The inflection of desire in Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Tropes of yearning and dissent:
the inﬂection of desire in Yvonne Vera
and Tsitsi Dangarembga1
To build something new, you must be prepared to destroy the past.
(Yvonne Vera, Butterﬂy Burning)2
This chapter seeks to bring into juxtaposition two Zimbabwean women writers
and a question of same-sex sexuality: its conﬁgurations of desire, its vocabularies of aspiration. It thus extends this book’s overall concern with women’s
representation into the area of women
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In the realm of world politics, we know that these principles are mainly honoured in the
breach. Most vulnerable is the idea that liberal space is somehow apolitical. To take an obvious
example, no self-respecting liberal state could pass a law that required its citizens to
practise the same religion or to curb their freedom to dissent against the government. Private
freedoms are beyond the reach of public policy (with obvious complexities, e.g. around hate
speech and blasphemy). The problem here is simply put. In the words
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a means of
dissent, and a process to resolve disputes. System learning is evident in these
analytical processes, particularly where it is specifically fostered. This is
constrained by high turnover in the staff who collect data in the field and/or
conduct the analyses; but in many ways high turnover and other constraints only
emphasise the need for system learning and documentation.
More study is needed on how machine learning can be used to supplement or complement
Anti-computing explores forgotten histories and contemporary forms of dissent – moments when the imposition of computational technologies, logics, techniques, imaginaries, utopias have been questioned, disputed, or refused. It also asks why these moments tend to be forgotten. What is it about computational capitalism that means we live so much in the present? What has this to do with computational logics and practices themselves? This book addresses these issues through a critical engagement with media archaeology and medium theory and by way of a series of original studies; exploring Hannah Arendt and early automation anxiety, witnessing and the database, Two Cultures from the inside out, bot fear, singularity and/as science fiction. Finally, it returns to remap long-standing concerns against new forms of dissent, hostility, and automation anxiety, producing a distant reading of contemporary hostility. At once an acute response to urgent concerns around toxic digital cultures, an accounting with media archaeology as a mode of medium theory, and a series of original and methodologically fluid case studies, this book crosses an interdisciplinary research field including cultural studies, media studies, medium studies, critical theory, literary and science fiction studies, media archaeology, medium theory, cultural history, technology history.
, proffered as a form of computational dissent, never had much purchase, though it was demanded in the early years of the public internet (see e.g. Webster and Robins, 1986 ) and is undergoing something of a recurrence (e.g. Lachney and Dotson, 2018 ).
A sense of the inexorable expansion of the computational is easily discerned as long standing, part of a structure of feeling emerging alongside the digital as it becomes pervasive in 20th- and 21st-century societies (albeit unevenly distributed). Consider the ‘drift’ (in fact a powerfully flowing
truth imparted by climate-science experts,
its effect was to become a lightning rod for disagreeing with, criticising
and debating with that expertise. Overall, AIT created a dominant
representation of climate change, based on expertise that became a
touchstone for consent and dissent, action and reaction. This position
was enhanced by the joint award of the 2007 Nobel Peace prize to
Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In the following we shall first provide some background to the
film’s emergence, highlighting its echoes of Dewey’s argument
stifle dissent, track dissidents and keep people pacified.’ Fears about computers controlling humans also arise, although increasingly they fit better in the second category of Liveliness, which considers the replacement of the human by the machine (in Haraway's famous 1980s formulation, humans become less lively as computers take over more control). Computer power as malevolent or indifferent to human futures remains a strong trope, and one that, despite the rise of new forms of AI and the desire of many AI researchers to avoid the unthinking melding of matters of
French denaturalisation law on the brink of World War II
while fixing the means to govern beyond democratic control.
the national community’s operational limits
On 22 December 1939, the French
Assemblée Nationale was presented with a bill amending the provisions
pertaining to the forfeiture of French nationality, submitted by Albert
Lebrun, President of the French Republic, Edouard Daladier