Essay Archive

Racialized ‘Make-Work-and-Let-Buy’ Capitalism: Working from Home and Living/Dying from Work

Focusing on industrial products that traverse various sites and spatial scales of work helps grasp not only the racialization characterizing the pandemic’s impact on working populations but also the progressive potential of new aid and solidarity initiatives.


Eray Çaylı

Decoding the Social in the Digital Dilemma

I argue that by focusing on middle class technological anxieties in the global North, "The Social Dilemma" inadvertently reinforces the spatial hegemony of technological optimism and ignores the socio-spatial contingencies through which social media and its artifacts are constructed and imagined.


Anurag Mazumdar

Teaching Science Fiction While Living It in Lebanon

What is the point of teaching dystopian science fiction when actually living something just as terrifying? Reflecting on the last year in Lebanon, this essay argues for the pedagogical power of sci fi in thinking through the country’s popular uprising, economic implosion, pandemic, and port explosion.


Nadya Sbaiti

The Settler Logics of (Outer) Space

In this essay, I position the logics of settler colonialism and the logics of space exploration dominion over both space on earth, and interplanetary space at the expense of Indigenous peoples. I then look to Indigenous conceptions of space as a potential foil to these colonial logics.


Deondre Smiles

The Katrina Effect and the Ethical Extraction of Louisiana

Katrina allowed for the ultimate greenwashing campaign for oil and gas companies to frame themselves as environmental benefactors of Louisiana’s coastal restoration program, which is funded by oil and natural gas royalties. By tying coastal restoration to the state’s fossil fuel industry, Louisiana’s precarious future is predicated on extraction, increased carbon emissions, and a secondary market of petrochemical production up and down the Mississippi River’s “Cancer Alley” for inexpensive natural gas.


Ned Randolph

Proxemics and Psychotherapy: What Does Two Meters Feel Like?

When therapy is transferred online due to COVID-19, and bodies no longer meet in person, the space of the psychoanalytic consulting room is unsettled: distance, risk and intimacy are negotiated anew.


Julie Walsh


Transit networks are objects of intense political contestation and are key terrains of struggle in cities around the world. Common, as opposed to public infrastructures of transit, suggest ways of organizing mobility in resistance to state apparatuses of violence, exclusion and accumulation.


Theresa Enright

Anti-Blackness Beyond the State: Real Estate Finance and the Making of Urban Racial Capitalism

While police continue to kill Black people on city streets, private equity firms tacitly engage in anti-Black violence through dispossession, devaluation and displacement in Black communities, and thus more broadly by remaking the map of where Black people can live, move, and breathe.


Nemoy Lewis

Territory, Autonomy and Rights: Indigenous Politics and COVID-19 in the Amazon Basin

This essay argues that the COVID-19 pandemic simultaneously shapes and is shaped by the interconnected goals of indigenous politics. Thus, it is not possible to address it solely as a health emergency. It is connected to indigenous autonomy and self-determination. It is connected to the exploitation of land and the territory. It is connected to the rights of indigenous peoples to continue to exist and exercise their cultures.


Sylvia Cifuentes

Acadammit: Using Collective Podcasting to Build Solidarity in Academia

It was clear to us that everything we had been feeling - the isolation, the competition, the exhaustion, the frustration - was not something unique to our own graduate experiences.


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