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Faculty Video: The Arabian Nights and its Afterlives

On Tuesday, November 23rd, BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte and Ajay Singh Chaudhary welcomed poet and translator Yasmine Seale for a wide-ranging discussion of the aesthetics, poetics, and politics of the Arabian Nights. In a multi-part event, with readings, interview, and panel conversation, they asked: What is the history of the Arabian Nights? How does […]

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Faculty Video: Thomas Mann: Art, Politics, and Exile

On Wednesday, November 10th, BISR faculty Nathan Shields, Rebecca Ariel Porte, and Christine Smallwood gathered to discuss the interrelation of art and politics in the work of renowned novelist Thomas Mann. From Buddenbrooks to Magic Mountain to Doctor Faustus, how can we understand Mann’s evolving artistry alongside his changing political and intellectual commitments? What does […]

Faculty Video: The Apocalypse and the End of History

How does the phenomenon of modern Jihad echo the crises of Western liberalism? In her new book The Apocalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism (Verso), BISR core faculty and deputy director Suzanne Schneider argues that contemporary Jihad, far from being a medieval holdover, in fact bears a striking […]

Faculty Video: Jacqueline Rose in Conversation

On, Wednesday, July 14th, BISR faculty Danielle Drori and Rebecca Ariel Porte welcomed Jacqueline Rose for a wide-ranging discussion of her new book, On Violence and On Violence Against Women, as well as her previous work on feminism, motherhood, racism, and apartheid. Among the topics discussed: Why, for Rose, are literature and psychoanalysis unique spaces […]

Faculty Video: the NYC Mayoral Race

On Thursday, June 3rd, BISR faculty Nara Roberta Silva and Antonio Alessandrini welcomed guests Susan Kang (John Jay College) and Cea Weaver (Housing Justice for All) for a critical discussion of the NYC mayoral primary, which features not only a bewildering array of candidates, but also a bewildering new voting system: ranked choice. Among the […]

Faculty Video: 120 Minutes (or so) on the First 120 Days: Biden and the Left

On Thursday, May 20th, BISR Faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Alyssa Battistoni, Adriana Garriga-Lopez, and Rafael Khachaturian were joined by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s Kazembe Balagun to take stock of the the Biden administration’s first 120 days in office. Among the points discussed: What kind of liberalism does the Biden administration represent? Is climate pragmatism doing a […]

BISR Fifth Annual (Outdoor) Institute Social Map

This Saturday, May 22nd, is BISR’s Fifth Annual (Outdoor) Institute Social. With BISR faculty, students, friends, and alumni, we’ll be celebrating another year of critical education in the public sphere—in Prospect Park! We’ll be meeting just beside the Vale of Cashmere (the specific coordinates are 40.66889502703034, -73.96739504357588). The park entrance nearest the event location is […]

Faculty Video: Ambivalence and Revolution: Shostakovich, Grossman, and Soviet Art Under Stalin

For the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and writer Vassily Grossman, the experience of making art in Stalinist Russia was fraught, hazardous, privileged—and emotionally, politically, and artistically complex. And the art they made, at times officially lauded and at other times suppressed, resists easy categorization. How can we understand the position of the artist in Soviet Russia, […]

Faculty Video: Atlanta-America-Asia: Examining Anti-Asian Hate

On April 19th, BISR Faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Patrick Blanchfield, Lygia Sabbag Fares, and Kate Doyle Griffiths were joined by Tobita Chow to discuss and contextualize the recent intensification, throughout the U.S., in anti-Asian racism and violence. In what ways has U.S. imperialism, with its long and violent involvement in Asia and the Pacific, conditioned […]

Faculty Video: The Life of the Mind

Marking the publication of her acclaimed debut novel The Life of the Mind, BISR faculty (and co-founder) Christine Smallwood joined Abby Kluchin, Rebecca Ariel Porte, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Michael Stevenson, and Suzanne Schneider for a wide-ranging discussion of the novel’s characters, themes, and theoretical influences (Thomas Mann, Melanie Klein, and, perhaps unconsciously, Gramsci and Walter […]