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Thoughts On The January 6th American Insurrection: An Autoimmune Response?

Watching the nearly uninterrupted attempts for violence by a swarm of Trump rioters at Capitol Hill, I found myself shocked. The images of some Capitol Hill officers opening the gates for frenzied protesters to go in or taking selfies with a few of the rioters, flash news reports of a bombs being discovered at the RNC and DNC headquarters, rioters bringing in zip ties to presumably tie up…

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Syllabus Notes: Updating My Race, Caste & Religion Course

So it seems you decided to teach AS334 (Race, Religion, and Caste in India and America) again in WN21? In our earlier conversation from March 2020, you talked a little bit about this course but you weren’t thinking of teaching it until FA21—at least not until the pandemic might (hopefully) be under control and universities could begin returning to in-person teaching. So what prompted you to change your mind and push the return of the course now?

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Exploring Consciousness II: The Secular/Religious Dichotomy And Consciousness Studies

So for this next exchange (see our first post here!), I think it would be appropriate to begin bridging two seemingly disparate parts of your studies. When we first met, I knew you exclusively for your work on the precarious and fickle divide between the secular and the religious; in fact, it was this specialty that originally drove me to take more of your classes. It took me by surprise then when I initially saw your posting for a course focused on exploring consciousness…

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Exploring Consciousness I

Let’s get into the conversation of consciousness studies a bit more now. For starters, I’d like to ask about your own personal investment in the topic. What began your own journey into the deep dive that is the question of consciousness? Was it a specific text or perhaps a personal question? Or was it more focused on changing something about the world around you? What inspired you to go through the intense labor of creating a course devoted to the topic?

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Exorcising Racism II: Liberalisms & Racial Exclusion

Since our last discussion, several significant conversations have taken place in the media and other channels on the need to address and correct overt forms of racism and violence seen in our culture and society…

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Exorcising Racism I: Dialogues On The Current Uprisings

Since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25th 2020, people from different walks of life and different cultural backgrounds throughout America have engaged in overwhelmingly peaceful protests that have in turn inspired similar protests throughout the world. 

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Žižek On The Covid-19 PAN(Dem)IC And Communism (Part 1/2)

It is now some ten weeks into the US and UK Covid-19 lockdown. I’ve been on the lookout for what intellectuals have been writing in reaction to the profound consequences of the global pandemic sweeping across the planet…

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Class Consciousness, Sport & The Lockdown

Its now almost exactly six weeks since the Covid-19 induced lockdown began in Michigan and five weeks since I wrote the last blog “Class Consciousness: A Sticky Issue”. I had not intended to follow up the last post on class…

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Class Consciousness: A Sticky Issue

So far I have run both classes as relatively small seminars. This was partly to try and see how students would react to the relatively challenging mix of themes and topics. As I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts in this series, there are lots of very good classes on race…

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