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Intervention
Earliest Gestures
By
Carrie Noland

Can you recall your earliest gesture? Perhaps not consciously, but traces of these first attempts to orient our bodies in space linger in our everyday experiences. 

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Intervention
Farhud: The forgotten ordeal of Iraqi Jews
By
Ali Shakir

2021 marked the 80th anniversary of Farhud*—a two-day pogrom against Baghdad Jewry. Following a failed pro-Nazi coup d’état in 1941, angry Muslim rioters killed 175 Jews, injured 1000, and robbed and destroyed 900 Jewish homes. Many Jewish girls were raped and children maimed in front of their families. BBC Radio 4’s religious and ethical news program Sunday decided to feature a short segment about Farhud, and producer Carmel Lonergan contacted me to arrange for a Zoom interview.

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Essay
Queer Fallout: Samuel R. Delany and the Ecology of Cruising
By
Sarah Ensor

In the final paragraph of his 2002 essay “Sociability and Cruising,” Leo Bersani concludes his discussion of impersonal intimacy and promiscuous attachments with an unexpected turn to ecology: “Let’s call this [ethical model predicated on ascetic practices] an ecological ethics,” he suggests, “one in which the subject, having willed its own lessness, can live less invasively in the world.”[1] Cited out of context, there is perhaps little surprising about this statement, particularly its final clause.

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Cover image: quilt art by Karen Maple featuring solitary incarcerated figures behind bars
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Karen Maple, "Black, Brown, and White in Orange" (2017)
Journal Article
Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy
By
Nicole R. Fleetwood

The photographs they send are studio portraits taken by incarcerated photographers whose job in prison is to take pictures. Allen poses in these photographs sometimes with props, always in uniform. The backdrops are designed and painted by incarcerated people. They break up the uniformity and repetition of the prison attire and staged poses. There are also photographs from our visits to see Allen. In most of these, he stands in the center and we huddle around, hugging him as tightly as we can.

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Aristotle and Hope
Essay
The Humanities as a Hope Educator
By
Pavlos Kontos

Kontos reflects on how humanities disciplines can help teach and cultivate hope. “Are the humanities a necessary and positive component of our lives as a source of hope," Kontos asks. 

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Discard 1 (Partial), Jianhua Liu
Essay
If Pandora's Box Was a Cargo Container
By
Hershini Young

Reflecting on Ever Given, the cargo ship stuck for six days in the Suez Canal in 2021, Young discusses the call to open a single cargo container as an Afrofuturist manifestation that moves beyond the logics of individual capitalism.

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