This is a story of idols and icons, theology and an economy in the service of the Church. It is a story of power, control and the strategic management of affect. It is a story of madness, of states of being lost and of unanswered unanswerable questions… Once upon a time idolaters ran wild and […]Read more "On fallen gods, human longing and infrastructures of affect control"
Longing visits me once in a while and every time it catches me by surprise, doling out bitter and sweet. I know that I shouldn’t be surprised because a piece of my heart did go with you that day, like a silent traveler, appreciating how you journey through life, so far away. And in longing […]Read more "Ana’s Poem"
The Law is a cold monster: it disrupts social bonds, erodes emotional attachments, and imposes an abstract utilitarian rationality (Hart, Scott). But what if such critiques are completely misleading? What if the continuous production of faith and attachment are crucial to the dynamics of the legal system? (Fuller) This essay will argue that patterns of […]Read more "The Emotional Logic of Law"
‘Last Chance’, a film directed by Paul Emile d’Entremont, gives voice to the struggles of five people who are seeking asylum in Canada. Trudi (Kingston, Jamaica), Carlos (Colombia), Jennifer (Beirut, Lebanon), Zaki (Egypt) and Alvaro Orozco (Nicaragua) have all experienced various degrees of state persecution and everyday acts of physical and psychological violence in their […]Read more "The Faces of Structural Oppression – Reflections on Paul-Émile d’Entremont’s ‘Last Chance’"
In conversation with the Boston Review of Books, writer Junot Díaz reflected on the impacts that the writings of women of color have had on his personal and professional life; “[t]o read these sisters in the 80s as a young college student was not only intoxicating, it was soul-changing. It was metanoia” (Boston Review, 2012). […]Read more "Some social work thoughts on Kim Thúy’s ‘Ru’"
As a prominent masculinities theorist, Kimmel’s ethnography takes hegemonic masculinity to task and, in line with O’Neil‘s (1981) ‘Male Gender Role Conflict’ theory, explores how guys in Guyland understand, experience, embody and act out the tensions of attempting to live up to a particular, inherently unattainable, kind of hegemonic masculinity and its confining, socially constructed […]Read more "Masculinities and Violences – an unpublished manuscript"
“please don’t take our stories our knowings our technologies away please don’t take our stories and bury them in your books about us in your articles theses conference babble exhortations media interviews they’re the only soapbox we have left and it’s where we keep our clean socks how is it you want our stories professor […]Read more "Reading Indigenous Authors -A Reading List for the Adventuresome"