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Faculty Writing: American Macronism and the Nuclear Family

For The Nation, Ajay Singh Chaudhary examines the parallels between French president Emmanuel Macron and would-be U.S. president Pete Buttigieg,  and the unique dangers of an “American Macronism” far beyond the former Mayor of South Bend. Chaudhary writes: “With a strategy of political demobilization, discouragement, and disenfranchisement, by legal means, gray areas, and ideological heavy […]

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Faculty Writing: OK, Boomer and Billionaire Presidents

In N+1, Patrick Blanchfield challenges the aesthetic distinction between Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump, confronting the false choice between two racist, authoritarian candidates and the systemic effort to holding voters hostage. Blanchfield writes: “[W]hen these billionaires run for President, and everyone downticket scrambles to figure out how to either play nice and get a slice […]

Faculty Video: Night of Philosophy & Ideas 2020

For the fourth consecutive year, BISR faculty participated in the annual Night of Philosophy & Ideas, an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. As we did last year, we recorded our faculty contributions—Suzanne Schneider on “Life on […]

Faculty Writing: Billionaire Philanthropy and the Hygienic Sublime

For the Washington Post, Amy Schiller explores the politics of philanthropy, questioning the effectiveness of an increasingly small, increasingly wealthy pool of donors: “Out of more than 1.5 million nonprofits, just the top 100 organizations, household names such as Harvard, Stanford and Memorial Sloane Kettering, received 11 percent of all charitable gifts last year. Meanwhile, […]

Faculty Writing: Globalization and Literature, Imperialism and the Police, and Bolsonaro’s Neoliberalism

For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Danielle Drori reviews Kfir Cohen-Lustig’s Makers of Worlds, Readers of Signs: Israeli and Palestinian Literature in the Global Contemporary. “What most Israeli literary critics have viewed as a postmodern wave — novels narrated by fragmented voices, featuring satirical descriptions of the act of storytelling — Cohen-Lustig interprets as […]

Faculty Writing: Power in the Classroom and Against Critical Thinking

In The Revealer, Abby Kluchin shares field notes from her experience teaching queer and trans theory. Kluchin raises several critical, potentially unanswerable, questions: “How can I make it clear that my own specific experiences of marginalization inform how I teach – but are not some sort of master key to understanding other forms of marginalization, […]

Faculty Writing: Circuit Parties and Queer Memory and Labor Struggles at the Museum

For the LARB, Joe Osmundson discusses Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, the death of a generation, and queer pleasure in post-AIDS NYC: “Books can tell us about who we were, and who we are. And they can connect us to a generation of faggots we lost, and to a city — to a New […]

Faculty Video: Walter Benjamin’s The Storyteller

On October 7th, BISR faculty Christine Smallwood, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Suzanne Schneider, novelist Hermione Hoby, and translator Tess Lewis gathered at the American Folk Art Museum to mark the republication, by NYRB, of Walter Benjamin’s landmark “The Storyteller” essay; and to discuss its meaning and enduring relevance—for modern politics, communication, literature, and sensibility. Questions pondered […]

Faculty Chat: Puerto Rico: Rebellion and Beyond

With protestors continuing to demonstrate in Puerto Rico, even after the resignation of former governor Ricardo Rosseló, BISR faculty Adriana Garriga-Lopez (whose course Ambiente, Feminismo y Descolonización recently concluded in San Juan, Puerto Rico) sat down with fellow faculty member Ajay Singh Chaudhary to discuss the shape and scope of the mass protest movement. What […]

Faculty Writing: Capitalism and the Family, Immigration and “Merit,” and Torah as Palimpsest

On The Dig podcast with Daniel Denvir, Sophie Lewis discusses her new book Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, the problem of commercialized surrogacy, and the abuses that follow from bourgeois notions of the family: “While we’re calling this situation that people are making a lot of noise about and feeling a lot of revulsion […]