Fall is here, and cool weather begs for cozy blankets and fresh reading material. Check out these new titles in October:
Ann Laura Stoler’s Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times traces how imperial formations and colonialism’s presence shape current inequities around the globe by examining Israel’s colonial practices, the United State’s imperial practices, the recent rise of the French right wing, and affect’s importance to governance.
Spill, written by poet, independent scholar, and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs, presents a commanding collection of poetry inspired by Black feminist literary critic Hortense Spillers depicting scenes of fugitive Black women and girls seeking freedom from gendered violence and racism.
Alexander Laban Hinton’s Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer offers a detailed analysis of a former Khmer Rouge security center commandant who was convicted for overseeing the interrogation, torture, and execution of nearly 20,000 Cambodians. Interested in how someone becomes an executioner, Hinton provides numerous ways to consider justice, genocide, memory, truth, and humanity.
In Fungible Life, Aihwa Ong traces the revolutionary scientific developments in Asia by investigating how biomedical centers in Biopolis, Singapore and China mobilize ethnicized “Asian” bodies and health data for genomic research.
Examining artistic and literary representations of Dominican history, The Borders of Dominicanidad examines how marginalized Dominicans have contested official narratives to avoid exclusion. Lorgia García-Peña constructs the genealogy of dominicanidad, using it as a category to understand how official narratives have racialized Dominican bodies as a way to sustain the nation’s borders.
In Waves of Knowing, experienced surfer and scholar Karin Amimoto Ingersoll uses her concept of seascape epistemology to articulate an indigenous Hawaiian way of knowing founded on a sensorial, intellectual, and embodied literacy of the ocean that can provide the means for generating an alternative indigenous politics and ethics.
The contributors to Vulnerability in Resistance, edited by renowned feminist scholar Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay, recast the concepts of vulnerability and resistance, moving beyond the assumptions that they are opposites. Focusing on recent events and cultural practices in Turkey, Palestine, France, and the former Yugoslavia, the essays connect vulnerability to resistance by showing how women and other minorities use their own vulnerability as resistance.
A Chancellor’s Tale chronicles former Chancellor of the Duke University Medical Center Dr. Ralph Snyderman as he reflects on his key role in instituting a series of changes that led the medical center to be internationally known for its academic medicine, initiatives in clinical research, genetics, and neurosciences, and the development of new health care models.
In Punk and Revolution, Shane Greene radically uproots punk from its place in Western culture to situate it as a crucial element in Peru’s culture of subversive militancy and political violence. Experimenting with form and content, Greene redefines how we think about punk subculture and revolutionary politics.
Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being uses the multiple meanings of “wake” to illustrate the ways Black lives are determined by slavery’s afterlives. She weaves personal experiences with readings of literary and artistic representations of Black life and death to examine what survives in the face of insistent violence and the possibilities for resistance.
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