Monthly Archives: February 2015

Notes From the Field: Go Home to a Starship

Notes From the Field: Go Home to a Starship

By Marie-Pierre Renaud From October 12th to November 22nd 2014, I had the pleasure and the great opportunity to spend time in Nunavik, the northern area of the province of Quebec. I visited six communities, Kuujjuaraapik, Ivujivik, Salluit, Kangiqsujuaq, Quaqtaaq and Puvirnituq in the context of a research project I was hired for. While every day brought new experiences and encounters with wonderful people, it also brought difficulties and, most importantly, lots of hard work. Anyone who has conducted fieldwork knows how much one’s physical, mental and emotional energy, creativity, skills, capacity to learn and knowledge are constantly active in this context.

Fifty Shades of Grey, Consumerism and BDSM: Selling Subversive Identities

Fifty Shades of Grey, Consumerism and BDSM: Selling Subversive Identities

By William Lefferts Warning: This post may be more suitable for adult readers. Fifty Shades of Grey is an economic juggernaut and the first foray into the world of BDSM for many readers and viewers—but to call Fifty Shades an accurate representation of a BDSM relationship is reductive, insulting, and, quite honestly, a subject that has been covered by more authentic critics than myself; as a fan of BDSM-themed academia and not a prolific practitioner, the scope of my criticism is inherently limited. The fated romance of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey may be the zeitgeist of our generation, but I would argue that the draw of Fifty Shades lies in its mainstream take on BDSM, rather than its epic love story or literary merit.