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Surviving the Anthropocene

Last week during our CMRC seminar we discussed the climate crisis and survival in the anthropocene. Below are reflections on that conversation and a snippet of the Zoom chat. From our brief foray into reading about and discussing eco-piety, the term seems to identify a set of rituals and social practices that models a form […]

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Bodies of Labor In COVID

Last week during our CMRC seminar we discussed Crisis, Capitalism, and the Body. We put Federici’s Caliban and the Witch in conversation with McRuer’s “Disability Nationalism in Crip Times.” The general theme of the conversation focused on the tension between individuals & community in terms of class, care, and political theater. Below are some reflections […]

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Apocalyptic Politics

Last week during the CMRC seminar, we examined the theme of apocalyptic time. We read Philip Gorski’s “Why Evangelicals Voted for Trump:  A Critical Cultural Sociology” and revisited Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History.” The conversation was influenced by current events in the U.S. and focused on white evangelicals, the deployment of religion […]

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Listening to the Undercommons

We engaged with Fred Moten’s and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study this week in CMRC seminar. Our conversation explored questions of fellowship and listening building off of Moten’s sermon from January 2020. Below are a few reflections we had from our conversation on these texts. Moten’s call for a politics of […]

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Mediated Political Religion

This week we read Stewart Hoover’s latest article for IJOC on Trump’s Lafayette Square Bible photo-op. Our conversation explored the false binary between religion and politics and the importance of mediatization to contemporary politics. Hoover claims the event “was an act of mediation, a visual articulation of an argument,” while advocating that media studies needs […]

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#ScholarStrike

This week we participated in the international #ScholarStrike against racism. Those who participated watched remote teach-in videos, brought anti-racist conversations into their classrooms, had reflective conversations, and so much more. You can find anti-racist resources from the #ScholarStrike on YouTube, the strike’s website, and on Twitter. In this issue of the digest, CMRC fellows reflect […]

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Starting a Strange Fall

Welcome to the Seminar Digest for CMRC. Following the Center’s meetings each week during the academic year, research fellows will share reactions, reflections, and connections related to the discussion. This issue of the Seminar Digest reflects on recent events ranging from Falwell’s resignation to the party conventions. The names connected to each entry are those […]

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Kamala Harris / Coming Out

Kamala Harris, coming out, napping, and a special issue invitation