• The Urban Space as Nature

    The Urban Space as Nature    The concept of nature and what is natural is socially constructed as much as any social or relational category. What is imagined when asked: ‘What is a natural space or nature to you?’ is reflective of what is considered the environment around us.  Being in a desolate forest, next […]

  • Infrastructures of Oppression: Public Transport System of Dhaka City, Bangladesh

    Infrastructures of Oppression: Public Transport System of Dhaka City, Bangladesh

    One of the early technologies in the history of human civilization that brought extraordinary transformations in the mode and mobility of human life was the invention of the wheel. With this innovation, the progress of human civilization got new momentum allowing people to carry goods, travel between places, and most importantly shrink the physical distance […]

  • Newark’s Fall From Grace and its Potential Rebound

    Newark’s Fall From Grace and its Potential Rebound

                            Newark’s Fall From Grace and its Potential Rebound   As I walk around the current surroundings near my dorm located within Vodra Hall at New Jersey City University, I find myself rejoicing in my environment filled with life. I frequently hear the pleasant, almost […]

  • Elder Care Pods

    Elder Care Pods

    I’ve been trying to talk my husband to moving back to Chicago for some time now. Most of our family is there. We may be taking care of my mother-in-law. She is out of state. Last week I had a dream that my mother-in-law and my husband’s aunt and uncle were all walking down the street […]

  • Oregon and White Supremacy Annotated Bibliography

    Oregon and White Supremacy Annotated Bibliography

    I originally created this annotated bibliography as part of a project to design a survey about white supremacy in academic libraries for ACRL-Oregon.  During the ACRL-Oregon and Washington joint conference in October 2019, librarians discussed the 2017 shooting of a protester by a white supremacist student at the University of Washington.  Academic librarians expressed a […]

  • Mind Fuzz

    Mind Fuzz

    So my friend is worried about her husband who will need to have surgery this week. She is preparing the house so that when he returns from surgery it will be extra nice for his recovery. She is trying to get out of her head. In 10 days school will start. She is a teacher. […]

  • White Supremacy and Oregon Academic Libraries

      Why is it important to explore the relationship between white supremacy and academic libraries in general, let alone Oregon academic libraries?  The answer begins with statistics.  According to the most recent American Library Association diversity count, librarianship remains overwhelmingly white, with only 12% of credentialed librarians identifying as racial or ethnic minorities (“Diversity Counts” […]

  • Scholar Spotlight: Ramneet Kaur Bhullar

    Scholar Spotlight: Ramneet Kaur Bhullar

    1. Why did you apply to HASTAC? HASTAC was brought my attention from a professor at my current university, Dr. Janni Aragon at UVIC. I was a first-year transfer student still trying to find my bearings in my new community and in academia. Before joining UVIC and having the opportunity to participate in HASTAC, I […]

  • The Problem of Defining Civilization

        “Civilized” is often used as loaded ethical language.  Traditionally, whenever we praise human action, we call it “civilized,” whether it is table manners or peacemaking.  This use of the word civilized leads us to the assumption that civilization is good, and hunter-gatherer culture bad.     The view that civilization is bad and hunter-gatherer culture […]