Summer 2014: Volume 41, Number 2


In Memoriam of Stuart McPhail Hall

Each crisis provides an opportunity to shift the direction of popular thinking instead of simply mirroring the right’s populist touch or pursuing short-term opportunism. The left…must adopt a more courageous, innovative, “educative” and path-breaking strategic approach if they are to gain ground.
–Stuart Hall and Alan O’Shea, “Common-sense Neoliberalism”

Summer 2014: Volume 41, Number 2


Intervention / Mandela’s Reflections

Editor’s Note from Paul Bové:
…We decided to gather responses to Mandela as a political figure. b2 issued a call for very brief papers from several spots on the globe and from different generations. Our contributors have given us reason to feel this attempt was a success.

Preface by Anthony Bogues

Mbu ya Ũrambu: Mbaara ya Cuito Cuanavale / The Cry of Hypocrisy: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Discomforts by Hortense Spillers

The Mandela Enigma by Wlad Godzich

Mandela, Charisma, and Compromise by Joe Cleary

Nelson Mandela on Nightline; or, How Palestine Matters by Colin Dayan

Or, The Whale by Jim Merod

Malaysian Mandela by Masturah Alatas

Mandela, Tunisia, and I by Mohamed-Salah Omri

Nelson Mandela by Ruth Y. Y. Hung


Mandela Memories: An African Prometheus by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Nelson Mandela: Decolonization, Apartheid, and the Politics of Moral Force by Anthony Bogues

Mandela’s Wholeness, Perhaps Infinite by Dawn Lundy Martin

[untitled] by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Mandela’s Gift by Sobia Saleem


Three Models of Emergency Politics by Bonnie Honig

Democracy: An Unfinished Project by Susan Buck-Morss

The Future of Reading? Memories and Thoughts toward a Genealogical Approach by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht


b2 Interview
History Unabridged: An Interview with Stefan Collini with Jeffrey J. Williams


King Kong in America by Arif Dirlik

How Global Capitalism Transforms Deng Xiaoping by Ruth Y. Y. Hung

Is Dasein People? Heidegger According to Haugeland by Taylor Carman

It’s Only the End of the World by Ben Conisbee Baer

Passive Aggressive: Scalia and Garner on Interpretation by Andrew Koppelman


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