Just Powers Podcast

S3E3 – The commons: Infrastructures for troubling times

In this episode we read “The commons: Infrastructures for troubling times” by Lauren Berlant. This article was published in the 2016 (Volume 34) edition of Society and Space, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly and political project hosted by SAGE Journals. In this essay, Lauren Berlant provides a concept of structure for transitional times, with the… Read more

S3E2 – Infrastructures of Empire and Resistance

In this episode we read Deborah Cowen’s 2017 article “Infrastructures of Empire and Resistance”, which was published on January 25, 2017 on the Verso Books Blog. In this article, Cowen explores the issue of infrastructure by focusing on how relations of power and of force rely on socio-technical systems, including infrastructural systems, which are themselves… Read more

S3E1 – Infrastructure, Infra-politics

For our first episode in Series III, we are excited to share an excerpt from Angela Mitropoulos’ 2012 book Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia titled “Infrastructure, Infra-politics.” In this short excerpt, Mitropoulos positions infrastructure as an infra-political question of how affinities take shape, or not. Or as she puts it, “[i]nfrastructure is the… Read more

S2E6 – Materializing Climate Change

In this episode we will be reading Dr. Nicole Shukin’s 2015 article “Materializing Climate Change: Image of Exposure, States of Exception”. This text is included in the edited collection Material Cultures in Canada, edited by Thomas Allen and Jennifier Blair, and published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2015. Material Cultures in Canada presents the vibrant… Read more

S2E5 – Chainsaw: Theory and Practice

This Read and Record episode features a performative readings of the zine “Chainsaw: Theory and Practice” by Catherine Lavoie-Marcus in complicity with non-disciplinary artist Johanna Householder. Originally published in 2017 as part of the Viva! Art Action Festival  in Montreal and inspired by Householder’s performance work, the zine presents a conversation on the counter-usage of… Read more

S2E4 – Performing Sovereignty

In this episode we will be reading “Performing Sovereignty: Forces to be Reckoned With” by Dr. Carla Taunton. This text is included in the edited collection More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, and published by Artexte in 2016. More Caught in the… Read more

S2E3 – Choreographies of Collaboration

This episode features a Read & Record of Liz Miller and Martin Allor’s 2016 essay “Choreographies of collaboration: Social engagement in interactive documentaries”, from Volume 10, Issue 1 of the journal ‘Studies in Documentary Film’ (Taylor & Francis). In this text, the authors engage in a series of in-depth conversations with socially engaged Canadian directors,… Read more

S2E2 – Amateur Video & The Challenge for Change

In this episode we will be reading “Amateur video and the challenge for change” by Dr. Janine Marchessault. This text is included in the collection “Challenge for Change”, edited by Thomas Waugh, Michael Brenda Baker & Ezra Winton and published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2016. The collection offers an examination of the radical politics… Read more

S2E1 – (Re)framing Big Data

For our first episode in Series II, we are excited to share a Read & Record of the 2018 article “(Re)framing Big Data: Activating Situated Knowledges and a Feminist Ethics of Care in Social Media Research” by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Luka & Dr. Mélanie Millette. In this article, the authors seek to problematize assumptions and… Read more

S1E5 – Energy Imaginaries

In this episode we will be reading Sheena Wilson’s 2018 article titled “Energy Imaginaries: Feminist and Decolonial Futures,” which can be found in Materialism and the Critique of Energy, edited by Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti. Materialism and the Critique of Energy brings together twenty-one theorists working in a range of traditions to conceive… Read more