities and their focus on experimental methodologies, may foster a new conception of knowledge and political engagement. Can literary and cultural studies learn from experimental science, as Raymond Williams believed? Read more: Alexander Dunst: The Experimental Humanities: Raymond Williams, Digital Data, and the Unfinished Project of “Materialist Recovery”.

2. Elahe Haschemi Yekani asks if there are ethical ways of reading in the archives of enslavement by discussing competing methodologies of “close” versus “surface” readings. Read more: Elahe Haschemi Yekani: The Ethics of Reading the Archives of Enslavement: Experiments in Interpretation.

 

debate 3 on pluralising practices

criticalhabitations opens the third debate on: pluralising practices.

Introduced by the editors of critical habitations, the debate features contributions by Anna Artaker, who describes her artistic practice which transforms Walter Benjamin’s concept of the “dialectical image” into a body of artworks in her project MEDIUMS OF HISTORY, and Sumugan Sivanesan who interrogates transmedia civil disobedience in the age of fossil-fuelled information capitalism.

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debate 2 on the posthuman present

criticalhabitations opens the second debate on: the posthuman present.

Introduced by Alexander Dunst, the debate features contributions by James Burton who returns to the writing of Philip K. Dick to question our understanding of the android and the human and Fabienne Collignon, who takes up Burton’s inquiry into human versus posthuman to seek an escape from the latter’s violence in a poetic inhumanity.

Working Papers

criticalhabitations features longer work by authors associated with the blog for you to read and comment.

Dunst, Alexander, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, and Anja Schwarz. “The Here and Now of Cultural Studies.” Journal for the Study of British Cultures 21.2 (2014): 195-222.

Eckstein, Lars, and Anja Schwarz. Postcolonial Piracy: Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Dunst, Alexander, “Introduction: Third Reality – On the Persistence of Philip K. Dick”, in: The World According to Philip K. Dick. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2015, 1-10.

ACS Institute on “Precarious Futures”, 7-12 December 2015: University of the Free State in Bloemfontein

The Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) is delighted to announce the third ACS Institute, which will be held from 7-12 December 2015 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The theme of the 2015 Institute is “Precarious Futures.”

More information here.

Global Inequalities Beyond Occidentalism

Based on theoretical developments in research on world-systems analysis, transnational migration, postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, whilst considering continuities of inequality patterns in the context of colonial and postcolonial realities, Global Inequalities Beyond Occidentalism proposes an original framework for the study of the long-term reproduction of inequalities under global capitalism. With attention to the critical assessment of both Marxist and Weberian perspectives, this book examines the wider 9781409442790.PPC_PPC Templateimplications of transferring classical approaches to inequality to a twenty-first-century context, calling for a reconceptualisation of inequality that is both theoretically informed and methodologically consistent, and able to cater for the implications of shifts from national and Western structures to global structures.

Engaging with approaches to the study of class, gender, racial and ethnic inequalities at the global level, this innovative work adopts a relational perspective in the study of social inequalities that is able to reveal how historical interdependencies between world regions have translated as processes of inequality production and reproduction. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of sociology, political and social theory and anthropology concerned with questions of globalisation and inequality.

Manuela Boatcă. Global Inequalities Beyond Occidentalism. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.