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Edward Said continues to fascinate and stir controversy, nowhere more than with his classic work Orientalism. Debating Orientalism brings a rare mix of perspectives to an ongoing polemic. Contributors from a range of disciplines take stock of the book's impact and appraise its significance in contemporary cultural politics and philosophy.
the essential truth about the Turks.’39 Why early modern English self-representation should have broadcast such a prematurely inflated sense of agency, when humility was called for, remains a subject of debate. Said himself offered one answer when 62 Said before Said he proposed that Orientalism’s ‘detailed logic’ was ‘governed not simply by empirical reality but by a battery of desires, repressions, and projections.’40 Something wishful, covetous, emulative often attaches itself to Western
inaugurated by Wilhelm von Humboldt, would incorporate the scientific method at its core and place philology at the centre of the curriculum. Two pioneering figures in the development of the modern American university system were Charles William Eliot, President of Harvard University from 1869, and Daniel Coit Gilman, who became the first President of JHU in 1876. Eliot revolutionized the Harvard curriculum, transforming a moribund academic system for training clergy into a modern research
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the increasing popularity of scholarship located not in universities but in the think tanks that seem to proliferate in Washington like bacteria on a Petri dish, including WINEP, the Heritage Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom (an Orwellian title if ever there was one), not to mention innumerable other organizations that exist not to analyse, still less to question, American foreign policy
four loose themes under whose rubric he selected prints: States/Interiors/Emergence/Past and Future. The method, he recalled, was self-consciously musical, with little attention paid to the specific facts of the images’ date, location or immediate context. The intention was to follow Berger in disrupting the predictable narratives carried across from fiction into journalism, and to represent instead ‘Fragments, memories, disjointed scenes, intimate particulars’ which could not be corralled into a