New York & Comics Course

There's still time to sign up for the course I'm giving on New York and comics at the Gotham Center for New York City History. We'll be dealing with matters large and small pertaining to the ways the city has been imagined and portrayed, what that means, and how it connects to the city's history … Continue reading New York & Comics Course

New Course on Religion and Comics

This week, all the Is have finally been crossed and the Ts all dotted, meaning that this fall semester Malmö University will be offering a new course: In the course, we will be looking at how comics can be used to reinforce, reject, reconstruct, or manufacture meaning in relation to social formations and structures that … Continue reading New Course on Religion and Comics

Isn’t it Interesting? On Choosing Texts

Simply put, some "it" doesn't proactively catch our eye but, instead, our eye catches it!Russell T. McCutcheon, "Religion" in Theory and Practice (p. 9) Yesterday I participated in a "brown bag lunch" event (over Zoom) with some urban studies scholars. Through the usual twists and turns of academia, I had been invited to talk a … Continue reading Isn’t it Interesting? On Choosing Texts

On Boycotting Toys: Public “Nerd Rage” and a Mythology of Superheroic Authenticity

I always find it interesting to see pundits evoke history in ways that lose touch with the past and present alike. It’s a fairly common form of rhetoric that speaks volumes through omission, and it's fertile ground for myth-making. In an opinion piece from August 28th, after having seen a Spider-Man figure on a skateboard … Continue reading On Boycotting Toys: Public “Nerd Rage” and a Mythology of Superheroic Authenticity

Nell Irvin Painter’s History of White People

The critical study of whiteness is a rapidly growing field, but it still lacks in good introduction volumes. Much scholarship is rather specialized or focused on one group or era or phenomenon. Although ten years old, Painter’s book stands as an exception, providing an eminently readable introduction to the history of whiteness in the USAmerican context; it shouldn’t be the last book anyone reads on the subject, but it is a great first one for those hoping to learn more about how we got to where we are today.