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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 […]

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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 […]

Faculty Writing: How Not to Talk About Climate Change and Paramilitary America

In Jacobin, Alyssa Battistoni excoriates Nathaniel Rich’s long, politically unsophisticated New York Times Magazine piece “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” For Rich, climate change and the inability to act to stop it is a tragedy for which “we”—not private power or the prevailing political-economic structure, but humans at large, victims to “human […]

Faculty Video: Borders, Migration, and Crisis

On Friday, July 6th, BISR (in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Jolt Texas, and Union Communications Services, and in solidarity with Jolt’s “Art Caravan for Children to Brownsville” on July 8th) convened a critical and wide-ranging conversation on migration and the present-day immigration crisis: its roots, form, and legal and physical structure; […]

Faculty Writing: UBI, Concentration Camps for Kids, and Hope through Despair

In In These Times, Alyssa Battistoni tackles the emerging debate between Universal Basic Income proponents and advocates for a federal job guarantee. Why not both, she asks: “Though UBI and JG are typically counterposed, it’s entirely plausible they could coexist.” “My hunch,” she writes “is that the JGUBI debate has become so loaded in part […]

Faculty Writing and Video: The Other Puerto Rico and BISR on BRIC TV

In Social Text, Adriana María Garriga-López writes, very personally, of “The Other Puerto Rico” — marginalized sites of self-sufficiency, sustained by solidarity, that sit at the “razor’s edge of neoliberal precarity.” This “other Puerto Rico,” obscured by the shadows of a disaster capitalist state, is “the only thing that makes living in Puerto Rico possible right […]

Faculty Writing: Two Poems

In the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Fence are two poems by BISR faculty Anjuli Raza Kolb and Rebecca Ariel Porte. Kolb’s, entitled “Raat Ki Raani,” ponders double-edged freedom: I’m free to think about things like love to hear the fast spring stream prancing on her own grave and think in Flint they have no running […]