Auctoritas is a form of authority that is created primarily through an individual’s charisma. In politics, it is what remains when law is wholly suspended. If left unchecked, it can become a self appointed legitimacy so powerful that neither reason nor fact can change its direction.

Our levels of power, privilege, opportunity and influence are borne from our relation to the hegemony. Subverting or actualizing that relation takes engagement and examination, more so when those in command succumb to fiction.

For its first issue, Contango has sourced works from writers and artists who deal with social and political power relations. Specifically, their explorations through theory and praxis provide critical forms of consideration and implementation.



Anthony Abbadessa is a PhD candidate in Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago. His research interests include, angelology, shamanism, and the theological erotic.

The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Marxism in the Age of Trump

Chris Cutrone is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago.

The Nationalist Revolution of 2017

Lawrence Rosenthal is Chair and Lead Researcher of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies at the University of California.

Authority's Phantom Pain

Lucien Ferguson is a PhD candidate in Political Theory at Northwestern University (Dept. of Political Science). His interests are predominantly in Critical Theory and American Pragmatism.


Spring 2017—Issue 1


120 pages

4-color with slipcover

Cover for Issue "AUCTORITAS"