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May 21, 2015

Lion SongsBanning Eyre’s new book Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe takes a deep dive into Zimbabwe’s history and culture through the work of the celebrated singer/bandleader/activist Thomas Mapfumo. Mapfumo is indeed a towering figure in his country’s political and artistic pantheon. But Eyre, after 27 years working with public radio’ s Peabody Award-winning program Afropop Worldwide, notes that there is a lot more to Zimbabwean music than Mapfumo.

Eyre chose five tracks that show other—though certainly not all—sides of Zimbabwe’s rich musical landscape. These are all works by popular artists whose careers are contemporaneous with Mapfumo’s.

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May 19, 2015

Mad Men Mad WorldThis week the final episode of the television series Mad Men aired on AMC. The smart show about an advertising firm in the 1960s is a favorite with academics. In 2013 we published Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s. Edited by Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, and Robert A. Rushing, the collection of essays explores the groundbreaking drama in relation to fashion, history, architecture, civil rights, feminism, consumerism, art, cinema, and the serial format.

The editors and many of the contributors to Mad Men, Mad World have been blogging about the series for years. Posts for each episode of seasons 4 through the first part of...

May 13, 2015

The recent shooting of two gunmen at the Muhammad Art Exhibit in Texas has brought Pamela Geller, a blogger known for her vitriolic attitude toward Muslims, and her anti-Muslim advocacy group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) into the media spotlight.

imgresIn his forthcoming book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power, Donovan O. Schaefer considers the connection between the SIOA, racism, and religious affects. Here are his insights, from chapter 5 of the book:

“In the summer of 2012, anti-Muslim advocacy group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) posted ads on the New York and Chicago subway systems with the following text:

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

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