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Faculty in the Media: On Post-Roe Life in the US, Transgender Marxism, and Praise for Abolish the Family

Faculty member Sophie Lewis recently took to the airwaves to discuss gender, bodily autonomy, social reproduction, and radical politics—first on the podcast Politics Theory Other, then at this year’s Socialism Conference in Chicago. Meanwhile, the New Statesman heaps praise on her latest book Abolish the Family, calling Lewis “our most eloquent, furious and funny critic […]

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Faculty Writing: On Speaking of Sex and Power, and the Climate Crisis in Bangladesh

The New Inquiry recently republished a translation by Sophie Lewis, of a groundbreaking 2016 essay by German feminist and communist Bini Adamczack, on “circlusion”—or, the opposite of “penetration”—a playful neologism that flips the script on the ways we speak about, and experience, sex and power. Lewis’s English version achieved the status of cult classic, as […]

Faculty Writing: On Racialized Metaphors of Madness, and Polyvalent Economic Thought in Islam

Writing for Mad in America, Jenny Logan implicates canonical literary representations of madness as darkness—“a black hole,” “an enveloping darkness”—as a complicating factor in poor health outcomes for Black women. Pointing to forgotten, or suppressed, or critically fabulated narratives of psychic distress written by Black women, from Marita Bonner to Saidiya Hartman, Logan argues that […]

Faculty In the Media: On Expanded Criminal Punishment for Abortion Seekers, and How to Do STS as a Feminist

In London Review of Books’ recent symposium on the overturning of Roe v. Wade, “Prejudice Rules,” Sophie Lewis zeroes in on the pernicious and monetizable effects of expanded criminal punishment for abortion seekers. The ostensibly life-affirming aim, she notes, of putting an end to abortion is hardly credulous from the historical point of view—“You can’t […]

Faculty Writing: On Epistemic Injustice in Psychiatric Practice, and Coming of Age through Geek Culture

Writing for Mad in America, Jenny Logan reviews an essay by activist and survivor-researcher Indigo Daya, in which Daya examines how human rights violations are built into standard psychiatric care around the world. But these violations may not be immediately recognizable as such, Logan writes, describing how a patient’s personal narrative or sense of knowing […]

Faculty in the Media: On the Backlash to Police Abolition, and Understanding Religion through Storytelling

BISR faculty Geo Maher recently sat down with Doug Henwood of the Behind the News podcast to talk about the state of policing in the US since the summer of 2020. He notes what he terms an “open counter-insurgency” on the part of police (and police unions) in response to the defund-and-abolish movement—one that takes […]

Faculty Writing: On Fighting for Reproductive Justice, and Unwanted Pregnancy as Forced Labor

Writing in the Introduction to a new, and timely, anthology of essays on abortion access and reproductive justice from Verso and Lux magazine, We Organize to Change Everything, BISR faulty Jessie Kindig reminds readers that “an attack on abortion is never just about abortion.” The anthology—released this month as the Supreme Court issued its devastating […]

Faculty Writing: On the History of the IWW, and the Politics of Expert Parenting Advice

Writing in The Nation, BISR faculty RH Lossin heaps praise on Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird’s 1979 documentary film Wobblies, recently re-released by Kino Lorber, calling it “an important correction to the conventional wisdom that the IWW was a failure—as well as a reminder that its successes were the result of its willingness to take […]

Faculty Writing: On the Necropolitics of Reproductive Freedom, and Co-Existing with Viruses

Writing in Salvage magazine, BISR faculty Sophie Lewis characterizes the American right’s sustained and increasingly successful attacks on reproductive freedom and its regime of forced care more generally as “class war,” against which the democratic party’s faith in legislation and the discursive frames of “privacy” and “choice” are woefully, even lethally, insufficient: “The so-called pro-life […]

Faculty in the Media: On Modern Jihad, Right-Wing Extremism, and the Crisis of Liberalism; and Gunpower and American Exceptionalism

BISR faculty Suzanne Schneider sits downs with Robert Wright, host of Bloggingheads.tv, for an extensive and in-depth discussion of her recent book, The Apocalypse and the End of History, in which she explores the striking parallels between the modern form of jihad and right-wing extremism in the West (Trumpism being just one, albeit salient, example), […]