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27. 06. 2012
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Good Reasons (HUG Fiction)

Anil Menon Imaginative resistance. I'd heard the chilly phrase for the first time, just a short while ago, in one of New York Public library's cavernous lecture rooms. Yet it already feels familiar,...

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21. 06. 2012
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Civil War in Jefferson Country: Lessons from the University of Virginia

Brinda Bose A rain-drizzled, splendidly-verdant, sleepily-calm campus it was, just about a month ago, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA – so much so that many of its residents would often...

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19. 06. 2012
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from Guban

  Abdi Latif Ega   The Water Bearer The journey to the well was long and scary when Twosmo was younger. She would start before the shadows cast, and would usually reach the well when there was a significant shadow in the day. It was scary because the land was an endless darkness. Her camel, a ten foot beast, would not avail her any form of protection from the many dangers lurking out there – the wild animals in search of a succulent morsel before they returned Read more [...]

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14. 06. 2012
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A Song Sung True

Gopal Gandhi   Her name responds with images. Of her. O.P. Sharma has a lovely photograph of her. A ‘late’ Kamaladevi, picture-daters would say. She is seated at a table, her hands stretched across...

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11. 06. 2012
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Sex, Work & Autonomy

Anchita Ghatak   Sex work continues to be a vexing issue.  Abolitionists feel that prostitutes or prostituted women are victims of the worst possible kind of sexual exploitation and prostitution should not exist....

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10. 06. 2012
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Isobel Armstrong’s Material Imagination

Steven Connor   I draw the phrase ‘material imagination’ from Gaston Bachelard, who uses it to describe two intersecting things: firstly, the ways in which the material world is imagined, not just by...

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03. 06. 2012
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Aquarium

Nabarun Bhattacharya   Useful…Useless Colin Wilson, the philosopher (and author of The Outsider), often wondered about asking Samuel Beckett whether life was really and altogether so meaningless? But Beckett was such a polite and...

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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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10. 05. 2012
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Sheesha Ghat

Naiyar Masud [HUG is grateful to author Anil Menon  for providing us with this version of the story]             Sad mauj raa ze raftan-e khud muztrib kunad Mauje keh bar-kinaar...

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05. 05. 2012
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In Defense of Poetry

Marjorie Perloff One of the most common genres in writing about academia today is the epitaph for the humanities. In a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Robert Weisbuch–an English professor at...

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28. 04. 2012
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Of Certain Dreams

Anchita Ghatak Shahid Smriti is a slum in Calcutta and we – the team from Parichiti – work there with women domestic workers and adolescent girls. The idea of working with girls is...

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22. 04. 2012
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Moral Economies of Wellbeing

Supriya Chaudhuri For reasons still unclear to me, I was asked to speak at a research workshop at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, on ‘Moral Economies of Wellbeing’. Neither a...

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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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