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Faculty Writing: On Expropriation and Social Reproduction in Ukraine, and Coerced Reproduction in the US

BISR faculty Olena Lyubchenko and Suzy Schneider both address the issue of reproduction—social and biological—in the context of the war in Ukraine and the latest threats to reproductive rights in the US. Writing for LeftEast, Lyubchenko situates the ongoing war in Ukraine within broad, global patterns of production and social reproduction. Since the events of 2014, […]

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Late Light: Poetry by Joseph Earl Thomas, Anjuli Raza Kolb, and Yanyi

From Late Light, a journal of Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, a collection of three brief poems. “Daddy, Can We Go to the Doggie Park?” by Joseph Earl Thomas. “Sindh Sublunary” by Anjuli Raza Kolb. “Counting (On New Year’s)” by Yanyi.  

Faculty Writing: On Neoliberalism’s Resilience; and Political-Time in the Anthropocene

In a recent interview, originally recorded at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and published in Jacobin, BISR Faculty Rafael Khachaturian talks with political economist Martijn Konings about a rise in speculative soundings of the death knell for neoliberalism—even as the evidence keeps stacking up that no such end is imminent. They […]

Faculty Writing: On the Psychiatrization of Resistance Movements; and a Dialectical-Materialist Approach to Fatigue in Biomedicine

Writing for Frontiers in Sociology, Jenny Logan explores how psychiatrization—a normative approach to the interpretation and treatment of mental difference and distress—gets deployed in political contexts as an instrument of discipline and control. Looking at consumer, survivor, ex-patient, and psychosocial disability movements in the Global South, she argues that psychiatrization can thwart the efforts of […]

Faculty Writing: On the American Public’s Fascination with Ted Kaczynski; and an Interview with Wendy Brown

Writing for The Nation, R.H. Lossin examines the American public’s continued fascination with Ted Kaczynski’s unsanctioned violence, which seems to take one of two expressions—either hedgingly admiring, as in: “he made some good points” (about technology, government, and the environment) “but his methods are faulty”; or morally admonishing, as in: the man was unhinged if […]

Faculty Video: Perpetual Crisis: Contemporary Geopolitics in Context

On Wednesday, March 16th, BISR Faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, K. Soraya Batmanghelichi, Asma Abbas, and Rafael Khachaturian gathered to take the wide view on the constellation of “perpetual crises” currently afflicting the international landscape, from war to famine to Cold War-style standoff, asking: Can we move past moralistic and unicausal frameworks to understand the multicausal […]

Faculty Writing: On the Neoliberal Turn in American Classical Music; and Lillian Faderman’s Selective Histories of Feminism

For The Baffler, Nathan Shields explores the neoliberal turn in American classical music and how it shapes the professional lives of contemporary composers, who today must negotiate a discomfiting trio of ascribed roles—from genius to technocrat to entrepreneur. Also for The Baffler, Sophie Lewis reviews historian Lillian Faderman’s “unabashedly homonormative” new book, Woman: The American […]

Faculty Podcast: Hannah Arendt: Between Worlds

Steadily gaining in visibility, the work of Hannah Arendt offers powerful insight into the perennial problems of human society and the human condition, from violence to freedom to laboring to thinking itself. But who was Hannah Arendt? And, why is she seemingly so relevant today? In the podcast series Hannah Arendt: Between Worlds, co-presented by […]

Faculty Writing: On the Tensions Straining at Russian Society; and On Decadence

For Jacobin, BISR Faculty Rafael Khachaturian interviews St Petersburg-based journalist and founder of Openleft.ru Ilya Matveev about deep-running tensions in Russian society, providing crucial context for understanding Russia’s geopolitical goals: “Politics are decided by elections without democracy. A growing number of Russian billionaires have outlandish wealth but no political power. And Putin is a populist […]

Faculty Writing: On Apocalypticism and Liberal Triumphalism; Full Surrogacy Now!; and Hannah Arendt

In Review of Democracy, Ferenc Lazcó interviews Suzanne Schneider on the modernity of new forms of jihad and why the nihilism of ISIS should be understood as a response to liberal triumphalism. Sophie Lewis has just released an audiobook version of her Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, read by Sophie herself; you can listen via […]