This periscope extends a conversation that took place on the occasion of the book launch held at New York University on April 30, 2016 to mark the publication of Allen Feldman’s Archives of the Insensible: Of War, Photopolitics, and Dead Memory (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Papers presented here are by Jonathan Beller, Talal Asad, Drucilla Cornell, and Allen Feldman.
This periscope brings together political analyses of the academic boycott and BDS as a global movement, from different political locations and contexts of struggle. It asks scholar-activists to take stock of the solidarity movement’s political accomplishments and challenges and to ask how the movement might forge a political vision of where to go from here.
Hindu nationalism is politically dominant today. Not long ago, historians considered it backward or out-of-date, while political scientists did not think it worth their while to discuss its prospects of coming to power. But through the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, or Indian People's Party), Hindu nationalism has reinvented itself as populist, asserting religious identity together with the rhetoric of lower caste empowerment. The BJP in fact represents a makeover of the Indian political elite, which has abandoned non-alignment, embraced global capitalism, and seeks close ties with the US. Ironically, this was the desired end of an old Cold War era strategy of the US, which saw India as a frontline state in the battle against Communist threat. This dossier analyzes the Modi regime's recent ascent to power.
This Periscope features World of Matter, an international art and media project that investigates primary materials (fossil, mineral, agrarian, maritime) and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. Contributions by World of Matter participants along with those by other artist-activists and critics highlight transnational networks of relation that oftentimes entail forms of “slow violence,” with a commitment to grappling simultaneously with the social, the material, the geopolitical, the planetary, and questions of justice.