At the heart of our new issue is a dossier on humanitarianism in refugee camps, curated by Maja Janmyr and Are Knudsen. The issue starts out with two early modernist literary critics, Dan Edelstein and Christopher Warren, on human rights and international politics, respectively. Finally, our essay-review section features a startling intervention by Priya Satia on Susan Pedersen’s much remarked study of the League of Nations mandates policies – easily the longest and most trenchant engagement with that book, The Guardians,that has yet appeared. And finally, we are making public on this site, Alexander Livingston’s incisive survey of the moralistic turn of critical theory and its limits.
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In nominating Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, President Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge to nominate a person who followed in the tradition of “Originalism” espoused by Justice Antonin J. Scalia. In making this pledge, Mr. Trump affirmed the conventional association between an Originalist approach to legal interpretation and a well defined set of conservative political and social views. To be an Originalist, Trump implied and his supporters assumed, was to be anti-regulation, anti-abortion, anti-welfare, anti-immigrant, anti-minority rights; it was also to be Continue reading →
This piece has previously appeared in German translation in Heft 10 (Oktober 2016). When the global economic crisis erupted in 2008, it was not only historians who scurried in search of the lessons of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Nearly a decade later, as analysts of Britain’s departure from the EU diagnose the symptoms of an economic malaise called “globalization,” it is again worth considering what we can learn from the past. It might seem unimaginable—given the turn in present-day political rhetoric—but through the Continue reading →