Chico Buarque

This is in cinemas in Brazil now, and although I will be seeing Caetano Veloso live (again) in Austin I would be more thrilled to see this film on the big screen. Axé.

Slavoj Žižek

Global capitalism has no problem in accommodating itself to a plurality of local religions, cultures and traditions. So the irony of anti-Eurocentrism is that, on behalf of anti-colonialism, one criticizes the West at the very historical moment when global capitalism no longer needs Western cultural values in order to smoothly function. In short, one tends … More Slavoj Žižek

Writing group

I have an in person writing group for the first time since graduate school. Here is our plan. Immediate goal: each have at least two scholarly articles (or one for R. and 3 for Z.) under consideration by 12/1/2016. Ultimate goal: have a steady stream of articles (R.) and book (Z.) coming; both apply for … More Writing group

Sur la blancheur

Given the intriguing context and ways in which Acadian history was materialized in the Memorial, this case foregrounds the critical importance of display practices and expertise necessary to historicize space and time. The broader significance of this claim lies in the fact that despite the growing acknowledgement of the complexities of curation and display, practitioners … More Sur la blancheur

Plan Mérida

According Gustavo Gil, director of political analysis at Integralia, a Mexico City consultancy firm, the rule of law should replace military aid as the central pillar of the Mérida Initiative. “As long as Mexico’s institutions are unable to impose the rule of law,” he says, “the routine violation of human rights will continue.” Gil cites … More Plan Mérida

Xanadu II

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted By woman wailing for her demon-lover! And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, … More Xanadu II

Frank Furedi

Throughout most of the 20th century, therapy was advertised as both a cure and as an instrument for the construction of a happy society. It was promoted as a positive way of exploring and expanding the individual’s personality. From the perspective of today’s therapeutic ethos, therapy is much more a means of survival than an … More Frank Furedi