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Author Archive — Nathan

Nathan Rambukkana is an FQRSC Postdoctoral Fellow attached to the Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at York University. He lives in Toronto.

On Editing

One of the reasons the writing process—and especially academic writing—relies so heavily on editing is that it is a sedimentary process. Writing develops over time, where slowly and steadily, layers of new information and nuance are added into a manuscript. When something is first drafted you do so in dialogue with a number of other […]

CFP: The Rise of “Alt-Right” Discourse, the Backlash against Social Justice, and Resistances

Call for Papers Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/ Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale Deadline: June 15, 2017 Issue 39.2   Thematic Cluster: The Rise of “Alt-Right” Discourse, the Backlash against Social Justice, and Resistances Editors: Sara Matthews & Nathan Rambukkana In a Daily Intelligencer article […]

Multiple paths to critique?

The anti-war aspect of the “alt-right” is perhaps the most interesting thing about it. Fascinatingly, it comes from the exact opposite place of social justice critiques of war (i.e., that America should only take care of itself and not spend money or resources them foreigners, etc.) but weirdly ends up in similar, while not the […]

NOMOREPOTLUCKS article: Critical Intimacy Studies in the Era of Intersectional Hate

In this short piece, I look at what insights critical intimacy studies and affinity politics might have for the new ideological and political struggles made manifest in the rise of the so-called “alt-right” and Trumpism. In particular I explore tactics for reckoning with their powerful deployment of an “intersectionality of hate,” especially seeing new opportunities […]

Field Musings

You know your research object has become a research field when it becomes impossible to keep up with all the new material it keeps hurling your way without a research team.

Discursive Struggles

How many world-historical struggles have been discursive struggles?

Social Justice Warriors Unite!

As a discourse analyst, the calls to not use the term “alt-right” and instead use “White Supremacy” miss the mark I think. You can’t discount the materiality of the discourse of the alt-right, which contains elements of White Supremacy and White Nationalism, yes, but also consists of MRAs, Pick Up Artists, Gamergate, anti-gay and trans […]

On Weaving Something other than a Shroud for the Day after the Apocalypse

I’m re-reading Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto” for my Robotic Intimacies class, and this passage, written in the depth of 80s struggles and fear, leapt out at me an appropriate measure of today, too:   I do not know of any other time in history when there was greater need for political unity to confront effectively […]

Robotic Intimacies as Class and Chronicle

I just finished my first Robotic Intimacies class of the term, and I’m excited by what this new semester has in store. One of the insights that came out in discussion with a current grad student who had taken the class last term, the first time I taught it, is that the problematics that had […]