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The Navigation of Silences and Back to the Roots

Karsten Lichau and Dörte Lerp

Michael Freeden, Concealed Silences and Inaudible Voices in Political Thinking (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022), 304 pp.

Rhiannon Stephens, Poverty and Wealth in East Africa: A Conceptual History (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2022), 312 pp.

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Book Reviews

Vanessa Freerks and SimonMary Asese A. Aihiokhai

Abraham Olivier, M. John Lamola and Justin Sands, Eds., Phenomenology in an African Context: Contributions and Challenges, 2023. State University of New York Press, 353pp. ISBN: 9781438494876 (hbk)

Elias Opongo and Tim Murithi, Eds., Elections, Violence and Transitional Justice in Africa Elections, Violence and Transitional Justice in Africa, 2022. Routledge, 202 pp. ISBN: 9780367655280 (hbk)

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Valentina Denzel, Esther Claudio, and Eva Van De Wiele

Alison Halsall and Jonathan Warren, eds., The LGBTQ+ Comics Studies Reader: Critical Openings, Future Directions (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2022). 364 pp. ISBN: 9781496841353 ($30.00)

Jorge Catalá, Benoît Mitaine, Lisa Maya Quaianni Manuzzato and José Manuel Trabado, eds., Multimodalidad e intermedialidad: Mestizajes en la narración gráfica contemporánea ibérica y latinoamericana (León: Universidad de León, 2022). 299 pp. ISBN: 978-84-18490-37-8 (€20.00)

Barbara Margarethe Eggert, Kalina Kupczyńska and Véronique Sina, eds., Familie und Comic: Kritische Perspektiven auf Soziale Mikrostrukturen in Grafischen Narrationen (Berlin: De Gruyter Comicstudien, 2023). 287 pp. ISBN: 978-3-11-078636-1 ($109.99)

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Jan De Wolf, Guillermo Salas Carreño, Thibault De Meyer, Kirsten Bell, Giulia De Togni, Étienne Bourel, Annemiek Prins, Davina Kaur Patel, and Nandagopal R. Menon

Goldman, Mara J. 2020. Narrating Nature. Wildlife Conservation and Maasai Ways of Knowing. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press. 304 pp. Ebook: US$60.00. ISBN-13: 978-0-8165-4194-2.

Winchell, Mareike. 2022. After Servitude: Elusive Property and the Ethics of Kinship in Bolivia. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. 352 pp. Pb.: US$29.95. ISBN: 9780520386440.

Barua, Maan. 2023. Lively Cities. Reconfiguring Urban Ecology. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press. 382 pp. Pb.: US$30.00. ISBN: 978-1-5179-1256-7.

Stafford, Charles. 2020. Economic Life in the Real World: Logic, Emotion and Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 196 pp. Pb. £22.99. ISBN: 978-1-108-71655-0.

Świtek, Beata. 2021. Reluctant Intimacies: Japanese Eldercare in Indonesian Hands. New York: Berghahn. 242 pp. Pb.: US$34.95. ISBN: 978-1-80073-016-8.

Bubandt, Nils, Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen and Rachel Cypher (eds.). 2022. Rubber Boots Methods for the Anthropocene. Doing Fieldwork in Multispecies Worlds. 432 pp. Pb.: US$34.95. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN: 978-1-5179-1165-2.

Dewan, Camelia. 2021. Misreading the Bengal Delta: Climate Change, Development, and Livelihoods in Coastal Bangladesh. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 224 pp. Pb.: US$32.00. ISBN: 978-0-295-74961-7.

Adams, Vincanne. 2023. Glyphosate & the Swirl: An Agroindustrial Chemical on the Move. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 184 pp. Pb.: US$24.95. ISBN: 978-1-4780-1675-5.

Kravel-Tovi, Michal. 2017. When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel. New York: Columbia University Press. 320 pp. Hb.: US$75.00. ISBN: 9780231183246.

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Bottom Value

Critiquing Top Supremacy's Instrumentalization of Bottomly Risk in Queer Theory and the PrEP Debates

Jordana Greenblatt


Discourses of bottoming-related “risk” are paradoxical. Post-Bersani, queer theorists tend to simultaneously own and disavow bottomly risk, celebrating it as subjectivity-shattering, while “forgetting” its bottom-specificity, allowing tops to claim “risk” without experiencing it. This article explores the centrality (and forgetting) of bottoms to queer theorizations of subjective-shattering, in conversation with similarly contradictory mobilizations of bottomly risk as guarantor of responsible sexual behavior, specifically in the PrEP debates in public discourse, arguing that theoretical and health/community discourses both simultaneously inflate and minimize bottomly risk. Claimed as quintessential queer theoretical subversion, it is often erased in its specifically receptive capacity, while in health discourse, it is presented as a crucial deterrent to bad behavior, but one whose riskiness can be adequately dealt with via that very deterrence.

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Buber's Ethics

Dialogue, Revelation, Selves and Worlds

Victor Jeleniewski Seidler


This article explores tensions between Judaism and Christianity as ethical traditions and what they can learn from each other if the Jewishness of Jesus is fully recognised. It investigates Judaism as a counter-cultural tradition to Christianity and secularised European modernities, drawing on Buber's Hasidism and his understanding of dialogue, relationship and everyday ethics. The author traces ethics as a practice of truth-telling as well as relating to show how justice is more than an individual virtue; it is a matter of community and the transformation of structural relationships of power, abuse and cruelty. It is through relating equally as ethical humans that we can hope to engage with different worlds.

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Buber's Idea of Community

Towards a Foundation of Political Life

Federico Filauri


This article suggests that Buber's idea of the community may hint at an alternative to the more common foundations of political thought, usually grounded on notions of power or rationality. Showing how Buber's idea of the community developed from a neo-romantic form (in his early writings) to a principle informed by the dialogical dimension of human life (from I and Thou onwards), I will point out the vertical dimension of political life ensuing from Buber's discourse. A discussion of the theopolitical principle as expressed in Buber's Kingship of God will lead to the conclusion that, both descriptively and normatively, politics needs an openness to transcendence.

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Care as political revolution?

Miriam Ticktin


This afterword discusses the three articles in the theme section “Affective regimes of care beyond humanitarian crisis,” suggesting that they offer us important ethnographies that each pry open and reevaluate the nature of care, including its political potential. Building on how these alternative forms shift the meaning and practice of care, but focusing on the one structuring hierarchy of humanitarianism left intact—racism—I end by briefly discussing the more radical politics of care being articulated by The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) to show how politics and care are being combined to create revolutionary political platforms.

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Challenges faced by Iraqi academics in career advancement and promotion

A survey-based study

Zainab Atiyah Dakhil, Moatamn Skuk, and May Al-Jorani


Considering the lack of data from Iraq on the challenges faced by academics regarding academic advancement, we aimed to explore the main challenges faced by academic faculty members in Iraq in achieving academic advancement and promotion. A cross sectional 24-item Google form survey was shared via social media; 130 Iraqi academics responded. Lack of research funding and poor research infrastructure were the most common barriers for academic advancement. Most academics agreed that the cost of promotion requirements is considered a lot compared to their income. This is the first study that has explored this issue in Iraq and suggests future strategies to overcome these barriers.

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‘Changed to another form’

Collaborative Censorship in Early Modern Drama

Gabriella Edelstein


This article demonstrates how dramatic censorship in London's public theatres necessitated a kind of collaborative playwriting with extra-authorial labourers. In the playbook manuscript of Sir John van Olden Barnauelt, the Master of the Revels, Sir George Buc, and the playhouse scribe, Ralph Crane, engaged in a collaborative process that resulted in the most censored extant dramatic document of the early modern English theatres. The censorship is revealing of how political drama was interpreted by its first readers – it was Buc's exegetical interpretation of Barnauelt as anti-monarchical that led to his collaborative revisions and the play's restructuring. This style of censorship also has wider implications. If almost every play was read and revised by the Master of the Revels and perhaps edited by a scribe, then most early modern drama was collaboratively written.