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University of Minnesota Press University of Minnesota Press

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Authors join peers, scholars, and friends in conversation. Topics include environment, humanities, race, social justice, cultural studies, art, literature and literary criticism, media studies, sociology, anthropology, grief and loss, mental health, and more.

    Meaning and livestreaming: On technical encounter’s aesthetics and ethics.

    Meaning and livestreaming: On technical encounter’s aesthetics and ethics.

    EL Putnam’s new book Livestreaming: An Aesthetics and Ethics of Technical Encounter considers how livestreaming constitutes new patterns of being together that are complex, ambivalent, and transformative. Digging into how humans and technology co-evolve, Putnam and Noel Fitzpatrick engage in conversation about relation and hyper-individualism, glitch and switchtasking, activism and hidden labor and performance and more.
    EL Putnam is an artist-philosopher and assistant professor of digital media at Maynooth University, Ireland. Putnam is author of Livestreaming: An Aesthetics and Ethics of Technical Encounter in the University of Minnesota Press Forerunners series and The Maternal, Digital Subjectivity, and the Aesthetics of Interruption.

    Noel Fitzpatrick is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics and the Academic Lead of the European Culture and Technology Laboratory at the Technological University Dublin.
    Episode references:
    Gilbert Simondon
    Bernard Stiegler
    Yuk Hui 
    Hegel
    Kant
    Jackson Pollock
    Heidegger
    Paul Ricoeur
    Ayana Evans
    Ana Voog
    N. Katherine Hayles
    Miriam Wolf
    Diamond Reynolds and the livestream of Philando Castile’s murder
    Safiya Umoja Noble
    Christina Sharpe
    Saidiya Hartman
    Tonia Sutherland
    Jacques Rancière
    Simone Browne
    Èdouard Glissant
    Susan Sontag
    Sara Ahmed
    H. P. Grice
    Related works:
    On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects / Simondon
    On the Existence of Digital Objects / Hui
    Art and Cosmotechnics / Hui
    Oneself as Another / Ricoeur
    Memory, History, Forgetting / Ricoeur
    Resurrecting the Black Body / Sutherland
    Dark Matters / Browne
    Regarding the Pain of Others / Sontag
    Livestreaming: An Aesthetics and Ethics of Technical Encounter is available from University of Minnesota Press. An open-access edition is available to read free online at manifold.umn.edu.

    • 46 min
    Knowing Silence: How children understand and negotiate immigration status and its impact on their lives.

    Knowing Silence: How children understand and negotiate immigration status and its impact on their lives.

    Educators who underestimate children’s knowledge about citizenship and immigration status can marginalize or misunderstand these students and their families. In Knowing Silence: How Children Talk about Immigration Status in School, author Ariana Mangual Figueroa models new ways scholars might collaborate with educators, children, and families—and makes audible the experiences of immigrant-origin students in their own terms, ultimately offering teachers and researchers a crucial framework for understanding citizenship in the contemporary classroom. Here, the author is joined in conversation with collaborators Dra. Aurora Chang, Claudia Rolando, and Lumari Sosa Garzón.
    Ariana Mangual Figueroa is author of Knowing Silence and associate professor of urban education and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino cultures at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is a co-principal investigator at the CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY IIE).

    Dra. Aurora Chang is associate professor of higher education at Loyola University and incoming Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement at George Mason University. Chang is founder of Academic Life Simplified.

    Claudia Rolando is a graduate of Brooklyn College and an educator in New York.

    Lumari Sosa Garzón is a Mexican student in the Macaulay Honors program with a TheDream.US scholarship at Brooklyn College, majoring in psychology and minoring in anthropology. Lumari is a co-author of the Afterword appearing in Knowing Silence.

    Episode references:
    -Published research of Michael Fix and Wendy Zimmerman (“All under One Roof: Mixed-Status Families in an Era of Reform,” International Migration Review)
    -The Struggles of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students (Dra. Aurora Chang)
    -The Undocumented Americans (Karla Cornejo Villavicencio)
    -The New York State Youth Leadership Council
    -Lives in Limbo (Roberto G. Gonzales)
    -concept of Community Cultural Wealth / Dr. Tara Yosso
    -Plyler v. Doe, Supreme Court decision, 1982
    -The New School’s Parsons Scholars Program

    Recommended reference:
    -Areli is a Dreamer / Areli Morales
    Knowing Silence: How Children Talk about Immigration Status in School is available from University of Minnesota Press.

    "No words can express all that I think and feel about this beautiful, brilliant book. Narrated innovatively and with the utmost of care, with rich analyses of language data and thought-provoking insights drawn from a longitudinal and intimate ethnographic research relationship, Knowing Silence will surely make you think, wonder, laugh, cry—and see and hear young people who are growing up in contexts of immigration in new ways."—Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, UCLA
    "Using child-centered methodologies, Ariana Mangual Figueroa unveils the critical yet often invisible aspects of students' lives and highlights unintended chilling effects of school practices. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is an important and compelling contribution to the field."—Carola Suárez-Orozco, Harvard Graduate School of Education

    • 56 min
    Art, time, nonlinearity with Manuela Infante and Mandy-Suzanne Wong (Art after Nature 5)

    Art, time, nonlinearity with Manuela Infante and Mandy-Suzanne Wong (Art after Nature 5)

    Estado Vegetal is Manuela Infante’s riveting experimental performance art through which plants are charged with an agency capable of uprooting culturally grounded conceptions of the world. The book Estado Vegetal: Performance and Plant-Thinking, edited by Giovanni Aloi, is the first book dedicated to this performance and features essays from scholars and artists, including a fictional continuation of Infante’s work by Mandy-Suzanne Wong. Here, Infante and Wong join Art after Nature series editors Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard in conversation.
    Manuela Infante is a Chilean playwright, director, screenwriter, and musician who creates her own performances and tours in America, Europe, and Asia. Her works include Estado Vegetal and Metamorphosis. 

    Mandy-Suzanne Wong is a Bermudian writer of fiction and essays. She is an award-winning author whose books include The Box and Drafts of a Suicide Note.

    Giovanni Aloi teaches art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is author or editor of many books on the nonhuman and art.

    Caroline Picard is a writer, cartoonist, curator, and founder of the Green Lantern Press.
    A performance of Manuela Infante’s Estado Vegetal (Vegetative State), performed by Marcela Salinas, is available to watch on YouTube.
    Art after Nature is a series edited by Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard that explores epistemological questions that emerge from the expanding, environmental consciousness of the humanities.
    Estado Vegetal: Performance and Plant-Thinking is available from University of Minnesota Press and includes pieces by Maaike Bleeker, Lucy Cotter, Prudence Gibson, Michael Marder, Dawn Sanders, Catriona Sandilands, Sibila Sotomayor Van Rysseghem, and Mandy-Suzanne Wong.

    Episode references:
    The Conquest of America / Tzvetan Todorov
    Capitalist Realism / Mark Fisher
    Horizon / Manuela Infante

    • 53 min
    Tracing the roots of toxic masculinity.

    Tracing the roots of toxic masculinity.

    Masculinity in Transition is a book that moves the study of masculinity away from an overriding preoccupation with cisnormativity, whiteness, and heteronormativity, and toward a wider and more generative range of embodiments, identifications, and ideologies. Author K. Allison Hammer’s bold rethinking of masculinity and its potentially toxic effects lays bare the underlying fragility of normative masculinity. Here, Hammer is joined in conversation with Kale Bantigue Fajardo. This episode was recorded in late fall of 2023.

    K. Allison Hammer (they/them) is assistant professor and coordinator of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Southern Illinois University. Hammer is author of Masculinity in Transition.

    Kale Bantigue Fajardo (he/him) is associate professor of American studies and Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Fajardo is author of Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization.
    REFERENCES:
    The Politics of Friendship / Jacques Derrida
    The Feeling of Kinship / David Eng
    Men in Place / Miriam J. Abelson
    True Sex / Emily Skidmore
    Masculinities in Theory / Todd Reeser
    Gertrude Stein
    Female Masculinity / Jack Halberstam
    Sons of the Movement / Bobby Noble
    The Future of Whiteness / Linda Martín Alcoff
    Disturbing Attachments / Kadji Amin
    Emily Dickinson
    Willa Cather
    Stone Butch Blues / Leslie Feinberg
    Minnie Bruce Pratt
    Andrea Gibson
    Reinaldo Arenas
    Marlon Riggs
    Presidential masculinity (Reagan, Bush, Obama, Trump, Biden)
    The Color Pynk / Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
    Nao Bustamante
    Judith Butler
    The Crying Game (film, 1992)
    Disclosure (film, 2020)
    Buddhism
    Care Work / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
    Trans Care / Hil Malatino
    Normal Life / Dean Spade
    Mutual Aid / Dean Spade
    Workers in Industrial America / David Brody
    Masculinity in Transition and Filipino Crosscurrents are available from University of Minnesota Press.
    MORE: Listen to more talks with K. Allison Hammer on the University of Minnesota Press YouTube page (with Greta Olson and Christopher Breu), the Gender Stories podcast, and on In Conversation with Frank Schaeffer.
    "A major intervention into masculinities studies, Masculinity in Transition brilliantly and consistently pushes the field toward a critical understanding of masculinity as a complex gender formation."—Christopher Breu, author of Hard-Boiled Masculinities

    "How might we understand masculinity if we turn toward culture rather than biology? K. Allison Hammer uncover(s) remakings of masculinity that center care, porosity, and unruly alliances—uplifting models for the precarious now."—Amber Jamilla Musser, author of Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance

    • 54 min
    The disruptive forces of an oil boom

    The disruptive forces of an oil boom

    During the past decade, new oil plays have unsettled energy landscapes and imaginaries in the US. Settling the Boom, a volume of essays, studies how the disruptive forces of an oil boom in the northern Great Plains of Williston, North Dakota, are contained through the extension of settler temporalities, reassertions of heteropatriarchy, and the tethering of life to the volatility of oil and its cruel optimisms. Here, the book’s coeditors Mary E. Thomas and Bruce Braun are joined in conversation.
    Mary E. Thomas is associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University. She is coeditor of Settling the Boom, coauthor of Urban Geography, and author of Multicultural Girlhood.

    Bruce Braun is professor of geography at the University of Minnesota. He is coeditor of Settling the Boom and Political Matter, and author of The Intemperate Rainforest.

    Episode references:
    Cruel Optimism / Lauren Berlant
    Pollution Is Colonialism / Max Liboiron
    White Earth (film)
    Jessica Christy, Through the Window exhibition

    Location of focus:
    Western North Dakota, including Willison (Williston Basin) and Dickinson, within the Bakken Formation.
    Settling the Boom: The Sites and Subjects of Bakken Oil, is available from University of Minnesota Press. This edited collection includes contributions from Morgan Adamson, Kai Bosworth, Thomas S. Davis, and Jessica Lehman.

    • 47 min
    Expelling public schools: Antiracist politics and school privatization.

    Expelling public schools: Antiracist politics and school privatization.

    John Arena examines the more than two-decade struggle to privatize public schools in Newark, New Jersey—a conflict that is raging in cities across the country. Arena’s book Expelling Public Schools reveals the political rise of Cory Booker and Ras Baraka and what this particular case study illuminates about contemporary post-civil rights Black politics. Here, Arena is joined in conversation with David Forrest.
    John (Jay) Arena is associate professor of sociology at CUNY’s College of Staten Island. Arena is author of Expelling Public Schools: How Antiracist Politics Enable School Privatization in Newark and Driven from New Orleans: How Nonprofits Betray Public Housing and Promote Privatization.
    David Forrest is associate professor of politics at Oberlin College. He is author of A Voice but No Power: Organizing for Social Justice in Minneapolis.
    Works and scholars referenced:
    Adolph Reed Jr. (Stirrings in the Jug)
    David M. Kotz (The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism)
    Cedric Johnson
    Frances Fox Piven (Challenging Authority)
    Jane McAlevey (No Shortcuts)
    Preston H. Smith II (Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis)
    Sharon Kurtz (Workplace Justice)
    Marc Doussard and Greg Schrock (Justice at Work)
    Kristen Buras (Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space)
    Touré Reed (Toward Freedom)
    Alf Gunvald Nilsen and Laurence Cox (We Make Our Own History)
    Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen, editors (Marxism and Social Movements)
    Rosa Luxemburg (Rosa Luxemburg Speaks)
    Chris Maisano (“What Does Revolution Mean in the 21st Century?”, Jacobin)
    Mark R. Beissinger (The Revolutionary City)
    People and organizations referenced:
    Cory Booker
    Chris Christie
    Ras Baraka
    Newark’s downtown Teachers Village complex
    Sharpe James
    Cami Anderson
    Christopher Cerf
    Randi Weingarten
    Albert Shanker
    Karen Lewis
    Al Moussab
    Newark Education Workers
    This episode was recorded in September 2023.
    Expelling Public Schools: How Antiracist Politics Enable School Privatization in Newark is available from University of Minnesota Press.
    "Expelling Public Schools offers a fascinating look into the racial politics of corporate school reform in Newark Public Schools. John Arena takes a long view—just over two decades—and examines the reform movements and countermovements in the district from the top down and the bottom up. In assessing corporate school reform efforts under mayors Cory Booker and Ras Baraka, this deeply researched book illuminates the mechanisms that maintain educational inequality."—Rand Quinn, author of Class Action: Desegregation and Diversity in San Francisco Schools
    "It is rare to encounter a work that treats actually existing Black life, an approach best articulated by Cedric Johnson, to critically address contemporary Black urban regimes. Thoughtful, careful, and incisive, Expelling Public Schools does just that. In this moment when antiracism (and surface critiques of antiracism) is rife, John Arena’s work provides a wonderful tonic."—Lester Spence, author of Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics

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