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June 22, 2020
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The Cultural Turn To The Material – Where The Crawdads Sing, Witches, And Japan, Part 2 (Marianne Kimura)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Given the intense focus on the material and the deep and scientific knowledge of the material of the author in Where the Crawdads Sing, it is interesting to ask if there is a connection between…

June 8, 2020
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The Cultural Turn To The Material – Where The Crawdads Sing, Witches, And Japan, Part 1 (Marianne Kimura)

The following is the first of a two-part series. In the recent punishing publishing environment where, for example, sales of adult fiction in America are down from 144 million units to 116 million units (20%) over a 4 year period, according to NPD BookScan, Delia Owens’ novel Where the Crawdads…

May 30, 2020
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The Visual Arts Classroom – A Site of Societal Influence And Change (Shannon Pennell)

Here I am, in the “visual arts classroom” as it exists in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 precautions. I t was while I was digging through my previous essays to help my senior students prepare for their HSC essay writing, that I stumbled across this paper from 2018 –…

May 20, 2020
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Sonorous Body (Yiğit Yeşillik)

“The sound is vibrate in itself or by itself: it is not only, for the sonorous body, to emit a sound, but it is also to stretch out, to carry itself and be resolved in to vibrations that both return it to itself and place it outside itself” Jean-Luc Nancy…

May 10, 2020
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Global Art, Post-Colonialism And The End of Art History (Robert McDougall), Part 2

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Anthony Gardner, in a piece commissioned by GAM, proclaims a difference, in that one needs to “evaluate the possible shifts from the postcolonial to the global”, pointing out that there are “as many postcolonial studies…

May 2, 2020
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Global Art, Post-Colonialism And The End of Art History (Robert McDougall), Part 1

The following is the first of a two-part series. In Contemporary Art as Global Art: A Critical Estimate, Hans Belting sets out to explain how the concept of ‘global art’ since the late 1980’s has transgressed our traditional understandings of art history, modernism’s ideals of “progress and hegemony”, and our…

April 26, 2020
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The Ambivalent Portrait – Locating Resistance And Compliance In The Moment Of Selfie Production, Part 2 (Harold Dalton)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. In the reaction to the photographs of Innes and Kardashian, both of which fit only tangentially within the boundaries of selfie, the meaning of “selfie” overruled and defined the means of production by which the…

April 14, 2020
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The Ambivalent Portrait – Locating Resistance And Compliance In The Moment Of Selfie Production, Part 1 (Harold Dalton)

The following is the first of a two-part series. Epistemologically, recognizing the importance of routines for media use, means that text and context cannot always be distinguished from one another.” —Joke Hermes (1993) Introduction When I think of the selfie, I am always drawn to a particular moment in my…

March 23, 2020
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The Hollow Christians Of End Times Fiction, Part 3 (Paul Maltby)

The following is republished from Religious Theory. It is the last of a three-part series. The first can be found here, the second here. End Times fiction must be distinguished from other literary genres by its conspicuous absence of local color, its lifeless mise-en-scène and, in particular, writing that relays no vivid…

March 9, 2020
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The Hollow Christians Of End Times Fiction, Part 2 (Paul Maltby)

The following is republished from Religious Theory. It is the second of a three-part series. The first can be found here. End Times fiction’s unrelenting focus on human sinfulness and unworthiness, a focus that reflects the defining tenet of fundamentalist anthropology, leaves out of account the doctrine of the Imago Dei.…