Riding Renga: Low Theory and Collective Critical Dissatisfaction

Sameera Abdulrehman, Serenity Joo, Riley McGuire, Caitlin McIntyre, Jeremy Strong, Katherine Thorsteinson


“Riding Renga: Low Theory and Collective Critical Dissatisfaction,” is a creative-collaborative project written by six authors, including graduate students and non-tenured faculty. Taking our cues from J. Halberstam’s definition of “low theory,” our article explores the limits and possibilities of collaborative work in the humanities through an array of texts, approaches, and voices. We engage with a deliberate mix of “low” and “high” texts, including the works of Kanye West, Shakespeare, Derrida, the Sugababes, Donna Haraway, John Cameron Mitchell, and José Muñoz. We compare such texts not only to interrogate the divisions between low and high, but also to see what kind of affinities and subjugated knowledges may be unearthed or created in the process. The writing of the article itself—its very form—expresses our desire to think of alternative ways to conduct humanities research and build intellectual communities in the digital era.



Low Theory; Renga; Utopia; Collaborative Scholarship; Potentialities

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