Our latest open issue! (Vol. 18, Issue 1, April 2019)
In this issue:
Esther Leslie studies the new communicative forms of the ‘quantified workplace’ where abbreviated, metric-friendly forms of communication fuse speech, text, and image to introduce emotion-tracking strategies into the HR analytics in the workplace with pernicious consequences.
Jill H Casid reframes the Anthropocene as a Necrocene, and, working with the resilient powers of death, draws on current practices of ‘living our dying’ that offer a queer material medium to agitate for livable life toward a black, trans* more-than-human commons.
Charles Burdett, Alessandra Ferrini, Gaia Giuliani, Marianna Griffini, Linde Luijnenburg, and Gianmarco Mancosu discuss contemporary and historical constructions of Italian whiteness and national identity in relation to the country’s current xenophobic discourse on race and migration.
Ernst van Aplhen uses two works by the Polish artist Artur Zmijewski, to analyse the speech act of provocation in performativity, in the context of the current public discussion about the role of the Polish nation and its citizens in the Nazi holocaust.
Linda Williams, following on from and extending the work of Jonathan Crary, argues for the historical transformation of pornography from a medium for social critique to serving to one with the singular purpose of producing sexual arousal and satisfaction.
Book reviews include titles by Mark Jarzombek, Hito Steyerl, Marco Lori and Esther Leslie, and Begüm Özden Firat.