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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

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Human Capital, Organic Capital, and the (Labor) Economy of Human Beings as a Race

We are accustomed to thinking of the concept of “human capital” as a product of the conditions of neoliberal labor, or the reinvestment of the economic thinking of neoliberal economists by the state and private sector since the 1970s. As I … Continue reading

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A Juvenile Species: Neoteny, Recapitulation and Childhood

Bergson’s method notwithstanding, I confess to rarely (that is, almost never) proceeding in my thinking from intuition. Chaotic, unconscious speculation followed by exhaustive rumination might be more apt (blame a scientisitc super ego?). In this case, though, I am making a brief … Continue reading

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Scholium on Sexting and Cyberbullying: Consuming Children

After delivering a paper on cyberbullying and sexting at Theorizing the Web 2014 last month I was asked an interesting question from the audience: was I arguing for mobile phones as a contemporary zone of privacy for the child? My improvised … Continue reading

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Race, Education and Prison: Nostalgia and Genealogy 60 Years after Brown v Board

This past week marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education (1954) and the date was met with decidedly mixed feelings in the media sphere. In his presidential proclamation commemorating the decision, Barack Obama emphasizes that “we have confined … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Continuum of Human Entrainment: Expanding “Attention”

The paper I gave at CUNY’s recent and incredible conference, Mattering: Feminism, Science and Materialism, took up the biopolitics of ADHD and its treatment in children, making transversal connections through feminist theory, science and tech studies, philosophy, psychopharmacology, and neurobiology … Continue reading

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