Politics in small town America

What does Politics mean for the American working class? How is it experienced in everyday life? How do local worldviews tie to political preferences? The atypical results of the 2016 American presidential election offer a unique opportunity to revitalize the conversation around the relationship between politics and culture in American political sociology. While traditional frameworks for understanding voting preferences and political behavior are rooted within macro-level political institutions such as political parties, the advent of alt-right grassroots movements and the emergence of a white middle-class identity raises critical questions on how politics is practiced, lived, and experienced beyond the traditional party-lines paradigm. Throughout these pieces, I will be offering a set of thoughts on what this analytic might look like.

Politics and aesthetics in Colombian Sugar Cane plantations

What is a land for plantation owners in Colombia? And how their modes of enframing land shape their politics? This project studies the affective entanglements amidst monocrop-producing land owners and lands, in the industrial sugar cane plantations of the Cauca Valley. Working at the intersection of STS, infrastructural studies, and affect theory, this study explores plantation lands (and landscape infrastructure) not as commodities but as a relation that is part of, affects and impacts the onto-epistemic entanglements that and composes the worlds of the Colombian landed elites.

  • In development.

Reading list (Summer 2019)

  1. Berlant, Lauren, and Kathleen Stewart. The Hundreds. Duke University Press, 2018.

  2. Deleuze, Gilles. Spinoza: practical philosophy. City Lights Books, 1988.

  3. Deleuze, Gilles and Felix Guattari. Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. University of Minnesota Press. 1983.

  4. Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. What is philosophy?. Columbia University Press, 1994.

  5. Derrida, Jacques. Archive fever: A Freudian impression. University of Chicago Press, 1996.

  6. Haraway, Donna J. Manifestly Haraway. Vol. 37. U of Minnesota Press, 2016.

  7. Gardiner, John Eliot. Bach: Music in the castle of heaven. Vintage, 2013.

  8. Malabou, Catherine. The Heidegger Change: On the Fantastic in Philosophy. Suny Press, 2011.

  9. Mann, Sally. Hold still: a memoir with photographs. Little, Brown, 2015.

  10. Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Nature: Course notes from the Collège de France. Northwestern University Press, 2003.

  11. Leibovitz, Annie, and Sharon DeLano. Annie Leibovitz at work. New York: Random House, 2008.

  12. Wittgenstein, Ludwig, et al. On certainty. Oxford: Blackwell, 1969.

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