Of Tefillin, Textiles, and Tech?

Samuel Sami Everett explores multiple dimensions of distance that shape his relationship to the Parisian neighborhood of le Sentier, the location of his study of multireligious ethno-commercial exchanges in his CSSH article, “Une Ambiance Diaspora: Continuity and Change in Parisian Maghrebi Imaginaries.”

Exploring Religion through Text and Film

This essay addresses the relationship between Vlad Naumescu’s 2019 CSSH article, “Pedagogies of Prayer: Teaching Orthodoxy in South India,” and a short documentary film that the author produced several years ago as part of the same research project. It reflects on the relationship between film and text and on the possibilities that the combination of the two media afford.

Afterlives

How does one do scholarship in dialogue with the dead? After reading Chris Moffat’s essay, “Politics and the Work of the Dead in Modern India,” we thought he might have good answers to that question. So we asked him. Read on for his intriguing response.

Authoritarianism and Trump

In his CSSH review essay, “On Authoritarianism,” Michael Meng investigates the history of authoritarianism and provides a comparative study of authoritarian regimes. In his reflections below, he turns his attention to the nature of current presidential politics in the United States. A number of historians have attempted to place Donald Trump’s presidency in historical perspective. Most…

Being in the Know

Bart Klem and Sidharthan Manauguru reflect on the experiences and research that informed the writing of their CSSH essay, “Insurgent Rule as Sovereign Mimicry and Mutation: Governance, Kingship, and Violence in Civil Wars”.