Angelaki: journal of the theoretical humanities was established in September 1993 to provide an international forum for vanguard work in the theoretical humanities. In itself a contentious category, 'theoretical humanities' represents the productive nexus of work in the disciplinary fields of literary criticism and theory, philosophy, and cultural studies. The journal is dedicated to the refreshing of intellectual coordinates, and to the challenging and vivifying process of re-thinking.
Angelaki: journal of the theoretical humanities encourages a critical engagement with theory in terms of disciplinary development and intellectual and political usefulness, the inquiry into and articulation of culture, and the complex determination of change and its relation to history. The journal is committed to fostering the theory of minor movements, recognising their significant impact on and dynamic relation to the development of cultures, political spaces and academic disciplines, and emphasising their formative power rather than their oppositional entrenchment.
The journal promotes inquiry into questions of existential and political definition and agency, on the personal, collective and institutional levels, and encourages the work of spirited and experimental theoretical writing in all areas of value production. [+]
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 17:07:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Mike Reynolds
Subject: Comparing Badiou-Spinozan Void
In the Chinese sky, Xu 'Void' is actually two stars, alpha and beta Aquarius. In other systems, alpha Aquarius is the Virgin: [SADALMELIK
Alpha Aquarius (Lucky star of the king
) / SADALSUUD
Beta Aquarius (Luckiest of the Lucky
A line of flight with which to compare Badiou's text in ANGELAKI, the Void is already astronomically placed in at least one system. The Eta-Aquarids
Meteor Shower occurs at its height near Beltane(May 1-5).
The genre of Chinese pacing poems
(pu hsu tz'u __ __ __'pacing the void')offers an accompaniment to Badiou's forthcoming text
I ask the lodgers how the cosmic birth
Led to such diversity on earth.
They gladly stop a musical soiree,
And all my philosphical doubts allay.
(Wu Yun, Pu hsu tz'u, Canto IX)[+]