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History of the Present (2021) 11 (2): 209–222.
Published: 01 October 2021
... and transfeminism. The authors begin by considering the significance of Riley’s unconventional title, outlining what might be at stake—and what might be occluded—in the title’s allusion to Sojourner Truth’s interjection, “Ain’t I a woman?” Allusion and juxtaposition form key aspects of Riley’s approach...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (2): 257–280.
Published: 01 October 2020
... that these resources can sometimes be understood not merely as educational tools but also as digital commemorations of slave revolt. Finally, engaging with theory on monuments, memory, and history, this piece explains why digital commemorations existing in virtual space might productively acknowledge our discomfort...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 20–49.
Published: 01 April 2024
... ways to think about the history of racial capitalism, (re)productive dispossession, and the possibility of its refusal. The article concludes by considering how Spillers’s complex insights about the process of ungendering might yet be mobilized to secure truly substantive forms of reproductive justice...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 April 2024
... might be altogether refused in the future. We cannot consider the question of the relationship of race to reproduction, or the relationship of both race and reproduction to capitalism, isolated from our current reproductive crisis. The June 2022 United States Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 105–116.
Published: 01 October 2016
..., and to imagine what might have happened or might have been said or might have been done [. . . .] The intent of this practice is not to give voice to the slave, but rather to imagine what cannot be verified, a realm ofexperience which is situated between two zones ofdeath-social and corporeal death-and to reckon...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 169–171.
Published: 01 April 2020
... with one person’s studies of their contexts into a global and environmental history. But note, shipmates, that this is not a presaging of the recent fashion to elaborate the end of critique and the supposedly deadening work of contextualization. It is a profound deepening of what we might mean by context...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 129–134.
Published: 01 April 2020
... body of work (for example, Marx, Foucault, or Frank Wilderson), 1 just as one might the Gospels or Paul’s epistles to the Corinthians. Hall certainly offers us critical tools for grappling with the contemporary moment, but a distinctive quality of his writing is his ability to offer key insights...
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History of the Present (2015) 5 (2): 169–186.
Published: 01 October 2015
..., and also recent academic-and, indeed, nineteenth-century-uses of the term referring most frequently to possibilities and practices deviating from the norm. For twenty-first-century readers, the novel'sexplanation for queer differ­ ence might very well seem like an all too familiar and reductive...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (1): 57–70.
Published: 01 April 2023
... elusiveness of the 1918 pandemic not as failure but as pointing to a potential mode of historical attunement. This mode does not privilege the pandemic as an event in and of itself, appearing and then disappearing from history as usual. The historical absence of the pandemic might evidence not an archival...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 208–215.
Published: 01 October 2016
... by the captain, who the ship's crew called Venus. I tried to imagine two deadgirlsas shipmates, to envision the company History ofthe Present:Afournal ofCritical History, Vol. 6, No. 2 , Fall 2016. Copyright © 2016 University of Illinois Press HISTORY ofthe PRESENT andthe solace they might havefound in the arms...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (1): 63–86.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., insists on calling itself a "modern creation story:'6 That one ought to feel a sense of "belonging" to this religiously inflected tale of the universe remains an unempirical but nonetheless operative assumption of Christian's text and of Big History in general. This recrudescent spiritualism might...
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History of the Present (2012) 2 (1): 1–23.
Published: 01 April 2012
... "nutrient poor 'ocean deserts;" dead zoning the Atlantic and the Pacific.10 It is to speak ofdeclining oxygen concentrations in the upper strata ofthe ocean and the "mass extinction events" they might precipitate among the water's species; ofthe uniformly morbid effects ofris- 4 HISTORY ofthe PRESENT ing...
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History of the Present (2019) 9 (2): 203–212.
Published: 01 October 2019
..., ifrepressionwas a grand unified theory of unhappiness, what are we to do now that we have banished repressionbut still remain unhappy? While Kafka is more speculative, even hesitant, about what the payoff might be in recuperating repression, he is clear about what happened to it.The culprit, as we all know...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 172–175.
Published: 01 April 2020
... (death) desire with the entire world.” Preserving this distance, bringing it into view, encircling it; highlighting the modalities in which other traditions have brought this abyss, this gap or béance , into view is the purview of psychoanalysis, theology, and by extension, one might argue, critical...
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History of the Present (2012) 2 (1): 95–106.
Published: 01 April 2012
... "ecology ofknowing" that might undermine the epistemology ofenmity: It's not even necessarily true that the two make differentjudgments of"reality": it isn't that one ispessimistic and sees theglass as halfempty, while the other is optimistic andsees itas halffoll.In a worldfoll ofloss, pain...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 183–186.
Published: 01 April 2020
..., the language of others, in archival documents, for example, and the language of the Other that seems to arrive from the outside but comes out of our inside, as our writing. This is what Lacan calls “extimity” (Miller). We might shift our focus, borrowing a gesture from Foucault, from the prohibitions against...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 117–121.
Published: 01 April 2020
.... The fury and window-breaking she evokes from within and beyond Familiar Stranger do more than pulse behind the text or break the surface. As modes of engagement and affective terrains emerging from both black British cultural studies and feminism—operating, one might say, between those two formations...
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History of the Present (2013) 3 (1): 99–118.
Published: 01 April 2013
... Present:AJournal of Critical History, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2013. Copyright© 2 013 University of Illinois Press INTERVENTION Edelman office in which he also secretly squats by night, might serve as a figure for the Occupy movement's resistance to Wall Street today. Gersen dismisses mainstream complaints...
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History of the Present (2014) 4 (1): 75–96.
Published: 01 April 2014
... com­ prehensible to Britons as a legal and moral crisis within the British Empire. But it also contains, unwittingly and almost accidentally, traces of a world exorbitant to that empire-worlds in which Calderon's speech might have been treated as something more than noise. Historians of the case have...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 245–264.
Published: 01 October 2023
... from Palestine”—remained unrecognized, unspeakable even, in much of the West, and especially in the United States. Despite “facts” that one might presume “speak for themselves,” the Palestinians had not yet gained “permission to narrate” ( Said, “Permission” ). Said’s reading of the struggle...