Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1/2, Spring

A Karstic
1.Tell me your anodyne ways. My heart,all day, gnawed on. Hobbes.Find your mumble hingingLess on plot.Buff cretaceousKarst.Karst-land [see blindEtched and erodedLost all semblance of normalA chaos of pits, flutes, runnels In the pasttoo much emphasis...
Aren't Athletes Cyborgs?: Technology, Bodies, and Sporting Competitions
In a special edition about the idea and the proliferation of the term "viral," it is more than appropriate to consider the work of Donna Haraway. I, and I assume many others, first met Donna Haraway in class. For me it was as a graduate student in science...
Awash in Urine: DES and Premarin® in Multispecies Response-Ability
Cyborg LittermatesCyborgs are kin, whelped in the litter of post-World War II information technologies and globalized digital bodies, politics, and cultures of human and not-human sorts. Cyborgs are not machines in just any sense, nor are they machine-...
Bio-X: Review
Adele Clarke, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Ruth Fosket, Jennifer R. Fishman, and Janet K. Shim's Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in the U.S. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.Aihwa Ong and Nancy N. Chen's Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities...
Black Friday: Crowdsourcing Communities of Risk
Black FridayJust before dawn on Friday, November 28, 2008, Jdimytai Damour, a thirty-four-year- old Wal-Mart employee, was killed in a futile attempt to prevent a crowd of approximately two thousand shoppers from streaming through the main entrance to...
Crossing over Horror: Reincarnation and Transformation in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Primitive
In Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), the entrance of a stranger into the small coastal town of Bodega Bay, California, triggers the eruption of violent attacks from birds - seagulls, crows, unidentified others. In a posttrauma conversation among locals...
Editors' Note
Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert.Donna Haraway, A Manifesto for Cyborgs"97% of our DNA looks like gibberish.Page Hill Starzinger, A Karstic"The parasite . . . does not even have to speak; it resonates. It makes...
From the Book of Scab
Dear Mom and Dad,When they ship us out into the fields, someone immediately steps on a nest of sweat bees, and we all get stung. They send a retired nurse out to see if anyone's dying and the nurse smells like gin and menstrual blood. The nurse has her...
Future Speaks: Computer Word Verification
1Always answerable, I live the same rulesas you, bearing gifts, burdens of chance,hard to communicate in your chunky tongue.Past letters stagnate and spend, linkedto unchangeables, while present is mute,speaking dog whistles too rapid to register,its...
Haraway's Viral Cyborg
Nearly thirty years ago, Donna Haraway began writing her famous essay published in 1985 as "A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Feminism in the 1980s." In its vision, argument, and detail, it resonates strongly with what today is called...
How It Feels to Be Viral Me: Affective Labor and Asian American YouTube Performance
On March 15, 2011, just days after University of California-Los Angeles undergraduate Alexandra Wallace posted (and subsequently took down) her incendiary "Asians in the Library" video log (vlog) on YouTube, another video set ablaze Facebook walls and...
Introduction
Wall Street; Madison, Wisconsin; Spain; Egypt; Greece; and London - the sites continue to proliferate - offer examples of what has been tagged a viral politics protesting a viral capitalism. Although this is a recent and spectacular instance of the viral,...
Manic Impositions: The Parasitical Art of Chris Kraus and Sophie Calle
[There] is the moment when Echo traps Narcissus in a certain way. . . . Echo, in her loving and infinite cleverness, arranges it so that in repeating the last syllables of the words of Narcissus, she speaks in such a way that the words become her own...
Masked States and the "Screen" between Security and Disability
I open with a typical poster from a hospital emergency room that advises on contingent measures taken to prevent the spread of H1N1, showing calm, gently smiling eyes behind a biological mask secured around a blue surgical cap (fig. l). The poster reassures...
Materializing a Cyborg's Manifesto
utopiaOnce upon a time Donna Haraway wrote a manifesto for cyborgs. Inside the essay are pieces of time - a science fiction time of fantastic transmutations, an archival time of Cold War biologies and informatic cyberobjects, a spiraling time of pagan...
Media in Our Image
Most people do not realize that women outnumber men in every age group on social networking sites around the world and they spend significantly more time on these sites than men do. Social media is having a transformative effect on traditional business...
Negotiating Affect in Media/Cultural Studies
Jodi Dean's Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2010Steven Shaviro's Post-Cinematic /lflecf Washington: Zero Books, 2010Jussi Parikka's Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology Minneapolis:...
Portrait of the Artist as Social Symptom: Viral Affect and Mass Culture in the Day of the Locust
In a historical moment when anything from a blog to a revolution can "go viral," we might pause to ask, When did this once troubling biological term come to signify something positive? To contextualize these times of technopolitical optimism, it is worth...
Posthumanism, Landscapes of Memory, and the Materiality of AIDS in South Africa
Didier Fassin's When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa.Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007Noreen Giffney and Myra J. Hird's Queering the Non/Human. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008In When Bodies...
Queer Africa and the Fantasy of Virtual Participation
"This Law Could Lead to Genocide"As I write this, I get a tweet. BradNYC wants me to know that "this Ugandan anti-gay law could easily lead to genocide."1 1 click the provided link, which takes me to the website for CNN and the headline "Ugandan Antigay...
Race Racing: Four Theses on Race and Intensity
In what follows I attempt to wrest the concept of race away from reactive dialectics and give it its full positivity. I desire, in other words, to make an affirmation of becoming in the processes of race racing. By "race racing" I don't mean a faster...
Red, Red, Red: An Essay/Film in Eleven Parts
Conducting a linguistic analysis of the filmic image, Roland Barthes found something traumatic about his object of study. His semiological methodology required a comparison between cinematic units of signification and language. The analogy brought forth...
The Life Cycle of a Common Weed: Viral Imaginings in Plant-Human Encounters
It was like a scene from Repo Man (1984) in which all the products are brandless and packaged with the same blue-on-white text, indicating exactly what they are and nothing else: milk, beer, corn flakes. The hardware and garden supply in my farm community...
Virality, Informatics, and Critique; or, Can There Be Such a Thing as Radical Computation?
Informatics, Politics, and TheoryOver the past two decades a substantial body of critical writing has emerged to address the broad transformations that constitute the historical period named the "society of control" (by Gilles Deleuze) and the era of...
Viral/Species/Crossing: Border Panics and Zoonotic Vulnerabilities
We are all in this together, and we will all get through this together.Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, June 11, 2009Immunity and invulnerability are intersecting concepts, a matter of consequence in a nuclear culture...
"Viral Things": Extended Review
John Carpenter's The Thing. Universal Pictures, 1982Matthijs van Heijningen's The Thing. Universal Pictures, 2011Now is perfect timing for a re-review of The Thing, John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi horror "classic" of alien infiltration of a polar outpost...
Virus, Viral
In a recent article titled "After Life: De Anima and Unhuman Politics," Eugene Thacker writes, "If our global context of climate change, disasters, pandemics, or complex networks tells us anything, it is that political thought today demands a concept...
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