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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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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 (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 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

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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

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What are Little Kids Made of, in Theory?

Over the past six weeks of this serial essay I have taken up what I consider to be some of the most important conceptual frameworks through which to think the generation of children, particularly in relation to their adult others.  … Continue reading

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Snippet: Giving Race Back Over to the Ontological

A snippet from an in-progress piece on race, technology, and transgender: To pair “race” and “ontology” is to invite misunderstanding.  Race, after all, is perhaps submitted more frequently by the humanities than even gender as a category that is “socially … Continue reading

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