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    Politics of an Always Vanishing Present

    Cairo is a booming center of the global south whose inhabitants conservatively number 20 million. It is not known for its silence, absence, or lack. Noise, density, and abundance are far more likely objects of inquiry, which the city duly throws up for scholars to inspect. Yet, beyond every observable fact and phenomenon to be […]

Highlights from Volume 35:1 (2015)

What Are Human Rights?

Azoulay argues that human rights discourse is based on a separation between a closed past, in which what was robbed is no longer contested because the violent dispossession has been legalized and naturalized, and an indefinite future in which the rights of “everyman,” as it were—the typical protagonist of a common declarations of rights—would not […]

Introduction: A Global Intellectual History of Feminism

In this introduction, Rao discusses the importance of The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory, edited by Lydia H. Liu, Rebecca E. Karl, and Dorothy Ko, and the resulting Kitabkhana, or book forum. The contributors to the Kitabkhana address The Birth of Chinese Feminism as an inaugural text for two reasons: first, […]