excerpts from haunani-kay trask, “the politics of academic freedom as the politics of white racism” in restructuring for ethnic peace, ed. majid tehranian (1991) “For us, American colonialism has been a violent process: the violence of mass death, the violence of American missionizing, the violence of cultural destruction, and the violence of the American military. […]Read more "haunani-kay trask, “the politics of academic freedom as the politics of white racism”"
excerpt from joy james and edmund t. gordon, “afterward: activist scholars or radical subjects?” in engaging contradictions: theory, politics, and methods of activist scholarship, charles r. hale, ed. (2008) curator’s note: as james and gordon make a clear distinction between the “radical” and the “revolutionary,” and stake a claim on the former (not the latter), what […]Read more "joy james & edmund gordon, “activist scholars or radical subjects?”"
benji hart, “escaping the academy: militancy and the university” (originally published on radical faggot, jul 20, 2014) I was lucky enough to share a meal a few weeks ago with a current student at my alma mater, who was embroiled this last year in a struggle over gender-neutral bathrooms on campus that received national […]Read more "benji hart, “escaping the academy”"
excerpts from jennifer lisa vest, “what doesn’t kill you: existential luck, postracial racism, and the subtle and not so subtle ways the academy keeps women of color out” in seattle journal of social justice 12.2 (2013). vest was assaulted by campus police at the university where she worked as a professor in 2010. “‘The University killed […]Read more "jennifer lisa vest, “what doesn’t kill you”"
sofia samatar, “skin feeling” (originally published on the new inquiry, sep 25, 2015) What it is to be encountered as a surface, to be constantly exposed as something you are not. 1. POOR ROBIN In a moment of crisis, Charlie “Bird” Parker stripped off all his clothes. The episode followed a disastrous 1946 recording session […]Read more "sofia samatar, “skin feeling”"
excerpts from ann ducille, “feminism, black and blue” (2011) in true confessions: feminist professors tell stories out of school, ed. susan gubar “Some years ago, I wrote [in “The Occult of True Black Womanhood” (1994)] of what I called the crisis of black female intellectuals: the hyper-visibility, super-isolation, emotional quarantine, and psychic violence of our […]Read more "ann ducille, “feminism, black and blue”"
excerpts from rosaura sánchez, “ethnicity, ideology, and academia” in the american review 15.1 (1987); cited from the version included in the chicana/o cultural studies reader, ed. angie chabram-dernersesian (2006) “For some of us [ethnic studies] suggested a counter discourse, outside the dominant cultural practices, yet ironically within the very structure of an ideological apparatus of the state, the […]Read more "rosaura sánchez, “ethnicity, ideology, and academia”"