1. A Rough Guide to Non-Representational Theory


    Great overview for those who are interested in Thrift’s work. He is a curious figure in academe.

    Originally posted on Experimental Geography in Practice:

    'Non-Representational Theory': A manifesto for changing the direction and methods of social science

    There is increasing interest in practice and performance in cultural geography. Attempts to move beyond issues of representation…

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  2. Ray and Graeff, Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia


    I liked doing this project with my friend and colleague, Erhardt. My favorite students are the ones who continue to teach me. Thank you to all those of you who knowingly and, unknowingly, have helped me to better understand and translate the world in which I live. Perhaps this has been my greatest privilege. I may not be the best teacher in many ways, but our interactions over the years…

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  3. Eschatologies of the late Human

    The pieces we have been discussing this week are pretty remarkable.They are ‘both’ astonishing texts, IMHO. They signal the coming decade (published, as they were, in 2004, 2005) through their repetitions, and their structural absences, the growing proprietary nature of large scale information flows, perversely contrary to the notions of open and free we still cling to.

    These silences will…

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  4. Anominous. In us. Us.

    These Borgesian politics. Of networks and the subjects they produce. This singularity, it seems, is singularly circular. All these Changes. Never. Change.

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  5. Jebus! Looking back at transgressive animation and the Iraq War.

    Jebus! Looking back at transgressive animation and the Iraq War.

    I wrote this in 2003, after watching the global public sphere fail miserably in putting a stop to (or at very least, delaying) the Iraq War. It’s about The Simpsons. And South Park. And teaching.Amit Ray-Cultural Studies at RIT:USA (2005)

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  6. For Tim. Who, I think, sings this corrosion with me.

    For Tim. Who, I think, sings this corrosion with me.

    So, Malmo?

    Whither?…wither…whiter, lighter, planetary-blighter: ah, we humans! I’m dark these days, my friend. Kind of infinitely so. Not a personal crisis, mind you. I feel as if I have never been a better human being—a better father, husband, etc et al. But this is kinda out of control. Late liberalism has been eating itself for how long now? This is just blatant robbery, brother human. And…

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  7. Secrets of Trade, Secrets of State, and the Autocolonial Turn

    Secrets of Trade, Secrets of State, and the Autocolonial Turn

    Ten years ago, I read an essay in Critical Inquiry entitled “Removing Knowledge.” In it, Peter Galison, an eminent historian of science and nuclear physicist (since for old guard historians of science, you had to be the latter to be the former) tries to make an educated guess about the scope of secrecy in our present day society–USA circa 2003, 2004. What he manages to convey, with a wink and a…

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  8. Fading remembrances, of things lost

    Remember when the popular parlance for what is happening to our climate was global warming? Remember when Frank Luntz, the GOP strategist, actively worked —successfully— to shift that language towards the more anodyne ‘climate change?’ Remember, remember?

  9. Settlement without Restitution or Justice.

    Settlement without Restitution or Justice.

    Goldman Sachs has just settled with the Federal Housing and Finance Agency (FHFA) to the tune of a cool 3.15 BILLION dollars! This comes on the heels of multi-billion dollar settlements between the Federal Government and other giants of the banking industry. The settlement will certainly cut into Goldman’s profits, which in 2013, were just over 8 billion.

    Now, here’s a tiny bit more context.…

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  10. Here’s an amazing fucking sentence.

    In a talk loaded with one after another. The astonishingly brilliant Lauren Berlant at AAA in 2011: http://supervalentthought.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/berlant-aaa-2011final.pdf

    “Austerity, Precarity, Awkwardness”

    “But fantasy can’t be garbaged in the…

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