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Solidarity without Affect: The MLA Subconference Enters Its Second Year

I was at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention some years ago, waiting to meet up with a friend in the lobby of one of the hotels.  We were trying to find each other in the midst of the crowds, and he insisted he was in the lobby itself; I insisted I couldn’t see him.

Charles Manson and Gay Marriage

November 18, 2014

 

The internet is abuzz with the news that the 80-year-old Charles Manson Manson might be marrying his long-time girlfriend Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name “Star.”

 

There is, of course, incredulity all around, but I’m amused by one strand in the commentary that has been showing up: the apparent ridiculousness of the idea that a mass murderer like Charles Manson can marry but gay people still can’t do so in every state.

Introverts and the Kinsey Scale

November 10, 2014

 

Introverts are not Magical and Special People; they can be assholes like everyone else.  They are ordinary people, not minor gods.

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"Class Shock: Affect, Mobility, and the Adjunct Crisis": New Piece in Contrivers' Review

October 14, 2014

I'm very pleased to announce that my first piece for the new online journal, Contrivers' Review, titled "Class Shock: Affect, Mobility, and the Adjunct Crisis," is just out.  Excerpts are below, and you can read the entire piece here.  Many thanks to Pete Sinnott and Luke Mergner for their excellent editorial suggestions. 

Excerpts: 

Overall, reports and testimonies relating to adjuncts focus on such easily understood narratives of what amounts to what I call Class Shock: the feeling of inadequacy and anger that arises when one’s class aspirations have been trampled underfoot.

We, adjuncts and allies, need to stop apologising for the value of intellectual production and we need to stop rendering its value in terms of the class mobility and the raced and gendered privilege it can confer upon us. We might seize this opportunity to reconfigure the terms of academic success to signify a system that allows everyone opportunities to do the work they desire, without holding ourselves up to mythical standards of class empowerment. Yet, over and over, the most persistent narratives about adjuncts draw upon class nostalgia.

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