New Formations

Articles from No. 78, Summer

Black Twitter? Racial Hashtags, Networks and Contagion
Race itself has become a digital medium, a distinctive set of informatic codes, networked mediated narratives, maps, images, visualizations that index identity. (1) There is a growing body of research exploring issues of race and ethnicity in digital...
Cultural Studies in Its Mirror Phase
Catherine Driscoll, Modernist Cultural Studies, Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2010, 292pp; paperback 26.95[pounds sterling] Lawrence Grossberg, Cultural Studies in the Future Tense, Durham and London, Duke University Press, 2010, 356pp;...
Diagrammatic Writing
The study of diagrams crosses many disciplinary lines: it plays a major role in twentieth-century philosophy, in the longer history of logic and mathematics, in the lineage of graphic forms in visual culture, and in applied practices. In philosophy...
Introduction
The epoch of the codex, if it could be given a determinate origin or end, could be said to concern some two thousand odd years of world history. Nevertheless, sustained critical and political engagement with the ways in which the material and institutional...
Literary Digital Humanities and the Politics of the Infinite
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE INFINITES As Johanna Drucker aptly summarises, digital humanities broadly thought concerns the 'migration of our cultural legacy into digital form and the creation of new, born-digital materials...
Materialities of Independent Publishing: A Conversation with AAAAARG, Chto Delat?, I Cite, Mute, and Neural
BETWEEN DISCOURSE AND ACT Nicholas Thoburn (NT) In one way or another all of you have an investment in publishing as a political practice, where publishing might be understood loosely as a political 'gesture' located 'between the realm of discourse...
Materialities of Text: Between the Codex and the Net
The cultural authority of the codex form of the book appears to be in a process of displacement ensuing from the rise of on-line digital media. The traditional material structures of the book--its physical forms and its institutional forms of production,...
Of Birds and Hands
Tom Tyler, Ciferae: A Bestiary in Five Fingers, (Posthumanities series no 19) Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 376pp; 22.50[pounds sterling] paperback, 67.50[pounds sterling] hardback Tom Tyler's Ciferae: A Bestiary in Five Fingers...
On the Materiality of Contemporary Reading Formations: The Case of Jari Tervo's Layla
In 1983 Tony Bennett made a theoretical intervention that he later framed as an attempt to ease the tension between poststructuralism and Marxism in the field of literary criticism. (1) According to Bennett, the object of literary theory and criticism...
Patrizia Di Bello, Colette Wilson, Shamoon Zamir (Eds), the Photobook: From Talbot to Ruscha and Beyond
Patrizia Di Bello, Colette Wilson, Shamoon Zamir (eds), The Photobook: From Talbot to Ruscha and Beyond, London, IB Tauris, 2012, 288pp; 18.99[pounds sterling] paperback After decades of relative neglect in comparison with mainstream histories of...
Pierre Bourdieu, Picturing Algeria
Pierre Bourdieu, Picturing Algeria, Franz Schultheis and Christine Frisinghelli (eds), New York, Columbia University Press, 2012, 230pp; 14.50[pounds sterling] hardback Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) is recognised as one of the most influential social...
Shelf-Life: Biopolitics, the New Media Archive, and 'Paperless' Persons
It is possible that I now know something that he did fear. Let me say how I arrived at this assumption. Well inside his wallet was a sheet of paper, folded long since, brittle and broken along the creases. I read it before I burned it. It was written...
Still Anthropocentric
Anne Emmanuelle Berger and Marta Segarra (eds), Demenageries: Thinking (of) Animals after Derrida, Amsterdam and New York, Rodopi, 2011, 267pp; 49.00[pound sterling] Jacques Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am has become the touchstone for...
The Political Nature of the Book: On Artists' Books and Radical Open Access
INTRODUCTION The medium of the book plays a double role in art and academia, functioning not only as a material object but also as a concept-laden metaphor. Since it is a medium through which an alternative future for art, academia and even society...
The Transference in Culture
James Penney, The Structures of Love: Art and Politics Beyond the Transference, Albany, NY, SUNY Press, 2012, 246 pp; $24.95 paperback James Penney belongs to the valiant band of theorists who reach out to their cultural studies colleagues to explain...
Working Papers in Cultural Studies, or, the Virtues of Grey Literature
This essay focuses on the writing and publication practices that developed in and around the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies from the time of its founding in 1964 until the cessation of the journal Working Papers in Cultural Studies,...