, from this period, been feebler than the last ( Brenner, 2006 ). Recovery from the 2008 financial crisis,
for example, has been the weakest and most prolonged on record ( Streeck, 2017 ). Reflecting the realities of the downturn, the new freedom
to consume has, to a remarkable degree, been unequally distributed ( OECD, 2008 ; Oxfam, 2016 ).
Precarity is a by-product of the long downturn. It emerges at that historic moment when the
economy becomes a site of permanent emergency ( Streeck,
2011 ). A human surplus coexists with the ‘jobless’ growth
This paper traces the massacres of Jews and Soviet prisoners of war in November 1941
in the city of Bobruisk, Eastern Belarus. Sparked by a current memorial at one of the
killing sites, the author examines the historic events of the killings themselves and
presents a micro level analysis of the various techniques for murdering and disposing
of such large numbers of victims. A contrast will be shown between the types of
actions applied to the victims by the German army, SS, police personnel and other
local collaborators, reflecting an imposed racial hierarchisation even after their
The Texture—Gendered, Sexual, Violent—of James
Baldwin’s Southern Silences
Spurred on by Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The
Nickel Boys (2019), which is set in Tallahassee, FL, during the
1950s and 1960s, this essay presents a close-up look at James Baldwin’s
visit to Tallahassee in May 1960. Moving between Baldwin’s writings about
the South, especially “They Can’t Turn Back,” published by
Mademoiselle magazine in August 1960, and subsequent
writing about the movement in Tallahassee, and checking off against
Whitehead’s fictional treatment, we find a lattice of silences obscuring
the names and contributions of Black women. Most importantly, we find that the
historic case of the rape of Betty Jean Owens in May 1959, and the subsequent
trial that summer, appears neither in Baldwin’s nor Whitehead’s
writing about Tallahassee at the time. This essay establishes the missing names
of Black women in the places marked and unmarked by Baldwin in his work at the
time, and puts the case of Betty Jean Owens on the historical map where it
belongs. In so doing, we figure issues of race, gender, sex, and violence for
the ways they twist together, ways suppressed in historical (and even some
contemporary) writing, ways crucial to our deepening consideration of
Baldwin’s work and the history which he drew upon and to which he
contributed so profoundly.
A Model for Historical Reflection in the Humanitarian Sector
Kevin O’Sullivan and Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair
( 2016 ), ‘ Minor Miracle or Historic
Failure Ahead for UN ’, Refugees
Deeply , 8 August, www.newsdeeply.com/refugees/community/2016/08/08/long-read-minor-miracle-or-historic-failure-ahead-for-u-n-summit
(accessed 25 July 2018) .
( 2004 ), ‘ On Being a Humanitarian Aid
Worker under an Imposed Code of Professionalisation ’,
The Visual Politics and Narratives of Red Cross Museums in Europe and the
United States, 1920s to 2010s
narratives. They stress the ambivalences,
struggles, and failures coming along with humanitarian work. The museum, as John
Pinder has put it, therewith offers a space ‘in which extreme violence is
historicized for the purposes of pedagogy and critical reflection’, prompting
visitors to ‘envisage more “civil” alternatives to the
cruelties that mark our past and present’ ( Pinder, 2018 : 484f).
Similar to museums in Washington DC and Castiglione, however, Geneva’s Red
An Interview with Rainer Schlösser, Spokesperson of the Association of the Red Cross Museums in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Rotkreuz-Museen)
series on the history of the Red Cross, together with the headquarters of the German Red Cross. Another thing we do is to organize tours to historic places like Solferino, Castiglione, Heiden, or Geneva. This is a really popular and successful program, I’d say.
What we are still trying to develop is a line of cooperation with local schools. Students do come in occasionally for project work and we do cooperate with schools within a format called school medical service days, but we get few visits from school classes. So that’s something we may be working on. Finally I
Why Building Back Better Means More than Structural Safety
urban communities in Nepal.
The initial rural study conducted time-line activities through focus group discussions. These explored both the understanding of disaster through historic memory and their definition of recovery. Disasters included drought, civil unrest, crop failure and much more; recovery meant different things to different people, from being better prepared to ‘sleeping well at night’. Targeted and ad hoc interviews complemented the focus group discussions in each of the twenty-five rural communities in both Nepal and Philippines ( Twigg et al
What does it mean to live in an era of ‘posts’? At a time when ‘post-truth’ is on everyone’s lips, this volume seeks to uncover the logic of post-constructions – postmodernism, post-secularism, postfeminism, post-colonialism, post-capitalism, post-structuralism, post-humanism, post-tradition, post-Christian, post-Keynesian and post-ideology – across a wide array of contexts. It shows that ‘post’ does not simply mean ‘after.’ Although post-prefixes sometimes denote a particular periodization, especially in the case of mid-twentieth-century post-concepts, they more often convey critical dissociation from their root concept. In some cases, they even indicate a continuation of the root concept in an altered form. By surveying the range of meanings that post-prefixes convey, as well as how these meanings have changed over time and across multiple and shifting contexts, this volume sheds new light on how post-constructions work and on what purposes they serve. Moreover, by tracing them across the humanities and social sciences, the volume uncovers sometimes unexpected parallels and transfers between fields usually studied in isolation from each other.
Defending poetry, or, is there an early
Is there an early modern aesthetic?
What does one call the space currently occupied by aesthetics before aesthetics emerges?
This question appears within the space occupied by what has become known in certain
literary-critical circles as the early modern period, broadly defined as 1500–1700.1
Formulation of the idea of the early modern can be taken as an exemplary moment in
the permeation of a ‘new’ historicism through literary studies since the early 1980s,
President Barack Obama’s historic “Pivot” to Asia, formally announced in late 2011, would come to have little appreciable effect on US policy towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), other than a dramatic uptick in Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons development programme. Obama’s “strategic patience” towards Pyongyang failed to halt or slow its development of weapons of mass destruction, but it did manage to initiate greater levels of Sino-US cooperation over sanctioning the regime, the introduction of more US resources and weapons to