Issue Two: Empire


The second issue of Bellona Magazine poses the theme of ‘EMPIRE’ across five essays on French colonial radio administration, Algerian and Indian revolution, contemporary finance, Black Mobility and the work of Elysia Crampton.

From the sonic and social configurations of EMPIRE – its political economy, cultural valences and spatio-temporal structure – we see and hear the sinews of an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist sonic epistemology begin to emerge.

Bellona Magazine is a small team of writers, editors and culture industry workers. We operate as a non-profit and could not exist without support from our readers. Subscribers to Bellona will receive access to the digital ebook/PDF magazine, past issues and interviews, reading lists and interviews shared via our monthly newsletter. Subscribe to Bellona here.

Bellona Magazine is a biannual journal and publishing collective.

We are a group of artists, culture workers and writers who seek a new paradigm for critical expression. Against the “creative” forms of mass consumption and instrumentalized social relations that predominate in the culture industries today, Bellona is our attempt to resituate criticism as a site of contemplation and contestation. Our primary object of critique is music, specifically its circumscription in the commodity-form, but our interests also range to film, literature and the visual arts, all undergirded by a broad political economic critique. At this conjuncture, it is difficult to imagine a music or a criticism unbound from contemporary exploitation, extraction and subsumption, but Bellona Magazine aims to collectivize the tools currently at hand so as to build towards that future.

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