Stratum 8

--- "...and we might sense the unknown and the route that tempts the traveler to test gravity" - Mahmoud Darwish _________________  THEORY/FICTION: Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Planet Does Not Return Our Gaze” Mojca Penca, “Planetary Entanglements and Entrapments (Review of Lukáš Likavčan’s Introduction to Comparative Planetology)" Derek Woods, “The Fungal Kingdom" Sean Singh Matharoo, “The Damned … Continue reading Stratum 8

The Planet Does Not Return Our Gaze

--- ∞ “The Planet Does Not Return Our Gaze” (pdf) - Dipesh Chakrabarty, 2020 First published as "La planète ne nous renvoie pas notre regard" (Centre Pompidou, November 11, 2020 - interview: Mathieu Potte-Bonneville). Text edited by Doron Darnov and Dipesh Chakrabarty. Dipesh Chakrabarty is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, … Continue reading The Planet Does Not Return Our Gaze

Planetary Entanglements and Entrapments

--- ∞ "Planetary Entanglements and Entrapments: Review of Lukáš Likavčan’s Introduction to Comparative Planetology" (pdf) - Mojca Penca Mojca Penca is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current interests lead her to explore the curious and oftentimes puzzling intersections of Asian American literature, environmental humanities and Hallyu. Studying the … Continue reading Planetary Entanglements and Entrapments

The Damned of the Alienocene: Reclaiming the Disaster

--- ∞ "The Damned of the Alienocene: Reclaiming the Disaster" (pdf) - Sean Singh Matharoo, 2020 Sean Singh Matharoo is a transdisciplinary scholar of French- and English-language speculative literature, media, and philosophy, which he studies in the contexts of postcolonial studies, the energy humanities, and performance studies. As part of the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for … Continue reading The Damned of the Alienocene: Reclaiming the Disaster

What You Do Not See Still Exists (On Dub: Finding Ceremony)

--- ∞ "What You Do Not See Still Exists: On Alexis Pauline Gumbs' Dub: Finding Ceremony" (pdf) - Iseult Gillespie, 2020 Iseult Gillespie is a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her forthcoming articles explore autotheory, crip theory, and necropolitics. Her dissertation examines how biology is translated into contemporary cultural forms, … Continue reading What You Do Not See Still Exists (On Dub: Finding Ceremony)

Ends of the World: Deconstruction and Frank Wilderson’s Afropessimism

--- ∞ "Ends of the World: Deconstruction and Frank Wilderson’s Afropessimism" (pdf) - Thom Van Camp, 2020 Thom Van Camp is a PhD Candidate in Literary Studies at UW-Madison. His research takes a presentist approach to 19th century British romanticism and its entanglements with abolition, reading romantic poetry alongside current work in Black Studies. He … Continue reading Ends of the World: Deconstruction and Frank Wilderson’s Afropessimism

Mental Distancing

--- ∞ "Mental Distancing" (pdf) - Sara Baranzoni, 2020 Sara Baranzoni coordinates the Undergraduate program in Theatre Creation and teaches Performance subjects at the Universidad de las Artes in Guayaquil (Ecuador). She is also Adjunct Lecturer at the Technological University of Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests focus on Performance studies, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology … Continue reading Mental Distancing

Stratum 7

    "I can't breathe."_________________  THEORY/FICTION: Priscilla Wald, “Viral Life in the Alienocene” Bruce Clarke, “Lynn Margulis, Autopoietic Gaia, and the Novacene” Katarzyna Olga Beilin, “Headfirst (A Day in the Alienocene)” Christopher Cañete Rodriguez Kelly, “Cathectoplasm (A Filipino Theory Fiction)” François-David Sebbah, “Alien-Effect: Encounters of an Other Kind Entirely” DIS-JUNCTION: Alain Badiou, “Pandemic, Ignorance, and … Continue reading Stratum 7

Viral Life in the Alienocene

--- ∞ "Viral Life in the Alienocene" (pdf) - Priscilla Wald (2020) Priscilla Wald teaches in the English department at Duke University and is the author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke U Press 2008) and Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke U Press 1995).