“Technology, Colonization and the Humanities: Some Thoughts”
Amit Ray @amitorit
Associate Professor of English
Rochester Institute of Technology
Since becoming institutionalized in the American academy two decades ago, postcolonial studies have helped to undermine…
Duplicate, with added emphasis. Think out your questions in advance. Discuss them on the temporary GoogleDoc below. Get to class before 11 if you can. Ian is coming online with us at 11. So come early to begin the discussion.
On Sep 22, 2014, at 1:07 AM, Amit Ray wrote:
Well… we had a weekend of glitches. How’s that for Software Freedom Day! (Cheap shot, ducks!)
No seriously, the…
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…
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…
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…
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)
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…
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…
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?