Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Post of Links

In really good news, Claire O'Farrell has taken over Foucault news blogging now that Jeremy has given it up. If for some insane reason you don't already read Claire's Refracted Input, now would be a good time to start.

Adam argues that online journals have a real chance to shake up the way we consume academic information by keeping the rigor of print journals but embracing rolling content made possible from blogging. Peter seems to disagree. For what it is worth, I basically agree with Adam on this point. Longer articles that are peer-reviewed could be posted on journals with RSS feeders. I don't see why this change would format would make articles less likely to be from a longer period of thought and reflection than a magazine or a blog. One could even see the articles coming out as they are made available, but keeping the vol/issue citation based on which issue the articles are suppose to blog to. This also means that we could see a change in book reviews. While we could keep the standard short review of a single or two books, we could also occasionally have longer articles that are mostly book reviews. Of the sort you sometimes see done over at places like Diacritics.

Stuart Elden has a new article entitled "Land, Terrain, Territory" which is, as usual, both scholarly in-depth and also a wonderful read. Peter takes this as a time to engage in some more teasing blogging about his forthcoming book.

The Marc Hauser controversy has made me realize that many of you may not know that Psychology Today plays host to several blogs on animal psychology, several of which have taken up the controversy. Here is a link to where all the animal behavior blogs are. But there are blogs there by people like Marc Bekoff and Jonathan Balcombe.

Last time I did this I linked to Jeremy about Philip K. Dick and Philosophy. Almost as if on cue, there is a wonderful post over at Dorf on Law from Sherry Colb about Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep. She's right that many people don't seem to want to talk about the obvious issues of animals that the book raises (I talk about it briefly in my dissertation, along with the phrase More Human Than the Human which comes from Blade Runner and which I think basically sums up the operative logic of biopolitics). I think in general that people often shy away from animal discussions within books that are clearly about animals (like HG Wells' Time Machine and The Island of Dr. Moreau, or any number of works by Dick).

J J Cohen has an interesting post up entitled Queering the In/Organic. Cohen tries to push the ethical, political, and ontological moves that you see in Queering the Non/Human into a more generalized vitalism (by which I mean something like Bennett's more generalized vitalism). I have the same excitement and trepidation with this post that I have with Bennett. Definitely worth reading.

David Harvey has a copy of his talk entitled The Enigma of Capital and the Crisis of Time. While not really surprising for anyone that has kept up with Harvey's work, still an interesting essay and a great read for those of you who haven't kept up with his work.

I'm going to be here at the office working well into the night. So, here is Cage the Elephant, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked.