Introduction: Love at First Cite
Citation can be sexy. Anyone who has experienced a hit of dopamine or a lurch of the stomach upon seeing their name in print in an acknowledgement section or footnote would have to agree. I suspect that this thrill is produced, at least in part, by the unique structures of power and desire that constitute academic sociality: the bonds of oppression, affection, affiliation, or intrigue that continue to shape who counts, and who is counted in academic circles. If each particular idea or set of ideas is a strand in a network of thinkers, then citation is the point at which they connect, contest, perhaps penetrate, briefly couple or coincide. Every citational reference point is a potent node. As a marker of conversation, as the point of connection at intersecting vectors of knowledge, a citation brings with it both the thrill of recognition and the thrill of be...
Gregory, Chase. "(Ex)citation: Citational Eros in Academic Texts." (2021) : 12-24.