Every journal strives for a signature, a combination of topic, tone, and texture. This is a difficult asset to nurture, in the growing cacophony of journals, blogs, social media influencers, and micro-audiences. For a journal like Public Culture, there is an additional challenge, which is to be open to the ever-changing present without losing an identifiable take on it, which necessarily implies a less volatile orientation. In the triangle of critical energy constituted by the diaspora of modernity, the mediated constitution of all public spheres, and the circulation of cultural forms, Public Culture was a pioneer in identifying the volatile edges of transnational cultural politics. Just as Public Culture has witnessed some of the key transitions within academia, which can be traced to globalization and to transnational cultural politics from an early moment, we are also able to trace the ways in which Public Culture's signature has circulated...

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