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History of the Present (2014) 4 (1): 23–48.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Jay Garcia Copyright © 2014 University of Illinois Press 2014 "An Attitude That Could Act Upon Modernity": Versions ofJean Toomer Jay Garcia 1. In an interview conducted in the 1970s, the black American painter Aaron Douglas was asked about the writer Jean Toomer, whose modernist classic Cane...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (1): 4–33.
Published: 01 April 2022
... proposes that dominant models of binary gender are ineluctably racialized, created by the property regimes and systemic sexual violence of colonial modernity that emerged in the Atlantic World of the eighteenth century—a space defined by the structures of labor, race, sexuality, and capital accumulation...
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History of the Present (2011) 1 (1): 84–112.
Published: 01 April 2011
... the pain ofothers-human or animal-without feeling it themselves. The result ofthis dual cultural and intellectual heritage 85 Friendsfor Dinner was a modern individual who implicitly accepted that certain lives could be taken, but who nevertheless could not tolerate the spectacle ofsuffering. Compassionate...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (2): 241–269.
Published: 01 October 2022
...Philip Balboni; Henry Clements Abstract This article seeks to clarify how scholarship in postcolonial studies and new ontology (the “ontological turn”) has construed the problem of modernity as a problem of translation. Drawing on resources from the field of secular studies, it suggests...
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History of the Present (2021) 11 (2): 119–151.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Henning Trüper Abstract This article proposes a re-reading of what inclusion into the sphere of the historical actually means in modern European historical discourse. It argues that this re-reading permits challenging a powerful but problematic norm of ontological homogeneity as something...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (2): 281–304.
Published: 01 October 2020
... “be themselves.” The notion of “being yourself” is scrutinized and placed in a late modern, liberal production of depoliticized identities. Instead the study suggests that using tolerance as a solution to the present problems of racism, hate, and the rise of fascism will prove counterproductive. What is needed...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (2): 187–207.
Published: 01 October 2020
..., and ethnographers delegitimized the languages of the “Strangers,” along with the cultures and histories that these languages expressed. The erasure of Strangers from modern historiography was nearly total. Second, the category of Strangers was transformed in the wake of the Holocaust as Roma activists drew on Nazi...
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History of the Present (2021) 11 (2): 253–278.
Published: 01 October 2021
... as a subject and as a problem. They each also have forgotten genealogies. This article outlines these genealogies and their intersection through the politics of translating Islam as submission, peace, or salvation; of narrating its place and temporality in modernity; and of reinterpreting historical texts...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (1): 60–79.
Published: 01 April 2022
.... The notion of history that his essay foregrounded, however, can itself be historicized as a fantasy of modernity, one Édouard Glissant described as “History [with a capital H ].” Using Glissant’s psychoanalytically inflected insights as a starting point, this article argues that our dominant modes...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (2): 283–297.
Published: 01 October 2022
... and critique, looms large in the field as a figure of decolonial solidarities outside the epistemological confines of modern coloniality. This essay contends that the racial politics of Indian Ocean cosmopolitanism, itself an inheritance of the Afro-Asian hierarchies of mid-century Third Worldism, deserves...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 9–27.
Published: 01 April 2020
... with modernity, the present, and core power), both the rural and the modern are inherent to and heirs of colonial and imperial matrices of power and of the configurations of national space derived from them. In this last section, we offer a brief encounter with one node in Rebreanu’s novel...
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History of the Present (2011) 1 (2): 259–264.
Published: 01 October 2011
... and gays is"the greatest mental and cultural achievement after the creation of the welfare state in the modern history of mankind. I, at least, know ofno greater effort at, and achievement of, civilization: 2 After such a massively hyperbolic statement, what can be said that does not sound like a feeble...
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History of the Present (2019) 9 (2): 217–232.
Published: 01 October 2019
... youcan.find stories-come into the sanctuary. This is your tradition, you should do it. I initially said No. I said, Here we have modern laws and rights. But they said, We think you should. I said Okay, I'll discuss it with my members of council. I lived with myfamily here-one night they knocked. I opened...
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History of the Present (2013) 3 (2): 160–197.
Published: 01 October 2013
... or less the same shape it was in when it departed Europe a century or two previously. In failing to break with the spatialization oftime on which Westernization/ modernization paradigms are based, this narrative would ignore the event­ fulness of lived global time, starting with the eighteenth-century...
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History of the Present (2012) 2 (1): 24–51.
Published: 01 April 2012
... these debates around the real-historical Chanakya, Chanakya has remained a popular and reckonable name throughout the centuries. He was invoked in precolonialpoliticaltreatises, classical Sanskrit plays, and collections of popular tales. In modern times, he continues to be invoked in journalism, comics, cinema...
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History of the Present (2018) 8 (1): 29–56.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and gathers.Indeed, religio stems from religare, an intensified form ofthe same root, legere. But religion binds differently than modern secular law does. This is true not because religious law substitutes a divine sovereign for a worldly one, but rather because it creates a distinct type of bond. Modern secular law...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 152–156.
Published: 01 April 2020
... is often present in spirit in this formation more than through close reading of a particular one of his texts. Still, he is broadly there, and there primarily to support sophisticated, post-essentialist (anti-essentialist and anti-anti-essentialist) readings of race and music in the late modern phase...
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History of the Present (2017) 7 (1): 33–58.
Published: 01 April 2017
... deepskepticismwith respectto the need for the modern state and its ministrations. Gandhi's engagement withThoreau, Ruskin, and Tolstoy, among others, becomes crucial to the formulation of a distinctly modern transnational politics, reflecting a cosmopolitan crisis around issues ofviolence and modernity.9 The third...
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History of the Present (2013) 3 (2): 205–211.
Published: 01 October 2013
... in the Anglo-Saxon world to supplant older forms of patriarchal power. Modern patriarchy is not the law of the father, says Pateman, but the law ofsons and brothers.2 Contract is the narrative device that establishes and expresses this law. As she puts it: "Modern patriarchy is fraternal in form...
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History of the Present (2013) 3 (2): 119–139.
Published: 01 October 2013
.... First, it denounces the political foreclosures that the modern state historically exacted in the name ofnation-building. It challenges state-sanc­ tioned modes ofhistorical memory by producing a counter-historiography that transgresses the limits imposed by official narratives of the nation. Second...