By Brent Hayes Edwards, Anna McCarthy

This factor marks the 30th anniversary of Social Text and celebrates the journal’s legacy. providing a background of the magazine on the grounds that its inception in 1979, this factor explores the weather that experience made Social Text what it's this day: the highbrow impulses that first introduced the editorial collective of students, artists, and activists jointly; the collective’s designated dedication to collaborative magazine enhancing; and the original direction the magazine has taken to reach on the detailed position it now occupies in new left severe thought.

Featuring new interviews with Social Text’s founders and previous editors—including Stanley Aronowitz, John Brenkman, Fredric Jameson, Randy Martin, Toby Miller, Bruce Robbins, Andrew Ross, Sohnya Sayres, and Anders Stephanson—the factor displays at the journal’s legacy as an intensive book that has bridged politics and the academy and has made severe interventions in either arenas. numerous participants revisit the 1st factor of the magazine and describe its lasting effect. Others study the politics of construction at Social Text and element the hands-on strategy of placing the magazine jointly. particularly, the problem additionally good points thirty essays by way of individuals of the present editorial collective, on key subject matters which have been an important to the magazine. starting from aesthetics to warfare, and together with empire, mass tradition, revolution, technological know-how, and concept, those essays carry to existence the cultural historical past of the magazine and display how Social Text has formed the way in which that those phrases are conceptualized and used at the present time.

Contributors. The forty-four members comprise the present participants of the Social Text collective and a few former individuals. for a whole checklist of the collective, stopover at

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And it was critical; they criticized me as much as anybody else. But I remember what we had to do to enforce it: we had to say we’re not going to talk about your paper unless you read everybody else’s. That was finally the ideal image of this sort of collective work. But not just collective in a sense of work like that, but also interests from all kinds of directions coming together. The idea was that the journal would be the clearinghouse — that it would be the place where we learned collective theory and practice, because our idea was that these things were political issues.

We have lost too much: friends, family, communities, networks, vast constellations of vital human potential and heartfelt connection are gone. We grieve them. Over the last twenty-five years, AIDS has evolved from a highly mysterious and terrifyingly efficient killer into a scientifically identified and popularly recognized threat to life. In the passage from cipher to acronym to nominal agent to narrative form, it has gathered being — and life — within itself, both imaginatively and materially.

Amid current discussions of classifying or declassifying such photos, Wallis’s endeavor also highlights the ethical dimensions of aesthetic practices and the necessity for aesthetics itself to remain a category of interrogation. Rather than see art as a materially finite object or event, I’d like to end with how art is also a critical and incomplete encounter. What remains to be explored further is the role of the relational within aesthetic experience. In contrast to focusing on how an autonomous object emanates the very elements that lead to the transcendent experience of a viewing subject, how might we, for example, expand on George Yudice’s or Grant Kester’s work on artists who engage dialogically with a community, who foster an experience that leads to the radiation, touch, conversion of an aesthetic’s Social Text 100 • Fall 2009 33 distributive value — an attentive looking — into the caring for the other?

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