Volume 43, Number 2, June 2022
This issue begins with the addresses from two consecutive ASA presidents, Dylan Rodríguez and Cathy Schlund-Vials. Both urgently call for vigilance in the face of multipronged forces that attack, extract, police, capture, and contain the communities and movements of resistnce; while reminding us of the power of knowledge production and creativity, joy, love, and intimacy.
The first two essays in this issue both address how data and statistics impacts Black life. Laura Soderberg examines the meaning of census data in the mid-nineteenth century, while Anne M. Brubaker focuses on Ida B. Wells’s statistical thinking in her anti-lynching pamphlets in the context of social quantification and scientific racism. Attending to a different Black archive, Sarah Winstein-Hibbs reads James Baldwin’s oeuvre as a theorization of “otherwise charisma.” The next two essays examine technology as a critical terrain of struggle for minoritized communities. Through her study of two-way radiotelephony, Cheryl Higashida argues that a goal of the civil rights movement was to develop grassroots technopolitical agency. In the essay that follows, Max Larson argues that the theorization of the digital divide from below can challenge the digital divisions that structure humanistic inquiry. The final two essays analyze diet, food, race, and industry from two distinct perspectives. Samantha Pergadia offers a history of dairying in children’s literature, while Chin Jou discusses the development of the prison food industrial complex (PFIC) within the U.S. carceral state.
Stephen Dillon reviews three recent texts that help us understand the effects of the materialist visions of the Black Lives Matter movement, black radical tradition, black feminism, and prison abolition on the art world, feminist and black studies, and the study of aesthetics. Mark Tseng-Putterman reviews four books that track the long-standing liberal, militarized scripts about race and empire in Asia and the Pacific which manage the US-led global order.Finally, under the guidance of two new Event Review editors, Sarah Leavitt and Susette Min, Emily Hue discusses Astral Sea, by the multidisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen, and Kiana T. Murphy discusses the Gloria Naylor: Other Places exhibit at Lehigh University.