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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

"in our anticipation of ‘midnight’ (or the terminal) we fail to understand that the terminal is already here, defining our relationship to terminality’s other—interminability or repetition." oooooooooooooo

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"As opposed to biopolitics’ emphasis on control over prescribing forms of life, cruel mathematics works at the level of the bios-political, or ways of life. Central to understanding cruel mathematics is what Sylvia Wynter calls a biocentric genre of the human, which was inaugurated by the Darwinian rupture in planetary thinking, and the diffusion of the concept of natural selection and equally, that of dysselection"

*clap clap clapclapclap*

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"it is indispensable that we first develop a robust epistemological scaffolding for ‘catastrophe’ itself, not as Event, but as a political category or concept that offers an analytic for the manner in which people structure their political and social lives"

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The Interminable Catastrophe by Bedour Alagraa

offshootjournal.org/the-interm

"Without destabilizing our core assumptions about catastrophe, we run the risk of rendering theory inept for confronting this predicament [of our earth’s ecology and its assumed life-span], and equally run the risk of complicity with the overdetermination of empirical or social science interpretations and political offerings concerning what is essentially a problem for which we have yet to develop an adequate grammar. "

currently reading 

Jarrod Shanahan and Tyler Wall, “‘Fight the Reds, Support the Blue’: Blue Lives Matter and the US Counter-Subversive Tradition,” Race and Class, April 30, 2021, 1–21.

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currently reading 

Casey R. Goonan, “Sketches of Moral Duress: On the Analytics of White Liberal Ethicality -- Mediating Crisis in the U.S. National (Racial) Form,” CR: The New Centennial Review 18, no. 2 (2018): 241–82.

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getting cops out of schools can also be a part of anti-fascist struggle

torchantifa.org/daniel-morley-

like, remember when a high school cop was outed as a member of Identity Evropa? thats the most on-the-nose example but scratch a cop and a fascist bleeds

currently reading 

Burton, Orisanmi. 2016. Attica Is: Revolutionary Consciousness, Counterinsurgency and the Deferred Abolition of New York State Prisons. doi.org/10.17615/241k-x147

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"Arguing that Asians, too, have a nation in Hawai'i, the 'local' identity tag blurs the history of Hawai'i's only Indigenous people while staking a settler claim. Any complicity in the subjugation of Hawaiians is denied by the assertion that Asians, too, comprise a 'nation'... The intra-settler competition between haole and Asians is a hallmark of colonial situations. Such contests serve, especially if severe, to mask even further the dispossession and marginalization of Natives."

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From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i was an earthshattering text for me as an undergrad. Her work and her writing was foundational to my political understanding of the US, settler colonialism, "Asian American" hegemony.

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The passing of Haunani-Kay Trask is hitting me quite hard, I am so shocked and saddened by her loss.

currently reading 

Vargas, João H. Costa.
The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
muse.jhu.edu/book/60202.

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the university / institutions will always reward people who punch left (reactionaries) with grants and speaking gigs

its amazing to see other grad students lining up to become future deans

currently reading 

Judah Schept, “(Un)Seeing like a Prison: Counter-Visual Ethnography of the Carceral State,” Theoretical Criminology 18, no. 2 (2014): 198–223.

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abolishing campus cops means abolishing deans, provosts, and the professoriate

"Instead of centering the voices of Black and brown people, they said, it ended up serving largely as a sounding board for parents of undergraduates, most of them white, who opposed scaling back the university’s police presence. "

the parent-consumer strikes again

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"In its final report, obtained by The Chronicle, the task force [at the University of Michigan] makes clear that its four-month timeline — just a single semester — was too short to answer complicated questions about racial bias in safety and security. Requests for university data on arrests, stops, and use of force took months to satisfy or went unfulfilled entirely. The group’s requests for an extension were denied."

chronicle.com/article/was-this

currently reading 

Jared Sexton and Elizabeth Lee, “Figuring the Prison: Prerequisites of Torture at Abu Ghraib,” Antipode 38 (2006): 1005–22.

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TW sexual assault, harassment, and grooming by an assistant/tenure track professor at UM, the failures of Title IX and OIE investigations 

Oh, and the director of the Office of Institutional Equity (which handles sexual assault investigations) is being sued for mishandling sexual assault cases

michigandaily.com/administrati

every day i get louder and louder about burning universities to the ground fuck these sick institutions

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