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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

currently reading 

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

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currently reading 

Franklin, Seb. “Periodising (with) Control.” In Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline, edited by Frida Beckman, 44–62. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

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The University of Michigan is a white supremacist institution

currently reading 

“Racial Capitalism” by Jodi Melamed
Critical Ethnic Studies
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 76-85

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and specifically

Faculty who put the BLM hashtag in their bios or tweet it out or whatever need to seriously target and call out the fascists that walk through their campuses

FUCK campus cops and fuck faculty who dont see campus cops as part of the white supremacy they claim to oppose

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Not only did the Ann Arbor Police Department give Aura Rosser's murderer keep him on the force, they gave him a promotion

And the University of Michigan chose to keep collaborating with cops by hiring the presiding police chief (who still works for UM).

Fuck the police, fuck the campus cops, fuck John Seto and David Ried

michigandaily.com/section/news



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In 2015, Ann Arbor Police killed an unarmed Black mother of 3, Aura Rosser, 5 minutes after entering her home

Six months later, the police chief who presided over AAPD when Aura Rosser was murdered was hired by the University of Michigan as housing security director


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If your admin sent out an email about "police brutality" and "racial injustice" but doesn't want to defund their campus police, they don't really care about white supremacy or the lives of their black students, faculty, and staff

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Defund every police department, including university police departments

currentlyreading 

Cedric Robison, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (2000)

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qualifying exams 

Other things:

- once-monthly meetings with two of my advisors (tried to stagger them so I'm not meeting in the same weeks with everyone)

- annotated bibliography

- 5 page essays every 2 weeks on the things I've read off of each list

IDK it seems like a lot of balls in the air and i dont like it *scream* *anxiety*

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Write Up From The Inside: K-Unit Dubbed “Korona-Unit” and the Approaching Disaster for Michigan Prisoners by Robert Winburn 

"Under Michigan Administrative Code 791.716 there is a unique safety provision providing for the EMERGENCY RELEASE OF PRISONERS by mandating staff implement policy, procedure, and practices that direct the release of prisoners in case of emergency."

michiganabolition.org/2020/04/

qualifying exams 

Any tips for studying for qualifying exams in the humanities? How did you manage reading every day and manage to synthesize everything? What was the best process for you?

So far I plan to:
- use Zotero to keep track of citations
- write annotations in a separate Word doc
- keep one dedicated notebook with thoughts/possible questions
- try not to cry

currently re-reading 

Dylan Rodríguez, “Asian-American Studies in the Age of the Prison Industrial Complex: Departures and Re-Narrations,” The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 27, no. 3 (2005): 241–63.

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So many people have made quarantine playlists on Spotify (quaranTunes, if you will) that the suggestion algorithms are as chaotic and themed around isolation/illness/washing hands as you expect them to be

currently reading 

Anthony Ryan Hatch and Kym Bradley, “Prisons Matter: Psychotropics and the Trope of Silence in Technocorrections,” in Mattering, ed. Victoria Pitts-Taylor (New York: NYU Press, 2016), 224–41.

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Has this been shared here yet?

The COVID19 syllabus : docs.google.com/document/u/1/d

tho honestly big ups to whoever has the patience to read these things/read anything these days

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