Kevlar Weave as Metaphor of Chronotopic Lamination?

Kevlar is tough, it’s woven, and it’s layered.  Could this be applied as a metaphor for the ways in which ideologies become integrated as a coherent sense of identity within the individual psyche?  And then the psyche can become “frayed” when some experiences cannot be connected (woven) together through a coherent ideological paradigm. This could…

Affective Ownership vs Attachment?

Is there a difference between collection (per Van Den Eede), attachment, and ownership?  I’m thinking the trauma of loss versus the trauma of absence (Saunders?  Or LaCapra?) I also think of this in terms of the controversy surrounding Donald Trump.  Many people appear John to his campaign because they feel that their ownership of what…

Autography Establishes Vantage, can Promote Standpoint

Gornick’s description of life writing that reveals the “loneliness of the monster” and the “cunning of the innocent” is exactly the performance of standpoint, the portrayal of understanding one’s social position within the greater cultural hierarchy.  This inherently questions the assumptions of hierarchy. The point of vantage, on the other hand, is to establish one’s…

Mental Illness, Triggers, and Public Safety

The recent attention given to mass shootings has raised many complex issues of individual freedom and public safety – namely, we have no reliable institution means of determining who may commit murder due to neurological/psychological “imbalance.”  Our tools for “diagnosis” and “pathology” aren’t just limited – they are also suspect, given long histories of racism,…

Hayles promotes Comparative Media Studies

​ N. Katherine Hayles is concerned that the increasing disconnect between digital media scholars and traditional (i.e. print-based) scholars will lead to significant losses in knowledge: Print-based scholars would become increasingly marginalized, unable to communicate not only with Digital Humanities colleagues but also with researchers in the social sciences and sciences, who routinely use digital…

Threshold: What “counts” as trauma?

Bill O’Reilly doesn’t categorize his own upbringing as “abusive.”  Many Euro-Americans don’t see the treatment of Native Americans as genocide. How do we decide what “counts” as trauma?  Who decides this?  Does surviving one trauma grant one the authority to gauge the traumas of others?