04. 12. 2016
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Swallowing Down Burning Coals: Chaos, Impertinence and Treason in the Coffee House

Arpit Kumar __________________ “Yet these will o’er their Jewish Liquor, About Religion Jar and Bicker; And rave till grown as Piping Hot, As the dull Grout o’er which they sot.” ~Ned Ward in...

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03. 09. 2016
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There was a fine struggle for the beads! : Franz Boas, His Journals

Among the Innuit of Baffin Island 1883 In the summer of 1883 Franz Boas travelled from Germany to Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island, aboard the sailing vessel Germania whose main objective was to evacuate the personnel...

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22. 08. 2016
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The Matter of History: Himalayan Mountaineering, its Archives & some Inexcusable Gaps

  Amrita Dhar _______________   The Flour and the Porters One summer morning a few years ago I was walking hurriedly across a stretch of Hyde Park in London. I was returning to...

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01. 07. 2016
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The Language of Flowers

Michael Taussig ________________ Asked on a radio interview a couple of years back why he drew animals and not people, the great cartoonist Chuck Jones of Bugs Bunny and Road Runner fame replied:...

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01. 03. 2016
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Dead Writing: Barthes and Posterity

Supriya Chaudhuri ___________________________   Posteritati (To posterity) In 1971, Roland Barthes gave an interview, originally intended for a series of televised broadcasts recorded under the title ‘Archives of the 20th Century’, in which...

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14. 07. 2015
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Bridge and Door

Georg Simmel  ________________________ The image of external things possesses for us the ambiguous dimension that in external nature everything can be considered to be connected, but also as separated. The uninterrupted transformations of...

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30. 06. 2015
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Ritual Transgression, Historical Intervention, Ontological Exit

  Soumyabrata Choudhury     Prologue Even as I write this we are being sermonized from the Mount. We are being told to clean up: Swachh B. It has been a rather rapid...

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16. 06. 2013
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The Digital Object of Desire

  Amlan Das Gupta and Subrata Sinha   [School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University]     "The image that is read - which is to say, the image in the now of...

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30. 06. 2012
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Explaining Neo-Malthusianism?

Mohan Rao Introduction Politically correct, influential people in policy making circles in the First World do not, any more, talk of the yellow peril, or use phrases such as population explosion, or metaphors...

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27. 05. 2012
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Accidental Insights Into Reading

Manash Bhattacharjee The new Seminar issue, ‘A Country of Our Own’ (April 2012), became an interesting prospect when I saw Nauman Naqvi’s name among the contributors. I started reading his essay the night...

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26. 05. 2012
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Fairly Directly to Death

Prasanta Chakravarty Stanley Cavell’s magisterial memoir Little Did I Know, Excerpts from Memory (Stanford University Press, 2010) begins by telling us that his will be a story of the detours on the human...

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09. 04. 2012
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Spinoza, Bayle, Socinians

    Russ Leo   (Review of Jonathan I. Israel, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750.  Oxford University Press, 2002.  832 pp.  ISBN 978-0199254569.  Jonathan Israel, Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the...

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08. 12. 2011
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Beginnings, Beginnings, Beginnings: A Letter

A letter from Hans Ulrich Obrist to Hou Hanru Dear Hanru, Thanks so much for your message and many congratulations on your Lyon Biennale. This is an occasion to think about the Internet...

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15. 08. 2011
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“You Have Seen Nothing in Hiroshima, Nothing”: Evidence & Cinematic Image

T.P. Sabitha Alain Resnais’ film, Hiroshima mon amour (1957), makes an audacious claim when the Japanese man makes this remark repeatedly to his French lover when she claims to have “seen” Hiroshima: “Tu...

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