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Occupy the Everyday

Just to remind people that the cluster “Occupy the Everyday” is now up and to let everyone know that it has today been updated with pieces from:

Caitlin Bruce (Northwestern) “Occupy Philadelphia: Representing Activism”—covers Occupy Philly up to 11/27 and the threatened eviction


Keith Miller (NYU): “Power’s Cool Use of Force” on UC Davis


Khujeci Tomai: “Beyond Liberty Plaza”—OWS after the eviction

Fraylie Nord: “Occupy: the Open Body, the Public Signifier” ... read more »

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Cultural Politics, Critique and the Digital Humanities

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In November 2009, I had the privilege of participating in a roundtable at the American Studies Association (ASA) conference with Anna Everett, Deborah Kimmey, Tara McPherson, Lisa Nakamura, and Kara Thompson on the Digital Humanities (DH). The panel was titled “Neoliberalism, Multiculturalism, and the Means of Digital Humanities Production.” Convened by Kara Thompson, the idea was to intervene in the prevailing discourses of DH and provide a critique of DH’s productive relations from the perspective of Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Women’s Studies, and so on. We covered a wide range of topics: labor and racism in games, code studies, activism, violating copyrights as praxis, undergrads at USC designing K-12 curriculum, archiving MMOs, the tyranny of the new in choosing objects of study, and much more. Many of the issues we discussed could be considered standard touchstones of DH but what made the discussion unique was our shared investment in a progressive cultural politics dedicated to interrogating and reworking established structures of power. It also doesn’t hurt that I was the only white dude on the panel. ... read more »

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Power Table

Power Diagram