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.





KONTRAKAN | VOL 1: KUMPUL KEBO

A PLAYTICLE by Fieni Aprilia and ego heriyanto CL: Is romance even necessary?
MC: Well… Surely it isn’t food? So I won’t die without it. But it does have something to do with maturity
MC: According to them,  ACCORDING TO THEM don’t @ me
CL: EXACTLY. I mean, if they think it’s necessary then whatever but it’s so unfair that they keep shoving their preferences as normalcy down our throat (Read More)

FAILURE’S ART

SUBMISSION by Richard Leise“Kevin lowers to a knee.  Pain, like a taste, ripe, like passion fruit, runs from hip to knee.  For two decades now.  From at least since he was nineteen Kevin knew he was going to die.“ (Read More)

JESUS CHRIST AS ANTI-COLONIAL NECROMANCER IN ROMAN-OCCUPIED PALESTINE &  JESUS CHRIST AS COLONIAL NECROMANCER IN PERU AND THE PHILIPPINES

SUBMISSION by CA Russegger“In Spanish colonial sources, Indigenous religions are called “witchcraft” and “necromancy”—raising the dead. But Jesus did the same thing, revered as miraculous. So aren’t these terms colonialist labels to ‘other’ Indigenous religions?“ (Read More)

GETTING OUT OF ZOMBIELAND

SUBMISSION by Joe Haward“Throughout history, the ‘other’ has always been scapegoated by the collective mob as they are compelled by a contagion of violent desire to eliminate those who are ‘odd’, ‘odious’, or resistant to the mob’s desire.“ (Read More)