Mon 8.19.13 | Austerity and Resistance in Europe

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Austerity measures and neoliberal strategies have been imposed all over Europe. What have been the consequences for ordinary people, and how has the European Left responded? Bruno Gulli emphasizes the role of debt in what he calls the extortion economy; Carlos Frade and Marcus Grätsch describe repression and resistance in Spain and Germany.

Wed 8.14.13 | Memory and the Radical Imagination

Cultural Critique






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Global capitalism, far from being only an economic phenomenon, affects and influences how we think, including what and how we think about the past. Max Haiven reveals how neoliberal-era initiatives frame human cooperation and collective action; he also emphasizes the importance of what he calls "commoning memory."

Tues 8.13.13 | What Empire Ruins

Ann Laura Stoler, ed., Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination Duke U. Press, 2013

Ann Laura Stoler, Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense Princeton U. Press, 2010



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We can go visit imperial ruins, but there many things that empire has ruined, and that it continues to debase and degrade. What should we know about processes of ruination that afflict people and landscapes today, and will do so into the future? Ann Laura Stoler traces some conceptual ground and discusses ruination in the context of Palestine, India, and Vietnam.

Mon 8.12.13 | The Technopolitics of Uranium

Gabrielle Hecht, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade The MIT Press, 2012

Gabrielle Hecht, ed., Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War The MIT Press, 2011



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Uranium is so dangerous that certain words -- Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Fukushima -- evoke images of horror and destruction. But uranium would do nothing and go nowhere if it weren't first extracted from the ground. While describing the toll uranium production has taken on people's lives, Gabrielle Hecht considers corporate conduct, regulatory policy, racial politics, and postcolonial dynamics.

Wed 8.07.13 | Same as Apartheid?

George Steinmetz, ed., Sociology and Empire: The Imperial Entanglements of a Discipline Duke U. Press, 2013




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Many comparisons have been made between the contemporary treatment of Palestinians and the treatment of blacks in apartheid-era South Africa. But what do those comparisons ignore, and what differences deserve emphasis? Andy Clarno's analysis takes into account labor, empire, political economy, and new technologies.

Tues 8.06.13 | Vietnam's Lessons Learned?

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If this nation's involvement in Vietnam was disastrous, if the US lost what it calls the Vietnam War, then what happened such that foreign military intervention again became acceptable, and even popular? Walter Hixson discusses the cultural recasting of the Vietnamese conflict over the years, with momentous effects.

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