How best to preserve the archaeological
record of the past, which so often obtrudes on political objectives of the
present? And what happens when nation states are effectively bankrupt? Are its monuments to be allowed to collapse
American radical feminist Shulamith Firestone
was a leading theorist of 70s feminism who died a lonely death last summer.
Responding to Susan Faludi’s psychological profile of Firestone in The New Yorker last month, Kathleen B.
Jones examines Firestone’s contribution to women’s liberation
One lesson from the 1979 Iranian revolution and the
2011 Arab revolutions is that activists seeking to promote women’s rights,
human rights and the transition to democracy must challenge patriarchy from
within the Muslim legal tradition.
The question of citizenship lies at the heart of the legitimacy of rule and political subjectivity, but its origins are European and orientalist. In a dewesternizing world, how can citizenship be reconceptualised? (Video, 33 minutes)
Repressive laws, socialist icons, and the promotion of Eurasian identity amount to a regression to the Soviet past, says Daniil Kotsyubinsky. Russian society has moved on, however, and the Kremlin will have to tread very carefully to avoid an explosion of protest.
'Settler colonialism' has greatly influenced the way we think about colonialism and orientalism. But analysis of the writings of British settlers in the United States reveals that the political subjectivity of the settler is distinct from that of the colonizer (Video, 20 mins)
In a keynote lecture from the Oecumene project's second symposium, Saba Mahmood shows that religious liberty is a mechanism of statecraft and discusses the implications for religious minority populations.
should liberal Russians interact with an increasingly illiberal regime?
Writer and Putin critic Grigory Chkhartishvili (a.k.a Boris Akunin) delivered a simple message at yesterday's opposition rally in Moscow.
In the first of a series of videos from the Oecumene project's second symposium on citizenship, orientalism and colonialism, Engin Isin discusses the major themes addressed in the symposium and outlines the future for the project
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