Saturday, February 10, 2018

Suggested readings for "Slam Precarious Work"

A selection of readings from the new issue of WSQ in preparation for "Slam Precarious Work" on the current state of precarious labor, imperatives to love your job, the social and racial hierarchies of domestic labor, and how women workers organizing in NYC's Chinatown have connected the conditions of their paid work with their unpaid care work.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Queens English as a Living Organism

Danielle Rouse discusses the event QueensEnglish@QueensMuseum, which consisted of a series of performances, readings, and discussion that considered how standardized uses of English have been used to oppress while those oppressed have creatively transformed the language.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Queer Histories, Videotape, and the Ethics of Reuse

Archivist Rachel Mattson raises questions about how digitization and online distribution change the stakes of preserving videotape archives of queer histories. Exploring two distinct instances, raised among the VHS Archives working group, Mattson considers the nuances of how context, medium, and identity transform the ethics of using this archival material.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Need for Housing Literacy

Digital Publics Fellow Kasey Zapatka outlines his project "Housing Literacy" and provides an overview of NYC rent regulation and tenants' rights, along with the history and current context of rent regulation in New York City.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Meandering Through the Not Yet Found

Digital Publics Fellow Diane Yoong describes the process of beginning their project searching for and recovering the histories of queer Asian (American)s, who have generally been excluded from histories and normative representations of queer people. They also discuss a number of other archival initiatives and interventions taking place in and around the Center for the Humanities.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Annotating and Becoming: Valerie Solanas on Valerie Solanas

Cory Tamler discusses her experience reading an archival copy of Valerie Solanas's SCUM Manifesto, annotated by Solanas herself. In this post, Tamler reads how the act of annotation might be a textual performance of becoming for Solanas—who negotiates the text’s unique publishing history and its consequences for her legacy in both the literal and figurative margins.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Labor of Freedom: Reading The Floating Bear at the Berg Collection

Iris Cushing reflects on her experience as part of the Collaborative Research Seminar on Archives and Special Collections, reading The Floating Bear, a bi-monthly, mimeographed newsletter started in 1961 by Diane di Prima and LeRoi Jones. Cushing attends to the material, social, and conceptual conditions under which the newsletter circulated—its "field" and "range—considering the Bear's network of influences, the labor required to produce it, and the artistic freedom afforded by it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reflections on Triple Canopy's Publication Intensive

GC PhD student Maya Harakawa reflects on her fellowship co-running the online magazine Triple Canopy's Publication Intensive, a two-week summer program devoted to considering forms of publication that bring together networked forms of production and circulation with the rich legacies of print culture and artistic practices rooted in print.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Suggested readings for "Intimate Measures: Amy Herzog and Nitin Ahuja"

A selection of readings for "Intimate Measures: Amy Herzog and Nitin Ahuja" on the refraction of the self through the microbiome, the labor of intimacy in ASMR videos, the work of commodities, and intimate self-management.

"[...] perhaps caring labor does not require literally caring, which would only interfere with efficiency. "

--Amy Herzog, "Star vehicle: labor and corporeal traffic in Under the Skin"

Monday, May 8, 2017

Reflections on "Activism in Academia"

Five Lehman College English Honors program students reflect on discussions from the Activism in Academia conference on topics including the use of literature to foster empathy; diversifying curricula; student experiences of race, religion, and representation in the classroom; and activist pedagogies.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reflections on "The Vibrating World: Soundscapes and Undersongs"

GC PhD student Christina Katopodis reflects on a selection of presentations from The Vibrating World conference including a silent performance of a scene from the opera Aida, a panel on the politics of sound, a performative lecture on making music with nonhuman lifeforms, and an audiovisual performance that drew on the dual histories of synthesizers and radio.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stacked on Her Office Shelf: Stewardship and AIDS Archives

Alexandra Juhasz and Theodore (ted) Kerr discuss the diverse legacy of AIDS activist video; how this legacy has been used in mainstream representations by white gay men to represent white gay men’s stories; and how the many underrepresented histories of AIDS—particularly the work and experiences of women and people of color—might be accessed, highlighted, and carried on.