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BISR Live: Memory, Monuments, and the Garden of American Heroes

Faculty Shimrit Lee, Patrick Blanchfield, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary gather to discuss Trump’s Garden of American Heroes and its accompanying mandate that “All statues…should be lifelike or realistic…not abstract or modernist representations.” What are we to make of the politics of aesthetic literalism? Why might the Right opt for realism—and has it always? What’s at […]

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Faculty Writing: Private Property and White Supremacy, NYC’s Downtown Scene, and Marxist Theories of State

In Business Insider, Patrick Blanchfield analyzes the gun-toting McCloskeys and what they reveal, however unwittingly, about racial capitalism: “The order of private property which they, like so many, seek to ‘defend’ today is also one that fully accommodated owning other people as property. The traumatic legacies of these inconvenient truths—the building blocks and origin story […]

Faculty Video: From Racial Capitalism to Prison Abolitionism: a BISR Teach-In

On Thursday and Friday, June 25th and 26th, as protests and police rioting continue to convulse the U.S. after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, BISR conducted a two-day teach-in, in which BISR faculty explored issues and concepts that directly address, or help contextualize, the crisis of American racism, criminal justice, […]

Faculty Writing: Reading Virginia Woolf during Quarantine, Right-Wing Climate Realism, and Cop-Talk

For LARB, Danielle Drori explores the potency of Virginia Woolf’s literature—particularly its “interior” quality—in the context of global pandemic and life in quarantine. “Woolf’s novel was written as part of a broader intellectual quest, around a century ago, for the right words and metaphors to account for inner life, the conscious and unconscious mind as […]

BISR Live: Pandemic and Political Economy

It’s been three months since U.S. businesses began to close and Americans started sheltering in place. In a follow up to our March 26th episode of BISR Live, Epidemiology and Economics, BISR’s Joseph Osmundson, Raphaele Chappe, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary return to the program to assess the state of the pandemic and the U.S. and […]

Faculty Writing: Neoliberalism and Human Rights, Concrete Utopias and the Power of Strikes during Pandemic

In Spectre, Anthony Alessandrini reports on the strikes taking place within the University of California system, exploring the work of boycotts within the context of global pandemic. About the violent and dismissive response to the strikers he writes: “[O]ne of the most ‘liberal’ institutions in the world had them beaten, arrested, fired, left exposed to […]

BISR Live: Policing, Protest, and Politics

In this edition of BISR Live, BISR faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Nara Roberta Silva, and Patrick Blanchfield gather to discuss the context, dynamics, and possible futures of the nationwide riots and protests now taking place in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Why has Floyd’s killing proved […]

BISR Live: Epidemiology and Metaphor

In this edition of BISR Live, Rebecca Ariel Porte welcomes Anjuli Raza Kolb and Kali Handelman for a discussion of the language of disease and epidemiology, particularly as it’s used to categorize and imagine insurgent social and political phenomena—from anti-colonial rebellion to so-called Islamic terrorism. Why is epidemiological language so frequently appropriated for social thinking—and […]

BISR Live: Reading Madeline Gins–with Lucy Ives

In this edition of BISR Live, novelist Lucy Ives and BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte discuss philosopher, architect, poet, and major prose stylist Madeline Gins (whose posthumous collection, edited by Lucy, is now available for purchase from Siglio Press).

Faculty Writing: Right-Wing Climate Realism, the Politics of Antibody Testing, and the Inequality of of Digital Health

In The Baffler, Ajay Singh Chaudhary explains the “ecological-economic-political matrix” of climate disaster and increasing privatization: “Actually Existing Capitalism runs on stress and stressors, social and ecological. Ecological sustainability, a socioecological flourishing for the vast majority, for the many, requires addressing such stressors—such exhaustion—across ecological, economic, social, and political systems, otherwise the overall project is […]