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May-June 2022, Issue 8

[by ink_and_spit]

A Tale of Two Diseases – and of Race and Racism

Jan Rybak

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has not only caused human tragedy, suffering, and death, and changed the everyday lives of people in ways that seemed unimaginable before; it also brought forth a concerning wave of xenophobia and racism, targeting suspected or imagined carriers of the disease.

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The Psychiatry of Resistance in Colonial Algeria

Fella Benabed

How a socio-political psychiatrist’s experience in the French colonies of North Africa taught him that colonisation, with its underlying racism, is “a great purveyor of psychiatric hospitals.”

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Race and the Original Moderates

Nicholas Mithen

In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King railed against “the white moderate… more devoted to “order” than to justice”. For MKL, the liberal appeal to moderation in the resistance against racial oppression worked to enable racial injustice.

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BREXIT Britain, Medieval Echoes

Kerice Doten-Snitker

“We send the EU £350 million a week – let’s fund our NHS instead – Vote Leave – Let’s take back control”

Back in 2016, this slogan made headlines as it travelled across Great Britain on a red bus.

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Being Human in Ancient Rome: ‘Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto’?

Susan Lape

Definitions of humankind have long been deployed to elevate some ‘humans’ over others, and the animal kingdom. Plus, local and partial conceptions of the human being are often presented as universal.

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Blackness in Early Modern Morocco

Gretchen Head

Blackness occupies a global position that resists analogy. This is the idea, central to Frank B. Wilderson’s Afropessimism, that is illustrated by an unsettling autobiographical scene in the book’s opening pages.

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Passers by 3, Alessandra Ragionieri