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The Corpus Christi Devotion

Gender, Liturgy, and Authority among Dominican Nuns in Castile in the Middle Ages

Mercedes Pérez Vidal

in the empowering of these aristocratic women, not only through the commission of works of art, but also through the liturgical performance and the use of monastic spaces. However, all these were also highly contested areas between the nuns and male

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Conceptualizing Compassion in Communication for Communication

Emotional Experience in Islamic Sermons (Bengali waʿẓ maḥfils)

Max Stille

, which emphasizes the interlinkage of concepts to be communicated, concepts of communication, and performance patterns. Among the various genres of Islamic sermons, 2 the most important distinction is that between the Friday sermon, which is a ritual

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen


Latin America was hit by COVID-19 in a moment of (socio-)economic distress and political unrest. This essay reflects on the immediate repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis for democracy in the region. It expounds how responding to the pandemic put to the test the still consolidating democracies with their long-standing defects in the areas of political and civil rights and horizontal accountability. In the course of coping with the crisis, it is precisely in these problem areas that additional risks for democracy have arisen due to infringements of political rights and the performance of presidents. Regarding the latter, the ambiguities of presidential leadership become particularly evident when comparing pragmatic and populist responses to the crisis.

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African Dawn

Keïta Fodéba and the Imagining of National Culture in Guinea

Andrew W. M. Smith

was part politician and part broker of the arts, operating creatively in the contested transnational terrain of national culture. Using archival material outlining the surveillance of Fodéba’s Parisian performances in the 1950s, one can discern the

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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

the electorate (on this, see, for example, Markowski and Tworzecki 2020 ; Svolik 2019 ). The grave public health and economic consequences of the pandemic may seriously dent the “performance legitimacy” of these regimes, and can undermine the regimes

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The Ill-Equipped Modernist

Historicizing Édouard Dujardin’s Les Lauriers Sont Coupés

Kelly J. Maynard

of Alsace and Lorraine. 32 In the fall of 1876, for example, the Parisian police monitored violence inside and outside the concert hall during one of conductor Jules Pasdeloup’s weekly orchestral performances. 33 The problem? He had programmed a

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Modernity, Ḥadātha, and Modernité in the Works of Abdallah Laroui

Conceptual Translation and the Politics of Historicity

Nils Riecken

and politics figure in conceptual histories across colonial difference must be addressed in terms of how history and time are conceptualized. If, as Adi Ophir has pointed out, conceptualizing itself is a performance that is political, then a history of

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Filimon Peonidis

. 1 The use of lot as a method for political decision making has fallen into disrespect after the Renaissance, but, in recent years, the growing dissatisfaction with not only the performance of particular parties and officials, but also the very

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Rob Boddice, Christian J. Emden, and Peter Vogt

audience does not fit comfortably into the conceptual language of performativity. The language of performance, whether intended or not, seems implicitly to reintroduce the question of emotional authenticity. Sullivan’s narrative arc, taken as a whole

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Democracy in a Global Emergency

Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Afsoun Afsahi, Emily Beausoleil, Rikki Dean, Selen A. Ercan, and Jean-Paul Gagnon

a situation in which relative government performance can be measured in such a visceral way as the graphs of excess deaths that the Financial Times or the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center have, for instance, updated daily throughout the