The New Face of Military Authoritarianism in Brazil

Brazil’s historical experience with a military coup makes it a unique case, as its transition to democracy did not address its wounds. Jair Bolsonaro represents a risk of returning to that dark past, to the time of police state, surveillance and control, freedom restriction, and intellectual censorship. The young and fragile democracy of the world’s fifth-largest county walks on a tightrope.

Liberatory Alternatives and Liberal Containment in Black Panther

The film commodifies alternative politics for mass consumption and profit while also prying open a representational outside to our current colonial reality. It holds in tension the contradiction of feminist, anti-colonial Wakanda with the narrative form of masculine superhero origin story in a massively profitable franchise, pushing at the potential and limits of what can be imagined as alternative. 

Jordan Peterson and Citational Practice

Academic critics of Peterson have repeatedly pointed out that while he claims to argue against current research and teaching, he rarely references the work of the scholars and fields he so openly reviles, forgoing the foundational practice of citation—a clear sign that his criticism constitutes in no way serious scholarship.

Found Poetry in 18th-Century Medical Discourse

These poems are comprised of material found during my research on medical literature, health guides, and newspapers dating from approximately 1680-1776. The language in much of the material I encountered communicated not only information about how people thought about disease and the body, but also how positions of authority and social hierarchies are heightened or challenged when illness and injury come into play.

Guns Don't Kill People, Settlers Do: The Second Amendment and the Myth of Defense

Firearms are the tools and symbols of a larger counterrevolutionary policing that binds settlers together despite contradictions of class in their mutual support of upholding colonial and racial hierarchies. Through gun ownership of today—what was, earlier, participation in militias—the white settler defends the state that in turn ensures his sovereignty and superiority. 

Ecotourism in Peru: An Interview with Kristi Foster from Crees

It’s easy as a tourist to fetishize the beauty, but what does it mean to consume these spaces that are increasingly under threat, and are evoked in our cultural imaginary as a kind of “dark jungle”? Many people travel just to get the images for their Instagrams as conspicuous leisure and consumption, ignorant of history and the future impact of their presence, but what is our responsibility to the places we are privileged to visit? 

Free Speech and the University

Recent conversations around student activism, free speech on campus, and the pedagogical value of debate in the classroom reflect intensifying crises in the university as it engages more and more in the public sphere and is subject to attack from both within and without.