ACLA 2023


This episode of High Theory is based upon a conference paper Saronik and Kim wrote for the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in 2023. It departs from our usual conversational style, in that we take turns reading sections of the paper aloud. But we could all do with a dose of formality, right?

The paper we read is titled, “How Will Critique Save the World?: Popular Theory and Public Humanities” and it talks about the method wars on Twitter, the cameo appearance of Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation in The Matrix, alt-right conspiracy theory, and the academic job market. For a full transcript of the episode, with references, see our website here.

The image accompanying this episode was made by Saronik Bosu. Don’t use it without asking him.

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