Consumer Culture
December 30, 2016

Treating Your In-Home Automated Concierge Like A Real Person (Brittany Scantland-Lall)

For Christmas, my parents gave us an Amazon Echo. If you’ve seen the commercials (or have one in your home), you know this is the Amazon in-home concierge with “Alexa” who responds directly to your commands. “Alexa, add yogurt to my grocery list.”  “Alexa, play Piano Guys Christmas music.”  “Alexa,…

Humanities
December 26, 2016

Neoliberal Dreams And The Plight Of The Humanities, Part 2 (Carl Raschke)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first installment can be found here.  A longer version is published in .PDF version in an upcoming issue of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. Seaborg was correct in one key respect.  The humanities historically had never really belonged…

Humanities
December 19, 2016

Neoliberal Dreams And The Plight Of The Humanities (Carl Raschke)

The following is the first of a two-part series.  A longer version is published in .PDF version in an upcoming issue of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. Neoliberalism, The “Knowledge Society”, and the Birth of Biopolitics The results of the Presidential election of 2016 struck the academic thought-world…

Film
November 29, 2016

Baz’s Bronx – Get Down Or Let Down? (Lachlan MacDowall)

On August 12 Netflix screened the latest project by Australian film director Baz Luhrmann. The Get Down is a twelve-part television series set in the Bronx in the 1970s that chronicles the birth of disco, punk and particularly hip-hop, through the lives of four teenagers. In one sense, the broad story of hip-hop…

Painting
November 21, 2016

Beyond “Zombie Formalism” – Painting After The End Of Painting (Iwo Zmyślony)

This essay first appeared in the catalogue of the 9th Bielska Jesień curatorial exhibition (28.10-26.12.2016), held by Bielska Gallery BWA (Curators Jagna Domża and Wojciech Kozłowski, https://www.facebook.com/events/1643325709292819/).  Reprinted with permission. Rather than initiating the death of painting, as was expected, photography and other media of mechanical reproduction have been like…

Poetry
November 15, 2016

Slam Poetry Returns Literature To The People (Interview)

This interview with slam poets Lane Shuler and Jonathan “Courageous” Clark along with commentary and some history of the genre was undertaken by Esthesis editor Rebekah Gordon. Slam poetry is a competitive form of spoken word that began in the U.S. in the 1980’s in open mic sessions at cafés in cities…