Monday, August 24, 2020

#SaySomething - The Importance of Black Women Teachers for Black Girls

In this interview, Dr. Terri N. Watson and Dr. Gina Charles discuss the vital role that Black women teachers play for Black girls, including the formative influence of their early relationship as junior high school teacher and student as well as a wider conversation about how Black women teachers provide "mirrors and windows," through which Black girls can see themselves in leadership roles and flourish in their educations, career paths, and lives.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Practicing Distance (Part 4): Public

In the final short essay in the series "Practicing Distance," artist Jeff Kasper offers resources for developing support networks during the pandemic and beyond. Pointing toward the Bay Area Transformative Justice Coalition (BATJC)'s model of pod mapping, Kasper reflects on how knowing who is in our pods––a term the BATJC developed to define who we might turn to for care, in the wake of harm––might be a useful starting point, as we navigate limited access to public space, particularly those who depend on it for their safety.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Practicing Distance (Part 3): Social

In this reflection by artist Jeff Kasper on the proxemics of social distance, he offers an exercise for transforming conflict through collaboration and cooperation rather than compromise. This exercise proposes collectively devising social stories to "articulat[e] one's personal boundaries and approach the context of physical distance and giving and receiving care" amid the ongoing reality of conflict in social situations.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Practicing Distance (Part 2): Personal

In his latest entry in his series "Practicing Distance," artist Jeff Kasper continues his consideration of proxemics in our time of physical distance. In this short essay, Kasper proposes instructional scores and prompts, which might be used to "choreograph care" to navigate the intimacies and risks of sharing personal space. He also considers how we might prioritize dependency in our understandings of intimate relationships.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Why the Humanities Need to Go Public, and the Ways in Which They Already Are

Writer in Residence Queenie Sukhadia makes a case for how the public humanities might allow those working in the academy to rethink the false binary between public and academic knowledge. In this piece, she insists on the responsibility of scholarship to promote social good, by sharing out knowledge and expertise beyond the academy and elaborating the ways in which public knowledge shapes academic work.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Audre Lorde Now: Emotional sustainability in the time of COVID-19

Diarenis Calderón Tartabull turns to the work of Audre Lorde to think through questions of how to preserve and nourish communities and our selves––physically, spiritually and emotionally––in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This English/Spanish work is part of the 'Audre Lorde Now' series, commissioned for the project Radiating Black~Puerto Rican~Women’s Teaching Archives from CUNY to the Americas and the Caribbean (and Back Again).

Friday, July 10, 2020

Audre Lorde Now: Letter to Audre Lorde from the Future

Tito Mitjans Alayón's letter to Audre Lorde connects the intimately personal impacts of Lorde's reflections on "the political value of survival, eroticism and spirituality" to conditions of contemporary life. This English/Spanish work is part of the 'Audre Lorde Now' series, commissioned for the project Radiating Black~Puerto Rican~Women’s Teaching Archives from CUNY to the Americas and the Caribbean (and Back Again).

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Practicing Distance (Part 1): Intimate

In this second entry in artist Jeff Kasper's multi-part guide for preparing for our futures together post-quarantine, he facilitates a series of guided on exercises to engage with solo or with a partner to practice imagined intimate distance. From imagining physical contact to thinking about your partner's vulnerabilities, these exercises focus on how to "expand our capacities for collective care."

Monday, May 18, 2020

Practicing Distance with Jeff Kasper

This is the first in artist Jeff Kasper's multi-part guide for preparing for our futures together post-quarantine, Practicing Distance. In each part, Kasper offers a series of short practices in blog-format, beginning with an introduction on four proxemic distances—intimate, personal, social, public—then facilitating guided creative exercises to engage with solo or with a partner in imagined physical proximity during the time of the pandemic and beyond. In this first post, Kasper lays out a context for thinking about these questions in relation to COVID-19, disability justice, and Edward Hall's notion of proxemics.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Surviving and Speaking Out: Reading Audre Lorde in Community

Spencer Garcia writes about the formation of community and their own process of self-reflection in sharing and discussing Audre Lorde's work among Black women and queer, trans, and non-binary Black people and people of color in the reading group,"Your Silence Will Not Protect You!"

Friday, August 16, 2019

"Our shelf is a table with shared stuff": From VHS to Analog Archives

VHS Archives working group founder Alexandra Juhasz looks back on the second year of activities of the VHS Archives working group and discusses their steps toward creating a communal means for preserving and activating analog archives on digital platforms and the ethical use of the traces we leave behind.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hard Copies: Homecoming Queens

In this post, VHS Archives working group member and artist Tara Mateik shares his thoughts about the importance of tangible media as a form of leaving evidence of queer lives and revisits the collaborative video Homecoming Queens with some of his collaborators and the working group.

Friday, June 21, 2019

“What are we asking from Lucretia? What work do we need this tape to do?”

VHS Archives working group member Kyle Croft unpacks questions about historicizing and activating analog archives. Centered around work from the Visual AIDS' Artist+ Registry and the artist Lucretia Critchlow, Croft opens up a discussion around avoiding over-determinations of an artist's career and their relationship to other artists, reckoning with privacy concerns in terms of how media distribution has dramatically changed over time, and complicating the notion of primary sources.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Teaching Food: A Pedagogy for Climate Action

In this post, scholar Kaitlin Mondello shares thoughts and examples from her own teaching about how food pedagogies can be used to involve students in examining the entanglements between environmental and social justice.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Tell-Tale Eighteen: An Investigation

Researcher Christopher Clarke gives a precise account of his scholarly detective work into multiple archives of Muriel Rukeyser's writing, as he looks for the key to missing pages of her translations of Arthur Rimbaud, shedding new light on the history of American translations of his work.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Party Games with VHS Archives

Prof. Alexandra Juhasz reflects on the ongoing activities of the VHS Archives working group and how best to "care.share for digital and other fragile objects of and for the community who made or needs them." As the group creates a website and digital tool for working with this material among a group, they suggest that this work should be a party. In this post, Juhasz offers some ideas for "party games" for engaging community archives.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Metaphors of Dis-Ease, Collaborating with Artist Mariam Ghani

In this post, GC PhD student Harry Blain discusses his experience working with a team of eight researchers to help collect material for Dis-Ease, an essay film by Mariam Ghani, focused on how metaphors of illness have changed over time and how the discourses around disease shape their treatment. This project appeared in the exhibition, Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis at the Museum of the City of New York as part of the Wellcome Trust's Contagious Cities project.