• Occasion Issue

    Fire Stories

    Edited by Grace Moore
    Engaging with fire as a force of destruction—as well as a symbol of hope—Fire Stories addresses emotional responses to fire and its aftermath: from comfort and warmth, to terror, awe, and resilience. more
  • Dibur Article

    The Stone Garden: Meditations on History, Experience, and the Nature of the Mystical

    by Marie Huber
    Drawing on Michel de Certeau’s insights on the nature of mystic speech, I seek to unfold the relationship between the individual mystical experience and the sociopolitical outside that constitutes the other origin of the garden. It is the friction created by the passage of different social structures, institutions, and, ultimately, epistemological orders that gives rise, I argue, to a work of visionary art which ruptures conventional frameworks of interpretation. more
  • Fire Stories
    Occasion Article

    The Wonderful Wrapped in the Terrible: Introducing Fire Stories

    by Grace Moore
    There will be a lot more fire in our future. Already, there are more fires across the world than there were twenty years ago, and if the scientific modeling of the effects of global warming is correct, then fire seasons will grow longer and burnscapes will widen. The intervals between disastrous fires will become shorter, and we will no longer think of a severe fire as a once-in-a-lifetime event. more
  • Essay

    Artists Respond to the Sanctuary City

    by Jacqueline Francis, Kathy Zarur
    Artists in this exhibition responded to challenges of, and consolations of, sanctuary. Sanctuary, we learned, is not an abstraction; it is a relative term that we negotiate. more
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    The Classics Which Is (Not) Ours

    by Emily Greenwood, Boris Shoshitaishvili
    We have framed this collection of writing about ancient Greek and Roman literature around the contrary idea of the "Greece which is (not) ours" in an attempt to capture the dynamic and creative... more
  • Occasion Article

    Apocalyptic Skies and the Decay of Public Meaning

    by Richard Read
    In contemplating the long history of apocalyptic fire in aesthetic representations of the sky, it should be understood that the meaning of the word meteor was not restricted to “­fireball” or “shooting star” until Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in the 1590s. more
  • Colloquy

    The Right to the Creative City

    by Michael B. Kahan, Peggy Phelan
    In 2002, Richard Florida, an urban studies scholar then at Carnegie Mellon University, published The Rise of the Creative Class, which became a surprise best-seller. In 2005, he followed... more
  • Colloquy

    Arts + Justice

    by Jisha Menon, Anna Jayne Kimmel
    Approaching justice from the perspective of arts and culture enables us to attend to its affective, embodied, social, and political dimensions, thus bringing together a range of cross-disciplinary dialogues. more
  • Blog Post

    Adventures with Husserl

    by Carrie Noland
    Nineteenth-century concepts of kinaesthesia influenced the evolution of Edmund Husserl's work, truly transforming the discipline of philosophy and setting an agenda for poststructuralism. In this piece, Noland argues that a sense category central to dance impacted what we now call "critical theory," as though the dancing body ghosted a discourse that has typically ignored it. more

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