Carlos Marin Suarez and David Gonzalez Alvarez (Complutense) and Pablo Alonso Gonzalez (Cambridge): Building Nations in the XXI Century: Celticism, Nationalism and Archaeology in Northern Spain: The Case of Asturias and Leon; and Celts, Collective Identity and Archaeological Responsibility: Asturias (Northern Spain) as Case Study. Carrie Benjamin (GWU): Visca el Barca! Ideology, Nationalism, and the FIFA World Cup. Goodbye Spain, hello Europe? Catalonia must tread carefully as it seeks independence from Spain without crashing out of the EU. Nearly 10 years after the Spanish high court outlawed its previous political organisations, Basque left nationalism has finally given birth to a new legal party — Sortu (“to create” or “to be born” in Basque). Genetic analysis hints that many Europeans are descended from a Spanish population that spread throughout the continent from about 6000 years ago.
David T. Williams (Fort Hare): Kenosis in Sexuality. From Review of Biblical Literature, Colleen M. Conway reviews The New Testament on Sexuality by William Loader; and Jeremiah W. Cataldo reviews A Cultural Handbook to the Bible by John J. Pilch. From the Englewood Review of Books, Adam P. Newton reviews Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games by Kevin Schut; and Scott Elliott reviews iPod, YouTube, WiiPlay: Theological Engagements with Entertainment by D. Brent Laytham. Rachel Marie Stone reviews The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First Century Fare, with Menus and Recipes by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh. With God on my side: A look at the paradoxical relationship between religious belief and criminality among hardcore street offenders. You're probably more like Judas than you think.
Jack Sigman (AMU): Unauthorized Humanitarian Intervention: Should Sovereignty Be Ignored? The first chapter from Thinking about the Presidency: The Primacy of Power by William G. Howell. Pity the writer who coins a term or phrase that becomes a cliche: If you’re science-fiction novelist William Gibson, author of Neuromancer (1984) and prime mover of the “cyberpunk” subgenre, you’re compelled to prognosticate endlessly on the digital future as if you’d created the Internet. Don’t be a hater: Becky Tuch on lit mags and their covers. The early balloonists may have been outright insane, but their stories are sublime: Sam Leith reviews Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes. Are "slippery slope" arguments an example of the rhetoric of reaction? Maybe — but they're not especially conservative.
A new issue of Interalia is out. Elin Weiss reviews Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays by Bernadette C. Barton. Don Franzen reviews From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage by Michael J. Klarman and Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter. Before Stonewall: In celebrating the most famous gay-rights skirmish, we slight the battles that came before. From Dissent, a look at George Takei’s social media activism). Homosexuality has become an image of modernity in Denmark. What is it about homophobes that make them so gay? If this questions sounds controversial to you, then you may need to hear the science behind the answer. We might be here, we might be queer, but some of us just aren’t getting used to it.
A new issue of e-flux is out. Dulcinea Pitagora (New School): Consent vs. Coercion: BDSM Interactions Highlight a Fine but Immutable Line. David Murakami Wood (Queen's): Global Cities Between Biopolitics and Necropolitics. Mario Polese on five principles of urban economics: Things we know and things we don’t. Unless we want to stop thinking of basic medical care as a life necessity, and we don’t, the case for Medicaid remains unimpeachable. When the writer mistakes his books for himself: Mike Darwin on Ray Bradbury. The LAPD Remade: John Buntin on how William Bratton’s police force drove crime down — and won over Los Angeles’s minorities. How can white Americans be free? The default belief that the white experience is a neutral and objective one hurts both white and American culture. Boss Hogg takes over as NRA president.
Vladimir Hyanek and Marie Hladka (Masaryk): Philanthropy in a Changing World: An Evolving Attitude to Giving? John E. Tyler III (Kauffman Foundation): Transparency in Philanthropy. From Boston Review, a symposium on the democratic potential of philanthropic foundations, with lead essay by Rob Reich and responses by Diane Ravitch, Larry Kramer, and others. The first chapter from Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being by Zoltan J. Acs. Why America’s charities are so uncharitable: All you need is a stamp, $400, and to fill out some forms; a charitable purpose? Not really. From Nonprofit Quarterly, Rick Cohen on the role of risk at the heart of philanthropy; and Ruth McCambridge on million dollar gifts — what are the trends? How taxpayers subsidize failing philanthropies: Georgia Levenson Keohane reviews With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give by Ken Stern (and more).
A new issue of Columbia Political Review is out. Will Jones, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, and Harry Verhoeven (Oxford): Africa’s Illiberal State-builders. Max Byrne (Birkbeck): The Failed State and Failed State-Building: How Can a Move Away From the Failed State Discourse Inform Development in Somalia? Boom, bust or what: Larry Summers and Glenn Hubbard square off on our economic future. Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government? Former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente claims on CNN that this is the case. From Wired, Steven Johnson on why no one clicked on the Great Hypertext Story. The possible doom of humanity: What's the greatest threat to our species' continued existence? Take a look in the mirror. Gun protesters plan march on Washington with loaded rifles to “put the government on notice”.
Brett Lunceford (South Alabama): Posthuman Visions: Creating the Technologized Body. Roland Benedikter on how an emerging tech-driven industry is trying to merge man and machine — yet we have barely begun to understand what constitutes our humanity. L. Kirk Hagen reviews Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology. Posthuman politics under biocapitalism: Samuel Grove interviews Eva Giraud on the “posthumanist” thought of Donna Haraway. Does enhanced human equal transhuman? Armand Vespertine wonders. From Singularity 1 on 1, an interview with Robin Hanson: Details matter and for that you need social science. David Rieff on the Singularity of Fools: A special report from the utopian future. You can download several chapters from Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment.
From Nonsite, a special issue on working conditions in higher education. More than half of all college instructors are now part-time adjuncts, with low pay and no job security — is the two-tier faculty system harming students, too? Thesis Hatement: Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor. From The Chronicle of Higher Education, a look at why professors at San Jose State won't use a Harvard professor's MOOC (and a response by Michael Sandel). The psychology of lying: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on Diederik Stapel's audacious academic fraud. Martin Kich reviews Embracing Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Making Change to Support the New Faculty Majority by Adrianna Kezar. David Leonhardt on how the location of colleges hurts the economy. Maria Konnikova on why grad schools should require students to blog.