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Journal of Critical Phenomenology
"Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal established with the specific intention of redirecting phenomenological intentionality. It is our belief that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology via analyses of socio-political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures. Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sarah Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join our efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research."
journal  phenomenology  philosophy  critical-theory 
july 2017 by tsuomela
What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left | New Republic
"KILL ALL NORMIES: ONLINE CULTURE WARS FROM 4CHAN AND TUMBLR TO TRUMP AND THE ALT-RIGHT By Angela NagleZero Books, 136 pp., $16.95"
book  review  alt-right  culture-war  online  anonymous  activism  tactics  critical-theory 
july 2017 by tsuomela
On Public Intellectuals: From the Talmud to Judith Butler — Crooked Timber
"When we talk about public intellectuals, not only are we talking about the audience as a recipient or reader of the text, but we are also, necessarily, talking about the audience as an independent, autonomous, and equally original and creative, co-creator of the text."
public  intellectual  public-intellectual  audience  critical-theory  philosophy  reading  co-creation 
july 2016 by tsuomela
Joseph Heath Home Page
"My work is all related, in one way or another, to critical social theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt School. The hallmark of this tradition is that of close engagement with the social sciences, but in a way that involves a rejection of value-neutrality, in favour of a style of inquiry governed by what Jürgen Habermas once called the “emancipatory interest” of human reason. In the late 20th century, critical theorists became increasingly preoccupied with the so-called “normative foundations of social criticism.” Rather than doing critical theory, they spent most of their time worrying about how a critical theory of society might even be possible, given the all-encompassing nature of culture and ideology. The result has been a generation of critical theorists who seldom get around to actually criticizing anything. This is a dead-end that I have tried to avoid in my work. As a result, there are two distinct dimensions to my writing. I do academic work, which attempts to address questions of normative foundations, and I also do popular work, where I engage in critical commentary."
people  canada  critical-theory  philosophy  ethics  politics 
may 2015 by tsuomela
Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies
"The mission of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is to serve as a peer-reviewed platform for critical discourse in and around library and information studies from across the disciplines. This includes but is not limited to research on the political economy of information, information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, reflections on professional contexts and practices, questioning current paradigms and academic trends, questioning the terms of information science, exploring methodological issues in the context of the field, and otherwise enriching and broadening the scope of library and information studies by applying diverse critical and trans-disciplinary perspectives."
lis  libraries  information-science  critical-theory  criticism  journal 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Bourdieu, ethics and symbolic power - Pellandini-Simányi - 2014 - The Sociological Review - Wiley Online Library
"This article critically discusses Pierre Bourdieu's views on ethics and normative evaluations. Bourdieu acknowledged that people hold ethical stances, yet sought to show that these stances are – unconsciously – conducive to obtaining symbolic power and legitimizing hierarchy. The first part of the article looks at this argument and charts the shifts it went through particularly in the early 1990s. The second part discusses ontological and empirical critiques of the ethics as ideology argument and suggests the latter to be more salient, as Bourdieu proposed his argument as an empirical rather than as an ontological point. The reason why he nevertheless found the ethics as ideology explanation fitting to nearly all the cases he studied, as the third part argues, is not simply that reality ‘obliged’ him to do so, but his circular definition of symbolic capital as qualities that are worthy of esteem. This definition makes his argument of ethics as ideology unfalsifiable and impedes him from distinguishing between cases when legitimate power is the aim of ethics and between those when it is merely their side effect. The article concludes by suggesting ways in which Bourdieu's work can be fruitfully incorporated into the study of ethics once the tautology is resolved."
ethics  philosophy  critical-theory  sociology  social-theory  power  symbolism 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Sleepwalking Through the Ruins – The New Inquiry
"Signs and Machines Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity By Maurizio Lazzarato Translated by Joshua David Jordan MIT Press 280 pp May 2014"
book  review  critical-theory  capitalism  neoliberalism 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Culture Machine
"Culture Machine is an international open-access journal of culture and theory, founded in 1999. Its aim is to be to cultural studies and cultural theory what 'fundamental research' is to the natural sciences: open-ended, non-goal orientated, exploratory and experimental. All contributions to the journal are peer-reviewed."
journal  academic  critical-theory  cultural-theory  theory  culture 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The Real of the Virtual: Critical Reflections on Web 2.0 | Boikos | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society
"Social media, as the heart of Web 2.0, is a relatively novel theoretical notion and social phenomenon, pertaining to a long series of academic subjects, such as digital culture, virtual communication, e-democracy, technological convergence, and online interactivity. Arguably, one of the most useful tools to adequately interpret and analyze this phenomenon is Critical Theory. The present article aims to comprehensively discuss and reflexively elaborate on the complex interrelationship between Critical Theory and Web 2.0 developments. This mainly involves the historicization of the relevant concepts and the identification of crucial sociological, philosophical and interdisciplinary issues that strongly demonstrate the essential ontological complicity between the real and the virtual. In addition, the analytical emphasis on recent social movements, such as the Arab Spring, reflexively depicts the new media as critical media, a characteristic feature that somehow stands in contrast to the participation of the internet in the circulation and accumulation of the Capital. Through contemporary Web’s inherent paradoxes, it is eventually shown that the social potential of the new media can indeed be realised, so that the internet serves the people and the public good."
critical-theory  social-media  media  web2.0 
april 2014 by tsuomela
www.brill.com
"How to explain the hegemonic stability of neoliberal capitalism even in the midst of its crises? The emergence of ideology theories marked a re-foundation of Marxist research into the functioning of alienation and subjection. Going beyond traditional concepts of ‘manipulation’ and ‘false consciousness’, they turned to the material existence of hegemonic apparatuses and focused on the mostly unconscious effects of ideological practices, rituals and discourses. Jan Rehmann reconstructs the different strands of ideology theories ranging from Marx to Adorno/Horkheimer, from Lenin to Gramsci, from Althusser to Stuart Hall, from Bourdieu to W.F. Haug, from Foucault to Butler. He compares them in a way that a genuine dialogue becomes possible and applies the different methods to the ‘market totalitarianism’ of today’s high-tech-capitalism."
book  publisher  critical-theory  hegemony  ideology  politics 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Gilles Deleuze
Transitions from 'sovereign societies' to Foucault's 'disciplinary societies' to 'control societies'
critical-theory  capitalism  control  discipline 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Los Angeles Review of Books - The Next Level: Alexander R. Galloway’s “The Interface Effect”
"For many Americans, then, a great deal of contemporary life is mediated by interfaces, including laptop, smartphone, and television screens. That this perpetual mediation so often goes unexamined speaks to the importance of Alexander R. Galloway’s new monograph The Interface Effect. Galloway’s ambitious book aspires to be not only a theory of interfaces but also a broader rethinking of the field of “new media studies,” an academic discipline with precursors in the media theories of Marshall McLuhan and Raymond Williams in the 1960s that emerged properly with scholarship produced alongside the rise of web culture of the 1990s."
book  review  media  new-media  interface  culture  criticism  critical-theory  technology  philosophy  aesthetics  design  internet  mediation  media-studies 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Book Review: Anti-Nietzsche | LSE Review of Books
"Nietzsche, the philosopher seemingly opposed to everyone, has met with remarkably little opposition himself. Malcolm Bull argues in his latest book that merely to reject Nietzsche is not to escape his lure. Only by  failing to live up to his ideals can we move beyond Nietzsche to a still more radical revaluation of all values. Igor Stramignoni finds in the current political and economic climate, where the cost of a spreading nihilism is becoming painfully clear to all, Bull’s book is both timely and bold."
book  review  philosophy  nihilism  critical-theory 
january 2013 by tsuomela
No more generating knowledge for its own sake, research creativity is the new frontier | LSE Review of Books
Globalization and Technocapitalism: The Political Economy of Corporate Power and Technological Domination. Luis Suarez-Villa. Ashgate. 2012.
book  review  globalization  technology  capitalism  corporatism  critical-theory  research 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Critical Dialogue: Interaction, Experience and Cultural Theory
Over the last decade there has been a significant growth in interest in aspects of people's experience with technologies under headings such as user experience, aesthetics, affect, fun, reflection, and enjoyment. In more recent years critical theory has begun to make a small but important impact at CHI conferences and other HCI publications. It is arguable that a relationship between critical theory and experience would benefit HCI research and practice as it has benefited other areas of research in the humanities and social sciences. However, in the history of ideas experience and critical theory have not always made good bedfellows, sometimes complementing each other, sometimes resisting each other. This workshop will explore the ways in which HCI might benefit from a constructive dialogue between critical theory and experience in questions of design and evaluation.
hci  computers  technology  critical-theory 
april 2012 by tsuomela
What if Interactivity is the New Passivity? Jonathan Sterne / McGill University | Flow
"What if all the bad things that media critics have been said about passivity for the past century or two are now equally applicable to all the demands to interact, to participate? What if interactivity is now one of the central hinges through which power works? In many moments today, the most compliant gesture we can make is to consent to interact on the terms presented to us by our software and machines. "
media  critique  criticism  passivity  interaction  interactive  television  social-media  critical-theory 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Ecological Headstand: "Cultural Conservatives": Prophets of Deceit
"Horkheimer described the book's theme in his foreword to the five volume series:

The agitator's technique of persuasion, the mechanism of mediation that translates inchoate feeling into specific belief and action make up the theme of that volume. As mediator between the world and the individual psyche, the agitator molds already existing prejudices and tendencies into overt doctrines and ultimately into overt action."
politics  propaganda  conservative  revolution  critical-theory 
august 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The Frankfurt School, Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories, and American Conservatism
"Neiwert goes on to note that the idea of "Cultural Marxism" has already filtered into much more mainstream conservative circles in this country. In particular, Republican dirty trickster Andrew Breitbart has become a major vector for the idea of "Cultural Marxism" and the supposed iniquity of the Frankfurt School."
right-wing  conspiracy  conservatism  history  political-correctness  marxism  critical-theory 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Introduction to Theory of Literature — Open Yale Courses
"This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose? "
literature  open-courseware  critical-theory  school(Yale) 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Zero Books
"Zer0 Books knows that another kind of discourse - intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist - is not only possible: it is already flourishing. Zer0 is convinced that in the unthinking, blandly consensual culture in which we live, critical and engaged theoretical reflection is more important than ever before."
book  publisher  criticism  critical-theory 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Michael Bérubé for Democracy Journal: The Science Wars Redux
"Fifteen years ago, it seemed to me that the Sokal Hoax was making that kind of deal impossible, deepening the “two cultures” divide and further estranging humanists from scientists. Now, I think it may have helped set the terms for an eventual rapprochement, leading both humanists and scientists to realize that the shared enemies of their enterprises are the religious fundamentalists who reject all knowledge that challenges their faith and the free-market fundamentalists whose policies will surely scorch the earth. "
culture-war  science-wars  science  history  political-correctness  1990s  postmodernism  critical-theory 
february 2011 by tsuomela
21C Magazine
William Gibson, Mark Dery, JG Ballard...
magazine  culture  theory  21c  literature  future  criticism  critical-theory 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Guernica / A Carefully Crafted F**k You
Interview with Judith Butler - "Her latest book, Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009), reflects on the past decade’s saga of needless war, photographed—even fetishized—torture, and routine horror. It treats these practices as issuing from a philosophical choice, one which considers certain human beings expendable and unworthy of being grieved."
philosophy  war  feminism  interview  violence  nonviolence  critical-theory 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Measure for Measure - The Boston Globe
Literary criticism could be one of our best tools for understanding the human condition. But first, it needs a radical change: embracing science
literature  criticism  critical-theory  theory  science  two-cultures  culture  ideas 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Times Higher Education - Bubble trouble
The humanities are in the same state financial markets were in before they crashed. Assessing the growing mountain of toxic intellectual debt, Philip Gerrans considers going short on some overvalued research
education  academia  humanities  cynicism  critical-theory  postmodernism 
september 2009 by tsuomela
What's the Matter With Cultural Studies? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
But I still have hope that the history of cultural studies might matter to the university—and to the world beyond it. My hopes aren't quite as ambitious as they were 20 years ago. I no longer expect cultural studies to transform the disciplines. But I do think cultural studies can do a better job of complicating the political-economy model in media theory, a better job of complicating our accounts of neoliberalism, and a better job of convincing people inside and outside the university that cultural studies' understanding of hegemony is a form of understanding with great explanatory power—that is to say, a form of understanding that actually works.
cultural-theory  cultural-studies  critical-theory  humanities  neoliberalism  economics  politics  explanation  academia 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Notes From The Geek Show: A Theory of Modes and Modalities
Frye goes on to lay out his classification of five classes — or phases might be a better term: mythic, where the hero is superior in kind to the everyman
fiction  literature  mythology  criticism  critical-theory  writing 
august 2009 by tsuomela
anotherheideggerblog: Interview with Ian Bogost
Today I am happy to bring you the long-awaited interview with Ian Bogost who is currently an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech Institute at Technology, a co-founder of Persuasive Games, and a board member at the educational publishing house Open Texture.
philosophy  critical-theory  computer  gaming  games  persuasion  technology  interview 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Speculative Realism Round-Up: 7/16 « Larval Subjects .
Part of a series of posts on modernism, philosophy, speculative realism.
philosophy  critical-theory  objects  speculative-realism  realism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Realism and Speculative Realism « Larval Subjects .
Part of a series of posts on modernism, philosophy, speculative realism. On the relation of speculative realism to literature: names Calvino and Ben Marcus. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Flarvalsubjects.wordpress.com%2F2009%2F07%2F13%2Frealism-and-speculative-realism
philosophy  critical-theory  objects  speculative-realism  realism  literature  about(ItaloCalvino) 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Object-Oriented Realism « Larval Subjects .
Part of a series of posts on modernism, philosophy, speculative realism.
philosophy  critical-theory  objects  speculative-realism  realism  about(BrunoLatour) 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Long Sunday: What's so critical about critical theory?
chapters of Alex Honneth's recently published collected, Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory. In these two chapters, Honneth lays out what he takes to be two core concepts in Critical Theory: the idea of a social pathology of reason and, of course, the idea of critique.
critical-theory  book  commentary  capitalism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Authorship Collaborative - Home Page
This individualistic construction of authorship is a relatively recent invention, the result of a radical reconceptualization of the creative process that culminated less than two centuries ago in the heroic self-presentation of Romantic poets.
authorship  history  literature  theory  critical-theory  criticism  individualist  romanticism  creativity  innovation  originality 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Michael Bérubé - The futility of the humanities
Interesting, is it not, when you adopt a wider disciplinary perspective than that provided by Deresiewicz? Suddenly it looks like philosophy might have been isolated from the rest of the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences, and “theory” might have been the means by which scholars conversed across the disciplines of English and comparative literature, art history, architecture, musicology, anthropology, etc.
critical-theory  literature  theory  humanities  academia  trends 
june 2009 by tsuomela
infinite thØught: power to the people?
Power to the People? Conference notes, Birkbeck College, 9th May 2009
conference  notes  leftism  communism  critical-theory 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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