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Kurdish Translation of CIA Article

A special thanks to Ako Qadir for preparing this Kurdish translation of my article “The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left.”

زۆربەى جار وا مەزەندەدەکرێت بیرمەندەکان خاوەنى هێزێکى کەمى سیاسیين یاخود هیچ هێزێکى سیاسیيان نیە، و بیرمەندەکان لە بورجى عاج دانیشتوون، و لە جیهانى واقيعی دابڕاون، و سەرقاڵن بە گفتوگۆى ئەکادیميى بێ‌مانا لەبارەى بنجوبناوانى بابەتە تایبەتمەندە بێ‌نرخەکان، یاخود لەسەر هەورى چڕى تیۆرى عەقڵە مەزنەکان مەلەدەکەن. زۆرینەى جار  نەک تەنها وا وێناى بیرمەندان دەکرێت کە دابڕاو بن لە واقيعی سیاسى بەڵکو هەروەها وەک کەسانێکى بێ دەسەڵات تەماشادەکرێن لەوەى کە ناتوانن کاریگەرییەکى بەمانایان هەبێت تێیدا، بەڵام دەزگاى سەرەکيى هەواڵگريى سى.ئاى.ئەى بە شێوەیەکى دیکە تەماشاى ئەم بابەتە دەکات.

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Op-Ed: “It’s Time to Get Violence: Breaking Down the Assault on Antifa”

Click here to read my most recent opinion piece, which I co-authored with Ramona E. Dúran for CounterPunch. It is entitled “It’s Time to Get Violence: Breaking Down the Assault on Antifa,” and it is part of our activities for the Radical Education Department (RED).

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Excerpt: “Violence is the great obfuscator. When its name is invoked by the powerful, rest assured that it is masking much more than it reveals. While it is presented as an objective description of a state of affairs requiring immediate condemnation, it simultaneously serves to discredit movements and ideas, deny the political agency of certain actors, and cloak brutal forms of domination. Its purportedly objective presentation is, in fact, a legerdemain that stirs up moral sentiments in order to muddy political analysis. Under the guise of indubitable moral rectitude, the world is turned upside: those who stand up for justice are often made to appear as senseless savages, and the greatest perpetrators of violence are exonerated, or even presented as victims.

Of late, violence has made headlines in the U.S. corporate media by serving to discredit the work of anti-fascist activists and distract from the actual threats of fascism and white supremacy […read more].”

Compte-rendu dans Esprit

Un compte-rendu de mon dernier ouvrage en français, Contre-histoire du temps-présent: interrogations intempestives sur la mondialisation, la technologie, la démocratie, vient de paraître dans Esprit. Cliquez ici pour le lire.

Extrait: “Dans la complexité des crises politiques, sociales et économiques que nous vivons aujourd’hui, il semble primordial d’interroger le rôle des concepts qui interviennent dans la construction des représentations qui façonnent notre compréhension du temps présent. Gabriel Rockhill s’engage à relever ce défi en proposant une analyse critique, aussi radicale que détaillée, de concepts majeurs qui déterminent une grande part de notre perception du monde actuel : la mondialisation, la technologie et la démocratie. […]16463808_755714274586756_140596339017406715_o

Cette contre-histoire du temps présent n’est donc pas uniquement une invitation à mettre en cause une image consensuelle du monde contemporain et de ses maîtres-mots. Elle vise à inciter le lecteur à s’interroger sur les structures théoriques ainsi que sur les pratiques politiques et économiques qui produisent une certaine image du monde (où la démocratie serait en l’occurrence systématiquement perçue comme étant l’apanage de l’Occident). Il s’agit ainsi de favoriser une reprise en main de la construction de notre histoire plurielle et profondément hétérogène, comme un certain nombre d’actions micro-politiques et de mouvements sociaux le font valoir un peu partout à travers le monde.” — P.-A. Chardel

Op-Ed: “Who’s Afraid of Direct Action on Campus?”

Click here to read my most recent opinion piece, which I co-authored with John-Patrick Schultz for Truthout. It is entitled “Who’s Afraid of Direct Action on Campus? Mobilizing Pedagogy Against the Powerful,” and it is part of our activities for the Radical Education Department (RED).

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Excerpt: “The answer to the question, ‘Who’s afraid of direct action on campus?’ should now be obvious: those inculcated by the indirect action of institutionalized indoctrination, as well as those who seek — usually through clandestine means and dark money — to use these institutions for their own reactionary agenda. They have much to learn from the coming intellectual insurrections and the intensifying waves of mobilization in the name of direct action education, which is an essential force against the increasingly aggressive right-wing cooptation of institutions of higher learning (which we have witnessed yet again at the University of Virginia and Charlottesville). [… read more]”

Greek Translation of CIA Article

A special thanks to Κώστας Μπουγιούκος and Γιώργος Μιχαηλίδης for the Greek translation and presentation of my article “The CIA Reads French Theory,” originally published in the L.A. Review of Books’ “The Philosophical Salon.” Click here to read the translation and presentation.

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Op-Ed: “Philosophy in Prison: Educating the Educator”

Click here to read my most recent opinion piece, which was generated out of a collectivist prison project that is described below. The other five pieces, written by inmates at Graterford Prison, will be published in the coming weeks. Click here to read them as they become available.

“Philosophy in Prison” is a series of posts generated for the APA Blog by Professor Gabriel Rockhill’s philosophy course, “Class, Race and Social Transformation,” which took place in the Spring semester of 2017 at Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania. The class was part of Villanova University’s prison program. The participants in the course developed their own topics and worked in groups to define the precise format and content of their contributions, which range from single-author pieces to dialogues and co-authored articles.  The following post, the first of six, introduces the idea behind the series.

Paperback Release of “Interventions”

I am very pleased to announce the publication of the paperback edition of Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). Edinburgh UP is offering 30% off the new edition: click here, and then enter the coupon code ADISTAS.NAC0Vt5C.pdf