The Undercommons. Fugitive Planning & Black Study

Posted · Add Comment

by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten
Introduction by Jack Halberstam

In this series of essays Fred Moten and Stefano Harney draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tradition as it supports, inspires, and extends contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique. Today the general wealth of social life finds itself confronted by mutations in the mechanisms of control: the proliferation of capitalist logistics, governance by credit, and the management of pedagogy. Working from and within the social poesis of life in the undercommons Moten and Harney develop and expand an array of concepts: study, debt, surround, planning, and the shipped. On the fugitive path of an historical and global blackness, the essays in this volume unsettle and invite the reader to the self-organised ensembles of social life that are launched every day and every night amid the general antagonism of the undercommons.

¿Cómo luchar decolonialmente?

Posted · Add Comment

Ramón Grosfoguel propone una reflexión crítica sobre el aparato teórico montado desde un antiesencialismo radical o anti-identitarismo que es propio para la realidad de unas personas que viven privilegio racial en el sistema mundo y que se convierte en arma de colonización en el momento en que ese marco antiesencialista se extrapola. Habla sobre cómo ciertas formas de ser han sido históricamente superiorizadas y cómo en cambio otras han sido tradicionalmente inferiorizadas. Grosfoguel propone un proceso de descolonización en las actuales luchas políticas.

Queer Studies and the Crises of Capitalism

Posted · Add Comment

Special Issue Editor(s): Jordana Rosenberg, Amy Villarejo
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Vol 18, Issue 1 (2012)

Extending the recent rapprochement among queer studies, Marxist theory, and political economics, this timely issue responds to the current crisis of capitalism. Contributors consider how methodologies of queer studies are specially poised to reveal the global, historical, and social dimensions of capitalist economic relations. Using queer hermeneutical tools in combination with globalization studies, secularization studies, and queer-of-color critique, contributors examine global economic history and the ideological collusion of capitalist production and biological reproduction. With a special emphasis on the regulation and policing of sexuality, the issue explores the assertion that capitalism is only made possible by systems of racial, sexual, and national exploitation, and recuperation from periods of crisis depends on the increasingly violent reassertion of those forms of exploitation.

Transgender Migrations. The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition

Posted · Add Comment

Edited by Trystan Cotten

Transgender Migrations brings together a top-notch collection of emerging and established scholars to examine the way that the term “migration” can be used not only to look at the way trans bodies migrate from one gender to the (an?) other, but the way that trans people migrate in the larger geopolitical contexts of immigration reform, the war on terror, the war on drugs, and the increased policing of national borders. The book centers trans-ing experiences, identities, and politics, and treats these identities as inextricably intertwined with other social identities, institutions, and discourses of sexuality, nationality, race and ethnicity, globalization, colonialism, and terrorism. The chapter authors explore not only the movement of bodies in, through, and across spaces and borders, but also chart the metamorphoses of these bodies in relation to migration and mobility. Transgender Migrations takes the theory documented in The Transgender Studies Reader and blows it up to a global scale. It is the logical next step for scholarship in this dynamic, emerging field.