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Faculty Writing: On the Actuarial Self, and the Crisis of Zionist Feminism

BISR faculty Suzy Schneider, writing in Aeon magazine, examines risk in the contemporary world and who bears it. Noting a trend among politicians to offload social risk onto individuals and a trend among businesses to capitalize on this, Schneider asks: “what type of political subject is the actuarial self?” According to contemporary behavioral economists, “the […]

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Faculty Writing: On the Image of Global Empire, and Communists Turned Informers

Just out in The New York Review, BISR faculty Jessie Kindig examines photographer An-My Lê’s rendering of the hidden traces of global imperialism. Lê’s work takes stock of U.S. Navy ships, soldiers in combat training in the Mojave Desert, and war reenactors in Virginia—none of which, in Kindig’s reading, are framed with didacticism or readily-perceived […]

Faculty Writing: On Chantal Akerman’s Proust, and Ridley Scott’s Napoleon

In the New York Review of Books, we’re pleased to share an excerpt of BISR faculty Christine Smallwood’s forthcoming book La Captive, after Chantal Akerman’s film adaptation of Proust’s La Prisonnière. Titans of the French New Wave—Godard, Resnais and Rivette, among others— considered but never followed through with Proust adaptations, a fact that for Smallwood, […]

Faculty Writing: On Homelessness before the Supreme Court, and a New Biography of Fanon

A court case originally filed by BISR faculty and legal scholar Jenny Logan has made its way to the SCOTUS bench—a case defending the rights of the unhoused against detention and prosecution for “being poor in public.” Previously, in Martin v. Boise, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “unless cities provide enough shelter […]

Faculty Writing: On Being Sick and Tired, and Lula’s Third Presidential Term

A sneak peek of Ajay Singh Chaudhary’s new book is available now in the latest issue of The Baffler, in which he discusses what it means, socially and politically, to be “sick and tired” in a crisis-ridden world. Therewithin, he charts the growing reverence for “resilience”—in nodes of knowledge production from academia to government reports […]

Faculty Writing: On the Arendt Prize Controversy, and a Palestine Reading List from Dilettante Army

Writing in The Guardian, Samantha Hill explains why, in contemporary Germany, not even Hannah Arendt would have won the Arendt Prize—an honor nearly not awarded to journalist Masha Gessen for her analysis of the situation in Gaza. Not only would “Arendt’s writing on Germany … be more controversial than Gessen’s own,” given the former’s forceful […]

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This holiday season, feed two birds with one scone: Shop BISR’s page on and BISR will receive a small percentage of the proceeds from all of your purchases! Browse the BISR “shop” for: New and recent faculty publications—including forthcoming titles from Ajay Singh Chaudhary (The Exhausted of the Earth, Repeater Books), Christine Smallwood (La […]

Free and Open to the Public: BISR Language Lecture Series

In February 2023, BISR Language Learning and Critique launched with a year-long intensive course in Critical Ancient Greek. In September, the program grew to include a course in Critical Sanskrit. And, coming this February, we are expanding the language institute with three additional intensive courses: Critical Latin, Critical Ancient Hebrew, and Critical Classical Arabic (the […]

Faculty Writing: On the Late Style of Hélène Cixous and Writers Writing on Video Gaming

In her review in The Nation, Rebecca Ariel Porte reads Hélène Cixous’s Well-Kept Ruins as elegy—as “a poet meditating on the practice of three arts: losing (cities, people, the intangible legacies of memory), escaping (oppression, danger, the weight of history, life itself), and saving (whatever you can along the way).” For Porte, Cixous’s late-career work […]

Faculty Video: Catastrophe in Context: a Teach-In on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Beyond

On Friday, November 3rd, as the Israeli Defense Forces continued their invasion of the Gaza strip, BISR faculty organized a day-long teach-in, live streamed on the BISR Facebook page, to address pressing questions generated by this escalated phase of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: What drove it to this point? And where, ultimately, is it heading? Each […]