The Black Outdoors: Humanities Futures After Property and Possession

Carter and Cervenak recap the multiple meditations (including providing summaries of talks of invited speakers for the series) carried out throughout the year on what "the black outdoors" means for social thought, even as they also theorize and question that very concept.

Multilingualism as Migration: Remarks on Literature, Philology, and Culture

Till Dembeck

This essay asks to what extent, and how, literary scholarship can contribute to questions raised by migration.

Neuropsychiatry as Area Studies: Han Tong-se (1930–1973) and the Diagnostics of Gender/Sexual "Deviance" in Cold War South Korea

Part of a larger book project, this short essay illuminates understudied ways in which nonnormative sexuality and gender variance firmly undergirded authoritarian development in Cold War South Korea.

The Future of Political Theory: Political Theory as an Anti-discipline

Samuel Bagg

Political theory may be a strange academic discipline, or even an anti-discipline, but in the end, it doesn’t matter where political theory fits into the academy. What matters is the role it plays, or fails to play, in sustaining a democratic society.

The Future of Political Theory: Using the Canon to Prepare for Tomorrow

Political theory now must come to grips with the practical problems that have arisen from today’s extraordinary technological advances in communication and automation, which in turn have enabled economic globalization, polarization, and the rise of hyperpartisanship.

Trash Matters: Residual Culture in Latin America

This article addresses the concept of trash from both an environmental and biopolitical perspective. It underscores the importance of trash in our daily lives as a key component of modern technology, habits of consumption, and disposability.

On Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Chinese Body as Surplus

This essay introduces the idea of biopolitical aesthetics and argues for a more nuanced attention to the figure of the medically commodified body in contemporary Chinese and transnational literature, art, and popular culture.

Visions of the Body: Embodied Simulation and Aesthetic Experience

This essay addresses the questions raised by the distinctly human trait of creating images.

Almost Citizens: Racial Translations, National Belonging, and the Global "Immigration Crisis"

The article examines some of the ways in which racialized immigrants and their descendants translate hegemonic ethnoracial terms to assert belonging and citizenship in the nation.

Afro-Pessimism and the End of Redemption

This essay addresses the tenets of Afro-Pessimism in relation to the condition of slavery, Blackness, and Black nonexistence.