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Final Day of our Spring Sale

Spring Sale thru May 7. 50% off all in-stock books and journal issues

Today is the final day to save 50% on in-stock books and journal issues during our Fall Sale. Use coupon SPRING21 and be sure to shop before 11:59 pm EDT.

Customers outside North and South America can use the SPRING21 coupon through today at our UK-based distributor Combined Academic Publishers to save on shipping, particularly in Europe.

Can’t decide what to buy? Check out recommendations from our editors Ken Wissoker, Courtney Berger, Elizabeth Ault, and Sandra Korn. And if you’ve already shopped at the start of the sale, make sure you haven’t missed titles that have been published since then, such as Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited by Kareem Rabie, Right Here, Right Now, edited by Lynden Harris, Pollution Is Colonialism by Max Liboiron, Mao’s Bestiary by Liz P. Y. Chee, and Black Bodies, White Gold by Anna Arabindan-Kesson.

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Sale Recommendations from Courtney Berger and Elizabeth Ault

Spring Sale thru May 7. 50% off all in-stock books and journal issues

There are only three more days to shop during our Spring Sale! If you’ve been procrastinating because you aren’t sure what to buy, here are some recommendations from editors Elizabeth Ault and Courtney Berger. Use coupon SPRING21 to save fifty percent on all of them.

A handful of new books you might have missed! 

In African studies, Luise White’s revisitation of the Zimbabwean war for independence and Rhodesia’s place in the global white supremacist imagination, Fighting and Writing.

Three fun and surprising new books in media studies: City of Screens, considers the complex ecosystem of film culture in Manila; Experts in Action, centers stunt performers and provides a new way to understand action movies; Media Crossroads rethink the importance of intersectional identities and screen spaces.

Finally, two books that rethink settler economies of dispossession: Rosaura Sanchez and Beatrice Pita’s new book brings together indigenous studies, Chicanx studies, American studies, and geography in innovative ways to tell a new story about the US Southwest. And deeply rooted in Hawaii, Candace Fujikane’s Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future centers Native Hawaiian cartographies and relations to land and provides an important model for settlers who want to resist settler capitalism and its ideas about what counts as “useful.”

Editor Elizabeth Ault acquires books in African and Middle East studies, Black and Latinx studies, trans studies, disability studies, and Sociology and critical studies of prisons and policing. 

At the top of my list is Kevin Quashie’s Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being, the latest installment in the Black Outdoors series edited by J. Kameron Carter and Sarah Cervenak. Quashie builds his book on a seemingly simple prompt: “Imagine a black world.” Not a world where the racial logics of antiblackness are inverted, but rather a world where blackness is totality, where black being and the rightness of black being is assumed rather than justified. It’s a beautiful book that draws upon a wealth of Black feminist writing and poetry, from Audre Lorde to Nicky Finney.

 A must-read for folks in queer studies: Evren Savci’s Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam. In considering how Western LGBT terminology has been taken up by queer activists in neoliberal Turkey, Savci pushes back against the “homolingualism” that has shaped queer studies and dislodges Western presumptions about the kinds of political strategies that might benefit marginalized groups outside the West.

 For those of you interested in media ecologies and infrastructural studies, check out Rafico Ruiz’s Slow Disturbance: Infrastructural Mediation on the Settler Colonial Resource Frontier. Ruiz takes us to Newfoundland and Labrador in the easternmost part of Canada to help understand the forms of infrastructural mediation that enable and sustain settler colonialism and extractive capitalism as a settler project.

 For those working on minoritarian aesthetics, I recommend Hentyle Yapp’s Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and Aesthetics. Through a study of the rise of contemporary Chinese art in the global art market, Yapp develops a theory of the minor as a “hesitant method” that highlights the assumptions of the major, forcing us to pause and consider how liberal humanism has endured and has rendered so many lives and perspectives unimportant or imperceptible in major frameworks.

 Finally, carnivores and vegans alike will appreciate Meat!: A Transnational Analysis, edited by Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramanian. The contributors to this volume ask: What counts as meat? How and when do objects or animals become meat? And what are the geopolitical terms through which we understand the importance of meat as environmentally harmful, as a sexual or racial signifier, as a technological wonder, or as a point of ethical or religious conflict? A perfect volume for teaching. 

Executive Editor Courtney Berger seeks out books that are theoretically and politically engaged and that speak to a wide, interdisciplinary audience.

Save 50% on all these titles and many more with coupon code SPRING21 through Friday, May 7. Want more suggestions? Check out editors Ken Wissoker’s and Sandra Korn’s recommendations.

Virtual Events in May

Our authors are online this month for book launches, conversations, and talks. We hope you can join some of them, and pick up their books for 50% off through May 7 with coupon SPRING21. Note the local time zone for each event. Follow us on Twitter to learn of additional events throughout the month.

May 6, 10:00 am CET: Joseph Pugliese, author of Biopolitics of the More Than Human, discusses his book with Marina De Chiara and Marilena Parlati, in an event sponsored by AISCLI.

May 6, 12:00 pm CDT: Sara Ahmed, author of the forthcoming book Complaint!, gives a lecture entitled “Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories About Institutions,” followed by a discussion. It is sponsored by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois.

May 6, 6:30 pm EDT: Shana Redmond, author of Everything Man, joins Hanif Abdurraqib and Ricky Vincent for a conversation about the history and politics of Black popular music, sponsored the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

May 10, 4:30 pm EDT: Join Max Liboiron (@MaxLiboiron) for a Twitter launch of their book Pollution is Colonialism with hosts Candis Callison, Shannon Mattern, & Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear.

May 12, 7:30 pm EDT: Brian Russell Roberts, author of Borderwaters, launches his book with a fundraiser hosted by Susan Harris for Beyond Home Borders.

May 13, 3:00 pm CET: Theory from the Margins presents a discussion featuring Paul Gilroy and Ruth Wilson Gilmore, co-editors of the latest collection in our Stuart Hall: Selected Writings series, Selected Writings on Race and Difference.

May 13, 1:00 pm EDT: The Department of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY and Left East sponsor a conversation between Kareem Rabie, author of Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited, and Mezna Qato. It is moderated by David Harvey.

May 13, 7:00 pm EDT: Max Fox, editor of Sexual Hegemony, is in conversation with Hannah Black and Kay Gabriel in an event sponsored by Bureau of General Services, Queer Division.

May 14, 4:00 pm EDT:  Laura Hyun Yi Kang, author of Traffic in Asian Women, and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, author of Experiments in Skin, join moderator Kandice Chuh, author of The Difference Aesthetics Makes, for a conversation about their new books. It is sponsored by several CUNY departments.

May 15, 3:00 pm EDT: Taller PR sponsors a “Meet the Author on Zoom” event with Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art.

May 19, 4:00 pm PDT: Editor Max Fox discusses Christopher Chitty’s Sexual Hegemony with Christopher Nealon, in an event sponsored by UCI Critical Theory and Culture & Capital.
May 25, 7:00 pm EDT: Lynden Harris, editor of Right Here, Right Now, joins Lisa Armstrong for a conversation sponsored by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Don’t forget, you can buy all these books for 50% off with coupon SPRING21!

Sale Recommendations from Ken Wissoker and Sandra Korn

Spring Sale thru May 7. 50% off all in-stock books and journal issuesOur Spring Sale is underway! Have you shopped yet? If you’re overwhelmed by all your great choices, our editors have some suggestions. Today we offer some ideas from Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker and Assistant Editor Sandra Korn.
Sandra_headshot-1If you are still spending your evenings in quarantine watching Catfish, this is a perfect time to pick up Amanda Ann Klein’s brand-new book Millennials Killed the Video StarKlein traces gender, race, and class through the history of MTV’s reality TV series, and the book includes some incredible interviews with producers and cast members.
For religion scholars, Todne Thomas’s Kincraft just came out, and will be a vitally important book for those interested in black evangelicals and the kinship networks of religious social life.
Evren Savci’s new book Queer in Translation turns to queer organizing in Turkey – in particular, looking at how Western LGBT discourses are taken up by queer activists – to consider how queerness, Islam, and neoliberalism interact in a Muslim-majority context. Finally, don’t forget that the 50% off sale also applies to journals – I have really enjoyed reading the newest issue of GLQ, on “Queer Political Theologies.”
Sandra Y. L. Korn is an Assistant Editor who acquires books in religion and works with the Political Theology Undisciplined Series.
KWissoker_webThis is the perfect time for the sale. There is a fantastic set of brand new books that need to be in everyone’s hands. At the top of this stack are the two new volumes from the Stuart Hall series, collecting his writings on race and on Marxism. The two volumes of Essential Essays are just that, but I’ve been looking forward to these books since we first thought of the series.  Stuart Hall, Selected writings on Race and Difference is edited by Paul Gilroy and Ruthie Gilmore, who have been talking about the need for such a book for decades. Stuart Hall, Selected Writings on Marxism is edited by Gregor McLennan, similarly in dialogue with Hall over many years. In both books Hall’s thinking opens out unexpected theoretical and political possibilities in ways that are absolutely crucial today.
Opening conceptual and political possibilities is central to Katherine McKittrick’s brilliant new Dear Science and Other Stories, where finding Black methodologies is simultaneously a going back and naming what they have been and an opening widely to what they might become. It’s an astonishing and inspiring book, as creative in form as it is in thinking.
Lorraine O’Grady has spent almost fifty years creating in form and thinking. Her long-awaited retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum is a must see. Whether one can make it in person or not, the collection of her thinking in Writing in Space, 1973-2019, edited by Aruna D’Souza, is a revelation. Studio Museum Director Thelma Golden calls her “one of the foremost conceptual artists of the last century” and the range of that thinking is amply and brilliantly displayed in the pages of the book.
Beth Povinelli has written some of the most crucial social theory of the past decades. She has also painted and made films with the Karrabing Film Collective. The Inheritance takes her work in a completely unexpected direction. A graphic memoir that tells the story of her figuring out her family growing up. She draws out their attachments to land, race, and identity along with the myths and traumas produced around them. Beth did all the art, and the story is compelling and beautiful. Also smart, as you might guess.
Finally, just out are two books I have been waiting for all spring. Rinaldo Walcott’s The Long Emancipation, a brilliant and compelling essay on how emancipation doesn’t produce Black freedom, only the return to the scene of emancipation, again and again. This is going to be one of those books that changes the conversation; one that will be thought with for a long time to come.
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s Experiments in Skin links the production of modern cosmetics to the skin destroying chemicals of the Vietnam War. Race, beauty, colonialism, and biomedicine turn out to be inseparable historically and into the present. This is an incredible work that engages sp many topics of aesthetics, science, and imperialism, while telling the most unexpected historical story.
There are lots more books I could mention, but let these be a start to your cart!
Ken Wissoker is Senior Executive Editor, acquiring books in anthropology, cultural studies, and social theory; globalization and postcolonial studies; Asian, African, and American studies; music, film and television; race, gender and sexuality; science studies; and other areas in the humanities, social sciences, media, and the arts.
Pick up all these titles and more for 50% off using coupon code SPRING21. Check back here next week for recommendations from editors Courtney Berger and Elizabeth Ault.

Our Spring Sale Starts Today

Spring Sale thru May 7. 50% off all in-stock books and journal issuesWe’re excited to announce that our Spring Sale starts today. Save 50% on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code SPRING21 through May 7.

Our distributor in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific, Combined Academic Publishers, is pleased to extend the same 50% off discount to our customers there. Since overseas shipping is very slow these days, we highly encourage everyone in their territory to order directly from them using the same SPRING21 coupon code.

Here’s the usual fine print: The discount does not apply to apparel, journals subscriptions, or society memberships. You can’t order out-of-stock or not yet published titles at the discount. Regular shipping rates apply.

If you have any difficulty ordering via our website, you can call our customer service department at 888-651-0122 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-5 Eastern Time).

Poem of the Week

Our Poem of the Week is by Fahima Ife. It is an excerpt from “porous aftermath,” the center poem in their forthcoming book Maroon Choreography, which is out in August.

|Maroon Choreography


insofar as sound is air they are
______ blue-black moaning using
_____________gut as flute


{ city tongue } mother tongue { movement tree }
_______first imagined in as
_____________belly of


a ship in as :: cello :: of a tree
_______or human marketplace
_____________as fusain


grapheme fades { quiet crescendo }
_______it’s the touch of the out-
_____________side that hails


them { insofar as frequency is
_______oracle } they are mu
______________or fuchsia


fusarium apparatus
_______fertile fermentation
______________feral dream

Fahima Ife is Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana State University. Check back here next Tuesday for our final poetry month feature.

Poem of the Week

Since April is National Poetry Month in the US, it is our tradition to offer a poem each week of the month to celebrate our poetry collection. Today’s poem is from Rafael Campo’s 2018 collection Comfort Measures Only. As more and more people get vaccinated and the deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 decline, we celebrate the beauty and power of science. Check back here each Tuesday in April to read a featured poem.

cover of Comfort Measures OnlyOn the Beauty of Science

A colleague at my hospital has won
a major prize, for seminal research
into the role of lipid bodies in
the eosinophil. How I once loved
the eosinophil, its nucleus
contorted, cytoplasm flecked with red.
Of course, I wondered at its function, why
it self-destructed
on encountering
some allergen or parasitic egg, how
it killed by dying. Now we know so much
that joy in the mysterious seems quaint.
Its valentine to us undone by thought,
the blushing eosinophil explained:
embarrassed by its smallness, or enraged
that all its selflessness should be betrayed.


Rafael Campo teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is author of several books, including Alternative MedicineThe Enemy, and Landscape with Human Figure, all also published by Duke University Press, and The Desire to Heal: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity, and Poetry.

Virtual Events in April

You can catch our authors and editors at virtual events all around the world this month. Be sure to note the local time zone for all events. Follow us on Twitter for news about events as they are scheduled.

April 1, 6 pm CET: Kaiama Glover, author of A Regarded Self, joins Elsa Dorlin and Alessandra​ Benedicty for a discussion about her book, sponsored by the Research Center for Material Culture at the National Museum of Worldcultures.

Experiments in SkinApril 1, 6 pm EDT: Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, author of Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam, gives a talk about her book sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The talk is followed by a roundtable discussion featuring  Anne Cheng, Avery Gordon, lê thi diem thúy, and Chandan Reddy.

April 2, 2 pm MDT: Join the editors and contributors of TSQ 6:2, “Trans Studies en las Américas,” for a celebration of the issue hosted by the University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute.

April 2, 7 pm PST: Eastwind Books of Berkeley and UC Berkeley’s Asian American Research Center sponsor a talk by Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, author of Empire’s Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper. The event will be hosted by Elaine H. Kim.

April 7, 6 pm EDT: Registered attendees of the Asian American Studies Association virtual conference can join our editors Ken Wissoker and Courtney Berger for a meet and greet. Check your email for the Zoom link.

April 7, 8 pm EDT: Margaret Randall, author of I Never Left Home, joins Martha King for a reading and conversation sponsored by The Poetry Project.

Writing in SpaceApril 8, 6 pm EDT: Aruna D’Souza, writer, critic, and co-curator of the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And, hosts an evening of readings and conversation in honor of the publication of Writing in Space, 1973–2019

April 9, 1 pm EDT: Join editors Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramaniam along with some contributors for a virtual book launch for the new collection Meat!, sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

April 13, 12 pm PDT: José Carlos Agüero, author of The Surrendered, joins editors Michael J. Lazzara and Charles F. Walker and commenter Ximena Briceño for a discussion about the book.

April 15, 5:30 pm EDT: NYU Tisch School of the Arts hosts a book launch and roundtable for Hentyle Yapp, author of Minor China. The roundtable will feature Mel Chen, Jasbir Puar, and Petrus Liu in conversation with the author.

April 16, 6:30 pm PDT: Meet the editors and authors of We Are Not Dreamers in a panel discussion hosted by the University of San Francisco School of Education.

April 19, 6:30 pm EDT: Katherine McKittrick, author of Dear Science and Other Stories is in conversation with Krista Franklin and Alexander Weheliye in an event sponsored by Intellectual Publics.

April 29, 5 pm GMT: University College London’s Institute of the Americas sponsors a book launch for The Surrendered by José Carlos Agüero, featuring editors Charles Walker and Michael Lazzara along with Vicki Bell.


The Great Suez SNAFU: COVID-19, Container Ship Traffic, and Cruise Ships: A Guest Post by Eric Paul Roorda

Global maritime traffic, stilled for a year due to a pandemic that hobbled the world economy, was taking baby steps back, when it toppled like a toddler, and hit the corner of the world’s coffee table, the Suez Canal. One of the biggest ships ever built is wedged in that narrow waterway. The Great Suez SNAFU is upon us.

Fifty ships a day, many of them among the largest on the planet, transit the 120-mile ditch through the desert daily. The shortcut, dug in 1869, saves tankers full of Mideast oil and Chinese widgets and whatnots from having to pitch and roll 12,500 miles around the often-hopeless Cape of Good Hope.

The good ship Evergreen Ever Given, one of the ten most capacious container ships afloat, is the pride of the Taiwanese merchant fleet, launched less than two years ago. It is capable of carrying 20,124 “containers,” those metal boxes one sees going by on semis on the highway and on trains at RR crossings. The biggest container ship ever, brand new, can handle 24,000.

The Ever Given is about a quarter mile long. A healthy person walking at a brisk pace would take five full minutes to go from stem to stern. It will be interesting to learn exactly how the captain managed to go aground sideways, blocking that crucial maritime chokepoint.

Already, 150 vessels have queued up due to the SNAFU. But no one knows how to pry Ever Given loose. It’s stuck like Pooh Bear; it needs to get unfatter!

Photo of the Evergreen stuck in the Suez canalThat will involve unburdening it of some of those 20,000 containers in a spot with no infrastructure to do so. It will require creative thinking to accomplish that. If it is botched, the ship will capsize. Then what?

At the same time, the cruise industry is trying to baby-step its way back to its pre-COVID-19 vigor. Most of the fleet has been anchored, with skeleton crews, in Manila Bay, for a year.

But COVID-19’s multivalent “variants”—mutations—known by their apparent place of origin—the UK, South Africa, Brazil—bedevil the industry’s effort to innovate its way out of the crisis. Two bastions of cruising, Great Britain and Italy, have had to batten their public health hatches yet again, threatening any hoped-for cruise ship resurgence this summer.

Eric Paul Roorda is editor of The Ocean Reader: History, Culture, Politics and Professor of History at Bellarmine University. A recent review in World History Connected called The Ocean Reader “a wonderful supplement for a global or maritime history course or an interdisciplinary course that explores the Ocean on its own terms.”

Tyler Denmead, Author of The Creative Underclass, Announces Online Tour

795842BA-02E5-4E99-8F7B-2779D8EB5ECETyler Denmead is author of The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City (2019). He teaches in the Faculty of Education and Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. As the pandemic cut short his planned travel to discuss the book with audiences in both the UK and US, Denmead is now planning an online tour. Below he discusses how the book came to be and announces the tour dates.

The Creative Underclass is not the book I planned to write when I returned to New Urban Arts in 2012 as an educational ethnographer. It had been 5 years since I left the studio in Providence, Rhode Island as its founding director. I wanted to return to the studio, however, because I was still puzzled by the studio’s pedagogic conditions, or “the magic” as so many youth participants and artists put it. It was still unclear to me what this magic was, why this magic mattered, or how this magic might be useful to community arts programs elsewhere.

Creative Underclass_withborderThe Center for Public Humanities at Brown University provided me the opportunity to return to New Urban Arts as a post-doctoral fellow to study this magic. Rather than raising money and facilitating committee meetings, I had the the privilege of hanging out with teenagers and the artists that supported them. I could participate in their collective artmaking and the studio’s vibrant social life. I could talk to them about why their artmaking mattered to them and how they interpreted the studio’s pedagogic conditions.

Several unexpected events happened that prevented me from writing that familiar book. First, in my ethnographic encounters, I confronted a double bind reported by some former youth participants. Some noted the transformational power of New Urban Arts in their own lives, while also expressing their concern that the studio functioned as a gentrifying force in their neighborhood. This insight forced me to consider what role educational institutions (and therefore my educational leadership) play in white gentrification.

As I turned my attention to this analysis, anti-gentrification protests erupted across the United States as a prominent feature of Black Lives Matter protests. These protests targeted the threats that whiteness pose to Black life through policing, mass incarceration, neighborhood displacement, and state-led urban renewal projects.

With these protests, as well as constructive criticism of readers and friends, I started to write a reflexive book that begins from my position as the urban problem. I thus situated the magic of New Urban Arts in relation to racializing discourses that positioned me as a good white creative and youth of color as urban problems in need of transformation through creativity. I formulated the concept of the creative underclass to not only illuminate this problematic discourse and its role in mobilising white gentrification, but also how young people contested it through their creative disobedience, through the magic of New Urban Arts.

The concept of the creative underclass is clearly in conversation with Richard Florida’s creative class. Florida’s influential ideas were discussed and critiqued exhaustively in and beyond the academy in the 1990s and 2000s. Not surprisingly, the perspectives, experiences, and practices of young people of color were largely absent from those debates. Since then, attention on this topic have ebbed. After the 2007 financial crisis and Ferguson, vague commitments to creativity as a panacea for social and economic problems can no longer succeed like it used to in mobilizing a political bloc with diverging ideological interests.

Nonetheless, the troubling nexus of urban property development, arts and culture, and educational institutions was not new in the 1990s and it continues today. In the United States, this nexus is central to the expansive and possessive logics of whiteness itself. I hope The Creative Underclass accounts for the creative and critical practices of young people at New Urban Arts in ways that make us better equipped to engage directly with, and potentially transform, ongoing racial and economic injustices in the city.

Read the introduction to The Creative Underclass and save 30% on the paperback with coupon E19DENMD. Denmead has launched a virtual book tour beginning in March 2021, presenting ethnographic snapshots from The Creative Underclass in public lectures and student seminars. If you are interested in hosting a private class talk or public lecture, please contact the author at

Upcoming public events:

24 March 2021, 5pm EDT
Hosted by the Centre for Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University
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25th March 2021, 12:30 pm GMT
Hosted by the Critical Childhood Studies Research Group at University College London
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16 April 2021, 11 am EDT
Hosted by the Barnett Symposium Virtual Speaker Series at the Department of Arts Education, Administration, and Policy at Ohio State University
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April 21, 2021 12:30 pm EDT
Hosted by Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia
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