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The Return of Gilded Feminism?

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Socialite-turned-suffragist Alva Belmont (1853-1933), née Smith, might have recognized her younger self in the “Glam-SAHMs” (stay-at-home-moms) described in Wednesday Martin’s attention-grabbing, pop-anthropology memoir of Upper East Side wives and mothers, Primates of Park Avenue

After all, Belmont was in some ways the original Manhattan Glam-SAHM. She certainly enjoyed the historical equivalent of a “wife bonus,” not to mention “ex-wife” and “widow bonuses” to boot. William K. Vanderbilt, whom she married in 1875, gave her millions to spend as she wished during their marriage; upon their divorce in 1895, he paid her millions more. Her second husband, O.H.P. Belmont of the Belmont banking family, left her another fortune and a stately Newport home when he died in 1908. ...

The Utopia of Art

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In her recent contribution to Public Seminar, my colleague Dominique Suberville argued that art, in its current form, is stylized exhibition of the social condition: what some of us, following Jeffrey Goldfarb and Iddo Tavory, have been designating as the examination of irreducible social tensions and socially mediated personal dilemmas. In doing so, Suberville has discovered a new “narrative” by which art can continue to be intelligible as art, contra the funeral oration delivered famously by Arthur Danto in 1984. ...

All iterated

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In the warm up to this years Party in the Park a series of promotional and fund raising events have been lined up by this years party protagonists. Such great success in 2014 has propelled the ambition for this year, … Continue reading →

Between Freud and Einstein

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In my long career as professor of a very particular discipline known as the Phenomenology of Styles, I made frequent use of a precious notion coming from the French sociologist Lucien Goldmann: homology. “Homology” refers to a coincidence between the structures (schemes, patterns) we may extract from different fields of culture, be they in the human or the physical-mathematical sciences.

With this possibility of a coincidence in mind, we may dare to compare the two fundamental contributions given by Sigmund Freud in the field of the humanities and by Albert Einstein in the almost opposite world of the natural sciences. ...

Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture

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From Cultural Appreciation Days to Gay-Straight Alliances to cafeteria menus featuring “ethnic options,” twenty-first century American public schools bear the unmistakable mark of the diversity that has come to define the nation in the last fifty years. At the same time, it is also in public schools where citizens continue to organize most passionately to limit the influence of this heterogeneity on our curricula and classroom culture. Classroom Wars explores how we got here. Focusing on California’s schools during the 1960s and 1970s, historian Natalia Mehlman Petrzela charts how a state and a citizenry deeply committed to public education as an engine of civic and moral education navigated the massive changes brought about by the 1960s, including the sexual revolution, school desegregation, and a dramatic increase in Latino immigration. ...

Presidential Elections in Poland: Something Old, Something New

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The victory of Andrzej Duda, the nationalist, right-wing Law and Justice party’s candidate, came as a shock to many. Yet, in fact, his success over President Bronisław Komorowski, a center-right conservative, supported by the ruling party, Civic Platform, should not have been a surprise. After all, Duda also won the first round (albeit by a margin of less than one percent), and while Komorowski ran a lackluster campaign, defending the accomplishments of the recent past, Duda ran a much more dynamic one, running as the candidate of change in a country with much discontent. ...

Adhere to this

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Strands of the recent ‘offline networks’ panel @ Transmediale prove to be of ongoing fascination as the ‘offline networking’ meme builds momentum. and shed contrasting light on the needs for flexibility and ingenuity in community wireless networks with … Continue reading →

Learning Baltimore

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A student asked me whether I had arranged the Baltimore riots to take place now, at the end of our semester. The news out of Baltimore too perfectly illustrates so much of the history I teach. I suspect I am not alone in this odd feeling of validation -- at once reassuring yet terrifying -- that the patterns identified by historians are also incredibly important to activists. They may have never taken our classes. They live the experience that most historians merely describe in our research and teaching. “Sometimes,” Tom Sugrue declared recently, “I wish my scholarship wasn’t so relevant.” ...


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Prior to the remodelling of Denmark Street this year,  YT stepped across the rooftops with Daniel of Peerpoint  to set up and distribute early adopter access to the 1gb capacity fibre service which is now distributed over high speed wireless … Continue reading →

My Living Room as a Public Sphere

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“I’m not certain that the ideal society should be religious. I start from the premise that the ideal society should be secular.” So spoke documentary filmmaker, Mehran Tamadon, in a conversation with the four conservative mullahs, advocates of the Islamic republic, he invited to be part of his new movie Iranian. The conversation consists of five men sitting in a living room in Iran, arguing about the ideal society: this is pretty much the plot.

Behind closed doors, the mullahs’ wives are relegated to the bedrooms as their children play in the garden; in the living room, the four clerics and the self-avowed atheist embark upon a fascinating experiment. ...

Borderlands and “Borderman”: Towards a New Cosmopolis

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Through the study of contemporary migrants' experiences in Africa, Middle-East and Europe, this talk addresses the rising social importance of the "borderman," that is, men and women in the move in precarious condition. Prof. Agier describes them as "wanderers," "métèques" and "pariahs," relating their trajectories to their social positions and the places they occupy (encampments, squats, camps). Prof Agier discusses cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitcs, and shows how these contemporary migrants develop at the global scale a new and banal cosmopolitanism. ...

Fibonacci Skylines

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YT stood on this roof for about an hour yesterday and shot images whilst scanning for RedRaw Internet radios in case we could forge a link up to serve the tenants of Fibi House. In an area so well endowed … Continue reading →

Women in the Rulings of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

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After a long battle with the mainstream of human rights discourse and institutions dating from at least the era of the League of Nations, feminists organized in a transnational movement [1] have succeeded in placing women’s issues at the centre of human rights debates.

Here I want to take a step back from celebrating these achievements and ask: if women are now part of the transnational discourse on human rights, who are these women? How do transnational human rights institutions represent them? Or, put in other words, who is the female subject of transnational legal discourse and what gendered harms are made visible in this arena? ...


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