Yesterday, South Dakota State University hosted “Day One” of The Space Between Society’s annual conference. The theme this year is “Staging the Space Between” (organized by Nicole Flynn). The first three sessions / ten presentations covered a wide range of research areas and topics: from a popular French television drama (Un village français) to the …

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak begins her essay, “Terror: A Speech After 9/11” (2004), These ruminations arose in response to America’s war on terrorism. I started from the conviction that there is no response to war. War is a cruel caricature of what in us can respond. You cannot be answerable to war. Yet one cannot remain …

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak begins her essay, “Terror: A Speech After 9/11” (2004), These ruminations arose in response to America’s war on terrorism. I started from the conviction that there is no response to war. War is a cruel caricature of what in us can respond. You cannot be answerable to war. Yet one cannot remain …

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A friend and I have begun reading Gil Anidjar’s Blood: A Critique of Christianity (2014). It’s a daunting book, one that almost coerces, given its difficult yet clever syntax and its breadth of allusions and citiations, one to the work of “slow reading.” In his preface, Anidjar writes: I shall have occasion to reiterate (interrogate and elaborate …

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From William Godwin’s Things as They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794): Among my melancholy reflections I tasked my memory, and counted over the doors, the locks, the bolts, the chains, the massy walls, and grated windows that were between me and liberty. ‘These,’ said I, ‘are the engines that tyranny sits down in cold …

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