Editors: Andrea Bachner (Cornell) and Carlos Rojas (Duke)
Beginning with the linguistic turn that arguably peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, there have been an increasing number of methodological “turns” in humanities-related fields, including the visual turn, the sonic turn, the corporeal turn, the spectral turn, the ontological turn, the non-human turn, the infrastructure turn, and so forth. Some of these so-called turns build on each other, though others are the product of distinct sets of methodological, intellectual, disciplinary, and institutional factors. The metaphor of the turn itself carries contradictory associations—connoting both a revolutionary paradigm shift as well as a more modest shift in direction. This two-part special issue proposes to critically examine the phenomenon of the turn, focusing on the way in which it pivots on the juncture of a set of theoretical and methodological considerations.
Editors: Karen Pinkus and Derek Woods (Dartmouth/UBC)
From geoengineering as (anthropogenically induced) systemic change to technological mitigation against change; from extra-planetary colonization to rendering our shared colonized planet habitable for those who current reside there; from early modern ice escapades to Elon Musk via Fourier and Deleuze—this volume considers the past, present and future of becoming Earth.
Contributors: Vincent Bruyère, Ingrid Diran, Amanda Goldstein, Jason Parry, Antoine Traisnel, Derek Woods
Editors: Elizabeth Benninger (NYU), Daniel Benson (NYU), Erag Ramizi (NYU), and Sonia Werner (NYU)
The essays in this issue consider the political, aesthetic, methodological, and epistemological underpinnings of anachronism as a critical category. The issue takes as its point of departure Jacques Rancière’s controversial claim that “There is history insofar as men do not ‘resemble’ their time, insofar as they act in breach of ‘their’ time.” The essays shed light on the uses and abuses of anachronism, including its status as a “deadly sin” in the field of history, its links to radical equality, revolutionary practice, and the possibility of emancipatory politics.
Editor: Annabel Kim (Harvard)
This special issue is dedicated to citational politics. As the humanities engage in heated debate over questions of method and disciplinarity and their politics, notably absent has been a sustained exchange regarding citation, an absence all the more striking for the way in which citation constitutes the blocks with which all scholarly production is built. Unless we attend to and theorize our citational apparatuses to find ways to cite, otherwise, we will foreclose forms of intellectual innovation and production that might offer us ways out of crisis.