Month: March 2014

For those around MUN–Petition Time

SNtDdtoAgHLgTSa-556x313-noPadPlease consider signing this petition, as described below. For some reason the Senate pushed through, without all the usual debate up and down to the colleges, an allowance for those in the police program to carry guns to all of their classes (they do not just take police-related courses).  There is simply no reason for allowing definitionally un- or under-trained students to carry guns to class, and there’s no doubt the effect it would have on other students attending courses. (This is not to say I want armed police officers on campus either. Recall St. John’s police only in recent times began carrying firearms on a normal basis.)  Here is the message from Steve Crocker (Sociology):

Dear Colleagues,

I have started a petition at to ask the Senate to prohibit ALL students, including on-duty student police officers from bringing weapons to class. The petition is available at the following address:

If you paste the address provided above into your browser, it will take you to the petition. You will find there an explanation of the reasons for the petition which is a slightly revised version of the letter I circulated to you all on Monday.

The petition itself reads:

“I am opposed to the decision made at your November 12, 2013 meeting to revise calendar regulation 8.4 in order to allow student police officers to bring loaded weapons to class. Please reverse the decision to insure that ALL students, including on-duty student police officers are prohibited from bringing weapons to class.”
You will be asked to sign the petition by providing a name and an email address. A copy of the petition with your name and email address will then be sent to Shelia Singleton, Secretary of Senate.
This will only take a minute of your time and will send a powerful message to Senate.

Please circulate the petition as widely as possible to other faculty, students, staff, and anyone with an interest in Memorial. If any of you are on Facebook, Twitter or other social media I encourage you to circulate it there as well.

Thank you for giving this important matter your attention.

New Open Access Journal in Postcolonial Literary Theory

The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Here’s the rationale from the introduction by Ato Quayson, Debjani Ganguly and Neil ten Kortenaar:

Thus the primary rationale for launching the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Inquiry (PLI) at this conjuncture is to restore literature, aesthetics, and close textual engagement—rhetorical, narratological and tropological—to the center of postcolonial critical inquiry, not as ancillary concerns. This is no mere exercise in inversion (i.e., from text to context and now back to text), but a serious calibration of the erstwhile hermeneutic strengths of the field and a conscious attempt to bring them to the fore. To read literature as nonancillary is not, however, to read it autonomously of other things: quite the opposite. It is rather to attend to the granularity of texts as well as their historicity in the manner that the best postcolonial literary critics have shown us. What constitutes a thorough postcolonial hermeneutics of reading will be central to the concerns of this journal and contributions will be actively encouraged to engage such questions.

A few translated excerpts from the discussion following Foucault’s ‘Truth and Juridical Forms’ lectures in Rio

Stuart Elden, as part of his Foucault’s last decade project, picks up on interesting notes in his May ’73 Rio lectures.

Progressive Geographies

20130507-112649 Between 21-25 May 1973, Foucault gave five lectures in Rio de Janeiro. These were under the collective title of ‘Truth and Juridical Forms’. They were published in Portuguese in 1974 as “A verdade e as formas jurídicas” (easily available online), in French in 1994 in Dits et écrits (text no 139 – a retranslation from the Portuguese); and in English in the ‘Power’ volume of Essential Works in 2000.

I say a bit more about the lectures in a previous post on Foucault in Rio. There is also a forty-years on discussion in Portuguese here (from which I borrowed the picture).

The English translation does not include the 23 page discussion that followed the fifth lecture. The discussion covers Deleuze and Guattari, Oedipus, the relation of strategy and discourse, the Sophists, Dumézil and Lévi-Strauss, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Robert Castel and his archaeological work. The whole thing would be good to translate…

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