Politics

Image Credit: Yashua Klos, Mask (Non-Functional) with Pyramid Headdress, (2014). Paper construction of woodblock prints on archival paper 60" x 45". Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 4

Cultural Memory and Public Space: Dispatches from Canada

As in the United States and England, statues have been toppled and street names debated in Canada. The statue of John A. Macdonald came down in Montreal on August 29, 2020. Ma(d)Donald you ask? Well, in this case, the first prime minister of Canada (1867–1873, 1878–1891), associated with completion of […]

Image Credit: Yashua Klos, God of The Ghetto, (2015). Paper construction of woodblock prints and graphite on archival paper — 35" x 45". Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 2 No. 4

Signifying Blackness

I remember reading Black feminist scholar Audre Lorde’s essay “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” and I was captivated by her use of the capitalization of Black, Color/ed, Black women, Black lesbianism, and Black men throughout the essay, while at the same time demoting “white” and “america” to […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, A Mother, A Daughter, and Mother-in-law. (2018) 24"x 39" x 1", Hairbeads on coated wire. Courtesy of the artist.
Business / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Apocalypse Now and Then

For the many thousands gone and Cheryl Wall in particular When the editors concocted the thematic for this issue, we’d hoped that “Apocalypse Now and Then” would do more than corner an unmistakable allusion to the title of the 1979 film addressed to the ravages of the Vietnam War and […]

Image Credit: Chester Higgins, State of Affairs, 2020. © Chester Higgins Archives. Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

“For all the tea in China, all the oil in Texas”

The American experiment is imperiled again. The danger that has haunted the republic since its founding has been left unattended for too long and is newly, predictably spilling over. The question remains whether or not the co-citizens of this nation are prepared to respond honestly to what they already know […]

Image Credit: Sheena Rose, Grawlix, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Horseman No. 5

Something that hasn’t been adequately discussed about Marx’s Capital is the extent to which Marx is fascinated by capitalism’s mechanisms, precisely because the system is demented, yet works very well at the same time. —Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “A Very Special Delirium”1 The current pandemic arrogates to itself the […]

Image Credit: Romare Bearden, Morning of the Rooster. (1980), Lithograph, ART©Romare Bearden Foundation. Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Foundation.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Dawn of Darkness 1

I know, I know, It threatens the common gestures of human bonding The handshake, The hug The shoulders we give each other to cry on The Neighborliness we take for granted So much that we often beat our breasts Crowing about rugged individualism, Disdaining nature, pissing poison on it even, […]

Image Credit: Duron Jackson, Bone Crusade. (2025). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

The Interlude

Until last week’s uprising, the quarantine had felt like living in an interlude, a present haunted by the potentiality of what seemed to be surely to come. Such interludes comprise the texture of living haunted by the imminent possibility of violence manifesting as confrontation or preventable death. Paraphrasing Zora Neale […]

Image Credit: John Fenton, Jazz Combo, (1965) n.a., etching and aquatint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Vogler, 1980.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Entertainment / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Frontline Blues and the Post-Rona Truth

There has always been enough blood money, mis-education and mass distraction in these dis-United States to erase any memory of catastrophe or atrocity that brought trauma or ethical contemplation to the surface of the national conversation. Problematic, because acknowledging such scar tissue might direct fealty away from the national religion—materialist […]

Image Credit: Gopal Dagnogo, Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Beast. (2015). Courtesy of the artist.
Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

From Pandemic to Pan-Demos?

For Kamau Brathwaite, in memoriam The word “apocalypse” is commonly equated with a cataclysmic world-ending, heralded by all manner of natural disasters from plagues to earthquakes and tempests, and marked by the violent deaths of multitudes. Yet its original meaning has to do with revelation, a laying bare of those […]

Image Credit: Mrs. Luce Ben Aben Arab School of Embroidery, Alger, Algeria, French colonial postcard, 1910s.
Convergence / International / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Errata in retro-prospect

“Some few mistakes in printing are here remarked; please forgive us for these errors.” This is a common opening sentence for errata notes. Such a loose sheet of paper inserted into a publication is a common way of saying, “We won’t let errors stand.” Although the printed errors cannot be […]