Fancy Feast

Fancy Feast, an essay about the gendered and racializing implications of current American food trends, is now available at Real Life.

Do Cyborgs Have Politics?

This question of the politics of technological artifacts has perhaps never been more salient than now, when we walk around with computing technologies on our person at all times. Chief among these are the politics of becoming cyborg.

Michel Foucault: Biopolitics and Beyond at The Brooklyn Institute

In a lecture given at the Collège de France in 1976, Michel Foucault declared, “One of the basic phenomena of the nineteenth century was what might be called power’s hold over life.” This observation is the basis of biopower, a theory of politics that has since spread to many corners of contemporary social thought.

Feminists Write the Anthropocene: Three Tales of Possibility in Late Capitalism

My review essay titled “Feminists Write the Anthropocene: Three Tales of Possibility in Late Capitalism,” was published in the Journal of Cultural Economy in August 2017. This essay reviewed three recent books: Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Alexis Shotwell’s Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times, and Anna Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins.

Necessary Purity

It is even tempting to regard food allergy as the signature disease of modernity. If so, a return to pure, clean living — avoiding pollution, pesticides, the hustle and bustle of modern life — would seem to be the solution.

Politics of Infrastructure at BISR starts June 5

What does it take to build an infrastructural system? What kind of norms do infrastructures enforce, and what kinds of people do they allow to thrive? What kinds of worlds do they make possible? The Politics of Infrastructure at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research starts Monday, June 5th at the New York Academy of Medicine.