Figures of the Impersonal in Contemporary Latin American Culture

Florencia Garramuno’s Figures of the Impersonal in Contemporary Latin American Culture discusses, in part, two works that decenter the self as subject of, by turns, artistic production and economic function.  And, I might add, I think it’s about… Read More

Freemasons and Catalan

Aurelie Vialette’s  “The Dream of a Federal Republic: United States Independence as a Model for Rossend Arús i Arderiu’s Activism and Freemason Ideology” will be included in a Routledge Companion. It traces the specific ways Arus constructed his… Read More

Beyond Representation

In May I got to work with Florencia Garramuno’s “Beyond Representation,” a talk given at the University of Chicago. It concerns what she calls the “documentary tendency” in Latin American art projects and suggests what I think are… Read More

Editing a Variety of Academic Approaches

I love the variety I encounter in editing. In February and April I worked on four articles, by the same person (not yet published, so I shouldn’t say more), each with a very different focus and hermeneutical approach…. Read More

Dead Voice

It was welcome news that Jesus Rodriguez-Velasco’s book, Dead Voice, has been accepted for publication by UPenn Press and is looking at a tentative May 2019 release date. An incredibly informative read focused on 13th century law, although… Read More

Intellectual Philanthropy: The Seduction of the Masses

I am pleased to see that Aurelie Vialette’s Intellectual Philanthropy: The Seduction of the Masses is out and available from Purdue UP. It is a comprehensive exploration of programs employed by 19th century Spanish bourgeois intellectuals and industrialists to… Read More