an interview with Judith Butler at the Immanent Frame blog.. and more…


Implicated and enraged: an interview with Judith Butler

from The Immanent Frame by Nathan Schneider

Judith Butler, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is among the leading social theorists alive today. Her most recent books are Frames of War (2009) and The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (2011), an SSRC volume that puts her in conversation with Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Cornel West. As we carried out our conversation by email between Brooklyn and Berkeley, uprisings were occurring across the Arab world, and a U.S.-led coalition had just begun conducting airstrikes in support of rebel forces in Libya. We had discussed some similar questions, and some different ones, a year earlier in an interview for Guernica magazine.

Worldwide Paradox for Women

At global gathering of higher ed officials, some question why rising female enrollment levels aren’t translating into comparable gains in the academic and non-academic work force. more


Google Who?

Despite legal roadblock in Google Books project, libraries might soon benefit from other digital search-and-retrieval services. more


Still Blaming the Victim: Why International Women?s Day is Still Relevant

from WhirledView by Patricia Lee Sharpe

Patricia Lee Sharpe

While I was in India last month, I was asked by some female tourists if I thought all the bumping and brushing they were encountering on the sidewalks of Kolkata was a creepy sort of molestation.  I said I didn?t think so.  The sidewalks are crowded, people are in a hurry and everybody shoves everybody else.  They?d have known if some guy were really intent on getting fresh.

Marxism, Liquidated

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Rex

Remember Marxism? It was a current or trend in anthropological theory that began in the mid-sixties and ended in the mid-oughts. Like all schools of thought it has its redoubts and strongholds in certain departments, but it seems to me that on the whole high table anthropological theory has pretty much given up on it. Of course, there are still baby boomer anthropologists who make ritual obeisances in the direction of Marx, and some even believe that their own globalized, frictioned, assemblaged work can somehow be connected meaningfully back to Marx with enough ingenuity and historical reconstruction. But it seems to me that increasingly recent influential ethnographies ? particularly those which focus on moneybags himself ? seem unaware or uniterested in the paradigm.

Catholicism’s Lessons for Muslim Democracies?

by Reflection Cafe
In 2008, Turkey?s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) narrowly missed being outlawed. State prosecutors argued that the conservative AKP?whose official platform includes economic modernization and EU membership?was bent on Islamizing the secular state and moving toward theocracy. Some may see the AKP as the model of a Muslim party, appealing to believers while playing by democracy?s rules, but many others within Turkey and elsewhere continue to fear that Islam and democracy are incompatible.


(Liberal) Academic Self-Selection

2 new studies suggest that bias is not the reason professors tend to lean left. But don’t expect the debate to end. more


Sociologists Blast Doctoral Rankings

Disciplinary group harshly critiques NRC ratings, urging professors and prospective graduate students to disregard them and be “suspicious” of underlying data. more


Multiculturalism and the politics of bad memories, Markha Valenta

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Markha Valenta
?Multiculturalism? entails society offering a full range of prospects, membership, and respect to all its members ? regardless of cultural and religious differences ?while also creatively accommodating them in a fashion that is both morally persuasive and practically effective for the majority of society. Has Europe ever tried it?


Creating Academic ‘Dream Teams’

New digital tool is pitched as way for universities to assemble top talent — or as way for faculty members who feel unappreciated to demonstrate their work. more


Comparing Online Programs

Sloan Consortium develops standardized metrics for assessing quality of online programs. more

John le Carre Withdraws From Man Booker International Prize

from’s Writer’s Blog

The list of finalists for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. John le Carre is one of thirteen authors on list of finalists, but he has asked for his name to be withdrawn. Carre’s literary agents, Curtis Brown, issued the following statement on his behalf:

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