Announcing New Critical Times Blog | In the Midst

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Greetings, On behalf of the Editorial Team of Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, I am writing to direct your attention to the new blog that we have just launched on the journal’s website. We have called the blog In the Midst in an effort to convey the difficulties of writing during critical times, and to register the importance of writing from within concrete, unfolding situations, of staying with the troubles of the moment, of thinking from particular grounds, and of allowing for responsive, experimental, and tentative interventions. Published online alongside the journal’s issues, the blog will allow us to respond to world events in a more immediate …

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HemiPress: [ConTactos] — New series/Nueva serie/Nova série

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[ConTactos] — New series With the trilingual publication of Vladimir Safatle’s “Welcome to the Suicide State,” translated into English by André Lepecki, HemiPress announces the launch of its new series [ConTactos]. As communities across the world succumb to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are placed in an exasperating bind between our desire to intervene, to do something in the face of the current health / medical / political / economic / cultural / human rights catastrophe, and the seeming impossibility of doing so amidst a global lockdown that forecloses the very modes of contact upon which many of our abilities to intervene rely. …

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Critical Theory in the Pandemic: Fundraising for European Refugee Aid

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Critical Theory in the Pandemic: A Glossary Fundraising for European Refugee Aid  How to do critical theory in a pandemic? We cannot present a stable analysis of an unfolding disaster, and yet we cannot remain silent either, given how covid-19 interacts with multiple existing crises and aggravates them. One such catastrophic dimension is the situation on the Greek islands at the European border, where overcrowded refugee camps are threatened by aggressive border police and fascist gangs as well as the outbreak of the virus. As the Frankfurter Arbeitskreis – a network of German philosophers, sociologists, and political theorists connected through …

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ICCTP Statement against State Violence Perpetrated against Protesters on Indian Campuses

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The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs supports free and open critical inquiry, rights of dissent, and opposes state violence against faculty, staff, and students exercising their rights of political expression and peacable assembly.  We therefore condemn the continuing police brutality against students and faculty in India, most recently at Jamia Millia Islamia University, Aligarh Muslim University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University and continued violence against the public across India exercising their rights of assembly and dissent against the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), National Citizenship Registry (NRC), and National Population Registry (NPR). The recently-instituted CAA bars Muslims from India’s neighboring countries (namely Pakistan, Afghanistan, and …

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Statement in Support of Critical Thought in Brazil’s Universities

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The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs opposes the recent efforts of the Brazilian government to cut funding for philosophy and sociology and to intervene in teaching and research to suppress left political views and to effect revisionist history of military dictatorships. Like other Latin American countries, Brazil has been a laboratory for neoliberal experiments focused on the expansion of the free market supported by the intensive militarization of society. Under the current regime, the autonomy of educational and arts institutions has been quickly undermined in favor of state control and censorship over cultural and intellectual life. The closing of …

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Statement on the Imprisonment and Judicial Harassment of Academics in Turkey

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The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs notes with great concern the ongoing judicial harassment of signatories of the Academics for Peace petition in Turkey. We are particularly alarmed at the imprisonment of Prof. Dr. Füsun Üstel and Dr. Tuna Altınel who have been deprived of their right to liberty since May 2019, and we call for an end to all such procedures …

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