“At a certain point, it seemed like all my students were depressed… This was depressing.”
Autofiction like Burnham’s—or Wallace’s, or Lerner’s—show white men using irony, self-deprecation, and vulnerability. Should we listen?
“We don't have a party. That doesn't mean we need one big organization. We may need a few big organizations. But we need organizations!”
What do we see when looking at art from the perspective of the infrastructures that sustain it?
Racial-justice movements in higher education offer a template for how to dislodge education’s focus on entrenching prestige.
Landlords’, bosses’ and schools’ intrusion of surveillance technologies into the home extends the carceral state into domestic space.
Guadalupe Maravilla makes multimedia art to grapple with his “traumatic experiences” as a unaccompanied child and undocumented migrant.
Since all data can now be used for immigration enforcement, universities cannot assume that collecting data on their students is safe.
Immigrants in the United States during the pandemic faced the same discrimination, disenfranchisement, violence, and terror as before—only intensified.
“I am supposed to be writing this essay, ostensibly on technology, but not for the first time, I believe I am unable to write; and not writing, doubt that I will I ever write again.”
The pandemic took the health inequalities generated by US imperialism, and made them worse.
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
What will our children remember of this time, when their play and freedom are confined—or freed—by the digital?
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
What might the dynamic of mental life look like when its physiological counterpart is ill, bedridden, and housebound?
If there is a way forward for the “pandemic novel,” it may be in Emma Donoghue’s claustrophobic settings of motherhood and childbirth.
Rather than accepting that a virus will come, we can learn how viruses live and thrive—and work to suppress them before they take off.
In this parodic installment of Shoptalk, we salute the year of conferences that have tried to be.
We can begin where we live, because our neighbors and neighborhoods shape us in ways that are invisible but invigorating.
COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.