Title, Author & Summary


Ideas of the Decade

February 4, 2014

The "Middle East" and/or The "Global" (!) War on Terror

Ipshita Chanda

This submission unpacks the phrases "Middle East" and "Global War on Terror" and opposes their status as ideas of the decade .

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Ideas of the Decade

January 14, 2014


Adam Miyashiro

Critical examinations of how “periodization" shaped ideas of time and space through “antiquity” and “the Middle Ages" contextualizes the foundations of literary fields alongside the emergence of European nationalisms and empires. These studies have had broad implications for other fields, including postcolonial theory, transnational studies, and globalization studies, and shows us how a historical period, such as “medieval,” can signify anxieties about Western "secular modernity” in its relationship to South America, Asia, and Africa.

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