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Cultural Politics (1 July 2012) 8 (2): 193–206.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Rob Wilson This essay aims to think through the worldly presence of two important and culturally influential American writers in the cultural contact zones of Tangier and North Africa: Paul Bowles and Jack Kerouac. It contrasts their differing attitudes toward “conversion” and toward the implicit...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2018) 14 (3): 327–343.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Luciferian aspiration achieved hegemonic dominance to occupy the core of cultural life. We are now in a position to look back on Rothko’s Chapel and ask ourselves if, in this newly dawned Age of Light, there still is, as the painter seems to have suggested, a dark side, a zone of inner, hidden depth, and if...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2010) 6 (3): 357–382.
Published: 01 November 2010
... connections running through a variety of sites in many anthropological sub-disciplines such as migration studies, the anthropology of social movements, and development studies. James Clifford, for instance, proposes in his famous volume Traveling Cultures (1997) an ethnography of “zones of contact,” of...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2018) 14 (3): 304–326.
Published: 01 November 2018
... provoke a crisis that is both political and epistemological, one in which sensemaking can no longer claim to take place at a distance from the infrastructure that mediates such processes but is instead thoroughly and inescapably immanent to it, a situation that prevents contact with the outside. His films...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2012) 8 (2): 327–344.
Published: 01 July 2012
... also draw on my previous research on reproductive technology and ongoing organ-trafficking fieldwork. © 2012 Duke University Press 2012 egg trade gray zones ethnography narrative work Developments in reproductive medicine have made it possible for many people with reproductive problems to become...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2014) 10 (1): 92–104.
Published: 01 March 2014
... intertwine, forces that Agamben designates as “Genius” and “ego.” Two different parts, two types of force—nevertheless, Agamben is not the master of divisions, as some might argue. Rather, his work places conceptual partitions before us only to set the stage for the real protagonists, the zones of...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2008) 4 (3): 309–329.
Published: 01 November 2008
... THE UK 2008 uranium Arctic Manhattan Project radiation Cold War The Arctic zone in Nabokov’s Lolita serves as a preparatory zone for Humbert Humbert’s assimilation and dissimulation of, and immigration into, North America. Arriving in the US in 1940, he spends two years as academic researcher...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2015) 11 (3): 395–406.
Published: 01 November 2015
... signals officer called Eginhardt, who in Peymann’s Bochum production was located in a gray zone between the SS and the Red Army Faction, is there to help him bring about the preventive destruction of the homeland. 8 When vandalizing Romans pillage three Cherusci villages, Hermann’s secret propaganda...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2009) 5 (3): 277–298.
Published: 01 November 2009
... and those who lag behind disappears. The geographical separation between those who are considered to be civilized and the rest ceases to reassure. The initial question “What time is it there?” evoked at the beginning of this essay, pointed to the differences in time zone and to the geographical...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2006) 2 (1): 5–28.
Published: 01 March 2006
... “emergency”, bodies are expected to “go about their business” in a normalized war zone. But, the normalized war zone has been with us since the dropping of atomic weapons in 1945, and it reveals an intensification of various urban patterns and trajectories in place over the past two centuries. The city has...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 275–286.
Published: 01 November 2014
... impossible by colonialism, haunts much ecocritical discourse. This longing for a beauty that contact destroys is not only analogous but integral to the imagining of ecotopia. Proposing technological solutions to the problems of previous technologies suggests that we are not done with this emotional...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2012) 8 (3): 361–373.
Published: 01 November 2012
... prone to seek out the danger zone where instruction turns into seduction, education becomes a form of contamination, and the pedagogue takes on the trappings of the demagogue. Kittler had more bulbs in his chandelier than most, yet he wouldn't have been able to emit such dazzling beams of light had they...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2015) 11 (3): 361–375.
Published: 01 November 2015
... directed an inquiry at the Ministry of Propaganda: What is the Führer ’s favorite flower? A flustered secretary contacted the Reich Chancellery and probed several of Hitler’s adjutants, but without success. Nobody had an answer; it appeared that Hitler had never expressed himself clearly on this...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2016) 12 (3): 355–375.
Published: 01 November 2016
... supplies in close proximity to artisanal e-waste processing zones containing significant levels of lead, chromium, and other substances hazardous to humans and other biotic systems ( Basel Action Network and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition 2002 ); and the elevated levels of lead in the blood of children in...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 275–292.
Published: 01 July 2015
... feeling in Virilio in the very production of the visual. In the absence of a mythic “originary presence” he finds “an originary dynamism of production, an originary transformability or plasticity of presentation” (233; italics added) that is activated at the point of visual contact. For James, dynamic...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2016) 12 (3): 339–354.
Published: 01 November 2016
... enables her to think through the middle, to move through a zone where things are neither positive nor negative and where gift and poison are hard to distinguish. The process of affectively and yet attentively creating possibles has to be separated, she adds, from a utopic mode that would believe in the...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2018) 14 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 July 2018
... integrating the museum into the broader Los Angeles enterprise zone. 9 To varying degrees, though, each project remained wedded to a notion of arts and technology collaboration that had little to say about politics and relied on a set of (already old-fashioned and often naive) working assumptions about...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2006) 2 (1): 29–48.
Published: 01 March 2006
... flush-cheeked boys from Alabama, Texas, Missouri and the Bronx prowling the countryside, stepping under the palm trees, aching for contact … [W]e stopped in the middle of a village where everyone flashed us iron-hard looks. Jeffrey Gettleman, “Into the Heart of Falluja” Defenseless villages are...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2011) 7 (2): 219–238.
Published: 01 July 2011
... conceivable, Bergson argued, for us to develop aesthetic practices with which to unmake our own illusions and “recover contact with the real” (1991: 185). Such practices may well serve to harm us, making us sick with the reality of our own existence, but they will nevertheless bring us closer to those real...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 404–414.
Published: 01 November 2014
... way of fusing present and future into a single experience” (64). In this way, the future can be thought of not as “a danger zone or a simple recapitulation of the past” (conceptions more common with explicitly ideological projects) but as “the source of the present” that is always coming into view...