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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 275–283.
Published: 01 October 2023
... the spectacle of transgression. The essay argues that this spectacle works to obscure the material conditions of higher education in general and of history in particular. Such scenes are not limited to the relatively quiet precincts of academia. A similar sense of spectacular, empty transgression has animated...
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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 (2011) 1 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 April 2011
... moved away from the private family, the less likely to engage in incest, even as virtue might be attenuated. But there was, perhaps paradoxically, an incestuous limit to radical publicity as well. Two texts from the mid-nineteenth century, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Spectacles" and a pseudonymously authored...
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History of the Present (2012) 2 (2): 107–121.
Published: 01 October 2012
... was understood, for it not only accords with the years ofthe Saint-Simonian utopie-spectacle, but also corresponds to the staging ofthe death ofpoliticalfigures in post-RevolutionaryFrance.36 As Emmanuel Fureix hasshown, this was celebrated as apoliticalevent and as the point ofintersection of "collective...
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History of the Present (2021) 11 (2): 152–192.
Published: 01 October 2021
.... I told them of the wonderful changes in the Soviet Union and of the great progress made in America” (60). 14 There are historical counterfactuals to Kant’s view of revolution-as-(only)-spectacle, as Kant scholars have been quick to point out. Andreas Gailus, for instance, poses the question...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (1): 103–126.
Published: 01 April 2022
.... What are the conditions of this scene’s possibility? The shaman concretizes the storming of the Capitol as an elaborate spectacle, intended to “stop the steal” but also intended for the eyes of ubiquitous digital cameras. There is the mixed crowd of Trump supporters—small business owners, middle...
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History of the Present (2014) 4 (2): 203–219.
Published: 01 October 2014
... of their comrades who had fallen.At the same time, integrated into the machinery of a spectacle that was conceived for television, the surviving veterans also became actors in the performance of the day.With the end of their lives clearly approach­ ing, these elderly bearers of memory brought authenticity...
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History of the Present (2019) 9 (1): 84–112.
Published: 01 April 2019
... compounded the physical and psychological harm caused by the explosions themselves. From a historical perspective, the title of Ramnoux's Le Parisien expose was striking. Trading on the longer durie of nuclear weapons development and testing as both covert activity and public spectacle, "Le document choc...
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History of the Present (2017) 7 (2): 139–174.
Published: 01 October 2017
... largelyfemale audience were collected, inflected, and fed back to them. With its masculinist pitch aimed at securing the interiority ofa feminine piety, Humbard's was a spectacle ofpatriarchal authority. Humbard was generating an ideological fortress inside of which the kingdom of the heterosexual body...
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History of the Present (2015) 5 (2): 187–199.
Published: 01 October 2015
... ofthe research constellation, instead of against the clock of a deadline that comes from without. Calling the contemporary university"a given arrangement" as such we must admit that we cannot participate sympathetically by making a spectacle out ofit, even ifthis is what Kant's political philosophy...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (2): 207–240.
Published: 01 October 2022
.... These games were highly anticipated spectacles; this kind of national attention would have been unimaginable a decade earlier. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the National Basketball Association (NBA) was rocked by a number of challenges and did not seem to have a solution for any of them; many watchers...
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History of the Present (2011) 1 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 April 2011
... affronts to public pudeur, or decency, as a basis for policing "immoraldances;' popularly referred to as the cancan and the chahut.15 What made these dances unseemly was their disorderly character rather than their sexual explicitness. In them, men made their bodies into mocking spectacles and called...
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History of the Present (2021) 11 (1): 2–22.
Published: 01 April 2021
... by likening him to a feature of the landscape and presents his expertise as a curiosity and (to the extent that the cave was a “wonder” in the sense of a tourist spectacle) a commodity for the entertainment of others. But Peterson’s comparison between Bishop and the cave grows considerably more fearful...
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History of the Present (2014) 4 (1): 75–96.
Published: 01 April 2014
... consulted the "English heart in his bosom;' and so learned that torture violates the law of nature.41 Using Picton as a bad example, Garrow charged the jurymen to explore their own English hearts and derive law from outraged sentiment. "As spectacle;' Epstein concludes ofthis gambit, "Louisa communicated...
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History of the Present (2018) 8 (2): 117–139.
Published: 01 October 2018
... of disease, demandedtheir removal. This spectacle of the sovereign power of the colonial state came in response to what the authorities called a seditious "conspiracy" that sought to overthrow the Spanish government as well as the racial order of New Spain, as colonial Mexico was called. The governing body...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 166–191.
Published: 01 October 2023
... in the future vision; that vision itself must be replaced with a new way of seeing the future. Poised as both movements are in moments of cultural flux, Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism appear in part as a response to technological change and spectacles of progress. Fittingly then, both Thomas...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 192–218.
Published: 01 October 2023
... of community as fraternity. It evokes no wonder, therefore, that the main actors in the theater of the nation’s self-negation had to be women. The many Shaheen Baghs 4 of India, in being led and coordinated by ever-proliferating numbers of Muslim women, stood testimony to this unprecedented spectacle...
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History of the Present (2019) 9 (1): 27–54.
Published: 01 April 2019
... was not so much plagued by semantic insufficiency, but rather by an inexplicable tendency to overdetermination, the acquisition of additional meanings, such as those connected with the tragic that turned suffering and death into spectacle. This was the reason why the human re­ mained opaque to itselfand open...
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History of the Present (2015) 5 (1): 31–64.
Published: 01 April 2015
... revealing it as such. "I am not Honey Boo Boo Child;' she said, referring to the star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. "Please don't cry because my reality show would be so boring: s Foster seemed to imply that discussing one's intimate life on TV had the potential to be as gratuitous a spectacle...
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History of the Present (2015) 5 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 April 2015
... already resulted in around one thousand students and activists being sent to jail-most were found guilty oftrespassing, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, or re­ sisting arrest. The spectacle ofwell-dressed,well-mannered, and steadfastly 10 H I S T O RY ofthe P R E S E NT nonviolent young students...