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Faculty Video: Night of Philosphy & Ideas 2019

For the third 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 “Terrorism, Nihilism, and the […]

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Faculty Writing: the Vice of Nationalism and Self-tracking and Surveillance

In Foreign Policy, Suzanne Schneider dissects Yoram Hazony’s tract The Virtues of Nationalism, an ironically “deeply global” book that “underscores the common underpinnings of the Israeli right, the Trump administration, ethnonationalists, and indeed neofascists the world over.” Hazony’s ahistorical book, which simply bypasses with nothing more than a footnote the serious scholarship of Benedict Anderson and […]

Faculty Writing: Digital Islam, the Urban “Unbuilder,” and Plots of Paradise

In the Revealer, Suzanne Schneider writes about “Digital Islam” and the phenomenon of the “YouTube Sheik”—in particular, Dawah Man, an online evangelist whose very lack of formal religious training gives him grounds to pontificate from “simple, straightforward” religious text. At first glance a kind of democratization of religious knowledge, the YouTube pulpit in fact enables […]

Faculty Interview: Alyssa Battistoni on Ecofeminism and Xenofeminism

In the West, since at least the myth of Gaea, the earth has been seen as something feminine. For ecofeminists, the linkage has had profound, and malign, consequences for our treatment both of nature and of women. More recently, xenofeminists have reconsidered the liberatory possibilities of instrumental technology: whereas for some ecofeminists nature is inviolable, […]

Faculty Writing: the Supreme Court, Anthropocene Politics, and Poetry in Parentheses

In the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Ajay Singh Chaudhary published a piece in Public Seminar critiquing the anti-democratic character of the Supreme Court, one of four constitutional “veto players” that make the U.S. “institutionally the least democratic among nominally democratic countries in the OECD world.” In N+1, responding to a Trump administration memo predicting a […]

Faculty Writing: Anthropology Underwater, Edward Said, and the Cult of Seriousness

In the journal Cultural Anthropology, Adriana Garriga-Lopez imagines an anthropology disconnected, like a diver from her oxygen tank, from “the familiar touchstones of leftist anthropological critique … Marx, Hegel, Kant, Foucault, Nietzsche, Freud, and sometimes Arendt.” “I learned to think with and through these philosophers,” Garriga-Lopez writes, but a narrow engagement with Western work, as well as […]

Faculty Writing: The Cloud Messenger, GOP priorities, and the wages of “Fear”

In Poetry, on the eve of September 11th, Anjuli Raza Kolb considers the ancient Sanskrit poem “The Cloud Messenger.” What kind of message does a wandering cloud convey—particularly one composed of vaporized steel, cement, glass, and human bodies? “[O]n the day the Towers fell, we did make a collective appeal to the sky, and loved […]

Faculty Writing: David Wojnarowicz’s Art and “Senhal’s Complaint”

In The New York Times Magazine, Christine Smallwood discusses the “Rage and Tenderness of David Wojnarowicz‘s Art.” Smallwood writes: “Cultural journalists like to speak about artists ‘having a moment,’ and if this is Wojnarowicz’s moment, it has come at a good time for us.” Wojnarowicz, the itinerant artist, street urchin and AIDS victim, made art that mixed “text and […]

Faculty Writing: The John McCain Phenomenon and New York Sublime

In the Baffler, Patrick Blanchfield examines the personal history and media phenomenon of John McCain. What makes McCain catnip to the sententious white men (and, sometimes, women) who occupy the upper reaches of the American political commentariat? “Probably the central key to the Phenomenon,” Blanchfield writes, “is how John McCain’s story activates some of the […]

Faculty Video: Marx Now: A Symposium

Karl Marx is 200 years old. And yet, whenever Marx seems dead and buried, a new moment of economic or political crisis brings Marx’s critical understanding of capitalism back to the fore. In Marx Now, a two-day symposium co-presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, leading scholars, activists, and artists discussed, in a […]