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Faculty Writing: On “Girl Shows”, the Mid-Century American “High Imperial Aesthetic”, and a Life in Classical Music

BISR faculty have for many years been publishing their work in The Baffler, a venue for “interesting and unexpected” writing from the left. This edition of faculty writing features pieces by Jessie Kindig and Nathan Shields from recent issues of “the journal that blunts the cutting edge.”  In the Domain of Faust is Nathan Shields’ […]

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Faculty Writing: On Appreciating Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt

Writing in Harper’s Magazine, Sophie Lewis reflects on her deep and long-standing appreciation of Marilyn Monroe, ventures some reasons as to why mass appreciation of this femme icon has been late in arriving, and praises a new generation of Marilyn-loving feminists for their “ethos that posits machismo and femmephobia as two sides of the same […]

Faculty Writing: On the Illiberal Appeal to Religion, and Our Changing Relationship to Work

Writing in Aeon, Suzy Schneider goes beyond the familiar diagnoses of hypocrisy and instrumentalism to understand what is new in the contemporary right-wing’s appeal to religious identity. In the post-liberal order, she argues, religious belonging has ceased to be a private matter of belief—just as political communities are less and less bound together by consensus […]

Faculty Writing: On the Future of the Brazilian Presidency and the Fantasy of Power Without Politics

Writing in Jacobin, Nara Roberta Silva takes a look back over the past two decades of Brazil’s history in order to assess what kinds of challenges, and pitfalls, may await the winner of this year’s presidential election—in the event it turns out to be the Workers’ Party candidate, and former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da […]

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 […]

Faculty Writing: On Sovereign Technology and National Liberation, the Street Homeless and the Anti-Crime Agenda, and Freud’s Final Days

In Science for the People, Max Ajl explores the life and work of Tunisian agronomist Slaheddine el-Amami, who, “more than almost any other postcolonial theorist of development…perceived that technological sovereignty and national liberation” must proceed hand-in-hand. Inverting the “European canon” of decolonization, where the “agrarian question” emerged as tertiary to the questions of politics and […]

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 […]