Anti-Zionism as Antisemitism: The Case of Italy
an intervention by John Champagne
“In several recent essays and articles on the relationship between Italian Jews in the diaspora and contemporary Israeli political and military actions toward the Palestinians, an interesting series of contradictions emerge. In some instances, critique of the military policies of the state of Israel is equated with antisemitism, even when that critique is proffered by Italian Jews. The argument, presented, for example, by Ugo Volli in his “Zionism: a Word that not Everyone Understands,” is that there is a connection between military and political attacks on Israel…” Continue Reading.
On The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age
“Take a moment to think through the wide range of devices you would have to turn off and services you would have to avoid to succeed in such a challenge. While a single day without going online may not represent too outlandish an ordeal such an endeavor would still require some social and economic gymnastics. From the way we communicate with friends to the way we order food to the way we turn in assignments for school or complete tasks in our jobs – our lives have become thoroughly entangled with the Internet. Whether its power and control are overt or subtle the Internet has come to wield an impressive amount of influence over our lives. All of which should serve to raise a discomforting question – so, who is in control of the Internet?” Continue Reading.
~a review by Zachary Loeb
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On Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
“Given Gessen’s record of critiquing Putinist repression of civil society, particularly surrounding questions of gender and sexuality, the book adds to the conversation on resistance to authoritarian regimes. Words Will Break Cement will likely appeal to a mixed audience: general readers curious about the formation and motivations of this guerrilla-style punk rock art collective, as well as scholars interested in unmasking the theory underlying Pussy Riot’s attempts to deconstruct both epistemological and political systems of power.” Continue Reading.
~a review by Alice E.M. Underwood
A Political Companion to Herman Melville
“Current scholars, including those anthologized in Jason Frank’s A Political Companion to Herman Melville (2013), cannot resist pursuing Melville’s oeuvre in ways that make Melville and the political questions raised by his texts present for readers today. But, what comes of these endeavors? One only has to consider Andrew Delbanco’s Melville: His World and Work (2005) to find an answer.” Continue Reading.
~a review by Trisha Brady
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On the Archive III: The Secret; or, Borges at Yale
by Marc Nichanian
Translated from French by Gil Anidjar
“’On the Archive III: The Secret’ offers an extended commentary on Borges’s short story “The Ethnographer” and instigates a philosophical encounter between Borges and Derrida. As he carries on his fieldwork, Fred Murdock steals the “secret” of the Indian tribe he studies. He then comes back to the “civilized” world but refuses to write about the secret. He shall not be part of the Western community of knowledge, the community of university professors. Instead, he becomes an archivist at Yale.” Continue Reading.
Inviting comment on Last Fall’s conference, “Legacies of the Future: The Life and Work of Edward Said.” Here is Aamir Mufti on “The Late Style of Bandung Humanism,” from boundary 2‘s Video Lectures. Coverage of the Spring conference, “The Social Life of Poetic Language,” to come.