Deep Routes: The Midwest in All Directions

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This is a collection of stories about learning where we are – by inhabiting, traversing, and exchanging narratives in the expansive region that some people call the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor. Emerging from a geologic territory shaped by retreating Pleistocene ice sheets and further carved by generations of plant, animal and human habitation, these essays contemplate another planetary shift that has transformed our very existence: global neoliberal capitalism. The authors critically reflect on the nature of territory, citizenship, mobility and the possibilities for a more just and egalitarian society. Drawing from sites within the the Midwest (such as parts of Minneapolis, Detroit, Rockford, Madison, Southern Illinois) and excursions far beyond it (locales as distant as Togo, China and Argentina) the twenty-seven contributors explore the wealth of associations these many journeys have nurtured.

Edited by Rozalinda Borcila, Bonnie Fortune and Sarah Ross. With contributions from: Phil Bellfy, Jen Blair, Rozalinda Borcila, Nicholas Brown, Alan Corbiere , Jill Doerfler , Bonnie Fortune, Ryan Griffis, Abbilyn Harmon, Brian Holmes, Sarah Kanouse, Nicholas Lampert, Sarah Lewison, Jenna Loyd, Don Lyons, Dylan Miner, Faranak Miraftab, Shiri Pasternak, Claire Pentecost, Ryan Rice, Matthias Regan, Sarah Ross, Kristin Schimik, Heath Schultz, Daniel Tucker, Dan S. Wang, and Mike Wolf.  (paperback. 255 pages. black and white text and images, color cover)

Introduction – Bonnie Fortune & Sarah Ross

Radical Migrations through Anishinaabewaki: An Indigenous Re-Mapping of the Great Lakes
– Dylan Miner

Interview with Ryan Rice – Dylan Miner

Searching For Common Ground

Notes on the Project Called Continental Drift – Claire Pentecost

On Community – Dan Wang & Dan Tucker

Notes on Affective Practice: An Exchange – Sarah Kanouse & Heath Schultz

Interview with Don Lyons – Dylan Miner

How Big is a Small Town?

Safe Haven Tent Community in Retrospect – Abigal Harmon

In Anticipation of the Next Leap of Faith: Rockford – Mike Wolf

Between the Bottomlands and World: An Abbreviated Glossary of Experiences in and Around Beardstown, IL – Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross

Little Egypt – Sarah Lewison

Quiet Fires of All Degrees – Kristin Schimik

Interview with Alan Corbiere – Dylan Miner

Moving Through Regions

Cartography With Your Feet: Workshop Proposal for “Beneath the University, the Commons” – Brian Holmes

Wisconsin’s Lost Strike Moment – Nicholas Lampert & Dan Wang / intro by Jen Blair

The Colonizer Who Refuses: Indigenous Solidarity in Toronto – Shiri Pasternak

Riding the Zone – Rozalinda Borcilla

Mountains Beyond Mountains – Bonnie Fortune

Where is the Midwest?

Stories from the Breakdown Lane: Ordinary Affects on the Road to Detroit – Matthias Regan

Where is the Border? Chasing John Brown from New York to Arizona – Jenna M. Loyd

Faraway Intimate Development – Faranak Miraftab

Continental Drift 2011: Argentina / China  – Brian Holmes

Interview with Jill Doerfler  – Dylan Miner

Afterword – Nick Brown

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