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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: muse.jhu.edu/article/492536

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Liat Ben-Moshe, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition (U of Minnesota Press, 2020)

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I have said it once and I will say it a thousand times, I really wish Mendeley's PDF reader would fix the search bar/control+F function and NOT freeze the whole app while I do a keyword search

The Lecturer's Union at UM has started bargaining
michigandaily.com/section/camp

"LEO includes 1,696 non-tenure track professors from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The union is looking to improve their contract through the upcoming negotiations. Some of the proposals on the bargaining platform include more flexible COVID-19 policies for mode of course instruction, increased pay, pay parity across all three University campuses and greater participation in University governance."

considering putting a land acknowledgment in my syllabus even though we're remote

the university land acknowledgement is trash, imho, but whaddya expect ...

anyways, here's mine:

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Jessie Daniels, “‘My Brain Database Doesn’t See Skin Color’ Color-Blind Racism in the Technology Industry and in Theorizing the Web,” American Behavioral Scientist 59, no. 11 (2015): 1377–93.

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snark 

Believe it or not there *are* scholars who write and think about the exact issues that rear their ugly heads on the fediverse about every 2-3 months 🙃

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If people are having feelings about the shift of users to the fediverse and away from capitalist social media, I might recommend this book:
Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media by Sarah T. Roberts (Yale UP, 2019)

yalebooks.yale.edu/book/978030

its helpful in understanding why moderation at Twitter, FB, or another social media site is so terrible, and to understand why content moderation is fundamental to the problems of the internet.

Dylan Rodríguez’s statement to American Studies Association: utotherescue.blogspot.com/2021

“i encourage a collective embrace of an ethic and practice... [of] collective, communal self-defense. This robust ethic and practice is not only central to abolitionist, liberationist, Black (feminist, queer, trans) radical, and Indigenous self-determination traditions of mutual aid and community building, but is also a necessary aspect of ‘campus life’ for many of us in the ASA.”

I'm really wary of "Left Tube" and I don't really know Owen Jones all that much, but I appreciate Judith Butler's discussions of how they would write Gender Trouble differently now, on the criticisms that people brought against Gender Trouble as a text, in this video

youtube.com/watch?v=tXJb2eLNJZ

Feminist icon Judith Butler on JK Rowling, trans rights, feminism and intersectionality

currently reading 

AK Thompson, Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Geneaology of Dissent (AK Press, 2010).

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Alexander G. Weheliye, “‘Feenin’: Posthuman Voices in Contemporary Black Popular Music,” Social Text 20, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 21–47.

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Patrick Jagoda, Network Aesthetics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).

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featured speakers
Speakers:

Garrett Felber was recently fired by the University of Mississippi despite his incredible work in the study of the racist American carceral state and his activism with the Study and Struggle project that organizes against incarceration and criminalization in Mississippi.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Elizabeth Hinton
Robin D.G. Kelley

Kiese Laymon

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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TONIGHT Join us in solidarity with Garrett Felber for a discussion about defending anti-racist and abolitionist organizing in academia.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 5.00pm – 6.30pm EST
Online Teach-in
Solidarity: Defending Activism Within and Beyond the University

eventbrite.com/e/solidarity-de

Beth Richie’s acknowledgements in Arrested Justice is one of my favorites

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There’s nothing I love more than a well-written and heartfelt acknowledgements section

currently reading 

Eithne Luibhéid and Lionel Cantú Jr., eds., Queer Migrations: Sexuality, US Citizenship, and Border Crossings (Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

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Kelly Lytle Hernández, Migra!: A History of the US Border Patrol (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010).

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