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This essay examines the cultural politics of the Lebanese Independence Uprising of spring 2005. I argue that representations produced during the uprising reveal a rhetoric of resistance to the kind of military coercion and legitimating discourses that mark contemporary history, not just in the...
By focusing on artworks made by persons confronting their own mortality, this essay explores the relation between the exterior, visible colors of art and the interior experiences of pain and imagination, as mediated through the process of artistic production by persons living with a sick or...
Financial prediction provokes intense affect. For bond traders, hedge fund managers, and economic planners, both statistical reasoning and affective discomfort surround professional judgments about the future. This article argues that contemporary financial knowledge is organized around the...
This essay discusses the impact of realist aesthetics as a "pedagogy of the gaze" that addresses the pressing issues of urban violence in Brazil.
This interview investigates how the photographer Rogério Reis created his photographic installation Microwave as a response to the urban violence of the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro. It explores also how Reis decided to make this aesthetic option, how the relation between the press and the drug...
This essay evaluates the contribution that sentimentality might make to cosmopolitan practices in contemporary life. In particular, it considers how the legacy of feminized sentimental fiction informs twenty-first-century rhetoric on the Internet. The essay examines how the person-to-person...
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