A Radical Vision of Freedom

Sunaina Maira

2015 was the tenth anniversary of the official launching of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement by Palestinian civil society organizations, including over 170 political parties, activist organizations, trade unions, women’s groups, and other segments of the Palestinian national movement, … Continue reading “A Radical Vision of Freedom”

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Peace Dividends

Alex Lubin

  The U.S./Israel special relationship is at once affective, geopolitically strategic, and rooted in economics.  In this essay I suggest that the neo-liberalization of the U.S. economy during the Reagan administration was tied to the formation of international free trade … Continue reading “Peace Dividends”

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Why I Occupy

Nicholas Mirzoeff

Social Text Collective Member Nicholas Mirzoeff reads his September 2012 Public Culture essay “Why I Occupy.”

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Educational Outliers

Michael Mandiberg

Education outside of the traditional classroom is on the rise. Again. New non-traditional learning scenarios are emerging in many academic disciplines, spurred on by DIY culture, a tidal wave of student debt, and changes in technology. Moving beyond questioning whether … Continue reading “Educational Outliers”

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Optimistic Cruelty

Lisa Duggan

  Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism has the uncanny quality of illuminating for readers what we believe we already knew.  Her renderings of the affective quality of everyday life at the center of a declining US American empire, offered to us … Continue reading “Optimistic Cruelty”

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People's Alternatives

Ashley Dawson

  This is the final session in a two-day workshop organized by the Transnational Institute, a group that bills itself as “a worldwide fellowship of scholar activists.” The overarching theme of the workshop was Defying Dystopia: Struggle Against Climate Change, … Continue reading “People's Alternatives”

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New Middle Eastern Uprisings: Gender, Class and Security Politics in Iran

Manijeh Nasrabadi

You know times have changed when the question, “Is Iran next?” no longer refers to whether Iran will be the next target in the US “war on terror,” but whether or not it will be next to succumb to a wave of revolutions. I obviously don’t have the answer but I can say that there is a profound radicalization under way in Iranian society that overruns the boundaries of class and sweeps across the continuum from religious to secular.

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