Blog Archive - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research


Faculty Interview: Loren Dent on Freud

Alongside Charles Darwin and Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud is one of the key nineteenth century European thinkers who helped radically transform the way we view ourselves and our place in the world. Rather than the calm, rational, calculating individuals who populate so many early Enlightenment texts, people were discovered to be driven by biological needs […]

Faculty Interview: Samantha Hill on Sadomasochism and Politics

From the emergence of BDSM in the 1980s to Fifty Shades of Grey, sadomasochism has recently freed itself from the pathological categorization imposed upon it by the medical establishment in the early twentieth century. Aside from the many questions this shift in perception raises about our changing notions of sexuality, gender, and interpersonal power dynamics, […]

Faculty News: Cyborg Politics and the Philosophy of Action

Danya Glabau wrote “Do Cyborgs have Politics?” for Pax Solaria, a short piece in which she discusses Donna Haraway, cyborgs, privilege and inequality, and what a cyborg politics should look like in the future.  “The politics of cyborgs are the politics of humans. These politics revolve around questions of belonging and difference, production and consumption, waste and renewal, […]

Faculty Interview: Rebecca Ariel Porte on Jane Eyre

First published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre immediately drew controversy and debate for its portrayal of passion and sentiment in the rapidly changing world of Victorian England. As we celebrate the 200th year of Brontë’s birth, BISR Associate Director Abby Kluchin and Core Faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte sat down to chat about Jane Eyre, […]

Faculty Interview: Suzanne Schneider on Secularism

The separation of church and state is often considered to be one of the fundamental organizing principles of democratic states and secularism to be the guarantor of religious freedom and diversity. While it was long assumed that modernity necessarily implies secularism (i.e. the modernization thesis), the so-called “return of religion” in the late twentieth century […]

Faculty News: Food Allergies and a Paraguayan Gateway

Danya Glabau wrote an article for the open-access journal Medicine Anthropology Theory in which she tracks the moral life of epinephrine auto-injectors, devices that people with food allergies and their caretakers use to administer emergency medication to stop serious allergic reactions.  “The first time it occurred to me to think of epinephrine auto-injectors as having a ‘moral life’, I […]

Faculty News: The Supermanagerial Reich and PrEP

Raphaele Chappe and Ajay Singh Chaudhary recently wrote a piece for the Los Angels Review of Books, “The Supermanagerial Reich”, which offers a comparative analysis of Nazism and Neoliberalism on the economic and political front.  “In 1939, Max Horkheimer famously wrote, “whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism.” As […]

Faculty News: Contending with Trumpism

In advance of our Contending with Trumpism event, you might want to check out some of our participating faculty members’ reactions to the election of Donald Trump and the perspective of life under Trumpism. On the Hannah Arendt Center blog, Samantha Hill looks to Arendt and The Human Condition to contend with the question many have been asking: How […]

Faculty Interview: Ajay Singh Chaudhary on The American Political Tradition

As we get ever closer to the US presidential election, American politics dominate the news nationally and internationally, inspiring commentators of all ideological stripes to write countless pages on American political life. Yet, in this conversation, American political thought is rarely called upon by political theorists on the left who are more likely to invoke […]

Faculty Interview: Danya Glabau on Big Pharma

From over-the-counter pain relievers to illegal recreational substances, engineered drugs have become ubiquitous and increasingly influential in the making of our personal and social lives. Yet, in recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has come under public scrutiny for a series of controversies – from the implosion of the blood-testing company Theranos, to the Daraprim and […]

Faculty Interview: Ajay Singh Chaudhary on Global Marxism

While some have come to argue that Marxism and Critical Theory are fundamentally Eurocentric in a way that renders them incompatible with anti-colonial or post-colonial struggles, the work of several 20th century non-European thinkers–including C.L.R James, Al-e Ahmad, Gustavo Gutierrez, and Gendun Chopel–challenges this characterization. Bringing Marxian analysis together with questions of identity, subjectivity, decolonization, […]

Faculty Interview: Bruce King on Nietzsche’s Greeks

A towering figure of modern philosophy, Nietzsche famously challenged common understandings of truth and morality to unleash a critique of subject centered reason that opened the way for post-modernity and influenced many 20th Century thinkers including Theodor Adorno, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze. But before making his most radical contributions to philosophy, Nietzsche started out […]