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Social Text (2014) 32 (1 (118)): 119–121.
Published: 01 March 2014
...José Esteban Muñoz This piece reflects on two orders of the poetic event. On one hand, it describes Fred Moten’s reading of the poem “the gramsci monument” at the public art project of the same name. On the other, it meditates on the event that the poem registers, or the general antagonism of the...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (4 (101)): 97–107.
Published: 01 December 2009
... make the events intelligible to themselves and debating the main issues that this rebellion raised: the absence of political claims and the production of violence against material symbols of the current regime of power. It is an attempt to make sense of the “events” while they were still resonant with...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Devil’s Highway (2004), Luis Alberto Urrea’s documentary narrative account of a failed border-crossing expedition in 2001 that killed fourteen migrants. I read Urrea’s narrative reconstruction of this event, a case that remains the single worst migrant death-event in Arizona border history, as...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (1 (126)): 49–71.
Published: 01 March 2016
... operate today. Arguing that the #BlackLivesMatter movement has created a persistent looking as a means of making such issues visible, Mirzoeff describes how the grand jury prosecutors turned the event into a high-definition visual space in which only physical evidence and police testimony could be trusted...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 29–56.
Published: 01 December 2011
... selflessness and selfishness are counterposed as the defining qualities, respectively, of superior persons and their inferior counterparts. I then consider this dyad as an argumentative device at work in actual and textual acts of dissent in post-Maoist China, focusing on an event that occurred during the...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2011
... and the human as a set of comparative and relational events in specific historical and geopolitical contexts by investigating Euro-American, Chinese, and transnational itineraries of the human. While it analyzes China's potential to undo the universalizing claims of Western idealized norms of the...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 15–35.
Published: 01 March 2011
... reflect on how to “contain” them. Viral epidemics constitute not only vital events but also scalar narratives—they articulate transformations at the levels of molecules, cells, organisms, individuals, populations, species, ecosystems, technological infrastructures, political economies, and networks of...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (1 (114)): 43–62.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Denise Ferreira da Silva Heeding the 2011 revolts in Britain, beyond social scientific and historic explanations that resolve such events either as expressions of a social or a political pathology, this paper explores the following question: what if, moving otherwise, the critique of racial...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 19–48.
Published: 01 June 2013
..., respectively, to heed the different temporalities of disposability perceived as event versus as condition. I consider both these aesthetic forms to think about the uneven yet connected dynamic of the broader economy in which these works participate and the different political possibilities that each...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (2 (119)): 77–93.
Published: 01 June 2014
... massacre at the village of Deir Yassin and how the event impacts upon the artist’s work. Finding evidence of postmemory in many works from across Hatoum’s career, this article argues that postmemory underpins Hatoum’s emphasis on the broader issues of trauma, gender, orality, and corporeality. A Past Not...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 13–24.
Published: 01 December 2014
... that is unthinkable and incommunicable. The essay theorizes the transplant as an event that reveals the conjunctive relationship between life and death, fostering a practice of sharing out that allows for the appearance of community as such. Tracing the forms of queer community and kinship that appear...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 71–92.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Stephanie C. Kane; Eden Medina; Daniel M. Michler Retrospective narrations by maritime authorities trace decision making in the compressed time frame between earthquake and tsunami, when geological events literally rupture the skein of communication devices and flows that animate social life and...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (2 (95)): 61–81.
Published: 01 June 2008
.... It is a mark of the power of the trans-Arab, middle-class ethos that it has penetrated into the farthest reaches of the Arab world, and in a turbulent landscape shattered by wars, displacement, and dispossession. I argue that the coalescence of the momentous political events at the local level (the...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (2 (99)): 77–103.
Published: 01 June 2009
...Ellen Moodie This essay develops the concept of biospectacle, in which the politics of managing populations becomes sensational visual display. It does so as it explores a series of events in 1999 surrounding the arrest and trial of “El Directo,” a gang member in El Salvador who, at age seventeen...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (1 (102)): 13–34.
Published: 01 March 2010
...David Suisman This article reframes the history of recorded sound to take phonographs and player-pianos into account on more or less equal terms. It argues that the two technologies developed in complementary, dialectical relation to each other: one analog, storing and conveying an acoustic event...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (1 (102)): 87–105.
Published: 01 March 2010
... in fact examples of an early, nonmusical genre in commercial phonography known as the “descriptive specialty,” which often involved studio reenactments of current events. Like other descriptive specialties, these recordings were meant to exhibit the phonographic medium to capture audience attention...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (2 (103)): 127–144.
Published: 01 June 2010
... pivotal events of the Pan-African movement, bringing together artists and intellectuals from around the African diaspora, including Alioune Diop, Jacques Rabemananjara, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Richard Wright, George Lamming, Cheikh Anta Diop, and Jean Price-Mars. Césaire's reflections on...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (4 (125)): 134–141.
Published: 01 December 2015
... and about the importance of the landscape to the course of the uprising. No less important, the project highlights the difficulty of representing such events cartographically with available sources. Maintaining historians' traditional emphasis on primary sources, attention to change over time...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (1 (138)): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2019
... events and beings in time. Geologic realism is argued as an analytic to understand the entwinement and emergence of (a) normative modes of approaching matter forged through the histories and temporalities of colonial power in material and metaphysical orders; (b) the realism of quotidian experience by...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (2): 67–107.
Published: 01 June 2019
...J. Kameron Carter Against the backdrop of the summer 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this article thinks about that event as indexing a crisis of US political theology, indeed, as a volatile flashpoint wherein the sacred comes into view otherwise. Here the sacred figures...