Month: June 2015

New Reviews at Antipode

On some important recent work:

Christopher Taylor (University of Chicago) on Martha Schoolman’s Abolitionist Geographies;

Ian Shaw (University of Glasgow) on Grégoire Chamayou’s Drone Theory and Adam Rothstein’s Drone;

Karen McCallum (University of London) on Gita Sen and Marina Durano’s The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World;

via Book Reviews, etc. |

Book Review of David Theo Goldberg’s latest

At the LSE Review of Books

This collection of conversations between South-African-born critical race theorist Professor David Theo Goldberg and Professor of English and Cultural Studies Susan Searls Giroux draws together the key elements of Goldberg’s theorising on race and focuses on three key contributions: Racist Culture (1993), The Racial State (2001), and The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism (2007). Reflecting on key concepts such as ‘the racial state’ and ‘racial militarization’, this collection urgently states, with reference to contemporary examples, the need for the ‘persistence’ of antiracism in the face of the postracial, neoliberal agenda.

via Book Review: Sites of Race by David Theo Goldberg | LSE Review of Books.

Andrew Dits on Death Penalty “Abolition” in Neoliberal Times

This is an excellent article–another available at–about a horrible topic from Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration, eds. Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman. The collection itself is an important one in the discipline for using phenomenology, genealogy, and other modes of approach on this central political topic.


A Guide for US Students Applying for UK Jobs

Daily Nous, which since coming online in the past year has far exceeded the Leiter Report for helpful posts on the profession (a low bar to set, admittedly), has a post “A Guide for US Students Applying for UK Jobs.” This would also count, obviously, for all non-UK people. Advise not given based upon my UK friends, especially after the last election: abandoning all hope is your first hope. Be nice to your parents, you’ll be living with them for some time. Develop payable hobbies, like working at an accounting firm…

Why do I have to keep repeating this?

I’ve been working through a bunch of Badiou the last week or so for a conference next month in Italy, but also as part of a larger project. Whatever one thinks of Badiou–pompous blowhard! the last of philosophers to speak the truth!–I’m hoping we can agree that his writings on love in particular are cringe worthy. Love is one of the four conditions of philosophy (along with science, politics, and art), and is always between two (eternally so in its form). And it’s always heterosexual:

By stating that love is heterosexual, I want to understand that two distinct positions [e.g., “male” and “female”] are found within love itself, and this is the case regardless of the empirical sex of the partners…Once again, I absolutely recognize the fact that there are homosexual loves. I’ve known some that were very long lasting, very passionate. Yet this doesn’t constitute an objection since there are always two identifiably distinct positions in homosexual relations. Everyone will agree to speak here of a position ‘man’ and a positions ‘woman.’

Yes, everyone would have to agree, except when they don’t. But Badiou also has very similar statements about women: why do people keeps saying I’m suturing women to narrative? “Once again…” I have to say this… And then he defines the ‘woman’ position (you know, not “empirical women”–as if femininity and its Other status were ever just relegated to empirical women) as adhering to narrative, as different from the mute and violent heroic male, etc. In any case, if you keep having to say, hey “I recognize” stuff you’d never think from my writing, then maybe it’s time to rethink what you’re writing instead of continuing with the refrain of “Why do people say this? I think homosexuals can have passion,” etc. As long, I guess, as one identifies as a woman and the other man. As we all will agree.

In any case, Badiou Studies has a CFP (date passed, alas) for a Queer Badiouian Feminism, so good luck with that.