Latest on CSSAAME 39.2

In our last issue we focused on political imagination and social power by examining the potentials and limits of political society, multilingual literary traditions, the technology of motor vehicles, and memory and memorialization.

In this issue, we continue to consider the work of political imagination and social power from the perspective of a different sociotechnology: hand weaving. In a special section titled “Craft Knowledge” (which follows from a conference on weaving and textiles held at Columbia University in the spring of 2018), Annapurna Mamidipudi and Uzramma examine the loom as an epistemic rather than merely a cultural object. In her essay, Mamidipudi asks what it means to theorize traditional hand weaving as a sustainable technology and invites us to consider the future of hand weaving as an alternative craft set against our contemporary visions and practices of mechanized production. In “The Indian...

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