The Quadrant Program: Supporting the sustainability of scholarly communication

Today’s post is by Anne Carter, Quadrant Coordinator at University of Minnesota Press. She introduces the Quadrant program, a collaborative and innovative effort that has recently been developed between the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Press. See below to listen to a panel that outlines Quadrant’s early lessons, benefits and future goals. … More The Quadrant Program: Supporting the sustainability of scholarly communication

Deleuze’s A Thousand Plateaus a top-five pick

Human rights lawyer Chibli Mallat (best known for legal actions on behalf of the victims of Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein) has chosen one of our dearest and all-time most popular books as one of the top five books in “maverick political thought”: A Thousand Plateaus, by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. (Er, Mille Plateaux, as … More Deleuze’s A Thousand Plateaus a top-five pick

Cary Wolfe: What Is Posthumanism?

Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. He is author of What Is Posthumanism? (2009), the 8th installment in UMP’s Posthumanities Series. His previous books include Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the “Outside” and Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory, and … More Cary Wolfe: What Is Posthumanism?

Peter Paik: Is mass violence justified if it brings about a better world?

Peter Y. Paik, author of From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe, has an interview in this week’s ROROTOKO about science fiction (and speculative narratives) that portray political upheaval and revolutionary change. His book covers works across the board that include the graphic novel Watchmen; popular films such as the Matrix … More Peter Paik: Is mass violence justified if it brings about a better world?

Interview: Sharon Irish on Suzanne Lacy (includes footage from The Crystal Quilt, Minneapolis, 1987)

Author Sharon Irish has filmed a wonderful book video that documents her initial interest in artist and political justice activist Suzanne Lacy. She briefly discusses how hers is a book about relationships, and narrates archival footage of Lacy’s The Crystal Quilt, which was performed by hundreds of women at the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis … More Interview: Sharon Irish on Suzanne Lacy (includes footage from The Crystal Quilt, Minneapolis, 1987)

The Hurt Locker: Abstraction and Embodiment in the War Film

Robert Burgoyne is professor and chair of film studies at the University of St. Andrews. He is author of Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History, which was released in a revised edition in February 2010. He has been kind enough to allow the University of Minnesota Press to publish a portion of his paper … More The Hurt Locker: Abstraction and Embodiment in the War Film