Would photographic documentation of inner life indicate the sameness and equality of Afro-Brazilians, loyal citizens in the making, or catalog their essential difference as an irredeemable and politically dangerous other, an other occupied by foreign powers?
John Durham Peters: Obsolescence in the Digital Era
Massiveness of documentation, fragility of preservation: this is our condition. How will digital records be kept alive across decades, centuries, and millennia?
Fred Turner: Therapeutic Nationalism
Today, the notion that psychotherapy could provide a model for propagandists may seem deeply alien. But by the late 1950s, a substantial number of American intellectuals and government officials understood international relations in essentially interpersonal terms.
Michelle Sanchez: John Calvin and Crisis
In the positive symbolism John Calvin attaches to faith, it is possible to locate an immanent critique of a market logic haunted by the structure of crisis.
Devin Singh: Debt Cancellation as Sovereign Crisis Management
Debt cancellation in its ancient near east context is unquestionably an act and prerogative of sovereign power.
Laurence Ralph: The Politics of Injury
In examining how a community responds to an event, we can get a better sense of their social world, and the problems that affect it. By observing what happens after an instance of violence, in other words, we see that the ways people manage their grief in those occasions are ways injury or death affects communities.
Lisa Hunt: Gender and Holy Communion
When women became rectors they would be called “mothers.” I hated that. I was never called mother. I never wanted to do the patriarchal “father knows best” model and just add a woman at the head of it.
Michelle Wolff: Ain’t She a Woman?
For more than a hundred years, the question of who belongs in the category of “woman” has been at the heart of American political, racial, and class struggles.
Meredith Glaubach: Ecofeminism and Pope Francis
The notion of God-given dominion over the Earth has been the underlying logic to justify exploitation and general disinterest in the wellbeing of the Earth.