• Blog Post

    Motion Sickness

    by Steve Mentz
    Poetry has long been fascinated with describing the dislocating effects of sea travel and still serves as a conceptual refuge for those lost at sea in a contemporary world. more
  • Blog Post

    F@ck Work?

    by Scott Ferguson
    Those who think Universal Basic Income represents a progressive future ought to think twice about the laissez-faire assumptions behind such proposals. Perhaps the future should be one where work is not rendered obsolete but made a meaningful, inclusive, and collective endeavor. more
  • Blog Post

    Rhyme at the End of Democracy: Leonard Cohen's Futures

    by Harris Feinsod
    Unlike democracy, rhyme’s mode of expectation invites a belief in inevitable and rapid fulfillment. Rhyme unfulfilled precipitates apocalyptic feeling, as in Cohen’s “The Future,” where fratricide hangs in the balance of a half-rhyme: "I’ve seen the future brother: / It is murder." more
  • Colloquy

    Precariousness and Aesthetics

    by Benjamin Bateman, Elizabeth Adan
    This Colloquy assembles an interdisciplinary group of voices that consider the relationships between aesthetics and precariousness. Emanating from a symposium at California State University, Los... more
  • Colloquy

    Elena Ferrante

    by Barbara Alfano
    The success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels has sparked worldwide buzz in and out of academia, in literary journals, and in book clubs. Ferrante is the author of seven novels, a collection... more

Featured Colloquies

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    by Winston James (moderator) / Robert Doran / Lisa Lowe / Edward Dimendberg / Ethan Kleinberg
    Panelists discuss Hayden White’s perspective on “professional history."
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    by Horacio Legras (moderator) / Peggy Kamuf / Irving Goh / Xudon Zhang / Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan
    Is critical theory today a recognizable genre/style of thinking/writing?
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    by Catherine Malabou
    Catherine Malabou delivers the last of three Wellek lectures at the University of California, Irvine.

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Recent Blogs

Poetry has long been fascinated with describing the dislocating effects of sea travel and still serves as a conceptual refuge for those lost at sea in a contemporary world.
Those who think Universal Basic Income represents a progressive future ought to think twice about the laissez-faire assumptions behind such proposals. Perhaps the future should be one where work is not rendered obsolete but made a meaningful, inclusive, and collective endeavor.
Unlike democracy, rhyme’s mode of expectation invites a belief in inevitable and rapid fulfillment. Rhyme unfulfilled precipitates apocalyptic feeling, as in Cohen’s “The Future,” where fratricide hangs in the balance of a half-rhyme: "I’ve seen the future brother: / It is murder."
Assessing the benefits and pitfalls of historicizing, romanticizing or ignoring the past when imagining the future.
With culture as a space of action, artists can showcase alternative ways of being American in defiance of Trumpism.