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Or Else…
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Or Else…

In the clash of motives that it inscribes, the term “freedman” and the conditions of existence that it signals are poignantly alluded to in the epigraph that Richard White chooses to inaugurate his exhaustive study of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age: “Wandering between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless […]

The Marketisation of British Universities: Neoliberalism and the Privatisation of Knowledge
Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

The Marketisation of British Universities: Neoliberalism and the Privatisation of Knowledge

There’s a joke in British politics that New Labour, the rebranding of the mainstream left led by Tony Blair in the mid-1990s, quickly morphed into neo-liberalism. Speak with a drawl and New Labour and neo liberal even sound similar. Voted in by the British electorate in 1997 on the promise […]

Tales of Trolls and Queens
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Tales of Trolls and Queens

An interview Essay with Victor LaValle I first met Victor Lavalle in a Dunkin’ Donuts in Washington Heights (NYC) during the time he was drafting what would become his award-winning novel The Changeling. He was writing there, he told me, because it had just the right amount and kind of […]

Shields Green
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Stage / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Shields Green

Shields Green* (1826-1859) The life lives after the life As a seed is a void in the world-as-is Opening paths to worlds-could-be. If and as, where and when, remains Sewn into the Heavenly Garment Of the Unknown, halfway between there And hereafter, lodged in an either Of times’ remorseless ether […]

“Who Feels It Knows It”: The Windrush Scandal
International / Politics / Short Stop / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

“Who Feels It Knows It”: The Windrush Scandal

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Windrush on 22 June 1948 at Tilbury Docks, just outside London, with 492 West Indian ex-service personnel who had fought alongside British forces during the Second World War. Their arrival signaled the beginning of postwar Caribbean migration of […]

Redeeming Royalty
International / Politics / Short Stop / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Redeeming Royalty

The recent union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle served as a reminder of a much more long-standing union between theology and politics. As an originary power couple in the history of the West, theology and politics pervaded the spectacle of the royal wedding, illustrating just how much they retain […]

Gathering the Ghosts
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Gathering the Ghosts

“Every utopia – let’s just stick with the literary ones – faces the same problem: What do you do with the people who don’t fit in?” -Margaret Atwood The Winter 2018 issue of Radcliffe Magazine featured a picture of me on its cover. Over the last few years, I’ve deposited […]

The Coming of the Second-Time
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Stage / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

The Coming of the Second-Time

for pianist, composer, poet – friend, and mentor, Cecil Taylor The following was delivered in tribute to the great artist, Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-April 5, 2018), at his funeral and Memorial Service, which took place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in New York City. A first and only note; […]

“What Kind of Freedom is This?” The Historical Question of Work and Blackness
Politics / The Reading Room / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

“What Kind of Freedom is This?” The Historical Question of Work and Blackness

“Why has ‘Black Freedom’ become so precarious (yet again!) at this historical conjuncture?” Taking up that question, I have posed another: “What Kind Freedom is This?”1 There is a very particular provenance for this question, which I shall elaborate in a minute, as we say. At this moment, however, I […]

Reassessment
Arts & Culture / Politics / The Stage / Vol. 1 No. 3-4

Reassessment

Take a leisure look back where it all was, the gapers and blozers, haggling whack offs standing on the platform waving so long as your train rolled past, carnival mayhem’s stale moments given to eternity. Grackles quarreling on roof tops banter much more eloquent than such nincompoops swilling malt beer […]