Asemic Media: Conversations on Nonsense

Originally posted on nuovaletteratura:
An open discussion and introduction to asemic media, language without meaning. We’ll be showing some various outlets of asemic work to give a sense of the background and history of the art form, then opening up the conversation to its philosophical and theoretical implications. Hosted by Todd Burst, Nıhıl Mınus, and…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies: Colin Gordon reviews The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon in History of the Human Sciences (requires subscription). I hope a preprint will appear on Colin’s academia.edu page soon. It’s a very detailed review of a huge work, covering a wide range of the entries – and briefly mentioning my entry on ‘space’… via…

Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development

Reblogged from H-Net Reviews: Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development. Providence, Rhode Island / Cambridge, Massachusetts: Sven Beckert, Harvard University; Seth Rockman, Brown University, 07.04.2011-09.04.2011. Reviewed by Shaun Nichols Published on H-Soz-u-Kult (May, 2011) Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development For generations, historians have struggled to excavate the roots of what Kenneth…

Slave Revolts

  In an interview with Amy Goodman, from Democracy Now, historian Gerald Horne argues that more attention should be given to slave resistance, for instance: It’s well known that the Africans in the Caribbean were very much involved in various extermination plots, liquidation plots, seeking to abolish, through force of arms and violence, the institution…

Core Features of Modernity and the Enlightenment

Modernity does not signify a single process or a particular period of time.[1] Some scholars, such as Jurgen Habermas, believe we are still undergoing modernity. He argues that contemporary modern … Source: Core Features of Modernity and the Enlightenment

Modernity Defined

Modernity escapes easy definition.  Modernity is not so much a historical period as it is a pastiche of Western virtues that have become so prevalent, they are easily mistaken as timeless and natur… Source: Modernity Defined

The Indeterminacy of Meaning: Asemic Writing And (non) Sens

–Todd Burst Michael Jacobson, in an interview with asymptote journal, recently described asemic writing as “a wordless, open semantic form of writing that is international in its mission.”[1]… Source: The Indeterminacy of Meaning: Asemic Writing And (non) Sens

Defining Capitalism in the ‘New History of Capitalism’

Reposts from the Junto CONTINUING DEBATE ON SLAVERY AND CAPITALISM by Tom Cutterham It’s been two and a half years since the new history of capitalism marked its arrival with the full red carpet treatment in the New York Times. So it’s about time we saw some serious and constructive critiques of the project. Robin Blackburn’s lengthy review of Empire…

Caitlin Rosenthal

Historian Caitlin Rosenthal stumbled upon connections between organization methods used by slave owners and modern management methods.  Recently, Rosenthal helped defend the historians of the “new history of capitalism” against criticisms that these historians have not defined ‘capitalism,’ thereby causing ambiguities and cross-overs with other fields of history. Three years ago, Forbes magazine interviewed Rosenthal…

Commodification, Specialization, Mechanization

Repost from the Junto This post is the second in a two-part report on a roundtable session at this year’s Organization of American Historians annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, entitled, “Open Question: What’s the Relationship Between Slavery and Capitalism?” The panelists were James Oakes, Craig Wilder, Sven Beckert, and Caitlin Rosenthal. Yesterday’s post focused on Beckert’s comments, today’s looks at Rosenthal’s. The new…