Fractured Media Materialities: On Geology of Media

BY JUSSI PARIKKAWinchester School of Art, University of Southampton Fracking is a controversial process of forcing the ground open in order to extract gas and oil. The process has had its deserved amount of critique because of the environmental hazards it poses and how such rather desperate means of fossil energy extraction are continuing the … More Fractured Media Materialities: On Geology of Media

25 years of Hubble images from space: strange, alien, phenomenal—and yet somehow, familiar.

This image created by the Hubble Space Telescopeis often referred to as the “Pillars of Creation.” It hasbeen a common subject for painters such as Thomas Moran. BY ELIZABETH A. KESSLERStanford University On April 24, 1990, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope into its orbit above Earth. During its 25 years in space, astronomers have … More 25 years of Hubble images from space: strange, alien, phenomenal—and yet somehow, familiar.

Introducing "Verge: Studies in Global Asias"

The history of scholarship on Asian America, when juxtaposed with the fieldsof Asian Studies, reminds us how much nations, national movements, andother forms of national development continue to exert influence on the worldin which we live.Image from Shutterstock. BY TINA CHEN AND ERIC HAYOT Now, more than ever, the singularities of world history—whether imagined as … More Introducing "Verge: Studies in Global Asias"

On California’s Water-Free Future

California’s Mono Lake, pictured in August 2014. BY KAREN PIPERProfessor of postcolonial studies in English and adjunct professor in geography at the University of Missouri The solution to California’s drought is simple: stop shipping water to China. Farmers, who use 80% of the state’s water, ship crops containing “virtual water” (the water used to grow … More On California’s Water-Free Future

Autism Awareness Day 2015: Adding "acceptance" and "alliance" into conversations about autism.

Simplican, pictured here with her brother, discusses the range of diversity in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). BY STACY CLIFFORD SIMPLICANPostdoctoral fellow, Michigan State University Today is World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day. The organization Autism Speaks is promoting a “Light It Up Blue” campaign to encourage individuals and whole cities to go “blue” … More Autism Awareness Day 2015: Adding "acceptance" and "alliance" into conversations about autism.