Does Writing Have a Future in the Peripheries?

Critical theorist, Vilém Flusser’s main agendas is a “recoding of history” not in terms of historical consciousness, but on the operative imperatives of apparatuses. This recoding inevitably takes the form of imperialism that at first glance appears to advocate a “value-free regime,” but which Flusser writes is better understood as an “order [of] all values … Continue reading Does Writing Have a Future in the Peripheries?

The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present

The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present Film-maker talks about The Act of Killing, probably one of the most important and unique documentaries of all time. Even if it changes nothing, it is unlikely there will ever be another portrait of sociopathic genocidal killers (from their perspectives) like this ever … Continue reading The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present

Love of Country

A version of this piece can be found at http://www.newagebd.com/supliment.php?sid=344&id=2316.  On Feb 18, 2013, Kalpona Akter, Bangladesh labor organizer, and Reba Sikder, a garment worker and Rana Plaza collapse survivor, gave a talk here at Penn State University, in State College, USA. I heard about the talk through the local Bangladeshi Students Association, and went eagerly … Continue reading Love of Country

“Adult Education and Universities”: Innis extends Veblen critique of higher learning

“Adult Education and Universities” communicates serious suspicions about universities getting into adult education, arguing “[the latter] is apt to involve the standardization of information and propaganda” (213). Not an advocate of what Max Weber critiques as the phenomenon of credentialism, Innis says universities must perform two primary functions: first “to make possible the life of … Continue reading “Adult Education and Universities”: Innis extends Veblen critique of higher learning

Anu Muhammad: What India wants in Bangladesh

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