Cultural Studies

Karmen MacKendrick: Failing Desire

Karmen MacKendrick: Failing Desire

“If I set failure as a goal, then I put myself into a paradoxical position because either I fail to reach it--so in some sense I've succeeded at failing--or I succeed in reaching it, in which case I failed at failing. Paradoxes and impossible goals really intrigue me.”

Ramzi Fawaz: The New Mutants

Ramzi Fawaz: The New Mutants

"A book that can show you how the distinct operations, both the form and the content of particular comics, speak to much wider structures of power, identity politics, and social reality...that, to me, is a strong study.

Trevor G. Smith: Politicizing Digital Space

Trevor G. Smith: Politicizing Digital Space

"This goes back to why Arendt argued that we needed 'public' and 'private.' The 'private' is kind of a refuge from politics. Even though politics is a good thing, you don't want to be in it and doing it all the time because that's exhausting."

Tony D. Sampson: The Assemblage Brain

Tony D. Sampson: The Assemblage Brain

"I managed to refuse to have a mobile phone... I can sit there in a train carriage, look out the window, and, of course there’s some kind of mediation going on there, but it’s free from the kind of mediation which seems to consume most of us most of the time."

Shannon Winnubst: Way Too Cool

Shannon Winnubst: Way Too Cool

"Until we're able to speak about this racism as something that's coming out of 'us' -- and here I'm speaking particularly as a white person -- out of our culture more broadly, then we don't have a chance of really trying to handle what this persistent racism is."

Amy Allen: The End of Progress

Amy Allen: The End of Progress

"My anxiety about the future of critical theory is partly that if it doesn't figure out a way to engage more with other kinds of critical traditions--postcolonial theory is one example, but also feminist theory and queer theory and critical philosophy of race--then I worry about the extent to which this project has a robust future."