Becoming Human by Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World, NYU Press, 2020 Zakiyah Iman Jackson’s Becoming Human incisively brings black studies in conversation with posthuman scholarship to reimagine the interrelations of blackness and animality. Illuminating the troubling inattention to race in work that seeks to challenge the category of the human, Jackson theorizes the “ontological […]

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Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in The Pharmacopornographic Era by Paul B. Preciado

I finally got around to reading this masterpiece of a meditation on the entanglements of pharmaceuticals, porn, and biopolitical capitalism. Part treatise on gender in the “pharmacopornographic era” and part memoir of Preciado’s tumultuous and transgressive practice of taking hormones, Testo Junkie elucidates the complex workings of desire and capital as they operate through pharmaceutically […]

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Listening to Images by Tina M. Campt

This vivid, concise book invites us to more fully engage our sensorium in apprehending photographic renderings of black subjects. Campt beautifully offers new language for thinking through the frequencies of visual images and the aural registers of blackness across the African diaspora. I highly recommend this book for not only scholars of black, visual, or […]

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