Cultural Studies in Ghent

Greetings from Ghent, where it is pouring rain on the coldest summer day in nine years. After lunch, I think I’m going to go buy a raincoat.

Some preliminary observations about the subject line. I am so glad to be here — led a seminar yesterday with students and faculty from around the world. Lots of discussion — some good, some hard, some at cross-purposes.

But I continue to be struck by the absence of discussions of race, gender, and class and the rugged persistence of divisions and fights from the early 1990s: sectarian fights over what counts as politics (prescriptive in nature, as usual), some old school attitudes about youth and popular cultures, and so forth.

And more than anything else, I’m frustrated by the absence of discussions of militarism and the ongoing wars, fueled by US aggression.

 

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