Kara Keeling's The witch's flight: the cinematic, the Black femme, and the image of common sense is an ambitious work that is thick enough with layers of intention, apparatus, new beginnings, and trans media to be both daunting and seductive. Perhaps it could be a beginning node to a network of readings opening out into transdisciplinary movements across neuroscience, queer affect, trans media analysis, and the posthumanities of animal studies and digital worlds.
Katie taught the book this term and created two posts for students on blogger, with embedded media that Keeling couldn't afford to include in the book but uses to attempt to enlarge both readerships and sensory cognitions.
on cliché as a training ground for survival: trans media & circulating images
on the L Word and Blacksploitation: a genderqueer black femme?
Katie's context for thinking about Keeling's book has to do with her own curiosities about cognitive sensation and how the nineties generated ways of hooking up cognitive apparatus and media across knowledge worlds. Here is a bit of her thinking on these issues:
on trans media, sensory apparatus and TV and Web: deployments of race, gender and dna
Katie also finds this not-so-new essay of Bruno Latour's very useful (from his website):
(89) «Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern» Critical Inquiry (Vol 30 n° 2) pp. 25-248 (Winter 2004).
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