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)

THE PART-TIME BEEKEEPER TO THE HONEYBEE OR THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TO THE STUDENT

SUBMISSION by Nathan Erwin
“little wedding crasher
salsa dancer on garden mint
can I drink you up?“ (Read More)

NANNYGATE

SUBMISSION by Jacob Laneria“A poppy also pinned in her chest, she never looks at the press. This day is not for her. Her widest smile only appears when following around the three beautiful children, much more experienced living under the public eye.“ (Read More)

SENTENCED TO DEATH BY THE MUSE

SUBMISSION by Mark Blickley and Amy Bassin“I have holistic orgasms of innovation that allow for me to achieve an altered state; men do not. Men have ejaculations of thoughts. The Olympian patriarchy calls ejaculations orgasms because they never want women to consider themselves superior in any way.“ (Read More)