‘Can we chat?’: A discursive consideration of conversations between casual and permanent academics

‘Can we chat?’ ‘Yeah, sure, anytime’ is what the casual academic is meant to say when facing this question from a permanent academic: particularly one who has employed them in the past. ‘Yeah, sure’ is probably the safest answer for a casual to give to almost any request from The Faculty. You know, if they […]

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CACS Case Studies: Uncanny

 Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. UNCANNY (Image: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/040210-who-is-afraid-of-the-uncanny-valley) UNCANNY (unheimlich) That which is unfamiliar—or more literally, un-homely—in the familiar or homely (what we know). In a famous essay, ‘Das Unheimliche’ (1919), Freud argued that the uncanny is the feeling we get when an experience that occurred by chance […]

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CACS Case studies: Affect

 Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. AFFECT BEFORE CLASS READ: Loh, Maria 2011, ‘Outscreaming the Laocoön: Sensation, Special Affects, and the Moving Image’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 393-414. CONCEPT: AFFECT That which the body and mind suffers (in the classical philosophical sense), which means simply […]

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CACS Case studies: Body

Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. CONCEPT BODY: Critical theory’s interest in the body (usually, though not exclusively, taken to mean the human body) is quite diverse and dates back to French philosopher René Descartes’ s famous splitting of the mind from the body. With the exception of Baruch […]

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CACS Case studies: Aboriginality

Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. ABORIGINALITY In this case study we look at concepts of power, race and identity from an indigenous perspective. We look at the social and cultural conditions for the establishment and critique of power both historically and in Australia today. We focus in particular […]

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