Theory for Airports
photo courtesy of J. Ryan Williams
1. Fear and Ticketing
2. Being In Time
3. Hardt & Negri International Terminal
5. The Task of the TSA Agent
6. Security Checkpoint, or Bodies That Don't Matter
7. Dialectic of Moving Walkways
8. The Categorical Imperative To Wait
9. Thus Spake Richard Branson
10. The René Descartes Departure Lounge
11. The Phenomenology of Spirit Airlines
12. A Thousand Concourses
13. Passenger Network Theory
14. The David Hume Nondenominational Chapel
15. The Poetics of Spacing Out
16. Ludwig Wittgenstein Room for Unaccompanied Minors
17. The Work of Art in the Age of Really Long Escalators
18. The Maurice Merleau-Ponty Observation Area
19. When Species Meet in Airports
20. Emmanuel Levinas Food Court
21. Structure, Sign, and Plane
22. Democracy in American Airlines
23. Can the Stand-by Speak?
24. Tractatus Theologico Upgrade Us
25. The Anxiety of Enplaning
26. The Sublime Object of Carry-on Luggage
27. Discourse in the Jetway
28. "You can never step twice into the same Airbus."
29. The Second Roller-bag
30. Seat Pitch and Bare Life
31. What is the Post-departure?
32. Delay and Punish
33. SkyMall and Simulacra
34. The Well Wrought Seat-back Pocket
35. The Banality of Emergency Exits
36. On Boredom and Being Late
37. How to Do Things with Boarding Passes
38. Pedagogy of the Deplaned
39. The Cultural Logic of Late Arrivals
40. Welcome to the Airport of the Real
41. The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Family Restroom
42. Leibniz-Keks Kiosk
43. Structures of Feeling Jet-lagged
44. Boeing and Nothingness
45. Signature Event Currency Exchange
46. Plato's Baggage Claim
47. Course in General Lingering
48. Curbside Lucida
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