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You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma

by Jack Halberstam I was watching Monty Python’s The Life of Brian from 1979 recently, a hilarious rewriting of the life and death of Christ, and I realized how outrageous most of the jokes from the film would seem today. In fact, the film, with its religious satire and scenes of Christ and the thieves […]

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GAME OF THRONES: THE QUEER SEASON by JACK HALBERSTAM (HOUSE OF NEMO)

Every couple of seasons, like warriors of an ancient cult or like the antagonists in Games of Thrones, scholars arm themselves for battle over the ownership of the term “queer.” These battles have pitted historians against literary critics, empiricism against abstract theory, those with investments in the normative against those with investments in resistance; Foucaultians […]

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Bullybloggers on Failure and the Future of Queer Studies

On March 26, 2012, Gayatri Gopinath at NYU convened a panel of queer scholars to discuss “Failure and the Future of Queer Studies.” Using Jack Halberstam’s new book, The Queer Art of Failure (Duke, 2011) as an occasion to think about negativity, failure, anti-disciplinarity and other bully-ish topics, the panelists all provided commentary on the […]

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CESA 2011: Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide: Settler Colonialism/Heteropatriarchy/White Supremacy: A Major Conference UC Riverside, March 10-12, 2011

Anatomy of an Anti-Disciplinary Riot By Jack Halberstam 1. Des(s)ert Of The Heart This past weekend in Riverside California, with little edible food close at hand and desert winds blowing in from the East, some 1500 people gathered to scavenge for food, look for shade and discuss new intellectual and political formations loosely associated with […]

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Justifiable Matricide: Backlashing Faludi By Jack Halberstam

The front page of Harper’s October 2010 issue says it all: “American Electra: Feminism’s Ritual Matricide” by Susan Faludi. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/10/0083140 Apparently, according to Faludi, American feminism has a mother-daughter problem: daughters keep fighting with mothers, mothers keep undercutting daughters, and this, ladies and gentlemen and everyone else, is the real reason that feminism never quite […]

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Credo: What the Wild Things Know

Credos have always been a little off-putting to me: first there is the religious element, the Catholic chanting of a set of beliefs during mass; second, and probably deriving from the first, credos reek of piety and self-righteousness…not that I am not self-righteous much of the time, but why advertise it? Third, I have been turned off to credos by the saccharine “This I believe” segment on NPR radio where some pious, self-righteous and quite possibly religious person tells you what he or she believes and therefore what everyone else in the world must start doing as a consequence.

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Youth in Revolt

By Tavia Nyong’o What’s more punk than youth in revolt? Fed up with outrageous cuts to staff and faculty salaries — and an unbelievable 32% hike in tuition at a public university that used to be free (thanks Ronald Reagan) — students recently took over a campus building and re-named it after two Black Panthers […]

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Save California’s Universities

By Judith Butler (originally published in The Guardian Oct. 4, 2009) The promise of affordable higher education is dying. The University of California’s students and faculty demand answers. It may seem that the thousands of people on September 24th who converged on the University of California at Berkeley’s famous Sproul Plaza, home of the free […]

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It’s the Governance Structure, Stupid

by Lisa Duggan IT’S THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE, STUPID Mark Taylor’s NY Times op ed, “End the University As We Know It” borrows its title from the Clintonian call to end welfare entitlements, a significant way station in the process of eroding New Deal social supports.  But to bastardize another Clintonism, Taylor’s op ed inclines me […]

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“Educational Values” versus “Educational Value”

by Brian Eugenio Herrera Mark Taylor’s call to “End the University as We Know It” proved most disappointing for its shockingly naïve (or cruelly disingenuous) echo of a previous higher education manifesto published several years prior:  the notorious  “A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education,” authored by The Secretary of Education’s […]