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Nicole Hudgins

“Standing before these ruins, one thinks of the great cataclysms of nature,” wrote Alexis Léaud as he toured the remnants of Sermaize (Oise) in 1915. Director of the Ecole normale d’instituteurs in Savenay, Léaud’s classical education led him to

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Performing Identity

Early Seventeenth-Century Travelers to the Ruins of Troy

Vassiliki Markidou

The article focuses on three early-seventeenth-century (English and Scottish) leisure travelers’ accounts of the (alleged) ruins of Homeric Troy, namely those penned by Thomas Coryat, William Lithgow, and George Sandys. It argues that their rumination on the specific remains both shaped and reflected their manifold, fractured, and precarious identities while it also highlighted the complex dialogue taking place in these texts between a ruinous past and a fragmented and malleable present. The essay also examines the three travelers’ broken poetics, interspersed in the aforementioned accounts, and shows that they constitute highly self-aggrandizing narratives through which their authors perform their fragile identities.

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The Olive Grove of Rome

Romanization and the French Colonial Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Tunisia

Jessica Biddlestone

Roman ruins littering the North African landscape—but few ancient authors recounted concrete information about day-to-day life in Roman Africa. In order to fill in the textual record, men like Bourde mined the landscape for information and used Roman

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Kylie Message, Eleanor Foster, Joanna Cobley, Shih Chang, John Reeve, Grace Gassin, Nadia Gush, Esther McNaughton, Ira Jacknis, and Siobhan Campbell

. 2016 . “ Should Museums Be Activists? ” MuseumNext blog, 24 April . . New Conversations about Safeguarding the Future A Review of Four Books A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World

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Mariske Westendorp, Bruno Reinhardt, Reinaldo L. Román, Jon Bialecki, Alexander Agadjanian, Karen Lauterbach, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Kate Yanina DeConinck, Jack Hunter, Ioannis Kyriakakis, Magdalena Crăciun, Roger Canals, Cristina Rocha, Khyati Tripathi, Dafne Accoroni, and George Wu Bayuga

hidden, and to observe the evasive—just like wonder. Khyati Tripathi University of Delhi TANEJA, Anand Vivek, Jinnealogy: Time, Islam and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi , 336 pp., illustrations, notes, references, index

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Rodrigo Booth

In 1984 the successful Chilean punk rock band Los Prisioneros identified Latin America as “an exotic place to visit”. Written in a strongly anti-imperialist key, the song “Latinoamerica es un pueblo al sur de Estados Unidos” (“Latin America is a village to the south of the United States”) said about tourism in the continent: For tourists and curious people, / it is an exotic place to visit. / It is only a cheap

place, / but inappropriate to live there. / Latin America offers, / the Rio’s Carnival and the Aztec Ruins, / dirty people wandering around in the streets, / ready to sell themselves for some US dollars.

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Robert Glick, Jo Ezekiel, Rifkah Goldberg, Maureen A. Sherbondy, Michael Pierce, B. Z. Niditch, Zelda Schneerson-Mishkovsky, and Admiel Kosman

On the Museum’s Ruins The Distance Between Encino and Gulbeniski is The Distance Between Assimilation and Holocaust By Robert Glick

My grandmother, during her sister’s birth Omega By Jo Ezekiel

Nostalgia for the Old Millennium By Rifkah Goldberg

Havdalah Tashlich By Maureen A. Sherbondy

Belle Teshuvah By Michael Pierce

Leni R. at 100 Sound Without Music By B.Z. Niditch

My Soul’s Guests at the Time of Loneliness In the Moon's Domain By Zelda Schneerson-Mishkovsky

The Song of Songs Kiddush An Invitation to Angels A New Commentary with God’s Help For the Ten Days of Repentance By Admiel Kosman (translated by Varda Koch Ocker)

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(Dis)Connected Rail

Infrastructural Suspension and Phatic Politics in Romania

Adrian Deoanca

The political force of infrastructures is often attributed to their functioning as designed, while their political afterlives remain underexplored. In this article, I explore ethnographically the phatic force of ruins of infrastructure, by dwelling on a liminal railroad segment in Romania that remains unrehabilitated many years after its breakdown. Such an open-ended state of suspension allows the isolation of infrastructure’s political and affective dimensions. The Giurgiu-Bucharest railroad met its demise in 2005 in the wake of heavy floods, producing an infrastructural gap that impacts local mobility and unravels the postsocialist social contract. State authorities and citizens engage in tactics of remediation that, while unsuccessful in resuming traffic, maintain a sense of phatic connection that kindles nostalgia for the past and frustrates anticipation of the future. These tactics make the railroad a medium for hope and at the same time a symbol for the absolute impossibility of hope.

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Steven Sher

the fire, thick black smoke spit loose. Gray ash floats from the metal barrel. Charred ends of bread poke through these ruins. We carry ash and smoke into the street on clothes and hair. Ash and smoke— two Temples, the ghettos, the ovens, pogroms— the

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Unbuilt and Unfinished

The Temporalities of Infrastructure

Ashley Carse and David Kneas

twentieth-century networks and the faded promise of unbuilt futures ( Harvey et al. 2017b ; Howe et al. 2015 ). Like interest in ruins ( Gordillo 2014 ; Johnson 2013 ; Stoler 2013 ; Yarrow 2017 ), scholarship on the unbuilt and unfinished grapples with