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(Body) Maimonides & Dance (Epistle to Yemen)

In the 12th century, Shia forces in Yemen rebelling against Saladin conducted a persecution of the Jewish community. Originally written in Arabic, Maimonides Epistle to Yemen addressed the contemporary challenge of forced apostasy, heresy, and messianic claims. What caught my … Continue reading

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Silicone Flesh (Anish Kapoor)

From a distance, these new works by Anish Kapoor are gross and only so-so. But up close, they are bright, turbulent and beautiful. Made out of painted silicone and wax to simulate flesh and fat.

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Metamorphoses & Trans-Human Becomings (Rosi Braidotti)

Reading Rosi Braidotti sometimes feels like reading comic books, or science-fiction. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming is no exception.  The book is like a dare. Throughout the course of western culture and into our own popular culture, the … Continue reading

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Body Viscus Goes Inside Canopic Jars (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these canopic jars “were made to contain the four internal organs removed during the mummification process (stomach, liver, intestines, lungs). Earlier examples had flat or domed lids, but human-headed lids were introduced by … Continue reading

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Talmud? Feminism? Materialism? Affect?  (Talk at University of Toronto)

I’m making baby steps, so just in case I ended up botching it, I didn’t announce here at the blog or on FB this talk at the Anne Tannebaum Centre for Jewish Studies University of Toronto with the semi-okay title … Continue reading

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Shrouded Royal Figure, Standing (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

I can’t call this one any better than the description of this “fully alive body”  online here at the Met.  I would only mention the modest power with which the now headless sandstone figure holds itself. I would also say something about the … Continue reading

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Matter-Nature-Bodies (Material Feminisms)

Edited by Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman and published in 2008, Material Feminisms reads something like a group manifesto. Contributors include Alaimo and Heckman, along with Karen Barad, Claire Colebrook, Elisabeth Grosz, Donna Haraway, and others. With philosophical roots in … Continue reading

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