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25th Volume of disClosure Focuses on “Transnational Lives”

By Jennifer T. Allen

The 25th volume of Social Theory journal disClosure was recently released focusing on the topic of “Transnational Lives.” The issue’s theme brings together a variety of genres, including creative pieces, analytical articles, interviews and art, as it explores concepts related to the topic.

“Simple words such as ‘home’ or ‘religion’ take on an entirely new meaning when they are considered across transnational spaces,” said Catherine Gooch, co-editor of the issue and graduate student in the Department of English. “In addition, there are larger implications both on a personal and public level. If we think about our economic system and how globalization has caused capitalism to expand transnationally, around the world, we see how this economic expansion impacts everything from our personal lives to the higher education system.”

Dr. Mahmood Mamdani addresses the topic further in an interview in this issue, Gooch said.

The 25th volume of disClosure has been entirely redesigned and incorporates artwork by Lexington-based artist Lina Tharsing. “We were also lucky to have two UK faculty write reflective pieces for us, Ted Schatzki and Arnold Farr,” said Ashley Ruderman, co-editor of the issue and graduate student in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. “Both Drs. Schatzki and Farr were involved in the founding of the Social Theory Program.”

In 2014, disClosure transitioned from print publishing to digital publishing and began publishing to ISSUU this year. “This addition allows us to give our reader the option to download articles as .pdfs, as well as enjoy the experience of reading the journal like an ebook,” Ruderman said.

The Spring 2016 issue of disClosure can be found at and includes a link to the ISSUU version.

disCLosure is an annual thematic publication dedicated to investigating and stimulating interest in new directions in contemporary social theory.

Catherine D. Gooch is a Ph.D. candidate where she specializes in African American Literature. Her current research examines literary and cultural representations of the Mississippi River, focusing specifically on the River’s relationship to black artistic production, labor and economics in 20th century African American Literature.

Ashley Ruderman earned a master’s degree in English and a certificate in Social Theory prior to starting her doctoral work in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. Her research examines cultural representations of lesbian criminality in relationship to state surveillance practices from the mid-century to present.