Archive for May 2014

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Presidential Forum

Introduction: “Trauma, Memory, Vulnerability”

Susan Rubin Suleiman

Marianne Hirsch, describing her choice of theme for the 2014 MLA convention, wrote, “Vulnerable Times addresses vulnerabilities of life, the planet, and our professional disciplines, in our own time and throughout history. Its aim is to illuminate acts of imagination and forms of solidarity and resistance that promote social change.” . . .

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Presidential Forum

Memory Studies and Human Rights

Andreas Huyssen

I would like to shift from vulnerabilities and catastrophes in the past and from the subsequent move into trauma theory to the politics of prevention. As humanists and readers engaged in memory studies, we are legitimately involved in reading extant texts . . .

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Presidential Forum

Trauma Theory, Implicated Subjects, and the Question of Israel/Palestine

Michael Rothberg

The dominant scene of trauma theory has been one of victimization, and the figures who most frequently populate its landscape have been victims and perpetrators. This is no surprise . . .

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Presidential Forum

Cryptopolitics and Cyberpoetics: Facebook Pages as Memory Portals

Ananya Jahanara Kabir

In a recent lecture that explored the connections among bodily vulnerability, coalitions, and the politics of the street, Judith Butler reminded us that “it is not just that this or that body is bound up in a network of relations . . .

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Presidential Forum

#quererNOver: Mobilized Bodies between Vulnerability and Empowerment

María José Contreras Lorenzini

10 December 2013. The streets of Santiago in Chile are crowded, as they are every day. Only some police detachments distributed along the streets are evidence that this is not a usual Tuesday. You can breathe the tension in the city. . . .
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