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Robin James

“High Hopes,” “Bad Guy,” and Chill Moods: On Resilience in Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms

I’m giving a talk in the music department at Pitt on Tuesday Nov. 19 at 7pm. Here’s the full text of the talk; intro below. This connects my work in my last two books to my new work on post-probabilist......

Feminist Aesthetics After #MeToo–My SPEP 2019 paper

SPEP is next week, so that means it’s time to post my talk. Here’s the abstract: As #MeToo activism reveals lots of men to be serial sexual harassers and rapists, the question of whether we can or should enjoy artworks......

Aesthetics and Horizon in Possibilist/Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms

I’m doing some of the ground-floor research for the follow-up to Resilience & Melancholy & The Sonic Episteme. Those focused on probabilist neoliberalisms; the next project focuses on post-probabilist ones. Here I work through Louise Amoore’s claim that possibilist calculus......

On Melinda Cooper’s LIFE AS SURPLUS

As part of my lit review on post-probabilist neoliberalisms, I’ve been working through Melinda Cooper’s Life As Surplus. I’ve written up (barfed on the page) some thoughts that I’ve linked here. Below are a shortlist of the main takeaways.  What......

Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms (1 of n)

I’m working my way through the literature on post-probabilist or post-Gaussian neoliberalisms. I’ve written up some stuff trying to work through Lisa Adkins’s The Time of Money. There is a lot (10 pages), so I’ll list some of my big......

on Aimee Bahng’s MIGRANT FUTURES

I’m working on the follow-up to The Sonic Episteme & Resilience & Melancholy; it’s a project about post-probabilist neoliberalisms/biopower. This is my takeaway from Bahng’s book with that project in view. With its focus on neoliberal logics of speculation and......

Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms, Orientation, & Sexuality

This is all very much at the work-in-progress stage, but I think I’m onto something here. This is the background theoretical stuff informing my recent Real Life article about Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” As post-probabilist rationality According to Amoore, possibilist calculus uses the aesthetic sensibilities of programmers, engineers, and users to supplement the mathematical and computational tools......

Speculative Appliance Jingle #1

I’m creating a small series of speculative sound pieces. They’re appliance jingles–you know, the little melody newer appliances play to indicate they are done. These are supposedly more pleasant alternatives to the traditional buzzer or bell…which recall jobsite sounds, like......

“You Need To Calm Down” is worse than you think

Taylor Swift’s attempt at a Pride anthem has been getting a lot of criticism. It’s been accused of “hijacking queerness” by conflating people’s distaste for her music to homophobia and transphobia; others say it’s yet another example of the commodification......

Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes” & the financial logic of the derivative

To get a sense of how Indie Rock-gone-pop aesthetics have shifted from modernist ideals of transgression to neoliberal ideals of success, you need look no further than the difference between U2’s 1987 “Where The Streets Have No Name” and Panic!......