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Marco Giuliani and Erik Jones

The year 2009 was a period of uncertainty, during which the Italian

political world appeared to be floundering and in need of a compass.

As evidenced by the chronological overview, many events continued

to beleaguer the political and social life in Italy. Some, such as the

result of the European elections and the escalation of the economic

crisis and its repercussions, were foreseen or, in any case, predictable.

Others, including the numerous scandals and irregularities that

tarnished the political year, continuously feeding the mass media with

distractions and nurturing the public debate with less then edifying

themes, were less expected.

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Jonathan Magonet

This is a shared editorial, but one written by both of us with a heavy heart. When the editorial board set about finding materials to mark the eight-hundredth anniversary of the death of Moses Maimonides, we invited Esther Seidel to oversee this project, and she contributes the second half of this editorial. But neither Esther nor I could have foreseen that we would also be commemorating the untimely death of my co-editor Rabbi Dr Albert Friedlander who, together with his wife, Evelyn, has been directly associated with European Judaism since the birth of the magazine.

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Editors’ Note

Slouching toward Armageddon

foreseen as a likely and potentially fatal problem by some of Zionism’s early progenitors. In addition, we offer a smorgasbord of reviews of new books on Israel, from ecology (Alon Tal, The Land Is Full) to history (Orit Rozin, A Home for All Jews) to

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Rafael Guendelman Hales

foreseen initially; however, such a collaboration has given the project an extra layer of political depth because of the fact that the original library was created, organized, and authored by a male figure (King Ashurbanipal). In the first stage, the main

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Jan Ifversen

way of living on. There is also the possibility that oversaturation leads to banal catastrophism, where the term is used to describe the ordinary or the foreseen. An example of the latter case is a British expert on Somalia, who criticizes the

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Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh

divide between nature and culture. Within this reality, the word utopia is used in a positive and constructive sense as an invitation to imagine a multiplicity of virtual futures intersecting with alternatives that were not foreseen. It is also used as

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There Will Be Trouble

Curating Theater in India

Amitesh Grover

.” In curating ITFoK 2020, I sought to bring together a constellation of works to build affiliations between them in ways their original creators might not have imagined or foreseen. The festival became a site to look closely at emerging modes of

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Higher education in the paradigm of speed

Student perspectives on the risks of fast-track degree completion

Laura Louise Sarauw and Simon Ryberg Madsen

examples of students’ translations of the reform's intended risk logic. In the analyses, we show how the risk logic is often balanced against a series of other risk logics, leading to new navigation patterns that were not foreseen by the political agreement

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From Perception to Action

Sartre's Practical Phenomenology

Blake D. Scott

the role of intuition in light of the For-itself's anticipatory comportment, Sartre writes the following: We see nothing that we have not first of all foreseen . But, precisely, this foresight and this anticipation cannot themselves be pure

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Samantha Page and Marilyn Strathern

them to be held. Now they were official, the magistrates had moved into a different arena, and summoned people to their courts, fined them and punished them and did all kinds of things. I had just not foreseen this. My work may have had an influence but