A new issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is out. From TNR, technology is taking over English departments: Adam Kirsch on the false promise of the digital humanities; and the book as technology: Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner and Jeffrey Schnapp on the immense promise of the digital humanities. From The Chronicle, Marc Bousquet on the moral panic in literary studies (and more). Books vs. Literature: Robert McHenry on how publishers and postmodernism are contributing to the death of the humanities. Kevin J.H. Dettmar on how Dead Poets Society is a terrible defense of the humanities: The beloved film's portrayal of studying literature is both misleading and deeply seductive. Game theory meets the humanities and both win: Karl-Dieter Crisman reviews Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds by Steven J. Brams. The Two Cultures, then and now: Alan Jacobs on the sciences, the humanities, and their common enemy. Jerry Coyne on how science is being bashed by academics who should know better: Anti-naturalism seems to be replacing postmodernism as the latest way to bash science in academia. Serena Golden interviews Helen Small, author of The Value of the Humanities. A PhD program in the humanities isn’t an education but a finishing school: Nikil Saval on why the hazing rituals of graduate school aren’t worth the trouble. The first chapter from Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities by James Turner. Hooray for “worthless” education: Liberal arts take a beating again — but don't sweat it, humanities majors. Peter Augustine Lawler on libertarians vs. liberal learning. Christopher B. Nelson reviews Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael S. Roth.
Barthelemy Courmont (Hallym) and Pierre-Alain Clement (Quebec): When Geopolitics Meets the Game Industry: A Study of Arabic Video Games and What They Teach Us. Thomas Crankshaw (Erfurt): A Study in Reductive Pop-Philosophy: A Critique of Sandel's What Money Can't Buy. From Narratively, a special issue on The Spies Among Us. No “camembert fascism”: Daniel Siemens on a view on the European elections. Spies, cash, and fear: Matthew Paul Turner goes inside Christian money guru Dave Ramsey’s social media witch hunt. David Shorr on the problem with blaming both sides in politics. Kirsten Silva Gruesz on the Mein Kampf of Isla Vista. It's time for America to admit what it's long resisted: White male privilege kills. Lisa Hickey on the patterns in mass shootings and a conversation about men. Kat Stoeffel on Isla Vista: As good a time as any to talk about misogyny. Amanda Hess on why it’s so hard for men to see misogyny: Men were surprised by #YesAllWomen because men don’t see what women experience. Your princess is in another castle: Arthur Chu on misogyny, entitlement, and nerds. Katherine Newman on the private tragedy of living with a mass killer in the family. Philip Ball on how uncertainty reigns over Heisenberg's measurement analogy. Noreen Malone on Alex Trebek, the last king of the American middlebrow: He eats Snickers for breakfast and watches Fox News backstage. Adrianna McIntyre on 21 things Obamacare does that you didn't know about. Beyond the West: Egil Asprem on a new comparativism in the study of esotericism.
The inaugural issue of Kurdish Studies is out. Hassan H. Elkatawneh (Walden): The Egyptian Army and the Ethical Dilemma. From We_Magazine, compromise has been in short supply since Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring nearly three years ago — but this small North African nation has once again broken new ground with a political deal between longtime enemies among the Islamists and the secular old guard; and there is no "middle" in the Middle East today: The last thing the Middle East needs is another conflict — but Lebanon looks set to once again become the battleground for larger powers vying for regional supremacy. The conscience of Syria: Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi interview activist and intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh. How Goldman Sachs rescued Libya: If a new lawsuit by the Libyan sovereign investment fund is to be believed, Wall Street bankers were able to accomplish what decades of sanctions could not — Gaddafi’s downfall. Iraq's House of Cards: With the country collapsing around him, Nouri al-Maliki's strongman image is a sham — and that's exactly why he's so dangerous. Elias Muhanna interviews Bassam Haddad, co-founder of Jadaliyya, on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems”. Zaheer Kazmi on the limits of Muslim liberalism. Is this the end of Sykes-Picot? While there is unlikely to be effective governance in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq anytime soon, the borders of the states created by European colonialism in the 1920s are not about to collapse (and more). Why are Arab countries holding so many seemingly meaningless votes? Marc Lynch investigates. “Facebook is like a religion around here”: Brian Brivati on voices from the “Arab Spring” and the policy making community.