RADIOFONICA – Nov. 6/7/8/9 (free exhibition and live streaming)

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How quickly we forget. How quickly we are to believe our present moment is new, different, incommensurable with the past.  This is especially true in our fetishization of new technologies, as even a cursory glance at the recent literature on digital audio will show. MUSIC HAS BECOME DEMATERIALIZED! THE SKY IS FALLING!  “But wasn’t radio broadcast the first dematerialization of music?”  This question was posed by Francisco Lopez in a recent essay in which he argues that our renewed attention to immateriality will help lead us “back to an ethereal state of listening.”  I don’t like the conservative implication of a “going back to,” but certainly there’s something to be gained from problematizing received notions of listening a bit.

Radio broadcasting isn’t immaterial of course, nor is streaming or downloading for that matter.  You can store a lot of music on a 1 TB harddrive, certainly, but after all it…

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Society and Space Lecture at the 2015 AAG: Professor Lauren Berlant

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

We are delighted to announce that Lauren Berlant will give the 2015 Society and Space Lecture at the AAG in Chicago. The talk is entitled:

Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin

This is a talk about how to read atmospheres propped not by melodrama and heightened impact but by recessive action and flat affect. The concept of a “structure of feeling” offered by Raymond Williams points to atmospheres shared among strangers but circulating beneath the surface of explicit life. How do we access that material when the shared affects are manifested in styles of being that occlude expressivity? Just as the Great Depression was thought to express and induce the affective state, are we now in a recession? “Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin” works with Scott Heim’s novel and Gregg Araki’s film to think about how scenes of “underperformed” encounter shift social norms of trust and aesthetic norms of the event:…

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Foucault Studies 18 now published – includes two translations of Foucault, all open access

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

cover_issue_568_en_US (1)Foucault Studies 18 is now published. A wide range of contents including a theme section on ‘Ethnographies of Neoliberal Governmentalities’; translations of Foucault’s 1979 version of ‘Politics of Health in the Eighteenth Century‘ and his review of Jacques Ruffié, De la biologie à la culture under the title of ‘Bio‐history and bio‐politics‘; and a review forum on Colin Koopman’s Genealogy as Critique. As ever, all articles are open access.

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TWN Releases Haitian Documentary Film DEPORTED

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

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“DEPORTED takes an unflinching look at the plight of Haitian deportees trying to desperately integrate in a foreign society that is less than welcoming.”

Alexandra Phanor-Faury, Ebony Magazine

“Since the immigration debate almost never takes up issues affecting blacks, DEPORTED offered us a rare, important opportunity to sound the alarm on and inspire dialogue concerning crucial issues impacting many immigrants and their families.”

Leslie Fields-Cruz, Black Public Media

Third World Newsreel is proud to announce the educational release of Rachèle Magloire & Chantal Regnault’s DEPORTED, a new documentary film about members of a unique group of outcasts in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America.

Through the portraits and interviews of four deportees in Haiti and their families in North America, DEPORTED presents the tragedy of broken lives, forced separation from American children and spouses, and alienation and stigmatization endured in a country they don’t know and don’t understand, a country…

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Whither Justice?

Originally posted on Gukira:

On Saturday, September 20, Mr. Tony Mochama, a columnist with Kenya’s Standard Group, Secretary of PEN Kenya, and holder of a Morland Writing Scholarship, sexually assaulted a woman during a gathering of Kenyan and international poets. Mr. Mochama is a well-known figure in Kenya’s literary circles: he has hosted open mics, promotes literary culture in his work for PEN Kenya, and travels abroad regularly as an ambassador for Kenyan literature. Beyond his own accomplishments and labor, Mr. Mochama represents us. An us that encompasses all Kenyan literary workers, cultural producers, and cultural administrators. Quite simply: he is one of Kenya’s faces.

What are we to do when one of our collective faces commits sexual assault? How do we face that aspect of ourselves?

Kenyan philosopher John Mbiti argued that the African sense of self could be found in the formulation, “I am because we are.” Extrapolating from…

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Staring Into the Abyss

Originally posted on synthetic_zero:

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Radiolab HOST Brooke Gladstone follows up on her conversation with Jad Abumrad and Eugene Thacker to explore our longstanding fascination with nihilism: why it’s popular today, and whether that’s always been the case..

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/staring-abyss/

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michael titlestad on the south african apocalypse

Originally posted on settler colonial studies blog:

Michael Titlestad, ‘South African end times: Conceiving an apolcalyptic imaginary’, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 51, 2 (2014).

The future of South Africa has most commonly been conceived as a prospective apocalyptic upheaval in which the nation fractures along race lines. This expectation preceded, but informed the rise of apartheid, and has accompanied its demise. This article argues that catastrophic prediction—the trope of a looming racial Armageddon—is like a worn coin: familiar currency so often spent. Nonetheless, we need to conceive how this particular political theology settled into our polity; why it has proved so adaptable (through and despite the “miraculous” transformation of 1994); and, how its tenacity—which is politically anodyne at best and fascist at worst—might be challenged. The article conceives of a study (comprising nine essays) which sets out to analyze aspects of this history of fear, without simply taking its existence and persistence for granted. Keywords: South African apocalypse…

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