38.2: Trans-African Slaveries, Art and Culture in the Modern Middle East and more

This issue begins with a broadly conceived special section, “Trans-African Slaveries,” that promises to be a major intervention in the existing historiography of slavery. The section organizer, Mahmood Mamdani, argues that the range of histories constituting trans-African slavery cannot be categorized under the rubric of “Islamic slavery,” or as so many variants of a universal model of freedom/unfreedom whose genealogy remains wedded to the understanding of plantation slavery in the Atlantic World and the economic logics and practices of corporeal violence that are associated with it.

A second section, “Art and Culture in the Modern Middle East,” addresses the relationship between art and politics, political art, and the key role of artists and cultural producers in imagining new political formations against the backdrop of anticolonialism and decolonization in the region.

A third special section, “Southern Futures,” addresses the political imaginary of neoliberalism. The section opens with conversation among Ravinder Kaur, Keith Hart, and John Comaroff on the topic, and it echoes previous conversations in this journal (e.g., the interview with Kalyan Sanyal) on what it means to think and write about political economy outside the North Atlantic.

As this goes to press, we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Saba Mahmood on March 10, 2018. Saba was a close friend and beloved colleague to many of us at CSSAAME. We are especially honored, therefore, to close this issue with a Kitabkhana on Saba Mahmood’sReligious Difference in a Secular Age, with an introduction by SherAli Tareen.

Contributors: Rounwah Adly Riyadh BseisoYonas Ashine DemisseIndrani ChatterjeeJohn ComaroffVinita DamodaranEthiraj Gabriel DattatreyanDahlia E. M. GubaraFatima HarrakKeith HartRavinder KaurMahmood Mamdani, Arvind-Pal S. MandairDina MatarE. Ann McDougall, John ModernIsmael M. MontanaNermeen MouftahJuan OrrantiaFelix PadelAbdul SheriffSherAli TareenNadia von Maltzahn 


38.1: Palestine: Doing Things with Archives, Surveillance and Subjectivity in Modern Turkey and more

This issue opens with a series of reflections on the problem of the archive as a problem of knowledge under conditions of ongoing occupation and archival insurgence. Our contributors to the section “Palestine: Doing Things with Archives” include Lila Abu-Lughod, Sherene Seikaly, Sarah M. A. Gualtieri, Gil Hochberg, and Ann Laura Stoler.

An essay by Kutlughan Soyubol and another by Sanem Güvenç-Salgirli and Bahar Aykan explore novel mechanisms of subjectification and surveillance across Turkey’s long twentieth century.

Another two essays by David Boyk and Youssef Belal explore the relationship among publics, performance, and the past in the northern Indian city of Patna in the early twentieth century and during the revolutionary events of 2011 in Egypt. 

The volume closes with a Kitabkhana on the collaborative volume Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kāvya Literature, edited by Yigal Bronner, David Shulman, and Gary Tubb.

Contributors: Lila Abu-LughodSherene SeikalySarah M. A. GualtieriGil HochbergAnn Laura StolerKutluğhan Soyubol ,Sanem Güvenç-SalgırlıBahar AykanDavid BoykYoussef BelalSheldon PollockKarla MalletteAlexander BeecroftJesse Ross KnutsonAnna M. ShieldsDavid LurieAlexander KeyRebecca Gould


37.3: Dwelling, circulation and language, and more

This issue opens with a series of meditations on dwelling, with six essays drawing on ethnographic and historical cases from South Africa, China, India, Malaysia, and Zimbabwe.  

A section entitled "Circulation and Language" illuminates the multivocality and the spatial expanse of the early Persianate world of ideas and histories.  

The essay by Michelle Campos on citizenship in the Ottoman Empire recalls essays in previous issues of the journal that have been concerned with the transformation of imperial citizenship at the turn of the twentieth century.

Finally, this issue's Kitabkhana responds to Keith Watenpaugh's Bread From Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (2016), which provides an alternative history of humanitarianism grounded in responses to social suffering in the Middle East. 

Contributors: James WilliamsNoor NieftagodienRichard BaxstromCharlotte BruckermannGodfrey MaringiraGautam BhanJoel LeeUsman Hamid, Pasha M. KhanSajjad NejatieJane MikkelsonArthur DudneySubah DayalMichelle U. CamposMiriam TicktinAditi Surie von CzechowskiJulie PeteetJared Manasek