Passing Orders re-deploys queer theory concerns with sovereignty, ontology, and futurity by applying them to neocharismatic Christian demonology literature, that which demonizes queer, black, indigenous, and colonized bodies as integrally, inevitably, and incontestably other.
This essay brings into conversation two recent books in this field that expound a different set of decolonial projects. In these books, Nadine El-Enany and Gary Wilder refuse to position the nation-state, with its bounded national territorial logic, as the frame of the analysis, thereby rejecting ‘methodological nationalism’.
The War Lawyers expertly reveals how lawyers in the 'kill chain' make possible “juridically sanctioned violence” and upend attempts to humanize warfare through law. Yet, to whom do these legal arguments speak? Can lawyers legitimize imperial war?
Parsing the entanglement of Italian urbanism and campus design in the post-1968 moment, Francesco Zuddas recounts a set of spatial responses to the popular discontent that had crested by way of academia onto Italy’s national sociopolitical scene.
Bevins’s "Jakarta Method" shows that the conception of a hesitant, cautious liberalism on the global stage itself depends on a selective geopolitical amnesia. Only by forgetting the savagery through which American-led globalization occurred can the order it built come to seem natural or just.
Sense of Brown is more than a sketch of brownness as an ontology of relations; it is an opportunity to sit inside Muñoz’s writing and thinking space, an almost wistful feeling of being in his thoughts as they formed, as they firmed. Reading Muñoz’s essays invokes a meditative feeling, one gets a sense that Muñoz was reflecting on his ideas, the drafty in/coherence of this ensemble reveal the essay as process.
In a piece focused on time and its infrastructural entanglements, Zannah Matson examines how the promise of infrastructure structures our relationship to the future, and thinks alongside the unfinished and interrupted forms that infrastructures often take.