Happy ‘pub’ days: Dove-Viebahn, Goggin, Greene
Three Department of English faculty have been, as of late, hard at work in “editing mode” and have been busy collaborating with others. New titles arising from these labors include an anthology of historic essays from Ms. Magazine, a research collection from the Graz International Summer School, and a journal issue focused on writing for digital culture.
Gender, Race and Class: From the Pages of Ms. Magazine, 1972-Present, 2nd ed. (Ms. Classroom, 2020)
Introduced by Beverly Guy-Sheftall and edited by Aviva Dove-Viebahn and Karon Jolna, the reader introduces gender, race and class in intersectional and transnational ways and connects students to feminist and social justice activism on their campuses, in their communities, and around the globe.
Dove-Viebahn is assistant professor in the film and media studies program in the Department of English.
Meditating and Mediating Change: State – Society – Religion (Leykam Buchverlag, 2020)
The fourth volume of the "Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought" publication series follows the established tradition of offering international academics at all levels of their career a platform for presenting their research and engaging in academic exchange.
In this collection, interdisciplinary essays from different backgrounds and contexts reflect on how change is mediated and meditated. Starting from questions such as how resignation and ignorance are negotiated, aggressive and violent disputes are addressed, quick fix, temporary solutions to life's problems are avoided, or in more general terms how radical resistance is expressed or challenges and difficulties are articulated, the volume provides a mediation and meditation in itself on the scope of issues raised during the Graz International Summer School Seggau 2018.
By addressing strategies that can be used to engage in vigorous intellectual investigation, meditating and mediating change offers sets of strategies for vigorous intellectual inquiry into social, cultural, economic, religious and political enigmas.
Goggin is professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU.
Trace: A Journal of Writing, Media, and Ecology 4 (2020)
The “digital” has been contested as shorthand inverse of the “material” just as much by now as it has been critically insisted to be one and the irreducible same. In the former instance, digital has been confused with “virtual” and imagined in aesthetic terms lifted somewhat wholesale from William Gibson’s Neuromancer; in the latter, the digital has, in more of Gibson’s words, “everted”—turned inside out—and been further proven to have always been starkly so ("Google's Earth"). But these characterizations of “virtual worlds” vs. “just vectors and wires” have been covered many times over, to the degree that even scholarship in the newest veins of new materialism merely doth protest too much. Perhaps then a shift in, if not so much a dramatic break with, the ways we so far discuss digital materiality is in order. Some new material in new materialism is due for the digital.
This fourth issue of Trace, “Writing New Material for Digital Culture” explores newer new materialist approaches to the digital. For new materialist and object-oriented philosophies have continued to play a prominent role in discourses on digital media. …
Greene is assistant professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU.