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Free and Open to the Public: BISR Language Lecture Series

In February 2023, BISR Language Learning and Critique launched with a year-long intensive course in Critical Ancient Greek. In September, the program grew to include a course in Critical Sanskrit. And, coming this February, we are expanding the language institute with three additional intensive courses: Critical Latin, Critical Ancient Hebrew, and Critical Classical Arabic (the […]

Faculty Writing: On the Late Style of Hélène Cixous and Writers Writing on Video Gaming

In her review in The Nation, Rebecca Ariel Porte reads Hélène Cixous’s Well-Kept Ruins as elegy—as “a poet meditating on the practice of three arts: losing (cities, people, the intangible legacies of memory), escaping (oppression, danger, the weight of history, life itself), and saving (whatever you can along the way).” For Porte, Cixous’s late-career work […]

Faculty Video: Catastrophe in Context: a Teach-In on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Beyond

On Friday, November 3rd, as the Israeli Defense Forces continued their invasion of the Gaza strip, BISR faculty organized a day-long teach-in, live streamed on the BISR Facebook page, to address pressing questions generated by this escalated phase of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: What drove it to this point? And where, ultimately, is it heading? Each […]

Faculty Writing: On the Troubling Evolution of the Little Mermaid, and the Reformed Dads of Bridgerton

In the latest issue of The Drift, Sophie Lewis asks “Can the Sireniform Speak?”—an exploration of the imperial and colonial history of the mermaid alongside its equal and opposite service as a figure of queer and trans expression and solidarity. Tracing various adaptations of The Little Mermaid across two centuries, from Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy […]

Faculty in the Media: On Moral Panics, and Ethnic Cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh

In a roundtable hosted by journalist Moya Lothian-McLean of Novara Media at The World Transformed festival in Liverpool, Barnaby Raine breaks down the social conditions and political opportunism that both incite and exacerbate moral panics. Expanding upon the work of a group of Birmingham cultural studies scholars, including Stuart Hall, Raine traces the origins of these […]

Faculty Writing: On Britney Spears, Architectural Experiments, and Lacan’s Subject-Supposed-to-Know

Writing in Vulture magazine, Christine Smallwood offers a droll review of Britney Spears’s new memoir The Woman in Me: “As Keats taught us about negative capability, as Kierkegaard taught us about paradox, so Britney has been saying, for literally decades, that she dwells in doubt, being neither one thing nor the other — not a […]

Faculty Writing: On National Conservatism, and a Commemoration of Edward Said

Writing in Jewish Currents, Suzy Schneider profiles Yoram Hazony—political philosopher, former Netanyahu speech writer, and founder of the National Conservative movement—detailing the (il)logic and stakes of his “attempts to redeem nationalism from its genocidal associations” and reimagine political identity as “rootedness, belonging, and honor, a metaphorical roof over the head of otherwise atomized and troubled […]

Faculty Writing: On Feminist Legends, and on Barbie and Global Capitalism

Writing in n+1 magazine, Jessie Kindig reflects on what it has meant, and might yet mean in the future, to be a feminist in the United States. A paean to the generation of the second wave—from Vivian Gornick to Joni Mitchell—Kindig moves from a reflection on “the feminism they fought for” to “the personal and […]

Now Enrolling: a New Course in Honor of Jeffrey Escoffier

To honor the life and achievements of queer socialist scholar and beloved colleague Jeffrey Escoffier, BISR and Jeffrey’s friends, loved ones, and comrades have collaborated to raise money for and design a specially accessible course dedicated to exploring Jeffrey’s remarkable body of work. In Community and Perversity: an Introduction to Jeffrey Escoffier, taught by BISR […]