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Posted on 01/13/2016 1:47:17 PM PST by Academiadotorg
George Orwell might have been amused. Academia is well on its way to quite literally becoming Animal Farm.
Indeed, the very first day of the latest Modern Language Association (MLA) convention featured a panel on "New Animals: Critical Theory After Posthumanism."
"The animality of the dog is very different from the animality of the whale," Moira Weigel, a Ph.D. candidate from Yale explained. She is trying to "present alternatives to the language of domination and violence that still dominates the treatment of animals in films."
"Moira's academic interests revolve around the intersections of film, literature, and philosophy," her web site explains. "Her dissertation, Facing Animals in the Age of Celluloid, considers a series of sites where modern urban people still encountered animals that became popular settings for books and movies: the laboratory, sea voyage, circus, zoo, and slaughterhouse."
"She examines how filmmakers and writers used these settings in order to investigate what it meant to be human, and whether older forms of humanism still had any value, in an age of dead gods and new machines."
Actually, when you get past the politically correct jargon that frames all of the above, you find that she has actually done something arguably admirable. At a minimum, she has resurrected something that should not be forgotten: the breathtaking photography and video contributions of pioneering photojournalist J. E. Williamson and his stunning images of life on the ocean floor.
Companies are just gonna be lining up to hire her.
Everybody else will take her course(s) and whine because they can't get a job
Siwwy Wabbit ... Moira Weigel is just practicing job security
Like to go on Mosque visits.
“The animality of the dog is very different from the animality of the whale,” Moira Weigel, a Ph.D. candidate from Yale explained.
Oh, oh - Moira is clearly guilty of animalism.
Are these studies funded by government grants?
Posthumanism... I don't think that word means what you think it means.
I remember the MLA (Modern Language Association) from years back as the most radical left organization in academia. I imagine that they are much the same except that there are so many who want the title for their own organizations. It is a competition for being the most wacko!
You need the picture, it just doesn't work without Mandy saying it...
“. . .academic interests revolve around the intersections of. . .”
Whenever I read “the intersection of” or “share with” I know that I am reading something from an over-educated, under-experienced D-Bag.
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Yeah, I’m lazy, plus, Mandy’s been bitching about Sen. Cruz’ use of that on the campaign trail. Yo, Mandy — you didn’t write it, so **** off.
MLA = Mentally Languished Association
MLA = Micro Languished Aholes
good call, because what usually follows is something like lgbt studies and aging studies
nor in the writing of it