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.