Landscapes and the Living

By Iván Espinosa "Passion Flower" (oil on canvas) by John Francis Peters Last Fall, I attended an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) called “Kelly Reichardt: Powerfully Observant.”  It was a mid-career retrospective highlighting six feature-length productions created by the New York-based independent filmmaker that have, since production, earned critical acclaim. [...]

Landscapes and the Living2018-05-22T17:01:00+00:00

Queerness Contested: Derogatory Language in Drag Performance and the Fundamental Queer Antagonism

By Sam Danley TRANNYGATE: DRAG’S DIGITAL DISCOURSE Since its premiere in 2009, the reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-) has garnered significant critical and commercial success, cherry picking drag queens up by their lace front wigs and dropping them into the living rooms of Betty and Joe Beercan. Drawing larger audiences with each new [...]

Queerness Contested: Derogatory Language in Drag Performance and the Fundamental Queer Antagonism2018-05-07T20:51:08+00:00

Who Owns the Underworld: Holograms and the Taboo

By Louise Ho The last five years has seen the realization of advanced holograms, which can be projected onto any setting, including outdoors and in daylight. Most of these holograms are used to recreate live performances of dead celebrities, mining the underworld for stars thought to have gone too soon. The handful of companies which [...]

Who Owns the Underworld: Holograms and the Taboo2018-05-21T17:55:53+00:00

Gma

By Sophie Dess My grandmother’s eyes at times are obscured by two thick sheets of glass placed in cat-eye frames – she wears bifocals, which means she can’t gauge the scale of a decline. I think it’s formally deemed ‘a problem with depth perception.’ Thus, stairs pose a particular problem; her shaking hand is always [...]

Gma2018-05-07T21:29:31+00:00

Exodus

By Dan Murage On December 1st, we wake up in the early hours of the morning and trek to the polling stations. While we wait for the polling personnel to arrive, we regale each other with stories of a new country, a new democracy again. Some hail this moment as “The New Gambia” and have [...]

Exodus2018-05-07T21:28:50+00:00

Connecting Acts of Oppression: Applying Practice Theory to White Supremacy

By Ian Kennedy Contemporary popular debates about race and racism are caught in a difference of assumptions. On the one hand, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article “The First White President” in the October 2017 issue of The Atlantic exemplifies the systemic view: white supremacy and racism are perpetrated by all members who share a particular identification, leveling [...]

Connecting Acts of Oppression: Applying Practice Theory to White Supremacy2018-05-07T21:39:05+00:00

On the Border Grind

Buena Vista[1] A secret: the Rio Grande Valley’s first legit skatepark is a living exhibit of border history. by Jonathan Leal In the early 2000s, the City of Edinburg opened Buena Vista. Sitting at the intersection of Sprague and Jackson, just down the street from the local university, the prized H-E-B, the beloved CoffeeZone, [...]

On the Border Grind2017-12-15T20:32:45+00:00

Liberal Motherhood: Abortion Rights, Race, and Individual Sovereignty

By Hayley Wagner No longer can abortion simply be talked about in terms of individual choice and morality—in a country where access varies from easy to impossible and where structural violence pervades society, the terms of this issue must be expanded. The highly controversial issue of abortion has become stigmatized as a kind of eternal, [...]

Liberal Motherhood: Abortion Rights, Race, and Individual Sovereignty2017-12-15T20:32:54+00:00

A Peculiar Type of Fear

The houses across from and next to 2905 Garland Avenue in eastern Detroit have plywood nailed over their broken windows. According to the 2010 census, this neighborhood is overwhelmingly black. In 1925, demographics were drastically different when Dr. Ossian Sweet moved into that same house.

A Peculiar Type of Fear2017-12-15T20:32:59+00:00

FIGHTING NARRATIVES: AGENCY, GENDER, AND JIHAD IN THE GAZA STRIP

Fighting Narratives: Agency, Gender, and Jihad in the Gaza Strip By Sigrid von Wendel Women living in Palestine can encounter a range of oppressions. On the one hand, there is the force of Israel, backed by Western powers, which has occupied Palestinian land for generations; and on the other, conservative elements of Palestinian society and [...]

FIGHTING NARRATIVES: AGENCY, GENDER, AND JIHAD IN THE GAZA STRIP2017-12-15T20:33:14+00:00