Journal articles that change how you think

Today I was running a seminar at the MIT Center for Civic Media on the journal article as form: its affordances and limitations. We talked about the shifts in how academics reach audiences, as well as the economic, political and institutional forces that surround journal publishing. Out of curiosity, I asked on Twitter about people’s favourite journal articles – what were the ones that changed your thinking? It became such a great list that I wanted to share it with everyone, in case you also find some gems you haven’t read before. As for me, I’d have to say a very influential one is Paolo Virno’s “Virtuosity and Revolution: The Political Theory of Exodus.” It’s in Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics (1996): 189-210;  or you can read it online here.

5 thoughts on “Journal articles that change how you think

  1. Jessa Lingel

    I have never recovered from reading Helene Cixous’ “Laugh of the Medusa.”

    Click to access week12-Cixous-Laugh_of_the_Medusa.pdf

    It was my first academic exposure to feminist theory, and until reading it, I really didn’t know that women could sound like this.
    Within my own field, I remember the profound sense of relief in coming across Elfreda Chatman’s work, particularly “Life in the Round.”
    Elfreda Chatman is my patron saint of human information behavior because she takes on issues of social justice and information inequality in a way that is so direct and earnest, but somehow also humble.

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