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Who's that in your AVI, Jasmine?

That's a screenshot from the film Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) with Maggie Cheung.

Besides being a fantastic and dizzying/disorienting film, I have a soft spot for it bc I first watched it in a class with Prof. Yiman Wang, who would advise my undergraduate thesis! Here's the essay that she wrote on Maggie Cheung and the film Irma Vep:

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Hi all! I’m starting my PhD in American Culture/Digital Studies at UM Ann Arbor in... oh man, less than a week!

Research interests include:
- Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies
- digital visual cultures
- social media mapping/ethnography/networking
- digital strategies of resistance (asterisks by all of that)

Personal interests:
- prison/police abolition
- post-left theory
- the smell of jasmine after a light rain

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Melding Machines: Jenn Nkiru’s ‘BLACK TO TECHNO,’ Factories, and Detroit
by Taylor Renee Aldridge

“BLACK TO TECHNO declares that the machine has enabled and unearthed a sonic expression that could not be discovered otherwise. The machine, according to this film, allows for humans to extend themselves, and thus their expressivity, in ways they have not been able to do in the past... [but] the melding of human and machine isn’t voluntary in the auto factory.”

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the answer to virulent ethnonationalism should not be liberal constitutionalist multiculturalism

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The pedagogical goal of free prison abolitionists is to teach everyone that carceral logics inform every aspect of all of our lives

That prison, which physically and geographically remove our loved ones from our lives, is still all around us (not only in a Foucauldian sense but actually, literally)

So I don’t like that scholars who do vaguely social justice-y things but not prison *invoke prison* in their work as a fucking metaphor, signaling that they too are hip to Current Conversations

noticing the ways that scholars who have not previously studied carcerality and prisons dropping prison into their work

Like mass incarceration in the US is a metaphor, almost?

On the one hand, visibility is important. I wonder when “abolition is not a metaphor” or “incarceration is not a metaphor” will appear (it’s here, simmering under the surface)

bringing a whole carton of blueberries just for me into Day 2 of this conference

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