"However, with regard to disciplinary databases, the outlook may not be as rosy, especially in the scientific fields. I decided to use Donna Haraway, a leading theorist in the field of feminist science, as a test case to see if her research is being made available to the scientific community via their usual databases. Haraway is the perfect example of an interdisciplinary scholar whose work would ideally show up in both interdisciplinary databases and the appropriate disciplinary ones as well. Sadly, this was not the case. Doing a keyword search for Donna Haraway in Women’s Studies International resulted in 274 hits. The same search in GenderWatch resulted in 254 hits, and Proquest yielded a very respectable 189. The results from one disciplinary and two interdisciplinary science databases, however, were stunning. Biological Abstracts yielded zero hits, despite the fact that Haraway is trained as a biologist; Science Citation Index had one hit, and Elsevier Science Direct had ten hits."
It’s amazing to me that feminist studies, ethnic studies, and humanities more generally have been creatively transforming science for DECADES and yet, no practicing scientists actually engage with that work… Not even in an attempt to be formally critical or dismissive of it (because that would at least show up in their databases)
And then it’s actually not that amazing at all because I remember that science perpetuates itself, its hierarchies, and its supposed access to truth claims through its unreasonable and unrelenting obsession with empirical data to the point that nobody can question its basic premises (and those who want to get sent away, like when I was told by the psych department at UNCG that my honors thesis absolutely couldn’t be “theoretical”)
7:50 pm • 16 September 2014 • 4 notes
Learning quickly that Judith Butler (or “Judy Butler” as she’s most often referred to in my class experiences so far) is not a popular person here.
But…… the people who’re most critical of her work have never even read Bodies that Matter which, in my mind, contains some of her most important and brilliant work (a lot of which is speaking to those important critiques of Gender Trouble). Duh it’s not perfect, but her and Derrida are constantly invoked in my classes here as theoretically against matter or materiality or materialism ( the meanings of which all change depending on what class I’m in). And she spent literally 284 pages challenging those readings of her work AND re-conceptualizing human anatomy in ways that I feel so committed to and reliant on in regards to all the thesis work I want to do here. In some of my classes we’re reading all this ‘new materialisms’ stuff that was done within the last 2-3 years, but Judith Butler wrote Bodies that Matter in 1993 and takes up all of these issues of bodily being that feminism has apparently ‘neglected’ up until new materialist work (which I’m not a fan of at all).
Hopefully it ain’t gonna be awkward when my papers for all these classes start with Judith Butler. Arrgghh and then I keep questioning whether or not my commitments to deconstruction are making it hard for me to see more value in all this work that seems super invested in re-installing some ‘outside’ to textuality and language.
8:43 pm • 15 September 2014
sunrise walk after my first grad school all-nighter
10:07 am • 15 September 2014 • 5 notes
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So y’all know that I moved into an arts collective/co-op in Canada right? Well we’re behind on utilities because of some mishaps with past members and tenants. We’re not in the clear just yet. Help us keep the lights on and keep the venue and gallery running! You’d be supporting the works of people of color, queer and trans people, and generally awesome people who do everything from music to visual art to performance to installation to community outreach for PoC and queer/trans folks. Any help is so appreciated, even a signal boost. Y’all are the best. Feel free to ask my ant questions so you know what you’re supporting!
2:33 pm • 14 September 2014 • 5 notes
my parents have sold nearly everything they own, and they still don’t have disability. they’re waiting for it to go to court or something like that because they were both denied….and you can’t get unemployment OR work when you’re trying to get disability…only food stamps.
ugh the state SUCKS.
just fucking give people what they need.
2:48 pm • 13 September 2014 • 3 notes
White men (hetero)-sexualizing white women in the name of “racially’—-if “muslim”/”terrorist” are read as racializ[ed]/[ing], especially as they’re used together—-purifying the imagined national body
How original…… doesn’t even have a long violent colonialist/white-supremacist past (and present) to draw from & exploit for facebook comedy
(Source: blastortoise-chan, via shouldhavenoticedthebeauty)
10:24 pm • 12 September 2014 • 20,145 notes
"On the substantive level, with respect to legal intervention, political mobilization, or knowledge production, there is no ‘analytic reason’ to read intersectionality as more limiting than cosynthesis, interconnectivity, multidimensionality, or assemblages (Cho forthcoming). In advancing this argument, I do not mean to set forth an imperative that we must all employ intersectionality—and now!—because, at the end of the day, intersectionality is the only theory that will do. Nor is it my claim that cosynthesis, interconnectivity, multidimensionality, and assemblages have no theoretical purchase or that these theories are otherwise intellectually bankrupt. I simply mean to note that, wittingly or not, proponents of the foregoing frameworks artificially circumscribe the theoretical reach of intersectionality as a predicate to staging their own intervention. That is, they constitute and define the parameters of the very thing they purport only to describe—intersectionality. This is the sense in which Barbara Tomlinson speaks of feminist discourses as “technologies of power” and invites feminist scholars to interrogate their reading practices (2013, 994). This inerrogation would enable them to see that they are mapping the margins of intersectionality, constructing its fields of relevance, even as they claim merely to be describing a theory whose borders are always already just ‘here,’ somewhere other than ‘there,’ the place where intersectionality really should be but has neither the commitment nor the capacity to go."
from “Colorblind Intersectionality” by Devon Carbado
8:18 pm • 12 September 2014 • 5 notes
I love Foucault’s work so much at every moment except those moments in which I have to read it. Kinda like loving the effects and affects of working out, but hating working out
Currently reading his work on The Human Sciences and my neurons all have little microscopic bowlflexes (which are sending them all to their conditions of possibility and historical a prioris)
7:14 pm • 12 September 2014 • 6 notes
R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit
this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging
2:03 pm • 11 September 2014 • 698,434 notes
I think what I love about Jon Stewart is that he almost always makes fun of what US media says about other places by turning it back on itself.. Instead of trying to offer an explicit corrective (by showing some more purportedly ‘neutral’ or objective account) or trying to make universal moral claims about shit (like Bill Mahr). He just continuously critiques the U.S. by making it strange to itself, and I love it
10:15 pm • 8 September 2014 • 10 notes