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.

https://twitter.com/CJAMcMahon/status/402818749814034432

https://twitter.com/kslininger/status/402821218421571584

https://twitter.com/CJAMcMahon/status/402824397368479744

https://twitter.com/benmillen/status/402949229011681280

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.”
    http://www.mccoyspace.com/nyu/10_s/ideas/texts/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.”
    http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.83.4478&rep=rep1&type=pdf
    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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