Logics of Separation: Exile and Transcendence in Aesthetic Modernity is a set of close innovative readings and meditations on the significance of the modes and logics of separation in the thinking of aesthetic modernity. Separation is explored in fundamentally Hegelian and psychoanalytic terms as a set of psychic processes in the formation of identity that necessarily entail self-division and estrangement in the emergence of subjectivity and social identity. This is the activity called subjection. How the internal phenomenology of these processes of subjection and passivity entwine with and become available to the larger social processes of alienation, colonial subjection, the pain of affect linked to a beyond in social circumstances characterized by slavery are the themes and problems pursued in this set of studies that seeks to re-orient the significance of limit-experiences in the deployment of affective registers at the juncture of immanence and transcendence for which the movement of exile is a figure. The subjects range from colonial experience (Du Bois, Fanon, C.L.R. James), the sorrow songs of American Negro slaves, internal exile and emigration (Theresa Hak Kyung Cha), the psychic violence of claims to justice (Frantz Fanon, Ralph Ellison), to Paul Celan whose poem “Tenebrae” he thought of as something like a Negro spiritual.

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Vol. 1 / Fall 2014

Vol. 2 / Summer 2016

Vol. 3 / Forthcoming

Detroit Research is a journal of practice and artist research for Detroit covering social practice, ceramics, choreography, music, performance, and critical theory. Detroit Research seeks to be a forum for presenting and reflecting upon some of the most challenging post-studio and studio practices emerging in Detroit and to cultivate a critical language for talking about such practices within a national and international framework. Each issue of the journal will have: a guest editor and a featured artist; a presentation on or an interview about an important Metro Detroit art collection; a reflection upon a historically important Detroit journal / space / event; and a work devoted to artist research. Detroit Research will appear in Spring and Fall of each year.

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