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  • Issue 47/48 - Wikileaks, pedagogy and the ethical limits of research
    • Abstract: Kampmark, Binoy
      Using publicly available material from the WikiLeaks database has thrown up a dilemma for scholars and researchers.2 In principle, this would seem a non-issue: material, despite its classified status, is made available via online search engines that serve a range of informational, pedagogical and research purposes. Such availability offers the chance of the material being reproduced, for example through links to other sites, including online learning tools such as Blackboard. But the search for knowledge is permanently encumbered by moderating and mediating obstacles. The academic and research field is strewn with ethical codes. Hierarchies of accessibility and use in learning institutions span a range of protocols, from legal permissions to intellectual property and copyright protections.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Joining the 'race to the bottom': The Rudd Government's
           'tough but humane' approach to asylum seekers
    • Abstract: Stats, Katrina
      In 2007, Labor leader Kevin Rudd's promise of a new 'tough but humane' approach for dealing with asylum seekers was a key point of difference between the two major parties that arguably contributed to his rise to power. It was the perceived failure of this strategy, among other things, that saw him replaced as Prime Minister by his deputy, Julia Gillard, in 2010. In 2013, during his second term as Prime Minister, the substantial increase in unauthorised boat arrivals was highlighted by the opposition as evidence of the failure of Rudd's 'soft' approach and undoubtedly contributed to his government's demise. Asylum-seeker policy was, once again, a key issue in the 2016 federal election, with Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition government repeatedly warning against a return to the 'soft' policies of the Rudd era.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - The scare cycle: Moral panics and national elections
    • Abstract: Debney, Ben
      As a general rule, democratic theory tends to represent actors within representative democracies as essentially rational beings who, despite a tendency to be corrupted by the exercise of power, follow a rationality that can be accounted for. Rational choice theory, for example, sees individual choices, understood to be the result of one or another form of reasoning, as the basis of social phenomena. At the more sophisticated end of the spectrum, democratic theory will even acknowledge some level of dysfunctionality in traditional institutions and argue for reform of their corporatist tendencies, as one might argue for managing the symptoms of cancer without pretence or hope of effecting a cure. But the point remains.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - A spoiling operation: Cold war at the university of
    • Abstract: Sharp, Nonie
      The beginnings of this story are grounded in a period of both moral crisis and intellectual-social transformation. We and our fellows had lived through a searching time - one of disenchantment for many of us - following public admission in 1956 of shameful actions in the USSR.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Trump and the fascist prospect
    • Abstract: Hinkson, John
      The vote for Brexit in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald Trump in the United States are signs that the Western world has entered a period of deep uncertainty. Ostensibly this is because of the radical rejection of mainstream political leaders. Publics are ready to support almost anyone who comes from outside the established parties. However this rejection can be seen to stand for something much more general.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Terrible security: Bifocal visions of horror
    • Abstract: Buchan, Bruce
      How do we see security' Is it seen in images of peace and safety, or is it perceived in the depiction of the horrors of violence and suffering' The question is not an obvious one, for security is not typically thought to be a quality of vision, or of the other senses. Rather, security is typically thought to pertain to the experience of physical, bodily integrity. The conventional view of security is that it subsists in a 'political relation ... between the individual and the political community' to provide minimum conditions of physical safety and the protection of law.1 Such a view belies a very long history of conceptual uncertainty not simply about who is to be secured from whom, or the structure of mechanisms for providing security, but over the moral and even spiritual value of security itself.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Confronting a new leviathan
    • Abstract: Tout, Dan
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Abstraction and production in google maps: The
           reorganisation of subjectivity, materiality and labour
    • Abstract: Strom, Timothy Erik
      Maps can be seen as a potent symbol and the technological manifestation of the abstraction process fundamental to human practice. Cartographic abstraction grants an organising power to the way we look at the world, and hence map-makers and the institutions they serve have often worked to intensify this abstraction. Google Maps goes a step further. In addition to offering an abstracted view from above, the very materiality of the map is itself abstract. Its production and functioning necessarily involves a vast ensemble of microchips, semiconductors and all the components that make up the computing machines, which in turn run multiple layers of software, using standardised protocols to bridge world-spanning networks composed of transoceanic fibreoptic cables and military satellites. These examples are all material manifestations of the abstracting processes that extend the possibilities of social power. It is very important to critique this power, as Google Maps is used by around two billion people each month, hence the apparatus affects the social practice of a vast number of people unevenly spread around the world.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Deconstruction, Zionism and the BDS movement
    • Abstract: Wise, Christopher
      In 2013, Gianni Vattimo and Michael Marder published 'Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics'. Their intervention can be situated within an admirable trajectory of collaborative efforts in Europe to press both hermeneutics and deconstruction into service on behalf of all those today who are disempowered by the machinations of global capitalism - not only the Palestinians. As a contributor to Vattimo and Marder's collection, I have followed with interest the diverse critical responses to this important new volume. David Lloyd wrote a thoughtful review for the 'Los Angeles Review of Books', which was trolled nearly from the moment it appeared. Others, such as Rumy Hasan, Netta Van Vliet, Nigel Parsons, Zahi Zalloua and Shagul Magid, have also written careful responses to and analyses of 'Deconstructing Zionism', drawing welcomed attention to the book's strengths and its weaknesses, and encouraging further reflection in the days to come.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Socrates reborn': Philosophy, after the disciplines
           [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Sharpe, Matthew
      Review(s) of: Socrates tenured: The Institutions of 21st-century philosophy, by R. Frodeman and A. Briggle, London and New York, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Notes on contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Occupy this: The political economy of the makerspaces
    • Abstract: Shamier, Clare
      'The Economist' dedicated one of its covers in 2015 to the growing influence of 'activist investors'. Expanding on the reasons why this was undoubtedly 'good for the public company', 'The Economist' contended that there is no ultimate contradiction between activist fund 'hyenas' and a bull market. On the contrary, activists and investors can and will help each other, it concluded. Can the same be said of activist makers'

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Ontological design as an ecological practice
    • Abstract: Lopes, Abby Mellick
      I am going to design you a story. Design as an Ecological Practice was the name of a subject that I team-taught with my colleagues at the EcoDesign Foundation in the mid-1990s. The foundation was established as a new learning institution - a not-for-profit foun - dation with charitable status, whose aim was to educate, consult and research in the field of design for sustainability, or what was then called 'ecodesign'. We were housed in a building in the grounds of Rozelle Public School, Sydney, which was retrofitted to showcase ecodesign products, principles and practices and had a large rooftop photovoltaic solar array, the largest in Australia at the time. Everything we did emerged from the radical premise that design is deeply implicated in the unsustainability of both ourselves and our worlds and therefore has a critical role to play in thinking and acting our way into other modes of being and worldmaking. I remember being introduced to a quote from the poet Friedrich Holderlin that encapsulated the foundation's under - standing of design: 'But where danger is, grows the saving power also'. Everything we did was an effort to learn sustainable modes of being and world-making and to try to embody them. This was in the very early days of 'ecologically sustainable develop ment' con - sulting, so we were often employed to do straightforward jobs consulting on material specifications or renewable energy projects for clients like the Sydney Olympic Authority. If we did win a tender, we ended up totally shifting the terms of the brief.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - 'All lives matter' or 'Palestinian lives matter'': Yes,
    • Abstract: Zalloua, Zahi
      In a well-known Marx Brothers joke Groucho answers the standard question 'Tea or coffee'' with 'Yes, please!' - a refusal of choice ... [O]ne should answer in the same way the false alternative today's critical theory seems to impose on us: either 'class struggle' (the outdated problematic of class antagonism, commodity production, etc.) or 'postmodernism' (the new world of dispersed multiple identities, of radical contingency, of an irreducible ludic plurality of struggles). Here, at least, we can have our cake and eat it.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Food, and the unsettling of the human condition
    • Abstract: James, Paul; Rose, Nick
      Food is basic to human existence. Across the entire period that humans have lived on this planet, food has been central to our social being. The production, exchange, consumption and narrating of the meaning of food has been, and continues to be, fundamental to every family, community, ethnic grouping, religion, nation and civilisation. Food nourishes us - body and soul. It gives us energy - material and social. Eating together is a focus of personal conviviality. It is one of the founding conditions of social engagement and social symbolism. In an inchoate or undefined way, we still feel ourselves to be what we eat, and we identify with those people with whom we eat.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 47/48 - Maker culture and possibilities for attached consumption
    • Abstract: Elliott, Susie; Richardson, Mark
      According to journalist James Fallows, the first sprigs of maker culture as a social movement - often demarcated by the Maker Faire in 2006 in San Francisco, but with a longer history descending from twentieth-century hacker and countercultural movements - was a response to the resounding sentiment that 'America doesn't make things anymore'. This grave matter at the centre of con - temporary US politics, and perhaps all advanced economies, is the well-discussed deindustrialisation of manufacturing activity, which declines in inverse relation to an economy's overall wealth. This has been one explanation for the rise of the maker movement: that with the growing momentum of digital-mechanised efficiency and high-volume goods production from overseas, recent DIY fervour is a necessary pursuit of niches in low-volume, self-directed production. A closely related analysis says that the need to make in and of itself is behind the proliferation of the craft ethos, which has been so perverted in systems of mass production as to erupt defiantly now.3 With this has followed often high optimism as to the ability of makers and their communities to bypass commercial models of operation and pursue opportunities for post-capitalist consumption.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Worse I may be yet: Projecting politics
    • Abstract: Clemens, Justin
      A few years ago I was speaking with the philosopher Oliver Feltham about the question of truth in politics. 'You always know when truth is involved in a political organization', Oliver remarked to me, 'because that organization will be in constant danger of violent splitting over a principle or idea. Take the history of the Left, or of the psychoanalytic movement. All they do is split, often in the most vituperative and vicious fashion. In politics, this isn't invariably a sign of failure but a sign of life. In contrast, big corporations never split: they grow or merge or fail. When the only concerns are profit or power, organizations are fundamentally unified, but when an idea is also at stake, then we must expect and affirm the necessity of division and divisiveness'.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Notes on contributors
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  • Issue 45/46 - New subjectivity: Looking back to the postmodern moment
    • Abstract: Caddick, Alison
      When the old 'Arena' came to an end with issue no. 99/100, and 'Arena Magazine' and 'Arena Journal' came into being in the early 1990s, the Berlin Wall had recently fallen, both Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan had just departed politics, and everywhere there was a celebration of a 'new world order'. It was a highly significant historical moment, but one too in broad cultural terms. By this time, some twenty-seven or so years after the first issue of Arena, the core themes and issues of concern to Arena's editors had come to strongly shape their thinking and editorial choices. But the new division of the publications crystallized their concerns and was a recognition in practice of a rapidly changing situation both for life and for thinking. This moment offers a vantage point from which to look back, and forwards, at the emergence and development of Arena's approach to the question of the subject, a key concern at that historical juncture.

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  • Issue 45/46 - The Janus faces of indigenous politics
    • Abstract: Tout, Dan
      At the 2013 conference of the Australian Historical Association, Tim Rowse brandished a recent copy of Arena Journal in its book form as 'Stolen Lands, Broken Cultures: The Settler-colonial Present', and railed against what he characterized as a 'festschrift' to Patrick Wolfe's self-fulfilling project of the homogenization of Indigenous histories and experiences. He accused Arena of projecting the overarching singular narrative provided by Wolfe's 'elimination paradigm'. The session was tense. Rowse was himself subsequently excoriated by Marcia Langton, a member of the same panel, for using the terms 'half-caste' and 'quadroon' without raising his bunny ears each time these terms were used. Rowse later elaborated his critique of settler colonial studies by quoting Wolfe directly.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Gender and the challenges of feminism
    • Abstract: Zajdow, Grazyna
      Feminist theory and analysis, with some notable exceptions, has always had the difficult task of cramming itself into the hegemonic theories of the day. This is as true of the writing in Arena as any - where else. But reviewing the writing on women, feminism and gender over fifty years, it can also be seen that feminism has chiselled out its own place (or places, depending on whether you believe there is a single narrative called feminism, or multiple narratives called feminisms) within its pages.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Social movements: Shadow structures of a new social order
    • Abstract: Stephens, Julie
      Like Arena, the sociology of social movements is fifty years old. As in social movement theory, the nature, structure, contexts, theoretical conflicts and consequences of social movement activity have been debated continuously in and by Arena. It would be difficult to do justice to the scope and intensity of Arena's intellectual engagement with social movements and the questions provoked by both new and old forms of collective action. Any investigation, by definition, would be partial and highly selective. One could choose the nuclear-disarmament movement, the feminist movement, Indigenous activism, the politics of the green movement or any example of the various nationalist struggles with social movement aims - such as those in East Timor, West Papua and New Caledonia - that Arena has covered or uncovered, often having been at the forefront of debate over the last decades. This essay moves in a slightly different direction. In order to examine key aspects of Arena's impact on our understanding of social movements, my comments will span contributions from the May 1968 events in Paris to the Occupy movement from 2011 on. Given the themes of beginnings and endings running through the publication over the last half a century ('the end of students', 'the end of social movements', 'goodbye to the sixties'), this seems like an apt way forward. My aims are threefold: first, to trace some interpretive shifts in Arena in relation to the emergence of 'the student' as a new revolutionary subject; second, to try to capture something very distinctive about Arena's publications - first 'Arena', the 'Arena Journal and Arena Magazine' - namely their blend of a transnational and an idiosyncratically Australian focus; and, third, to tentatively suggest that, like social movements themselves, Arena produces activist subjects through the processes of writing, interpretation, reading and related forms of cultural radicalism.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Humanities professionals and 'the social'
    • Abstract: Furlong, Mark
      What's In and What's Out

      The ambition of this essay is broad: to review the contributions of Arena on humanities professionals over the last fifty years. This ambit has been interpreted to include material relevant to those with a background or interest in public policy, social research, education, community services and health. To proceed in this way is uncertain. That is, the brief is unstable, as relevant naming practices and territory definitions are evanescent - they exist at one moment only to fade, are then reformulated and later disassembled. Given these kinds of reformulations, and the shifting programmatic and professional delineations that they entail, it has been necessary to be deliberately selective in the material chosen for review.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Reviewing the Middle East
    • Abstract: Curthoys, Ned
      I was profoundly honoured when Arena asked me to review its contributions on the Middle East. No other independent publisher has been so committed to the task of both (re-)describing our geopolitical situation and offering prescriptions for redress that are neither shrill nor doctrinaire. Admirably, Arena has resisted the professionalized peer-reviewed journal's drift towards specialization and coterie discussion; it has taken no notice of the niche journal's fetish for theoretical shadow-boxing, the narcissism of small differences that has increasingly depoliticized academic discussion. Instead, in Arena's pages, sober analysis of current affairs shares space with philosophical meditation, expansive cultural criticism and utopian speculation. For Arena the only remit that matters is that of urgent and robust critique. Still, I have to confess to approaching the task of reviewing Arena's commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a degree of dread. Arena's record of unflinching analysis of Israel's colonial dispossession of the Palestinians, a project that continues unabated despite sporadic and often disingenuous protests from the international community, and its incisive discussion of the failings of the Arab state system, promised to be little more than an accurate but over familiar record of human misery, failed aspirations and the various ruses by which the US-Israeli alliance has sought to subjugate and remake the Middle East according to its own interests. However, what I discovered in Arena's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the Oslo peace process of the early 1990s - my focus in this short essay - is a testament to the enlarged sympathies and reconstructive imagination of dissident intellectuals who have found a ready home in Arena's pages. In this short review I will focus on just a few contributors who have articulated transformative possibilities.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Engaging with Melanesia
    • Abstract: Maclellan, Nic
      In 'Arena's' early years, one of the central themes running through the publication was analysis of Australia's engagement with the Pacific Islands. A series of articles expressed solidarity with movements for self-determination and independence in neighbouring Melanesian nations.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Nuclear technologies and exterminism
    • Abstract: Roberts, Alan
      A couple of years ago a book was published with the challenging title, 'Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change'. It tried to explain the mass inattention described in its subtitle. There is room to write another, perhaps even more striking, book called 'Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore What a Nuclear War Could Do To Us'.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Changing forms of economy and class
    • Abstract: James, Paul
      Dealing adequately with themes as fundamental as 'economy' and 'class' takes incredibly systematic theoretical work. This complexity is compounded when adding in issues of changing historical context, contemporary social consequence and intersecting ontological formations - issues that writers associated with Arena have over the last fifty years sought to think through with considerable intensity. With these demands, adequately theorizing economy and class becomes a massive task. It needs to draw upon different disciplines, from anthropology and cultural theory to political economy, economic history and contemporary financial analysis.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Mediations are us: Navigating the information superhighway
    • Abstract: Hinkson, Melinda
      When I first sat down to draft this essay, the latest copy of The New York Review of Books carried an essay by Sue Halpern on 'the Internet of Things'.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Popular culture: Pessimism and hope
    • Abstract: Ryan, Matthew
      Within Arena, popular culture has been considered as both a manifestation of the problem of radical 'autonomy' and as the scene through which we might glimpse the outbreak of an alternative future - a 'transitional practice' of sorts.1 Looking back over Arena's engagement with popular culture, I am struck initially by the now quaint sound of the phrase 'popular culture'. The proliferation of information technologies over the fifty years of Arena's existence has reduced the significance of one of the factors by which culture was distinguished as popular or elite: accessibility. Now the terrain of the popular extends across the cultural field, its forms of consumption and production shaping the cultural 'content' once held in place by aesthetic and social distinction. Recently the novelist Will Self noted this shift as it affects the 'literary novel': from 'the prince of art forms, the cultural capstone' in the twentieth century to marginal form in the twenty-first. He went on to describe the cultural present, dominated by digitized connectivity, as.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Contesting technological modernity
    • Abstract: Barns, Ian
      In his reflections a decade ago on forty years of Arena, Guy Rundle observed:

      Beneath the surface of current events, a far more substantial change has occurred - the disappearance from the Left political imagination of the possibility of a world transformed in the image of human equality, freedom and possibility (whether it be called the socialist project, communism or whatever). That possibility, which has been the horizon within which political action has been set for so many for so long, has slipped away - at least insofar as any significant group or class of people are concerned. Such a possibility was common to both the old Left and the 1960s New Left, however differently the means and manner of it might have occurred to them, and it remains part of some people's political imagination today. But large numbers who participate in the activist Left do so without that horizon, and indeed often in determined rejection of it as an alibi for the ethical duty of political struggle.

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  • Issue 45/46 - The environment and ecological politics
    • Abstract: Wiseman, John
      In 1962, just a few months before the publication of the first issue of Arena, Rachel Carson outlined the following sharp choices about civilizational values and priorities in her foundational text of ecological politics, Silent Spring.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Theorizing intellectuals
    • Abstract: Connell, Raewyn
      A theory about intellectuals has always been one of Arena's main offerings, and one of the most admired. As early as 1970, Warren Osmond's chapter in the collection The Australian New Left called the Arena thesis on intellectuals 'the most lucid and "original" development of Marxist theory anywhere in Australia'. At the same time he noted that the series of articles by Geoff Sharp and others was 'much neglected'.

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  • Issue 45/46 - 'Language can not encompass being': Poststructuralism and
    • Abstract: Cooper, Simon
      Writing in 2016, it's sometimes hard to believe the influence that poststructuralist and postmodernist 'theory' had on university and intellectual culture in the 1980s and 1990s. Virtually every humanities and social-science department (and even some science departments) either adopted or at the very least was forced to confront the body of work of half a dozen (mainly) French thinkers and the English-speaking colleagues who took up the implications of their work. In the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, 'theory' was deeply polarizing - either the high point of intellectual virtuosity, the voice of a new politics or a nihilistic assault on Western culture. English and Philosophy departments fractured or split entirely, newly formed cultural-studies journals enthusiastically applied theory's insights to the quotidian world, academic publication expanded massively. Outside the academy, theory was often denounced in the mainstream media as being meaningless jargon or politically dangerous, or both at the same time, while the theorists themselves retained a cult status both inside and outside the academy.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Globalization and the new world order
    • Abstract: Hinkson, John
      The idea that a new world order is emerging cannot be simply thought about in regional or local terms, although local expressions are everywhere. Historically there are many examples of what can be called new world orders. The rise of the state system of sovereignty, often dated from the seventeenth century and emerging from the European Thirty Years, War, is one example within this general category. The emergence of the British imperial/colonial order, arising out of an expansive capitalism and the Western Enlightenment is another. Still another example, at least in embryo, was the rise of socialist states as replacements for the capitalist state focused around the Soviet revolution. The fascist and related states arising out of the crises of 'civilization' that followed the First World War - states that sought to break with the binaries of socialism and capitalism - also exemplify the potential for new world orders: they were taken much more seriously by publics and also power elites than is comfortably acknowledged today.

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  • Issue 45/46 - Fifty years of Arena
    • Abstract: Hinkson, John; Cooper, Simon; Caddick, Alison
      This issue of Arena Journal emerges from a day-long symposium held at the University of Melbourne in 2013 marking fifty years of publications by the Arena group. The event was composed of diverse presentations, some by the original editors of the first series of Arena, some by contributors to that first series, and others by editors and contributors from more recent times. The day was marked by unusual vitality as well as recognition of a unique contribution made by the publications, not only to Australian political and cultural history but also to the development of a theory of social transformation not found in publications elsewhere. There was a strong sense that something of this contribution needed to be reflected upon in a further publication looking back on those past fifty years.

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  • Issue 44 - Notes on contributors
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  • Issue 44 - Making modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb
    • Abstract: Pascoe, Stephen; Rey, Virginie; James, Paul
      The recent wave of revolutions across the Arab world has brought to the surface the contradictions in popular understandings of the Middle East and North Africa. The place of the region in the global history of modernity has been unsettled yet again. It is possible to identify several major trends in responses to the momentous events, coinciding with various stages in the unfolding of the revolutions. Firstly, many commentators embraced the early stages of the uprisings, precisely because they were seen to fulfil a long-overdue historical destiny of democratic flourishing - the expression of a modern teleology for some, or a postmodern emancipation for others.

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  • Issue 44 - They have never been modern': Then what Is the problem with
           those Persians'
    • Abstract: James, Paul
      The question of what it means to use the concepts of modernity and the modern sounds like an arcane theoretical concern. Were not those issues sorted out at the end of the twentieth century in the Great Debate between the moderns and postmoderns' Did not the postmoderns win that struggle, only to disintegrate a decade later in their infinite recursions into relativism' Are not we now living in a time when we are all a bit modern and a bit postmodern, variously immersed in digital and personal networks of swirling meaning'

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  • Issue 44 - Making the Middle East modern: Shifting historical frameworks
    • Abstract: Pascoe, Stephen
      Writing the history of modernity entails a certain conceptual contradiction. The idea of the 'modern', after all, expresses a sense of 'now', the contemporary moment, the world as it currently exists. By its very nature, modernity implies a drawing away from the past. It is future oriented, looking ahead to new possibilities. To speak of modernity in a past tense still seems a little jarring. Even if proclamations of 'postmodernity' at the end of the last century encouraged us to relegate modernity to a historical epoch, there is a sense that modernity is still very much with us. In popular parlance, such phrases as 'the modern world' or 'in this modern age' are powerful shorthands, conveying the rhetorical power of modernity to wipe away all that is deemed to stand in its path. The 'modern Middle East' is another of those shorthands, one often present in the titles of university courses, or of academic surveys of the region. Yet what exactly does it mean' Precisely how did this region become modern and what has modernity implied for the societies of the Middle East' As the following historiographical sketch illustrates, these questions of modernity have long over - shadowed the field of Middle Eastern history.

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  • Issue 44 - Intersections and tensions between civilizations and
           modernities: The case of Oman
    • Abstract: Rundell, John
      Oman, Civilizational History and Modernities in Tension: Some Theoretical Reflections.

      This essay is a reflection on the modernity of Oman. I want to look at Oman from the perspective of its 'modernity' as this provides a broader framework in which to contextualize its more recent history, especially in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring and its turbulent aftermath. While much attention has been paid to Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, Oman is an overlooked and under-explored case. In much of the published research literature on it, Oman is conventionally viewed as a society that has recently been modernized after emerging from a period of isolation during the early part of the twentieth century. The standard argument in outline is that it has modernized quickly during the last forty years under the rule of the current Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id, who has been an active modernizer. This modernization has entailed extensive infrastructural development including roads, health and education, the development of oil and natural gas resources, and tourism. It has also included the consolidation of the Omanian state and its boundaries after the Dhofar settlement, its position as an 'honest broker' in the diplomacy of the Arab world and international contexts, and more recent experiments in formal democratization, which has shifted its basis for authority from 'traditional' to 'posttraditional'. All of this has occurred in the context of Oman as a complex multi-religious society, even in terms of its relation with Islamic traditions, with its own internal regional differences. The assumption in this literature is that Oman is a 'young' society in modern terms.

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  • Issue 44 - Arab cinema: Possibilities of modernity, nationalism and
    • Abstract: Field, James
      In a striking passage from his essay 'Being Arab', Samir Kassir makes reference to the significance of cinema for a discussion of modernity in the Arab world:

      But of all the arts, the cinema best illustrates the Arabs' embrace of modernity. Once again Egypt was the driving force accounting for three-quarters - maybe more - of Arab film production. Its success, and the demand for its films throughout the Arab world, made it a transnational Arab phenomenon.

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  • Issue 44 - The beast of Syrian modernity: The prison in the writings of
           Yassin al-Haj Saleh
    • Abstract: Massouh, Firas
      For Syrian dissident thinker Yassin al-Haj Saleh (YHS) (born 1961), modernity is at once 'a common, universal, and necessary good, and a specifically liberal, Western system of meaning that has been violent in its opposition to Arab self-determination. We might add that it is a common good because of what James Ferguson calls 'the expectations of modernity'. We take this as a stark reminder that one ought to expect more from modernity than a free-market economy, industrialization, urbanization and the like. As a common and universal good, modernity, first and foremost, rests on intellectual prosperity; freedom of expression, the protection of civil liberties, and the capacity for a society to take epistemological leaps and make cultural revolutions in the interest of a plurality of claims to knowledge. Yet accompanying modernity is also a set of 'consequences' - to borrow the term from Anthony Giddens; totalitarianism, 'civilizational' conflict, regional warfare, the threat of environ - mental fallout, the disenfranchisement and displacement of large sections of the human population, not to mention the pervasiveness of neoliberal economics in almost every domain of social life. This tension in definitions points to the fact that the idea of modernity is the subject of no little doubt and dispute. Whether in the context of a 'West', 'East', 'Global South', 'Orient', 'developed', or 'developing' world - I use these terms for convenience - efforts to understand modernity, to locate it, describe it and define it, are predicated more on assumptions than on findings. 'Modernity' is itself an approximation, a shorthand term for a foreboding spectre that hovers above us, uncertain in its relationships with our traditions, and relentless in its building of our social institutions. In attempting to resolve the specific tension in YHS's understanding of modernity's expectations and consequences, we turn to his understanding of Syrian modernity as the result of the interplay between three dominant forms of violence: Assadist, Islamist and imperialist.

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  • Issue 44 - Traditionalizing the modern: Tunisia's living museums
    • Abstract: Rey, Virginie
      If modernity represents both a rupture with the past and a culmination of all previous history at the same time, if modernity constantly reorganizes the world to reflect the reality it creates, no other institution embodies that phenomenon better than the public museum, whose main purpose since its creation in the late eighteenth century has been to organize and represent time, progress and history. Because of its involvement with art, a key concept in the shaping of the Enlightenment project, the gallery has often been considered as the perfect embodiment of modernity, whilst other museum forms, dedicated to history, folklore, anatomy or ethnography, have been imagined as being opposed to it, looking backwards, towards indefinite or ancient times. This was the argument defended by Mieke Bal. Yet as Tony Bennett riposted in his postscript to Pasts Beyond Memory, all museums are modern, for their modernity does not emanate from the content of what they exhibit or the era on display but from their very institutional features. Designed to recount the history of empires and modern nation-states, museums position objects of culture, science and art in an evolutionary storyline. The museum's success relies on its ingenious ability to make visitors perform the evolution of civilization as they follow the exhibition. Thus, whilst museums of natural science, archaeology, ethnography and history display remains, cultural artefacts and species from 'pre-modern' times and, as such, appear to be looking away from progress, in reality, as Bennett explains, they constantly work to remind us of our modern condition by cleverly placing our modern selves at their logical conclusion. In so doing, museums operate as 'a means of balancing the tensions of modernity... they [museums] generate and regulate both how, and how far, we are detached from the past and pointed towards the future'. In other words, being at the interface between past and present, museums ineluctably help to naturalize our modern condition. Whilst this has been increasingly acknowledged in the case of Western museums, the bulk of literature on museums in postcolonial countries has mainly focused on revealing the role that museums have played in forging a national past for newly independent countries. Equally important and yet overwhelmingly overlooked has been their involvement with the project of modernity, especially their responsibility in mediating the present and possibly building the future.

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  • Issue 44 - Hunting Leviathan in the Middle East
    • Abstract: Mughrabi, Maher
      A few days after the July 2013 coup that ousted the Muslim Brother hood in Egypt, this slogan appeared on a series of slickly produced posters in Cairo, alongside portraits of General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi that declared the army and the people to be 'one hand'. The 'lying camera' poster was aimed squarely at the television network al-Jazeera, which Egypt's new regime believes is lavishly funded by the Qatari government as a loudspeaker for Brotherhood propaganda. The military and its coy bullets were put on the front line against everything the coup leaders deemed 'un-Egyptian': foreign media, foreign NGOs and above all the transnational Muslim Brotherhood. Though we did not know it then, these two lines were to serve as charge, trial, verdict and sentence in the cases of journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. On Egypt's streets that northern summer, protesters widened the conspiracy theory to take in the Obama White House and Israel, both of which were apparently backing the Brotherhood in a plot to destroy Egypt. If this sounds absurd, that's because it is - but hardly more absurd than the appearance in Cairo of three Republican members of the US Congress, who not only managed to conflate the Brotherhood with al-Qaeda and the September 11 attacks but also told General Sisi that he was a modern-day George Washington.

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  • Issue 44 - Zionism: An unfinished revolution'
    • Abstract: Molad, Yoni
      In a recent and fascinating study published in Israel, the history and achievements of Israeli - or Hebrew - modernist art, music, architecture and literature have been documented and discussed under the title 'How Do You Say Modernism in Hebrew'' Clearly, the authors and editors of the collection felt that, despite the rich modernist artistic heritage of modern Hebrew culture, the status of modernism in Israeli culture is still underappreciated or misunderstood and its rehabilitation is an important intellectual task. However, the editors did not explicitly raise any political consideration in their book. This essay seeks to address this question and argues that the modernist history of the Zionist movement needs to be re-examined in order to rehabilitate the universalist aspects of the project of Jewish nationalism that lie dormant in its intellectual heritage. This paper is not intended as a definitive statement and does not offer a detailed empirical or historical analysis but rather raises some theoretical and more generally philosophical questions based on what I take to be the ideological heritage of Zionist thought. I am aware that some of the following reflections may fall on deaf ears or even provoke hostile reactions due to the sensitivity of the topic, so I will try to be as clear as possible.

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  • Issue 44 - Nasser and the modernization of Egypt
    • Abstract: Pascoe, Robert
      Hosni Mubarak's sudden resignation, which took place on Friday, 11 February 2011, was his begrudging response to the local reverberations in Egypt of the Arab Spring, a groundswell which, beginning in neighbouring Tunisia, was then triggered in Egypt by the street protests of young secular liberals, whose ranks, in turn, were swelled by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mubarak's abandonment by his own regime signalled that modern Egypt was not a simple military dictatorship, and that a more sophisticated understanding of its Nasserite period was in order. Here we will use the 'power triangle' paradigm that insists on a separation of powers between the military and the security police.

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  • Issue 44 - The messianic idea in Shi'i Islam and its modern politicization
    • Abstract: Hinkson, Cara
      This traditional poem, known popularly in the Islamic Republic of Iran, expresses a sentiment that fundamentally permeates Twelver Shi'i Islam: intizar, or the awaiting. This existential notion is expressed in the hope that 'he will come'. It is tied to the uncertainty of when exactly this coming might be. Is this event far away, or is it imminent' Imminence gladdens 'the heart that is aware of it', for 'he' is the hidden personification of the ultimate promise: social renewal, justice and redemption. To 'pull away the cloth' would be to reveal the Shi'i Messiah to his followers, which is to say facilitate the return of al-Mahdi, the Hidden Imam, and the beginning of Just Rule. This Shi'i messianic idea is deployed in a particular theological doctrine: the doctrine of al-Mahdi, and encapsulates a revolutionary promise.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Notes on contributors
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  • Issue 39/40 - Art, utopia and the aestheticized self
    • Abstract: Ryan, Matthew
      Famously, Ernst Bloch concludes The Principle of Hope with both negative and positive images of Utopia: Once he [the 'working, creating human being'] has grasped himself and established what is his, without expropriation and alienation, in real democracy, there arises in the world something which shines into the childhood of all and in which no one has yet been: homeland.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Globalizing religions: World without end, or the end of
    • Abstract: James, Paul; Mandaville, Peter
      Is religion an anachronism in an intensely globalizing and secular world' Despite commonplace assumptions that the world's religions are anachronistic, examples of the intertwining of religion and globalization abound. A low-budget Islamaphobe film called Innocence of Muslims was recently posted on YouTube, picked up by an opportunistic TV host in Egypt, and set off a US Embassy attack in Cairo. It led to a global controversy with demonstrations in over twenty countries and internet argument around the world. Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt and the Catholic Pope entered the debate. Soon after that, the increasingly frail Vatican leader decided to abdicate because his body was failing him. The subsequent period to replace the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church was attended to by millions around the world, including the 2.5 million who follow his Twitter account.

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  • Issue 39/40 - On eschatology and the 'return to religion'
    • Abstract: Sharpe, Matthew
      We begin with Tony Blair's July 2009 Australian visit. Mr Blair converted publicly to Catholicism in 2008. In Australia that year, he argued that the West was facing an internal crisis of confidence, as well as external threats. Blair warned in particular against what he called 'aggressive secularism' and the Western tendency to 'see people of religious faith as people to be pushed to one side'. The Australian's 'editor at large', Paul Kelly, responded enthusiastically. Blair's position represented 'the best argument against the rise of secular intolerance and its distorting of history in the education system by seeking to downgrade or eliminate religion in the West's story'. This stood in contrast to the Australian Labour Party's disastrous' distancing from the Christian tradition. Kelly styled Blair as opposing 'the fashionable Western idea that religion can be suppressed or confined to the private realm' as 'a delusion and dangerous'. The Australian's position is not surprising, given the news paper's long-standing, US-influenced neoconservative position.

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  • Issue 39/40 - MOOCs: Disrupting the university or business as usual'
    • Abstract: Cooper, Simon
      The creation of MOOCs (massive open online courses) has captured the imagination of higher education commentators around the globe. These online courses, initially coming out of elite institutions such as Stanford and MIT, have attracted large numbers of students and their 'success' has led to private companies such as Coursera and Udacity offering courses online. While online courses and open education have been around for several decades, the rise of MOOCs signals for many a fundamental shift in higher education. The New York Times declared 2012 'the year of the MOOC' and MOOCs have dominated recent discussion around the future of the university. Many academics and media pundits claimed that MOOCs would lead to a radical disruption of the university sector, ending the current model of higher education within a decade or two.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Larger than economy: Interpreting the global financial
    • Abstract: Hinkson, John
      Late in 2008 a crisis exploded in the financial centre of Wall Street that brought the global economy to a standstill. Banks and protobanks failed on a significant scale and those that did not refused to deal with each other because they had lost faith in the settlement system. Global trade faltered. It could not be financed. Massive interventions by governments and central banks were practised around the world - especially in the US heartland. They continue into 2013 in the 'advanced' economies, especially in the form of printing money. For a period of months the world held its breath. Slowly it found a way to go on, although with an unfolding crisis taking one form, then another.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Leo Africanus and the Songhay dynasty of the Askiyas:
           Plundering northern Mali, past and present
    • Abstract: Wise, Christopher
      At the time of his birth, Leo Africanus was named al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Zayyati. His parents were Arab Muslims from Granada, Spain, who migrated to Fez after the Christian Reconquista; that is, after European Christians recaptured much of the Iberian Peninsula from Arab Muslim control. Leo Africanus was born some time between 1489 and 1493. At the age of seventeen he went on a commercial and diplomatic mission to the land of the Songhay people, in what is today northern Mali. Leo Africanus may or may not have made a second mission a few years later. In 1518 he was kidnapped by Christians from Sicily and presented to Pope Leo X, who was seeking information about Africa. Shortly thereafter he converted to Christianity and was baptized Johannis Leo de Medicis, a name he later changed to Leo Africanus. His Description of Africa, written in 1526 and published in Italian in 1550, was written at the Pope's behest, and was later translated into French, Latin and English. The brief portion of the text describing the Songhay lands provided Europe with its first glimpse of Sahelian society. It also permanently established the legend of Timbuktu in the European imagination.

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  • Issue 39/40 - The 'joint facilities' today
    • Abstract: Tanter, Richard
      Desmond Ball's labours through four decades to elucidate the character of US defence and intelligence facilities in Australia, to document the evidence, test the balance of benefits and dangers to both national security and human security, and then tell the story to his fellow Australians is unparalleled in Australian intellectual and political life. The dedication, often neglected, to the most famous and influential part of this work, A Suitable Piece of Real Estate: American Installations in Australia, was the call 'for a sovereign Australia'. We might best sum up the character of Ball's work of a lifetime - or more precisely, this one, brightly coloured, thread of a multi-stranded body of work - by recalling the enduring watchwords of an earlier Australian nationalist, Joseph Furphy: 'temper democratic, bias Australian'. Both elements are keys to understanding the animating force behind Ball's work on US installations in Australia - the concern for a fully and properly informed public as a prerequisite to democratic debate about the bases, and concern that Australians identify their country's specific interests in the bases, citing Malcolm Fraser's prescient but often ignored 1976 warning that 'the interests of the United States and the interests of Australia are not necessarily identical'.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Flying at altitude: Obama balances disarmament against US
           nuclear primacy
    • Abstract: Warren, Aiden
      During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to implement a new direction in US nuclear weapons policy. He would 'show the world' that the United States believed in its existing commitment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In other words, he committed to working towards, ultimately, eliminating all nuclear weapons. In his 2009 speech in Prague, Obama defined this transformative quest in greater detail and in doing so suggested what appeared to be a marked break from the policies of his predecessor. The Bush administration had banished the term 'disarmament' from its official vocabulary and broken with past nuclear policy pronouncements by pushing vigorously for an expanded role for nuclear weapons. There has indeed been a break from the declarations of an 'American Century'. However, while the Obama administration has presented optimistic rhetoric on disarmament, it has in essence pursued a policy of maintaining the nuclear balance while only taking incremental steps towards disarmament. These steps, I will argue, have been accompanied by clear measures to retain US nuclear primacy. This article will focus on the transition between the Bush and Obama administrations and, more specifically, the extent to which Obama has attempted to 'rebalance' the nuclear option.

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  • Issue 39/40 - 'Democratic vanguardism': Francis Fukuyama and the Bush
    • Abstract: Harland, Michael
      American president George W. Bush was given a number of unflattering names during his eight years in office. Many journalists and figures of popular culture suggested that the president was lacking in intellectual capacity. Among students of American history and foreign relations, phrases such as 'reckless', 'radical' and 'utopian' found surprisingly common currency. But one of the most peculiar terms attached to President Bush was the word 'Leninist'. On the face of it, this designation seemed incongruous: surely the forty-third president of the United States had no sympathies for Bolshevism. A conservative Republican, Bush's political priorities lay in strong national defence, faith-based charities and educational reforms.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Politics, independence and the national interest
    • Abstract: Fraser, Malcolm
      I am honoured to be asked to make this speech. During the tur-bulent years of the 1970s, few people would have believed that Malcolm Fraser would be delivering a Gough Whitlam Oration. Politics is a hard business. The opposition of one party to another can become toxic. We have had this demonstrated to us all too often in recent years. But it does not always have to be this way. By any standards Gough Whitlam is a formidable political warrior. He has inspired an undying loyalty amongst his supporters. He is an historic figure who has made a significant impact on the life of Australia. He had grand ideas, many of which left their mark on Australia and a number of which were embraced by the following government. Others have survived despite the opposition from the other side of politics. He was the first Australian prime minister to recognize China. As Australian prime minister he had the confidence and knowledge to recognize the distinct national interests of our country. He established ground-breaking enquiries into land rights for Aboriginal Australians and also over a number of environmental issues, where reports were later implemented by my government. As political antagonists we had substantial differences, but as Australians we had shared interests and concerns.

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  • Issue 39/40 - Rebooting Asia: Conflicting agendas
    • Abstract: McCormack, Gavan
      The Obama administration 'pivots' to Asia, reinforcing its regional alliances, shoring up its hegemony and putting pressure on its allies to shoulder more of the costs. By 2020 it will have 60 per cent of its navy - six aircraft carriers plus 'a majority of our cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships and submarines' in the Pacific, that is, primarily with China in its sights. A stepped-up Indian Ocean role is also currently on the drawing board.

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  • Issue 39/40 - On nuclear proliferation
    • Abstract: Roberts, Alan
      At most summit conferences the assembled world leaders seem to follow an unspoken rule or gentlemen's agreement: no one is to mention the radioactive elephant sitting with them - the threat to destroy civilization within minutes, that the nuclear stockpiles unarguably pose. There are probably enough survival problems already crowding the summit agenda anyway.

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  • Issue 39/40 - In this issue
    • Abstract: Sharp, Geoff
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  • Issue 41/42 - Notes on contributors
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  • Issue 41/42 - The romantic roots of economic rationalism
    • Abstract: Zerilli, John
      Over the last thirty years, a significant number of both progressive and conservative commentators have expressed concern over the impact of neoliberal, free-market policies. In Australia such policies, most commonly involving deregulation, privatization and low direct taxation, have been collected under the label 'economic rationalism'. The most resolute critics allege that these policies have undermined traditional civic values, radicalized communities, and prioritized the corporate state at the expense of democracy. They credit economic rationalism with the periodic convulsions that have beleaguered the global economy from at least the end of the 1970s, the global financial crisis of 2008, the present financial turmoil in Europe, and the near systematic repudiation of the social contract which European governments put in place after the Second World War.

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  • Issue 41/42 - People, planet and the Anthropocene: Spectators of our own
    • Abstract: James, Paul
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  • Issue 41/42 - Anthropocene noir
    • Abstract: Rose, Deborah Bird
      Bob Dylan said it perfectly: 'it's not dark yet, but it's getting there'. In this article I explore some aspects of darkness emanating from the concept of the Anthropocene and from the facts of the biosphere changes now in process. The larger questions concern action in a time when all action seems contaminated. What commitments might guide us, in an era of increasingly inscrutable and unacceptable choices' How may we keep faith with life in this era of loss and degradation' Part of the question concerns the positioning of humans in the context of the Anthropocene. The wider context is the question of situated action in a world that is changing rapidly, and reconciliation in a time when everything is open to radical uncertainty.

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  • Issue 41/42 - The being of the occupier is that of a settler: Response to
           'indigenous sovereignty' and the 'being of the occupier'
    • Abstract: Veracini, Lorenzo
      The argument Toula Nicolacopoulos and George Vassilacopoulos present in Indigenous Sovereignty and the Being of the Occupier is similar to the one I make in Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview. In the twentieth century individuals with whom one shared a history of political engagement were called 'fellow travellers'. Fellow travellers retained their specific positions beyond established orthodoxies. Those orthodoxies and the contradictions that they produced have now vanished, and have given way to the unchallenged ascendancy of neoliberal ideologies. However, I am responding here to what I understand as precious intellectual 'fellow travellers'. We share very little - not the specific sources we refer to, not the terminology we use to describe similar phenomena, and not the disciplinary approach. And yet, through completely different paths, we have arrived at fundamentally analogous conclusions.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Indigenous sovereignty and the being of the occupier:
           Manifesto for a white Australian philosophy of origins
    • Abstract: Nicolacopoulos, Toula; Vassilacopoulos, George
      A spectre is haunting white Australia, the spectre of Indigenous sovereignty. All the powers of old Australia have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: politicians and judges, academics and media proprietors, businesspeople and church leaders.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Engaged cosmopolitanism: Reconciling local grounding and
    • Abstract: James, Paul
      Cosmopolitanism is a philosophy of our modern/postmodern times. Since the late twentieth century, it has spread far beyond those few Greek Stoics, eighteenth-century Enlightenment philosophes and nineteenth-century intellectuals who gave the ethos a long living lineage without naming it as such. At the same time, but intensifying over the past two or three decades, the global imaginary from which cosmopolitanism derives its ideological power has become increasingly compelling. Most activists and philosophers, including the many radical alter-globalization figures who now argue for localism, are culturally compelled to acknowledge that the local is related to the global.

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  • Issue 41/42 - At close quarters: Re-encountering the sensible
    • Abstract: Jones, Patrick
      Those of us in affluent countries forget that life is lived on land and because of land; we forget our eyes are set forward as ecological predators, mammalian hunters, gardeners and foragers who are also from time to time transformed into ecological prey. We forget human wealth is not the accumulation of abstract figures and derivatives that string-line across digital screens in the hearts of cities and banner across the bottom of television screens in our lounge rooms. This is imagined, temporary wealth. This is momentarily cooking the books. Monetary economics is a phantasm of symbols curated by anthropocentric salesmen and women. Wealth, in real terms, is the land's capacity to give forth. figures and derivatives have been presented to us as wealth, but today they really represent the debts of ecological overshoot. The physical effects of such debts have accrued slowly from the first organizational systems developed in the earliest cities. Aggregating abstraction is what history has witnessed and recorded since the advent of symbolic life, but none so monumentally as during the last three centuries, and none so aggressively as during the past three decades.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Post-growth economics: A paradigm shift in progress
    • Abstract: Alexander, Samuel
      If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not a better or happier population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compels them to it.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Why do we place our hope in technology': A secular
    • Abstract: Hinkson, John
      The importance of technology to Homo sapiens can hardly be over - stated. Nevertheless, the technological revolution that has unfolded in stages since the Second World War stands in its own right - from nuclear power and the chemical revolution to cybernetics in all of its varieties, including computerization and the digital revolution more generally. The expression of the digital revolution in the transformation of mass communications has had profound effects. More radical again has been its entry into the production process, and even more so the prospect of the transformation of all of nature, including human nature, via such technical interventions as the genome revolution. These examples, I argue, mark contemporary society off from the past.

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  • Issue 41/42 - 'More things in heaven and earth ...': The theological
           Aufhebung of Roland Boer
    • Abstract: Sharpe, Matthew
      A great philosopher once wrote that 'some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested'. The five volumes of Roland Boer's magisterial series Marxism and Theology may well be all three. Certainly, there is too much in the series to be digested in any one review study. Nevertheless, in what follows, we will attempt in small measure the impossible: first setting out the basic methodological and exegetical claims of the series as we see them (I), before commenting on what we take to be Boer's own theses, constructed on the basis of this remarkable, almost-Baconian 'natural history' of Marxist and post-Marxist texts on theology (II). In Part III, taking up some of the essay's opening, framing remarks, we will pose some reflections on the significance of Boer's study and its place within the widely touted 'return to religion' today, as well as the peculiar physiognomy and reasons for this 'return'.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Violence and urban governance in Neoliberal Cities in Latin
    • Abstract: Humphrey, Michael
      This article explores the responses of Latin American governments to the phenomenon of high levels of criminal violence and social conflict in Latin American cities. The region has the highest homi - cide rates in the world and some of the highest levels of ongoing social protest. It outlines a neoliberal urban security model that has emerged in Latin American cities alongside an urban political economy regime supporting 'competitive cities'. It examines its impact on controlling crime and creating more inclusive urban space, drawing on examples from Mexico City, Bogot and Caracas. It argues that urban segregation is driven by the spatializing of security and the selective support for urban development/renewal. The project of making cities safe for people and investment is accompanied by securitization, the risk management of 'dangerous' urban spaces through repression. Making cities safe involves the management of the level of crime and the level of fear, the objective and the subjective impact of urban violence. Citizen security programs seek to address citizen insecurity through participatory citizenship, but they often also reinforce urban segregation and exclusion, not inclusion.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Rethinking indigenous resistance to globalization
    • Abstract: Simon, Jeanne W; Gonzalez-Parra, Claudio
      Since the first Europeans arrived in the Americas, indigenous peoples have sought to maintain their ways of life and culture despite the many attempts to transform or destroy them. For some, indigenous resistance is seen as the principal obstacle to progress, while others see indigenous culture as the innovative answer to the problems generated by globalization. Drawing principally on the experiences of indigenous peoples in Latin America, we analyze their responses to the arrival of Europeans, the creation of the nation-state, capitalist production, 'development' programs and environmental destruction. We argue that dominant ideas of development and progress have created and maintained structures of marginalization and cultural transformation, negatively impacting indigenous peoples. We conclude with a proposal of how indigenous ideas allow us to rethink our understanding of human life on the planet.

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  • Issue 41/42 - Surviving in Pakistan's cities: A complex web of challenges
           and alternatives
    • Abstract: Weiss, Anita M
      Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world - soon to become the fifth most populous - with a population of about 184 million. Today, roughly one-third of its population lives in urban areas, and high rural-urban migration remains the norm. This is particularly true in Pakistan's second largest province, Sindh, now home to 15.4 million urban dwellers, comprising 47 per cent of the provincial population. High population growth rates, even in urban areas, will result in the country's population nearly doubling by 2050 as Pakistan becomes the world's fourth largest country, with 335 million persons.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Notes on contributors
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  • Issue 37/38 - Settler colonialism: A global and contemporary phenomenon
    • Abstract: Veracini, Lorenzo
      There used to be East and West, North and South, expressing the colonial divide; they were there for centuries, if under different names. The colonial relation, by definition, develops some areas by exploiting others; it is part of the dynamic that powers the establishment of North and South and their reciprocal co-constitution. But how does reflection on settler colonialism, as distinct from colonialism, contribute to these shifting taxonomies'

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  • Issue 37/38 - New Jews for old: Settler state formation and the
           impossibility of Zionism: In memory of Edward W. Said
    • Abstract: Wolfe, Patrick
      For the Western world, as Edward Said pointed out, the final taboo is not our own national narratives but Israel's. Indeed, Said's magisterial output can reasonably be read as an engagement with the West's elementary myopia concerning Zionism. Where my own case of this myopia was concerned, the initial illumination did not come from Said's work, which I had yet to encounter, but from Maxime Rodinson's Israel - A Colonial-Settler State' When, having read Rodinson's book, I later came across Said, I read him first and foremost as a Palestinian. Accordingly, as I began to think about trying to register my debt to Said for this article, I went back to Rodinson's book. For something like thirty years I had held onto the crystal-clear insight that it had given me. Israel's relationship to Palestinians is like Australia's relationship to Aborigines. In both cases, European intruders have striven to dispossess indigenous peoples and replace them on their land. The name for this relationship is settler colonialism. Since that time, I have recurrently attempted to refine my understanding of the central concept/project of settler colonialism, which, being an exercise in replacement, I have seen as primarily governed by a logic of elimination.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Orientalism and zionism: Dismantling Leon Uris's 'exodus'
    • Abstract: Docker, John
      The use of terror by extreme members of nationalist groups has surprising effects. When, a few years ago, Armenian groups began assassinating Turkish officials, such terrorism was denounced in press and television headlines as inhuman, as something of which civilized Western peoples were incapable. But, the media felt, people would want also to know why these Armenians were doing such things, and who were Armenians, and where did they come from and what had they been doing since. Soon background feature stories in the inside pages and magazine-type reports on television revealed that Armenians had been horribly massacred in Turkey some sixty years before. Similarly, when in the late 1960s Palestinian commandos spectacularly hijacked an aircraft and took hostages, there was horror in the West. But, again, the media felt bound in follow-up stories to investigate and try and offer explanations: who were these people suddenly thrusting themselves onto the world stage and into our consciousness' What experiences and passions were driving them into being so barbarous' As Maxime Rodinson says, before the 1967 Arab-Israel war, the world at large was unaware of the Palestinians. He notes that it then became possible to see books and films and television reports that drew attention to their plight, expelled from Palestine in 1948, existing for decades in United Nations refugee camps, their children growing up behind barbed wire. And since 1967, in Noam Chomsky's view, an international consensus has been developing that urges that the Palestinians too should recover a homeland, should have their own state.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Reclaiming the northern territory as a settler-colonial
    • Abstract: Howard-Wagner, Deirdre
      The Australian federal government declared a state of emergency in Indigenous townships and town camps within about two weeks of the release of Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle, Little Children are Sacred. The state of emergency was constructed in federal government discourses as a humanitarian emergency and an immediate crisis. While the initial state of emergency was about Indigenous child abuse and neglect, the emerging federal government discourses linked the national emergency to the failure of Indigenous communities to maintain basic standards of law and order and behaviour. Women and children were unsafe.

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  • Issue 37/38 - A settler-colonial consensus on the northern intervention
    • Abstract: Lovell, Melissa
      In June 2007 the Australian federal government initiated a policy program that aimed to transform Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory (NT). In the months following the NT Intervention, several commentators and scholars remarked on the similarity of the policy to the coercive and assimilatory politics of Australia's colonial past. These authors argued that the Intervention represented a 'lack of capacity to abandon past thinking about colonialism'. This article contributes to a settler-colonial analysis of the Intervention by providing the first substantive comparison of the political discourses employed by the Liberal National (Coalition) government and the Labor government on the subject of the NT Intervention. By drawing on the emergent field of settler-colonial studies, I am able to identify the settler-colonial mentality that is shared by the Coalition and Labor governments.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Settler-colonial landscapes and narratives of possession
    • Abstract: Banivanua Mar, Tracey
      The spaces of settler colonialism, its urban and rural landscapes, are not just sites of dispossession. In this article I argue they can also be read as texts physically inscribed with historical narratives that naturalize and legitimize settler sovereignty. In the settler-colonial struggle for land, possession, belonging and restorative justice, 'History' is key. It has been a principal site for the erasure of Indigenous peoples. Internationally and in Australia, it lies at the heart of national programs in settler colonies where indigenous or first peoples have sought to bring settler states to account through reconciliation movements, administrative tribunals, truth and reconciliation commissions, and legal struggles for land, recognition or recompense. History is therefore also a contested site, and one that over the last few decades has been subject to interrogation, revision and attempts to decolonize the past by identifying and deconstructing colonial metanarratives. This article explores the ways in which landscape, as space produced by settler-colonial happenings, manifests formal History, with a capital 'H'. As Tony Birch has argued, control 'of the Australian landscape is vital to the settler psyche'. Settler landscapes therefore ratify dispossession in spatial ways, con - stantly affirming metanarratives of terra nullius, the fatal impact and extinguishment of Indigenous entitlement by tides of History. The scripts can be read simply by occupying settler-colonial space, thereby undermining wider attempts to decolonize understandings of the past.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Unsettling conceptions of wilderness and nature
    • Abstract: Robinson, Alice; Tout, Dan
      Prior to the currently emerging popular awareness of anthropogenic climate change, there existed little impetus for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to engage regarding the sustainability of land - no way, that is, that inherently affected, concerned or was crucial to the survival of both peoples equally. There was no issue in which both had similar amounts at stake. This is in spite of the fact that land has always been and continues to be of fundamental concern within the Australian settler-colonial context, as well as the settler-colonial project more broadly. For Indigenous peoples, ways of knowing and being are intrinsically connected with Australian lands. Following European invasion, land (or lack of access to land) was critical to both Indigenous peoples dispossessed from their ancestral country and those settlers who claimed it for themselves. However, while land to at least some extent has always represented a 'common ground' for all Australian cultures, the inherent differences between how that land is culturally conceptualized and understood - and the enduring legacies of invasion, dispossession and continuing colonization resulting from those understandings - have kept Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians locked in an unproductive space of cross-cultural silence concerning their shared histories and environment.

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  • Issue 37/38 - More than preserving a polynesian paradise
    • Abstract: Aikau, Hokulani K
      In 1993, Native Hawaiian scholar and activist Haunani-Kay Trask published 'Lovely Hula Hands', one of the strongest indictments against the tourism industry in Hawai'i. She calls the industry a colonial project intended to maintain existing racial, gender and class hierarchies established in the nineteenth century. Since the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i, Native Hawaiians have fought continuously for their self-determination. However, this struggle is effaced by the image of Hawai'i as paradise, America's sand box in the Pacific.

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  • Issue 37/38 - The colour lines of settler colonialism
    • Abstract: Giuliani, Gaia
      Colour has been important to the thinking and practice of Western settler colonialism since the mid-sixteenth century. Since the emerging dominance of modernity, and within the expanding perimeter of the colonial enterprise, human communities in European and overseas territories have been portrayed geometrically, chronologically and visibly through colour. Colour has been the cipher of colonial diversity. Whether or not a correspondence exists with real phenotypic characteristics, colour has signified a set of characteristics that has codified diversity, including un-humanness and inferiority, within a broader system of knowledge that assigned full human standing and superiority solely to the colonizers.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Embodying the Australian nation and silencing history
    • Abstract: O'Dowd, Mary
      The old adage 'silence speaks louder than words' does not mean that silence is simply a passive absence. As renowned playwright Harold Pinter demonstrated, silence has a power to communicate and dominate. This article explores the endurance of the Great Australian Silence over the history of our colonial past and the continuing colonization of Indigenous people. Despite the introduction of Indigenous Studies and Indigenous History into school and university programs, and despite the heartfelt statements that Australians often use to understand their own history, that understanding remains partial. The desire to engage with this history is problematic. This article argues that the failure of a more embracing history to penetrate, more than partially, into the education system and popular understanding is a product of a particular national imagination embodied in projections of the Australian landscape and the Australian individual. The case is put that a particular way of framing the embodiment of national identity and the land has created an imagining of 'Australianness' that impacts on our capacity to hear and accept the history of Indigenous colonization. It argues that this embodiment, when accepted uncritically, perpetuates not simply a silence but an un-history, a not-telling, a non-acceptance of colonial history post-1788.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Seven generations behind: Representing native nations
    • Abstract: Maddison, Sarah
      When Captain Arthur Phillip sailed the First Fleet into what is now known as Sydney Harbour, he acted as colonists around the world have done both before and since. While acknowledging the presence of the First People of the territory he was invading, he did little to comprehend, accommodate or negotiate with the original inhabitants of the land. Rather he, and those who followed him, set about the task of building a new country over the top of those that were already there. The many hundreds of Indigenous peoples that existed on the territory prior to the arrival of the British were completely invisible to, or at least were ignored by, the invaders. Communities in the south-east of the continent, such as the mighty Eora peoples on whose land the city of Sydney now stands, bore the full brunt of European occupation. Beginning with a penal system, then agriculture, housing, commerce and industry, eventually there followed the elaborate political apparatus of the British system, soon replicated in other colonies on other Indigenous lands around the Australian continent.

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  • Issue 37/38 - The vanishing endpoint of settler colonialism
    • Abstract: Strakosch, Elizabeth; Macoun, Alissa
      So who am I/we today in this new so-called 'post-colonial landscape'' (I say so-called postcolonial because from my lived experiences there is very little which is postcolonial to the Aboriginal experience in Australia).

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  • Issue 37/38 - History, time and the indigenist critique
    • Abstract: Cavanagh, Edward
      During the early surge of globalization and geopolitical reconfiguration that followed the end of Empire, the specificities of settler colonialism emerged as requiring a different interpretive paradigm to the one used to explain other forms of colonialism. New developments in the writing of history allowed for an exciting, transnational reading that connected the past and present of settler societies, unique to the circumstances of those societies. This explanation I set out below, but it is worth adding to it a suggestion that the global indigenous movement after the 1970s and the new discourses of redress and retribution it inspired spurred on this new historical imagination about the on going subjugation and marginalization of indigenous communities. Today it has become clear in settler societies that the past and the present are entwined in a complex knot, which was first tied at the moment of conquest and has held firm ever since.

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  • Issue 37/38 - Why settler colonialism'
    • Abstract: Hinkson, John
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  • Issue 35/36 - Notes on Contributors
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  • Issue 35/36 - Changed by the Climate
    • Abstract: Sellars, Simon
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  • Issue 35/36 - Futurism Now: Structure and Process in Contemporary Art
    • Abstract: McLean, Laura
      Over the last decade there have been a significant number of art exhibitions worldwide exploring the topics of utopia, dystopia and our changing relationship with natural and built environments. The genre of science fiction has been increasingly explored, part of a general trend of artists and curators looking to literature and landscape as means of expressing ideas about possible futures and systems of living. The general theme has been if, and how, humanity will adapt, psychologically and materially, to a warming planet and an impending energy crisis, after the explosive growth of the twentieth century. This essay attempts to define the cultural Zeitgeist I have dubbed 'contemporary futurism', and examines how the structures and processes of economy and ecology have been recently reflected in visual art, while also considering David Harvey's proposal that we think of a utopianism of process rather than of spatial form. It looks at the criticality of utopian processes in the work of Phoebe Washburn; focuses on the exhibition 'After Nature', held at the New Museum in 2008, as an example of dystopian visions in contemporary art; and examines Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's science fiction-inspired installation TH. 2058.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - Figures of Extraterrestrials in Film: A Threat to Utopia
    • Abstract: Bliss, Lauren
      In 1946 a seized German V-2 missile was mounted on the side of a rocket and launched into space from the brown sands of New Mexico. The mission of this launch, on the cusp of the Cold War, had no malicious intention. The rocket was loaded not with explosives but with a small automatic camera the sole purpose of which was to photograph images of Earth from outer space. High above the beloved American South West, the grainy black and white imagery revealed, for the first time, the curve of the Earth from outside the atmospheric cradle. Those who had survived World War II were treated to the sight of clouds hanging effortlessly over the same brown sands from which the missile managed to liberate itself. The image is not of the kind we are used to today - there is little clarity, no colour and the rocket could not travel far enough to capture the Earth in its entirety - yet advanced photographic techniques were not needed to trigger its significance: humans had successfully used technology to break free of the atmosphere, and had disseminated that moment to a global population still quietly gasping in the wake of the war.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - Politics and Ecology on the Korean Left
    • Abstract: Sellar, Gord
      Environmentalism in South Korea has long been associated with political leftism and its so-called minjung ideology, that is, constructed as oppositional to the pro-business, pro-United States and authoritarian Right associated with the country's post-war dictatorships. The resultant conflation of anti-Americanism and environmentalism has allowed the Korean Left to mobilize powerful folk-narratives of US crime - environmental, political and otherwise - in debates over the presence of US military bases. One such narrative, loosely based on the dumping of toxic chemicals into the Han River in Seoul, is central to the South Korean science fiction blockbuster Gwoemul (2006), the title of which literally translates as 'monster', although the film is known internationally as The Host. The film's monster embodies a minjung vision of the ecology of dystopian politics and the politics of ecological dystopianism. Despite director Bong Joon-Ho's claims to the contrary, The Host is saturated with politics, embodying a South Korean leftist critique in which pollution and environmentalism are conflated with and tied to the relationship between the Korean and US governments. The monster embodies the ideological conflation of a polluted ecology with a political ecology itself 'polluted' by US influence. The Host's overt investment in, and attempted resuscitation of, explicitly leftist politics and specifically 'magical' thinking regarding politics, environment and nation, rooted in the historical experience of the post-war development-era dictatorships, simply cannot be ignored.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - Shadows of the Holocene: Transfigurations of the Non-human
           World in Science Fiction Film
    • Abstract: Williams, Linda
      It is widely understood that human self-images of time periods other than our own reveal much about contemporary values. Unearthing material from the archaeological zones of the present releases the deep genealogies just perceptible beneath the flux of lived time and, as such, reveals other worlds that have shaped our own. In this sense it is also clear that it is our own world and its history that provide pathways to the future, and to the otherworldly transfigurations made possible by science fiction. If this has been seen as an inevitable flaw of science fiction as a genre - insofar as the critique of the dominant ideology of the present can never be satisfactorily extended to a future that surpasses it1- it does not necessarily follow that the critique of the present, and past, cannot provide fertile speculative ground for what the future may become.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - Doomed by Hope: Environmental Disaster and the 'Structured
           Ignorance' of Risk in Margaret Atwood's Speculative Fiction
    • Abstract: Wagner-Lawlor, Jennifer A
      Margaret Atwood's fiction has explored the social and political dynamics of risk since at least the publication of The Handmaid's Tale in 1985. In that famous novel, environmental degradation (especially from chemical pollution and nuclear radiation) is identified as a contributing cause of the decline of birth-rates in the 'pre-Gileadic' United States, setting the stage for a new 'sexual revolution'. In her more recent speculative novels, particularly Oryx and Crake (2003), the unchecked progress of climate change - evident in rising sea levels, shifts in weather patterns and seasons, and ozone depletion - joins the unchecked progress of genetic engineering to become a double-stranded thread woven through a cautionary text regarding social and political (d)evolution. It would be easy to read the novel as simply a contemporary version of the Fall, a condemnation of the hubristic scientist, the would-be Creator, the new Frankenstein. Indeed allusions to those tales and others - The Island of Dr Moreau springs to mind - invite such conclusions, and they are not incorrect.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - 'Remember the Voices of the Trees': The Turn from Technology
           in Kate Wilhelm's Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
    • Abstract: Maxwell, Anne
      Science fiction since the 1970s has frequently featured environmental catastrophes of apocalyptic proportions as a starting point to imagine a better world. One such science fiction work from the mid-1970s is Kate Wilhelm's haunting novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976). Apowerful critique of the scientific application of human cloning, the novel is also a scathing commentary on the technologically driven and dependent lifestyle of late modernity. In the clones' inability to display individuality, creativity and selfreliance, and the novel's wilderness setting, it is possible to discern more than just a dislike and distrust of science and technology and the kind of authoritarian political models that culminate in nuclear war. Signalled also is a benign vision of nature that harks back to the ecological mysticism of the 1960s, the transcendentalism of Henry David Thoreau, and the tranquil Arcadian lifestyle that in the United States preceded the expansionist push westward and the destruction of the wilderness.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - Unlikely Utopians: Ecotopian Dreaming in H.P. Lovecraft's
           'The Shadow over Innsmouth' and Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood
    • Abstract: Farnell, David
      Utopia, like beauty, rests in the eye of the beholder. Those of us who study utopian ideas can easily recall imaginary societies regarded by their authors and by others of their time and place as eutopias, but which we readers of another time, place or temperament regard with amusement or even horror. Similarly, apparent dystopias can occasionally, with time, change into something much more desirable. Changing definitions of race, for example, can transform the monstrous into the beautiful, and as we stand on the precipice of an era of rapid climate change and widespread extinction, we may even have to consider changing definitions of humanity itself in order not only to survive, but to thrive in harmony with our environment.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
  • Issue 35/36 - Truth Is Consequence
    • Abstract: Clute, John
      As a book reviewer for half a century, and as a writer of encyclopaedias of science fiction and fantasy and horror since the 1970s, I have clearly not enjoyed the kind of career track likely to afford many revelations about the High Road to Utopia, or to be much help in the task of unpacking routes towards a beneficial Changing of the Climate, which may not at all be the same task as continuing to create the kind of utopias we have had to live in recently. Indeed what I seem to have gained from my half century of intense reading of 'fantastika' - a term lifted from common Continental usage, and applied here to the literatures of the fantastic as a whole over the past two hundred years - is something very different than any sense that the road ahead is easily mapped.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:30 GMT
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