#secrecymachine. The Politics and Practices of Secrecy

In contemporary liberal democracies there is a polarisation between ideals of transparency – borne out in open government legislation, freedom of information, and confessionary culture – and what we might call a secret sphere, an institutionalised commitment to covert security operations that exist beyond the public view. In the wake of the Snowden revelations about the surveillance capabilities of intelligence agencies around the globe, an interdisciplinary symposium gathered experts to discuss the place and implications of secrecy in contemporary cultural politics. Speakers addressed what was politically, ethically, socially and ontologically at stake in cultures of secrecy at the individual, national, and international level. Recordings from the event were hidden across some of the darkest corners of the world wide web and were revealed to participants through a series of leaks and revelations starting on the 8th October 2015 at 12 Noon GMT. All of the leaks were revealed to the public on 9th October 2015 at 1102Hrs GMT. They are available as podcasts here: http://immersivestorylab.com/secret/leaks/

You can also download the materials from the symposium via a torrent. Distributing this will help our secrets remain permanently in the network. To use it please install a torrent client such as Bittorrent

The (Socialist) Future Is Not Necessarily Utopian: An Interview with Katerina Kolozova

On the occasion of the publication by punctum of feminist philosopher Katerina Kolozova’s much awaited new book, Toward a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism: Marx and Laruelle, the Associate Editor and Designer for Katerina’s book, Troy O’Neill (a student in liberal arts at The New School, NYC), interviewed Katerina about this new work but also about[...]

Between the Public and its Privates: BABEL, Punctum & Studium Join Hands with the MLA Subconference

It’s a brand new world, this, where academics finally agree to stand in solidarity with the workers who keep their enterprise running, hopefully in terms shorn of the usual affective talk about the sheer saltiness and heroism of “ordinary workers” that is cringe-inducing, counterproductive, condescending, and anti-intellectual.  The Subconference committee members I spoke to are[...]

20% kedvezmény nyomtatott köteteink árából

Itt a nyár, ideje feltölteni a polcokat nagyszerű olvasmányokkal – olyasmikkel, amelyek kitartanak az új tudós szemeszter beköszöntéig is! Hogy ne terheljük meg a pénztárcát, 20%-os kedvezményt adunk Print-on-Demand, azaz nyomtatott könyveink árából (és természetesen e-könyveink továbbra is ingyenesen letölthetőek maradnak).

Íme a lista azokról a könyvekről, amelyek kedvezményesen beszerezhetőek augusztus 31-ig:

Megrendelésnél a következő kóddal lehet érvényesíteni a kedvezményt a CreateSpace oldalán: BELY9A54

Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City from Below

Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City from Below Alan W. Moore Occupation Culture is the story of a journey through the world of recent political squatting in Europe, told by a veteran of the 1970s and ‘80s New York punk art scene. It is also a kind of scholar adventure story. Alan W. Moore sees with the trained … Continue reading →

Recursive Historiographical Work and the Responsibility of the Historian: Adrian Johns

This interview with historian Adrian Johns by Janneke Adema focuses on historical efforts to redefine print's past, on the  relationship between technology, science and knowledge, and on our responsibility and performativity as historians. The interview was conducted on March 20th 2015 at the Total Archive Conference at Cambridge University, UK. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

Technogenesis and Media Specific Analysis: N. Katherine Hayles

This interview with literary scholar N. Katherine Hayles by Janneke Adema focuses on Hayles's concepts of technotext and intermediation, her views on technogenesis and agency, and her proposal for media specific analysis. The interview was conducted on March 20th 2015 at the Total Archive Conference at Cambridge University, UK. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

Software Theory – Federica Frabetti

Interview with media theorist Federica Frabetti by Janneke Adema. The interview focuses on Frabetti's recently published monograph Software Theory: A Cultural and Philosophical Study. Topics of conversation include the materiality of software, code and writing, deconstructive readings of technology, the originary technicity of the (post)human, and the politics and ethics of software. This interview was conducted on February 23rd 2015 at Oxford Brookes University. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

Radnóti eklógái – megjelent!

Eclogues and Other PoemsWe are proud to announce our latest release: Miklós Radnóti’s Eclogues and Other Poems, translated by Jack Roberts. Born in Budapest in 1909, Radnóti began publishing his poems and translations while still a university student. By the late 1930’s, he had established himself as a major new voice in magyar poetry. His life ended in 1944 not far from the village of Abda, where, a short distance from the banks of the Rába, he was slain by his captors near the end of a forced march that had begun in the mountains of Serbia months before. Many of the poems included here were composed during his captivity in the labor camp whose name appears at the end of several eclogues and other poems.

The translator, Jack Roberts is author of A Life Less Damnable and Having Said That, also published by AMERICANA eBooks.

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