January Wrap-Up: Race, Nation and the Black Atlantic

Here’s what I read this January; Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, The Fateful Triangle by Stuart Hall, Just Us by Claudia Rankine, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

For the #2016classicschallenge I’m trying to read less obviously canonical texts that are nevertheless important. Works by women, people of color, members of the LGBT community. For February, I decided to finally read the anti-/post-colonial text Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon. I’ve had this ebook around for years and so far never actually got …

Tampering with Language to Shame the Devil.

In her book Feminism and Linguistic Theory Deborah Cameron makes a strong argument in the debate about eliminating sexist language: “I do think, however, that it would be better if feminists operated with a more hard-headed, political notion of what we are trying to do. In my opinion we should be tampering with language not …

A feminist analysis of the impact of gender on a woman’s discourse and consciousness must also bear in mind that to be a member of a disadvantaged minority within a given institution or field in no way guarantees that one will develop a revolutionary or oppositional consciousness. On the contrary: ostensibly egalitarian institutions tend to …

Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything …

My intention is to make a contribution to the sociology of intellectual production, […] as well as to analysis of fetishism and magic. There too, you might say, “But why not go and study magic in "primitive” societies, rather than in the Paris fashion scene?“ I think that one of the functions of ethnological discourse …

//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/aV0S_PRVTg0 Archie Powell & The Exports “Only So Much You Can Do” I discovered this song on the NPR Music SXSW 100, and it’s my new thesis writing anthem. So you say you’re on to something and you’d like to see it through but you’re worked to the bone and there’s only so much you …

I speak and talk to the radio and the TV all the time. I say ‘that is not true’ and ‘you are lying through your teeth’ and ‘that cannot be so’. I keep up a running dialogue. Stuart Hall 2006. Reblogging this great Stuart Hall quote that shows who we have lost today.

Stuart Hall Has Died

Stuart Hall, the  great Jamaican sociologist and cultural theorist, has passed away aged 82, after long illness.  Hall’s writing has greatly influenced my own not only academic thought and development. His work was one of the reasons why I decided to go into a more Cultural Studies focused M.A. program rather than an even more …