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jasmine @jasminee@scholar.social

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Hi scholar.social, I'm starting my PhD in American Culture at UM Ann Arbor this fall. I'm a Baby Academic!

Research Interests:
- social media ethnography
- cultural studies
- internet historiography and narrative
- gifs
- Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies
- surveillance capitalism

Personal Interests:
- prison abolition
- cats
- bread

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Idle Question for Scholar.Social again (sorry):

What's the difference between gender abolition and gender nihilism? Is there one?

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@jasminee hm if you want abolitionist content maybe you could search the international conference on penal abolition material:

actionicopa.org/

If you can read French there's the GENEPI non-profit. They're not officially abolitionists I think but a lot of their members are:

genepi.fr/

If you're looking for an abolitionist scholar, Erica R. Meiners was a recurrent name in my quick search, although she seems to be more focused on education and gender studies.

dukeupress.edu/the-right-to-ma

I haven't read Jasbir Puar's "Right to Maim" yet but I imagine there might be something in there - but I also want to know if this is an area of scholarship being explored - not because I want to or think I can, but because I have questions, and I think there's important solidarity to uncover in the intersections of disability justice and prison abolition

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Benefits of the library

1) free
2) lots of ebooks and audiobooks of higher quality than I might choose myself if exposed to the entire amazon/kobo catalog
3) getting actual books involves walking to the library, a very pleasant half hour round trip
4) I like seeing all the people at the library reading newspapers and learning how to use computers and wasting time and figuring out immigration and jobs and stuff
5) the library is near the corner produce stand that always has the best fruit

Idle question for the fediverse and the scholar.social homies:

are there any journals or scholars looking at the intersections between disability justice, carceral studies, and policing? Anything that looks at the prison industrial complex through the lens of disability? Or vice versa?

I think about how last year, an elderly Japanese American man shared photos of his first tattoo - a photorealistic depiction of a length of barbed wire by his shoulder, to commemorate 75 years since FDR signed Executive Order 9066, and to remember that very formative and traumatic part of his childhood.

Barbed wire carries so much political weight, carries so much trauma, which can never be neatly wrapped up in a small book. But I do love this book/essay

Razac talks about barbed wire’s role in:

-genocide of Native folks in the US
-WWI trenches
-concentration camps in Germany
-migrant labor camps in the US
-Israeli apartheid and occupation of Gaza

It’s all really good - but for me, barbed wire makes me think of Japanese American internment. I would love to read more of what Razac thinks of the camp as the space of the totalitarian city... it was a great section

*even if in cutting through barbed wire does make it more dangerous*

I’ve been reading Barbed Wire: a Political History by Olivier Razac, and I really enjoy it - even if it is hard to process at times. The full weight of something so cheaply produced and used for, you know, war and genocide is a lot to think about and sit with

*waves bolt cutters in the air*

I am a day late for Papa Marx’s 200th birthday, but here’s a good article About his writing that I always love to reread:

e-flux.com/journal/67/60712/wa

Was Marx a Dancer? by David Riff

“Marx’s texts are not only in motion, they are about motion; something strangely kinetic survives the transition from poet to philosopher.”

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Reminder for the fediverse:

Content warnings can be used for spoiler content as well. Get your meme on, but don't ruin it for people who haven't had a chance to access the content yet.

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Things that aren't actually real:

* The Free Market (it's just words that rich people say when they want to diffuse responsibility for their own bad decisions)
* Intellectual Property (it's just words that rich people say when they want to keep Mickey Mouse from going into the Public Domain, or make you buy a new computer)
* Unpaid employment (it's just "exploitation"—c.f. "adjunct professorships")
* Ethical consumption under capitalism (eat the rich??)

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DNA testing privacy ethics Show more

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"Could race be not simply an object of representation and portrayal, of knowledge or truth, but also a technique that one uses, even as one is used by it—a carefully crafted, historically inflected system of tools, mediation, or enframing that builds history and identity?" - Wendy Chun, Race And/As Technology

I'm not someone who does mixed race studies but! The answer to the question Chun poses is YES when we consider how mixed race people are/have been categorized in censuses, and more...

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Is race itself a technology? Interesting, biopolitical/critical take on the topic by Wendy Chun: "Race and/as Technology, or how to do things to race"
read.dukeupress.edu/camera-obs

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Journal club Show more