Estado ng matinding kalungkutan

I had been looking, with some shock, at a satellite image comparison of Haiyan and Katrina. And reading various reports as President Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III declared a state of emergency, or more precisely, a “state of calamity” [estado ng matinding kalungkutan]. 

Spinoza’s joint-stock theory of the affects

Spinoza’s understanding of the affects can illuminate much, but I do not think it amounts to a critical or radical politics of the affective. So while I finish a post on the politics of affect that is more to do with current theories and politics around affect, I thought I would reiterate some of the…

“Oh, can someone just slap Tsiolkas?!”*

Friday morning I woke to three emails, ranging in degrees of anger, about Christos Tsiolkas’ piece in The Monthly. I had glimpsed other responses that were more favourable, and it took me a while to get around to reading it in full. But finish I did, in part because I was curious about why it…

Gramsci’s feelings about home

I happened to come across a piece on Jacobin called “Gramsci Comes Home,” which I think—once again—presents Gramsci in a far better light than he really can be. Here are some very quick notes on why the Gramscian revival might require a more explicit statement on (what should be) some fairly obvious questions. How critical…

Affective labour

[This is a fragment from “Uncanny Robots and Affective Labour in the Oikonomia,” Cultural Studies Review, Vol 18, No 1 (2012), pp. 153-73. The full text can be found here.]