Tag Archives: Affect

Book Review: Testo Junkie (Beatriz Preciado)

I have a book review of Beatriz Preciado’s Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era in the next issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Here is a digital version to peruse–be sure to read the whole issue … Continue reading

Posted in Biopolitics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TSQ 1.3, Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly continues its exciting project of creating a home for transgender studies with its second issue, Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary, edited by Aren Z. Aizura, Trystan Cotten, Carsten Balzer/Carla LaGata, Marcia Ochoa, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. I am so pleased to … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Kids, Youth, New Materialisms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ontology and Materialism Working Group at #CSA2014

The Ontology and Materialism Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association is excited to invite you to our two panels today, Friday, May 30. For more information on the working group’s focus, click here. Friday, May 30, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, B Location: West Room, OC Affective Labor and the Labor of Affect Chair: Julian Gill-­Peterson, Rutgers University Panelists: … Continue reading

Posted in Graduate School | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Value of the Future III: Foucault and the Child as Human Capital

In The Birth of Biopolitics Foucault turns to the child and childhood as his exemplar in diagramming the specific features of American neoliberalism.  What distinguishes American neoliberalism, according to Foucault, is its theory of human capital, a theory which permits “the … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Kids, Youth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Value of the Future (II): Materialism and the Child in Queer Theory

Is queer theory undergoing a materialist turn? For a field born in many ways out of literary studies, textual deconstruction, and epistemological interrogation, questions of materialism, labor and capital accumulation have understandably had a difficult time getting sustained attention. So … Continue reading

Posted in Biopolitics, Children, Kids, Youth, New Materialisms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I’d Rather Have a Swarm of H8ers than an Enlightened Digital Subject

Haters, haterz, h8ers, etc. Underneath the adult anxiety over cyberbullying, or the cultural narrative of the general degeneracy of a civilizational dream of American empire resultant of ubiquitous social media amongst children, is the ambient noise of haters. The irrational … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Kids, Youth, Digital and New Media | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Human is Not a Prosthetic Being, III: Race is Technical

I have followed with interest, and write about in a forthcoming essay on race and technology in transgender studies, the Deleuzian project of the critical re-ontologization of race in the humanities, notably in Amit Rai’s wonderful formulation, “race racing.” But … Continue reading

Posted in (Post)Humanities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Accelerating Childhood and the Value of the Future™

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. But a wonderful thing to invest in. This slogan greeted me the other day on a bus stop in Manhattan. “Better Futures™” is a simulated stock option that capitalizes quite literally on … Continue reading

Posted in Biopolitics, Children, Kids, Youth, New Materialisms, Ontologies of the Present | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Human is Not a Prosthetic Being, II: Coloniality, Race and Perhsonhood

In an earlier post I wrote about the status of the human in posthumanist endeavours, arguing through the child-figure’s ontogenetic function as the origin of humans that we have too easily acquiesced to an ontology of subtraction in the humanities. … Continue reading

Posted in (Post)Humanities, American Studies, New Materialisms | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Child’s Simulation of Labor: Some Notes on Master Chef Junior

The collapse of the distinction between work and play is one of the hallmark symptoms of contemporary modes of existence under financial capitalism and their attendant labor-forms, mutating especially the relation of cultural production to classically defined forms of wage … Continue reading

Posted in American Studies, Children, Kids, Youth, Digital and New Media | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments