"Is non-Western modernization possible?

Is non-Western modernization possible?

As may be recalled, an important notion was coined by renowned sociologist Nilüfer Göle in 1992: "non-Western modernization."

Covering the accusations against Milan Kundera

By Lauren Drablier

The Editors Weblog interviewed Martin M. Simecka, the author of an article that appeared in Czech magazine, Respekt on October 13, 2008.  

The article claims that an authentic police report, over 50 years old, has resurfaced from the Communist security agency’s archive.  The report implicates Czech author Milan Kundera.  Kundera is accused of denouncing Miroslav Dvoracek, who was a university student in Prague. The denunciation led to his imprisonment for over 14 years.

Das Kapital flies off shelves as credit crunch inspires Marx revival

Karl Marx is back in fashion, says one German publisher, who attributes his new popularity to the world economic crisis.

Publishing Advice for Graduate Students

By Reflection Cafe

Thom Brooks
Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) – Newcastle Law School
Social Science Research Network

January 18, 2008

Graduate students often lack concrete advice on publishing. This essay is an attempt to fill this important gap. Advice is given on how to publish everything from book reviews to articles, replies to book chapters, and how to secure both edited book contracts and authored monograph contracts, along with plenty of helpful tips and advice on the publishing world (and how it works) along the way in what is meant to be a comprehensive, concrete guide to publishing that should be of tremendous value to graduate students working in any area of the humanities and social sciences.

The job of a novelist

By Kiki

Via The Millions, Haruki Murakami in Berkeley on the job of a novelist: I don’t dream. I use my dreams when I write. I dream when I’m awake. That’s the job of a novelist. You can dream a dream intentionally. When you’re sleeping and you have a nice dream, you’re eating or with a woman, you might wake up at the best part. I get to keep dreaming. It’s great.

Murat Belge, one of Turkey’s leading liberal intellectuals, takes us on a tour through the past and present of Istanbul. At the end we hope to understand why modern Turkey is "a society that specializes in forgetting rather than remembering" … and why at this very moment this might be about to change.

Murat Belge (Liberal) Celal Sengor (Kemalist)

Murat Belge (Liberal)

Celal Sengor (Kemalist)

Annenberg Library: recent books on communication

By John Postill on media bibliography

I have just discovered this media and communication resource from the Annenberg School of Communication Library. It is called CommPilings and here is a brief selection from their most recent bibliography (see also their past bibliographies):

Asian Americans and the Media, by Kent A. Ono and Vincent Pham (Polity, 2008). U.S. media representation of Asian Americans, including newer internet-situated media.

Resistance, critique, religion

By Simon During on Is critique secular?

Justin Neuman’s stimulating last post encouraged me to reread the debate asking "Is Critique Secular?"from the beginning, and in doing so I began to wonder what would happen to the discussion if we added to it the notion of "resistance".

Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire

By Reflection Cafe

Caroline Finkel
Perseus Publishing, 2006
Barnes & Noble.com

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries, but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the
battlefields of World War I. In this magisterial work-the first definitive account written for the general reader-renowned scholar and journalist Caroline Finkel lucidly recounts the epic story of the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the thirteenth century through its destruction in the twentieth.

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