What is The Conjuncture?

Think of a cultural phenomenon — a song, a film, a social media trend, a mass movement, a personal experience — any phenomenon. Now, imagine this phenomenon lies at an intersection; an intersection of multiple axes — of politics, economics, history, philosophy, sociology, psychology — and many more. It is this intersection that we understand as the conjuncture; the existence of a phenomenon amidst the social forces that shape it.


What is conjunctural analysis?

We understand conjunctural analysis as thinking through a particular situated phenomenon, about its intersection with a wider range of discourses, institutions, and epistemes in a specific historical, political, social context. Such an analysis will also illuminate the unequal power relations between these forces, that are always in contestation, both with each other and the phenomenon.


What is our aim?

We aim to facilitate a space for multimodal dialogue about cultural phenomena. Cultural Studies theorist Stuart Hall points out that each phenomenon is embedded with cultural codes, which often go unnoticed due to the saturation of ideology in our daily lives. We are particularly interested in unpacking these codes, noticing the unnoticed, questioning what has become common sense, and challenging what has been taken for granted in the world we live in.





SCARS AS PORTALS

SUBMISSION by Nerges Azizi“Scars in our everyday worlds have lives of their own: they itch and get sore, they change their size over time, rashes erupt around them, it is hard to lie on them, because they still pulse pain. They react to temperatures and climates, to weather changes and seasons“ (Read more)

IT’S NOT VAR, IT’S CAPITALISM

SUBMISSION by Pranavesh Subramanian“What the fundamental philosophy of VAR overlooks is that football — like much of every other part of life — does not operate in binaries of correct and incorrect as much as it does in grey areas and randomness.“ (Read more)

HOW CAN A GAY MAN FINDS LOVE IN A SMALL TOWN?

SUBMISSION by Yanam Heche“Would it be so bad if you came out? Why risk the comfort of home when there’s no place else to go. Is love so much to ask? If a small town can provide a safe space for gross uncles to cheat on their wives, surely, it can allow you innocent love?“ (Read more)

AN ODE TO A ROAD: WHAT THE CENTRAL VISTA PROJECT LEAVES IN ITS WAKE

SUBMISSION by Kartika Menon“ I know I feel a sense of personal loss, for the one city I can call home, now has its heart missing.“ (Read more)