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Of Bridges : A Poetic and Philosophical Account

Thomas J. Harrison
Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2021

A rich compendium of myths, superstitions, and literary and ideological figurations, Of Bridges organizes a poetic and philosophical history of bridges into nine thematic clusters. Leaping in lucid prose between distant times and places, Thomas Harrison questions why bridges are built and where they lead. He probes links forged by religion between life’s transience and eternity as well as the consolidating ties of music, illustrated by the case of the blues. He illuminates real and symbolic crossings facing migrants each day and the affective connections that make persons and societies cohere.



Maggie Nelson
London: Penguin Random House, 2009

Bluets winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holliday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol. While its narrator sets out to construct a sort of 'pillow book' about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue, she ends up facing down both the painful end of an affair and the grievous injury of a dear friend. The combination produces a raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great hearthache or grief.




Border Environments

Riccardo Badano ; Tomas Percival ; Susan Schuppli (Eds.)
Leipzig: Spector Books, 2023

Border Environments explores the interconnections of ecology and migration. It explores the interplay between political disadvantage, new technologies and border practices in the context of (constructed) nature by presenting a variety of interventions, research methods, visual projects and forms of observation that focus on the role of human and more-than-human actors in border conflicts.

Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London


To Write the Africa World

Achille Mbembe ; Felwine Sarr (Eds.)
Cambrige: Polity Press, 2023

In October 2016, thirty intellectuals and artists from Africa, its diasporas, and beyond gathered together in Dakar and Saint-Louis, Senegal, to reflect on the present and future of Africa in the midst of transformations that are sweeping through the contemporary world. The aim was to take stock of the renewal of Afro-diasporic critical thought and to discuss the new perspectives emerging from the ongoing projects constructing political, cultural, and social imaginaries for and from the African continent.


Lacanian Ink 57/58: Gender Matters 

New York: Lacanian Ink, Fall 2022

JA: To Resume Again....
Jacque-Alain Miller interviews Éric Marty: The Sex of the Moderns
Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Religion of My Time
Josefina Ayerza: Briefs from the Couch
Donatien Grau: Reverse Vampirism
Adrian Dannatt: An Afterword
Josefina Ayerza: English Art
Alastair Mackinven: Dlnrg[oeeey]

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Creativity, Pursuit and Epistemic Tradition

Julia Sánchez-Dorado

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 2023 (100): 81-89

This paper revisits the standard definition of scientific creativity in the contemporary philosophical literature. The standard definition of creativity says that there are two necessary, and jointly sufficient, conditions for creativity, novelty and value. This paper proposes to characterize the value condition of creativity in terms of “pursuitworthiness”. The notion of pursuitworthiness, adopted from the recent debate on scientific pursuit in philosophy of science, refers to a form of prospective epistemic worth. It indicates that a certain object (such as a scientific hypothesis) is promising or has the potential to be epistemically fertile in the future, if further investigated. To support the claim that creative scientific instances are, qua creative, valuable in the sense of pursuitworthy, three examples of creative hypotheses taken from the history of the geosciences are introduced: MacCulloch's continuity hypothesis in mid-19th-century geology, Baron et al.‘s phylogenetic hypothesis in contemporary paleontology, and the widely discussed Anthropocene hypothesis.

radical history

Critical Border Zones and Anti-Extractive Thinking : Perspectives from the Andean World

MIcela Coletta
Radical History Review 2023 (145): 84–103
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While the notion of the Anthropocene signals the urgency for a climate transition, it stops short of restructuring the anthropocentric principles of the dominant economic and societal model. Pluriversal decolonial designs being debated and practiced in Latin America treat the crisis of the current civilizational model as an opportunity to propose alternatives that seek to reconceptualize the ways in which we organize social life.


A World Without Objects: Epistemic Bordering for a Transformative Future

Micela Coletta

Forma Journal 2023 (2)

This essay will advance the framework of epistemic bordering to interpret recent Latin American paradigmatic shifts and help conceptualize eco-centric assemblages as multidirectional systems of interaction in which the co-existence of difference, rather than its reduction to oneness, is at the foundation of the transformative reproduction of life. In an interdependent system, where individual organisms rely on one another to share limited resources, knowledge-building is embedded in the same material dynamics and therefore contributes to sustaining the relations through which it emerges.

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Never Was : A Novel Without a World

H. Gareth Gavin
London: Cipher Press, 2023

Part hallucination, part queer bildungsroman, Never Was is a beautifully strange novel about grief, addiction and working-class masculinity, exploring the way identity is both inherited and re-invented.

Dreamy, poignant, and revelatory, Never Was is a bewitching and inventive novel by an inimitable voice in literary fiction by former ICI Fellow H. Gareth Gavin.