What do we write to convey?

Academic writing can seem freighted with agendas other than communicating sense, even as academics split over whether inaccessible writing conveys brilliance or simply that ideas and readings have not been fully digested. Increasingly, I incline towards the latter. Or at least I know that is what causes me to write in overly-referential, condensed ways, drawing […]

Can public encounters with strangers learn from more playful spaces?

  It has not been a good time for public sociability in Western Europe, with right-wing nationalist victories in the EU¬†elections, and the murder of three¬†people at Brussels Jewish museum. But among the powerful narratives that journalists tell of anger and hostility towards geo-political others lie the micro-stories of everyday life in which people share […]