ANACHRONISM AND ITS HISTORIES
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.
THE TURN II
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.
RETHINKING BLACK RESISTANCE
Editor: Linette Park (Dartmouth College)
In the era of Black Lives Matter, the uncertainty of blackness continues to pose a complex historico-political and psychical question concomitant to the gratuity of anti-blackness. The murders of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Dominique Rem’mie Fells, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others echo the long-standing history and disavowal of anti-blackness that prefigure the symbolic semblances of civil society, the nation, and politics in the United States and globally. If, with the daily staggering evidence of anti-blackness, black resistance forces us to rethink the relations between politics and the political, slavery and policing, racialization and the desires of the state, it also forces us to rethink the signs and contexts of black liberation as emancipatory discourses of resistance. The essays in this special issue address the precarity of black life through leading figures and texts: including the human, the citizen, violence/ non-violence, insurrection, and global migration; and the narratives through which blackness “works” or is put to “work” (insofar as its enslavement ramifies, supports, and uncovers white sovereign being). Moreover, at the heart of its inquiry, the special issue asks what are the paths of reading that enable an intervention in—and consequently, a resistance to—the existing axioms and dominant modes of thought that determine both the impasses and/or possibilities for a radical black tradition.