What We’re Reading: December 16th

Here are a few interesting articles and pieces we found around the web this week. If you come across something that other intellectual historians might enjoy, please let us know in the comments section.

John:

Roundtable: “Brexit Before and After” (Columbia University, 7 December 2016)

Thony Christie, “Werner von Siemens and Erlangen” (The Renaissance Mathematicus)

J. Hoberman, “Mexico: The Cauldron of Modernism” (NYR Daily)

Thomas Meaney, “The neo-Nazi murder trial revealing Germany’s darkest secrets” (Guardian)

Didier Mineur, « Figurations du politique » (La vie des idées)

Claudia Stancati, « Umberto Eco, philosophe des signes » (La vie des idées)

Judith Thurman, “Grete Stern’s Rediscovered Dreams” (The New Yorker)

Adam Tooze, “1917—365 days that shook the world” (Prospect)

Miloš Vec, »Wie man einen Rechtsstaat mit dem Recht beerdigt« (FAZ)

Adrian Nathan West, “Both a Fish and an Ichthyologist: On Viktor Shklovsky’s Diverse Achievement” (LARB)

And finally, Carlo Ginzburg’s 2015 Tanner Lectures (courtesy of Harvard University)

Emily:

Jenny Diski remembered by Ian Patterson (Guardian)

Michelle Grigsby Coffey, The Unselfish Academic (Auntie Bellum)

Frederick Wilmot-Smith, Article 50 in the Supreme Court (LRB)
Tom Crewe, The Strange Death of Municipal England (LRB)

And finally, my letter to the editor, responding to Nakul Krishna’s wonderful piece “Rhodocycles,” is in the latest n+1.

Eric:

J.T. Levy, “The Defense of Liberty Can’t Do Without Identity Politics” (No Virtue)

Louise Michel, translated and introduced by John Tresch, “Every Society Invests the Failed Utopia it Deserves: Scoundrel History and Utopian Method” (Public Domain Review)

Paul Reitter & Chad Wellmon “Field of Dreams” (LARB)

Sarah Scullin, “She’s only a 4” (Eidolon)

Yitzchak:

Hilton Als, “POP PSYCHOLOGY ONSTAGE IN “DEAR EVAN HANSEN’” (New Yorker)

Ray Monk, “‘One of the Great Intellects of His Time’” (NYRB)

Zadie Smith, “On Optimism and Despair” (NYRB)

Robert Wright, “Can Evolution Have a ‘Higher Purpose’?” (New York Times, “The Stone”)

One comment

  1. Great list, as always!

    Two suggestions:

    – Eric Foner, ‘American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In’ (The Nation), in which Foner discusses teaching about American radical social movements at Columbia, as well as the reception of such teaching in the current political climate. https://www.thenation.com/article/teaching-the-history-of-radicalism-in-the-age-of-obama/

    – Antonio Gramsci Junior, ‘My Grandfather’ (New Left Review), in which the grandson of the Italian communist icon talks about becoming involved in doing research for a biography of the latter, and in the process discusses some of the historiographical questions and disputes in Gramsci scholarship. https://newleftreview.org/II/102/antonio-gramsci-jnr-my-grandfather

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