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Faculty Podcast: Hannah Arendt: Between Worlds

Steadily gaining in visibility, the work of Hannah Arendt offers powerful insight into the perennial problems of human society and the human condition, from violence to freedom to laboring to thinking itself. But who was Hannah Arendt? And, why is she seemingly so relevant today? In the podcast series Hannah Arendt: Between Worlds, co-presented by […]

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Faculty Writing: On the Tensions Straining at Russian Society; and On Decadence

For Jacobin, BISR Faculty Rafael Khachaturian interviews St Petersburg-based journalist and founder of Openleft.ru Ilya Matveev about deep-running tensions in Russian society, providing crucial context for understanding Russia’s geopolitical goals: “Politics are decided by elections without democracy. A growing number of Russian billionaires have outlandish wealth but no political power. And Putin is a populist […]

Faculty Writing: On Apocalypticism and Liberal Triumphalism; Full Surrogacy Now!; and Hannah Arendt

In Review of Democracy, Ferenc Lazcó interviews Suzanne Schneider on the modernity of new forms of jihad and why the nihilism of ISIS should be understood as a response to liberal triumphalism. Sophie Lewis has just released an audiobook version of her Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, read by Sophie herself; you can listen via […]

Faculty Writing: On Netflix’s Sex Education; the “Psychiatrization” of Mental Experience; and the Concepts Livelihood, Poverty, and Renunciation in the Islamic Economic Tradition

In Dissent, Sophie Lewis reviews Sex Education, a show that’s less about sex than it is “sophisticated sexual prudence”; in Mad in America, Jenny Logan critiques the “psychiatrization” of ever more mental phenomena and experiences; and in Maydan, a journal of Islamic thought, Sami Al-Daghistani examines the concepts of Livelihood, Poverty, and Renunciation in the […]

Faculty Writing: On the Student Workers’ Strike at Columbia

In The Nation, R.H. Lossin on What Columbia Student Workers are Asking For, as graduate students continue to strike against the university administration.

Late Light: a Journal of Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

On Friday, December 17th, BISR launched a project that’s been a long time in the making, something we’ve discussed basically since our inception: an official journal of Brooklyn Institute—Late Light. Conceived as a venue for new, imaginative, and even experimental writing, both in content and form, Late Light works from the premise that critical theory […]

Faculty Writing: On the “Americanness” of Kyle Rittenhouse; and the Sentimentality of Netflix’s Maid

In Gawker, Patrick Blanchfield explores the long legal history of “self-defense” in the United States that explains the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. In the Boston Review, Sophie Lewis reviews Netflix’s Maid—a seemingly unvarnished but ultimately sentimental depiction of paid domestic labor.  

Faculty Video: The Arabian Nights and its Afterlives

On Tuesday, November 23rd, BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte and Ajay Singh Chaudhary welcomed poet and translator Yasmine Seale for a wide-ranging discussion of the aesthetics, poetics, and politics of the Arabian Nights. In a multi-part event, with readings, interview, and panel conversation, they asked: What is the history of the Arabian Nights? How does […]

Faculty Writing: On the History of Women and Alcohol; Violence and the “Crisis of Liberalism”; and Reporting on Religion in America

In the London Review of Books, Sophie Lewis reviews Mallory O’Meara’s Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol. In the LA Review of Books, Suzanne Schneider, interviewed by Brad Evans, discusses the “crisis of liberalism” and its relationship to violence. And in The Revealer, Kali Handelman interviews New York Times religion reporter—”a too-rare […]

Faculty Writing: On “The Extractive Circuit” and Psychosis as a “Syndemic”

In The Baffler, Ajay Singh Chaudhary discusses “the extractive circuit,” the global political economy of extraction and exhaustion in the 21st century. In the psyche journal Mad in America, Jenny Logan argues for understanding psychosis as emerging from a “syndemic” of personal and social adversities.