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What is Journal Work?

September 16, 2016

This year, 2016, Small Axe turns twenty years old. And this year too, our fiftieth issue was published. We are not big on celebrations, it is true, but to mark the occasion we are organizing a roundtable conversation around the theme “What Is Journal Work?” We have invited editors (or founders) of notable journal platforms to help us think about the distinctive work (in all its dimensions) of journals in intellectual and artistic innovation and intervention. What is the function of journal work in the present? What is the relation between journal work and “fields” or “disciplines” of intellectual, political, and aesthetic practice? Are journals really necessary for intellectual and artistic production and circulation? Is journal work itself an intellectual and artistic exercise? What is the relation between journals and their publishers or, indeed, between journals and their editors? And what is the relation between these and the university setting in which their work often takes place? What is the relation between a journal and its audience? What are the appropriate issues to navigate around the question of print versus digital format for doing journal work? How are the debates and technologies that go under the name “digital humanities” altered the conditions of intellectual and artistic existence of journals? These are only a few of the possible questions that emerge in relation to journal work.

Special Panel during The Wire two-day conference: Actors and Activism, Saturday April 9th 2016. The Wire leads Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland), and Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs) speak on their community activism.  

This is a highlight of a special Panel titled "Actors and Activism" during the two-day conference (April 8,9 2016) on the popular television show The Wire presented by The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. The panel featured The Wire leads Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland), and Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs). See the full panel video here.

This is the first panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Teaching The Wire" and featured Frances Bartkowski, Rutgers University-Newark, Marcellus Blount, Columbia University, Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Rutgers University-Newark, Toby Gordon, Johns Hopkins University, and Arvind Rajagopal, New York University.

This is the second panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Seriality and Narrative Experience" and featured Frank Kelleter, Freie Universität, Berlin, Rob King, Columbia University, Jason Mittell, Middlebury College, and Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley. The panel was organized by Jane Gaines and Rob King, Film Division, School of the Arts, Columbia University. 

This panel took place during the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities on the popular television program The Wire. This third panel was titled "Immersion Journalism" and featured June Cross, Columbia University, Andrea Elliot, New York Times, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Journalist and author, and Andrea K. McDaniels Baltimore Sun. The Panel was organized by June Cross, Columbia University School of Journalism.

This is the fifth panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Music from The Wire" and featured performances by Diablo Flamez and DJ Technics. Panelists included Sheri Parks, University of Maryland, Michael Casiano, University of Maryland, Ashley Minner, University of Maryland,  Kalima Young, University of Maryland, and Ashley Minner, University of Maryland. The panel was organized by Sheri Parks, University of Maryland.  

This is the seventh panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline" and featured Mariame Kaba, Project Nia, Desmond U. Patton, Columbia University, Carla Shedd, Columbia University and New York City High School Student Representatives. The panel was organized by Carla Shedd and the Center for Justice.