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.





“WTF IS THE CONJUNCTURE?” THE PODCAST!

From the EditorsOur launch event, “What The Fuck is The Conjuncture?” With Lawrence Grossberg, is now live on Spotify, Anchor.fm, and PocketCasts! If you missed our event, tune in to these channels to listen to what the fuck it was all about! (Read more)

WHY MUST A YOUTH CARRY TWO PAIRS OF PANTS ON HIS WAY TO SCHOOL?

SUBMISSION by Yanam Heche“Adults can’t fathom the boredom children feel because adults are too busy freaking out about their or other people’s lives.” (Read more)

THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB AND THE LIMITS OF AMERICAN LIBERALISM 

SUBMISSION by Daniel Joslyn“We see a glimpse of a liberal ideal: people coming together to help the poor and needy, making reasonable demands and receiving small but meaningful concessions from power.” (Read more)

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SUBMISSION by Ethan Harris Woodfin
“[...] Modern structures tend to embody the straight edge a building tool instead of an addition to a structure’s overall aesthetic value. I cannot claim to hold reason behind this trend, however it could be something to do with the increasing pace of lifestyle in urbanised areas,”(Read more)