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What’s darkmatter about?

by Editors
16 Mar 2007 • Comment (1) • Print
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You may be wondering why we’ve called our site darkmatter?

Well, not to be directly confused with the astrophysics term of dark matter energy. Nonetheless, given that this definition involves ‘not directly observed and of unknown composition’, it’s not difficult to make connections with the discrepant operations of ‘race’ in contemporary life.We were also inspired by the anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000), edited by S.R. Thomas – see here for a discussion. Also check this article, deploying dark matter for thinking through cultural resistance and activism. But we like another definition of darkmatter: the invisible web which seemingly is excluded from search engines.

Thus, darkmatter has been developed to address how issues of ‘race’ and related cultural critique are either marginalized/silenced on the web; or so dispersed that it’s difficult to track debates. We’re not bothered with mission statements as the darkmatter project will be emergent – watch this space.

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  1. For some further ruminations on ‘dark matter’, this time as a metaphor for the deep raciological structuring of Enlightenment philosophy, see the chapter ‘Dark Ontologies: Blacks, Jews and White Supremacy’ in Charles W. Mills (1998) Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race. Ithica and London: Cornell University Press. pp. 67-95.

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