Animals, artists, and the question of ethics: A dialogue with Steve Baker.

“There seems to be a lingering expectation that art should provide consolation – the consolation that terrible things are only happening far away, or that artists unreservedly condemn such things.” What follows here is an interview with Steve Baker about his new book, Artist Animal, in Minnesota’s Posthumanities series (further details about the book at … More Animals, artists, and the question of ethics: A dialogue with Steve Baker.

Visual culture and the Nazi perpetrator

The New York Times features a slideshow in its piece Wartime Architects: Creating Amid Chaos, on the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal’s exhibit “Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War.” This slide depicts shots of wartime destruction by the German photographer August Sander. Here, Paul Jaskot discusses his new book … More Visual culture and the Nazi perpetrator

Selena, Jenni Rivera, Eva Garza—meditations on an author’s soundtrack.

Sometimes the act of not listening can chart new territories for Chicano borderlands music. BY DEBORAH VARGASAssociate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside The recent unexpected passing of singer Jenni Rivera—born Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra in 1969 in Long Beach, California—once again placed the spotlight on histories and experiences of Mexican-American … More Selena, Jenni Rivera, Eva Garza—meditations on an author’s soundtrack.

More guns in schools? An ethnographer’s perspective.

Author Kathleen Nolan has studied what really happens when police patrol school hallways. Images from Creative Commons. BY KATHLEEN NOLANPrinceton University lecturer <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073741899 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal … More More guns in schools? An ethnographer’s perspective.

From MLA 2013: Considering serial scholarship and the future of scholarly publishing

Taking a look at how the lifecycle of the scholarly book, and how the concurrent move toward a database structure for dissemination of scholarship in article and monographic form, has the potential to further promote an emerging new ecology of serial discourse. BY DOUG ARMATO, director of University of Minnesota PressDiscussion delivered at an MLA … More From MLA 2013: Considering serial scholarship and the future of scholarly publishing

Just released: Debates in the Digital Humanities, OA edition

Yesterday at the 2013 MLA convention, author Matthew Gold unveiled the brand-new, online, open-access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities. This website is a joint initiative of The Graduate Center, City University of New York and the University of Minnesota Press. It features new articles, feedback visualizations, and a whole lot of awesomeness. Want … More Just released: Debates in the Digital Humanities, OA edition