“One thought alone preoccupies the submerged mind of Empire: how not to end, how not to die, how to prolong its era. By day it pursues its enemies. It is cunning and ruthless, it sends its bloodhounds everywhere. By night it feeds on images of disaster: the sack of cities, the rape of populations, pyramids of bones, acres of desolation.”
– J. M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians
The world is falling apart in Gaza. There is nothing more banal than that statement. There is also nothing truer. “Operation Protective Edge” has claimed close to 2,000 lives in its month long bombardment of Gaza. ...
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September 5th, 2014
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Like most people who teach in the humanities, I think that there are ways of understanding the present through the past. We return again and again to certain key authors as touchstones. There are two different ways of going about this, however. One is to take the succession of key authors as given, as a sort of canon, and then explicate and elaborate on them, in and for our times. The other is to start with the times, with the exigencies of the current situation, and ask whether the pasts we take for granted for this present are adequate to explain it. ...
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Public Seminar Review Volume 1, Issue 1
Inaugural Edition (First Semester 2013)
The first semester of the Public Seminar is over, and the papers are now in, presented in this Inaugural Issue. We started our active publishing with reports and analyses on the Gezi protests in Istanbul; our last feature of the year was a poetic eyewitness report on the Maidan protests in Kiev. In between, many other reports and reflections on pressing issues of the day were published and discussed, as were pieces on enduring problems, from empathy to the social condition to penis envy.
In Volume 1, Issue 1
- Capitalism and its Alternatives
- Democracy and Media
- Identity: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Psychology
- The Arts and Literature
- Memory and Miscellaneous
With: Andrew Arato, Cinzia Arruzza, Richard J. Bernstein, Jay M. Bernstein, Andriy Bondarenko, Fabián Bosoer, Chiara Bottici, Vince Carducci, Emanuele Castano, Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Simon Critchley, Daniel Dayan, Irit Dekel, Federico Finchelstein, Nancy Fraser, Mark Frazier, Daryl Glaser, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Yana Gorokhovskaia, Glenn Greenwald, Nick Haekkerup, Michael D. Hall, Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Beth Kalikoff, Leslie Kaplan, Siobhan Kattago, Paul A. Kottman, Esther Kreider-Verhalle, Elzbieta Matynia, William Milberg, Virag Molnar, Hugh Raffles, Jeremy Safran, Gema Santamaría, Anwar Shaikh, Iddo Tavory, Ertug Tombus, Jeremy Varon, Robin Wagner-Pacifici, McKenzie Wark, Susan Yelavich, Eli Zaretsky, and Vera Zolberg