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BISR Live: Epidemiology and Metaphor

In this edition of BISR Live, Rebecca Ariel Porte welcomes Anjuli Raza Kolb and Kali Handelman for a discussion of the language of disease and epidemiology, particularly as it’s used to categorize and imagine insurgent social and political phenomena—from anti-colonial rebellion to so-called Islamic terrorism. Why is epidemiological language so frequently appropriated for social thinking—and […]

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BISR Live: Reading Madeline Gins–with Lucy Ives

In this edition of BISR Live, novelist Lucy Ives and BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte discuss philosopher, architect, poet, and major prose stylist Madeline Gins (whose posthumous collection, edited by Lucy, is now available for purchase from Siglio Press).

Faculty Writing: Right-Wing Climate Realism, the Politics of Antibody Testing, and the Inequality of of Digital Health

In The Baffler, Ajay Singh Chaudhary explains the “ecological-economic-political matrix” of climate disaster and increasing privatization: “Actually Existing Capitalism runs on stress and stressors, social and ecological. Ecological sustainability, a socioecological flourishing for the vast majority, for the many, requires addressing such stressors—such exhaustion—across ecological, economic, social, and political systems, otherwise the overall project is […]

BISR Live: Emily Dickinson’s Master Letters

In this edition of BISR Live, faculty members Samantha Hill, Rebecca Ariel Porte, and Dora Zhang discuss Emily Dickinson’s Master Letters, the controversy of their publication, and the possible futility of asking, “for whom were these letters intended?” BISR LIVE Presents: Emily Dickinson's Master Letters Posted by Brooklyn Institute for Social Research on Thursday, April […]

Faculty Writing: NRA History, HIV and Coronavirus, and the Political Economy of Incarceration

In Bookforum, Patrick Blanchfield reviews Frank Smyth’s recent book The NRA: The Unauthorized History. Glad for a popular history of the NRA written by someone “not on the NRA’s payroll,” Blanchfield takes issue with Smyth’s tendency to “see the NRA as singularly powerful and overlook its position within a broader network of conservative organizations.” For […]

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 […]

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 […]