With decades of creativity—that ended with World War I—Vienna jolted Western art and culture forward into high modernity. But how?
Benzion Netanyahu—father of the former prime minister—is not the protagonist; rather, it is his scholarship and the practice of history itself.
“We teach science as separate from the rest of the world. I want people who live in the world to see how they’re actually doing science.”
Does leaving the academy mean someone failed? Or does it mean, instead, that their scholarly strengths can now be made useful to the public?
Impossible to summarize, The Last Samurai is deeply political—anti-capitalist and thoroughly feminist—without ever becoming preachy or moralizing.
Netflix Brazil’s 3% presents a desperate future city that nevertheless proclaims its citizens all have an equal shot at success. Sound familiar?
We don’t judge books by their covers, but we do sort people based on which academic presses match their personality types.
Outside elite institutions, queer studies has the potential to go hand in hand with broader struggles of racial and economic justice.
In this parodic installment of Shoptalk, we salute the year of conferences that have tried to be.
What does “merit” mean in a context—like India—where caste pervades public life?
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
Academics are scrambling to fulfill the increasingly bureaucratic research measures of the neoliberal university.
Can a pragmatic approach to free speech on campus produce more inclusive, and more educational, institutions?
“Although I was reluctant to generalize about women’s friendship, I was also thinking about a model that would counter the male model of friendship.”
Despite a long history of black presence and contribution, the academic space is still the stronghold of capitalist white supremacy.
"Writing about lupus is like writing about ghosts. What do you say about something featureless?"
“You don’t tell children not to grow. And you don’t tell a writer not to write.”
The Public Books Database is collecting the resources being offered for free by academic presses during the COVID-19 crisis.
“First: Why are we not making more progress? Second: Why do so many people hate environmentalists?”