The essay collection, Practicing Democracy: Popular Politics in the United States from the Constitution to the Civil War, features a piece by visiting faculty fellow and historian, Johann Neem. Taken together, Neem’s essay, “Two Approaches to Democratization: Engagement versus Capability,” and the other selections critique the assumed correlation between political party and democracy, in turn offering a new way of thinking about early U.S. politics.
The summer 2015 issue of Representations, a journal of interdisciplinarity from the University of California, published an essay by Faculty Fellow Chad Wellmon and Paul Reitter, in which they argue that Friedrich Nietzsche’s lecture series “On the Future of Our Educational Institutions” (1872)—long neglected by scholars—marks a crucial point in the development of the philosopher’s outlook. This series, observes Wellmon and Reitter, bears significantly on twenty-first-century debates about higher education. Read the essay in full, here.
The Institute is pleased to congratulate Christina Simko on accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Sociology at Williams College. In her time at the Institute, Simko wrote and defended her dissertation, contributed to The Hedgehog Review, and researched for the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change. You can read more about what’s ahead for Simko at Williams College, here.
Earlier this summer, Associate Editor of The Hedgehog Review B.D. McClay wrote a THR blog post considering the usefulness of the liberal arts. “Growing Up and the Liberal Arts: A Tuesday Roundup,” in The American Conservative builds upon and responds to her argument.
New ways of understanding and treating the body are one strong expression of the relocation of the sacred that is bound up with our self-making projects. What we make of our bodies, in short, testifies to a great rupture. While previously considered a “natural thing or divine form,” the body is now viewed as a “de-naturalized human construct.” How does such a shift alter conceptions of the human person and the ends and purposes of human existence?
Today June 29, Inside Higher Ed published an essay by visiting faculty fellow Johann Neem. He spotlights the invaluable difference that humanities scholarship made in the Supreme Court deliberation process and concluding decision over the constitutionality of gay marriage. With this apt example, Neem presents a reason to invest and support humanities education and research. Read the full article, here.
Andrew Lynn is interested in the meaning of work in contemporary life and is writing his dissertation particularly on the demand for and production of the sector he calls the “purpose industry.” Recently accepted into the Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory, Lynn will travel to Italy to engage in theoretical discussions about the conditions of postindustrial work in modern late-capitalist economy.
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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selected IASC faculty fellow John Owen for their Humboldt Research Award, inviting him abroad to collaborate with German scholars for over a year. Through the summer of 2016, Owen will cooperate on a long-term research project on Non-state Actors with colleagues at the Center for Transnational Studies, Foreign and Security Policy and the Global Governance research unit of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, including Dr. Thomas Risse who nominated Owen for the award. Learn more about Owen’s upcoming work in Berlin, here.
The Atlantic quotes faculty fellow John Inazu in article tackling religious responses to Caitlyn Jenner self-identifying as a transgender woman. He discusses how transgender issues cannot be tidily contained in conversations about principled disagreements. They pose “conceptual challenges” that complicate public policies that shape everyday life. John Inazu is author of forthcoming book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters.