Notes on the Yellow Vests

Since a few people have asked about my take on the Yellow Vests protest movement, I thought I would try to put my thoughts down into writing. Spoiler alert: the situation is not good. In fact, things look really, really bad. Never in my lifetime has the collapse of the French government and the 5th […]

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Bridging the Gap: Spatialized History and the Category of Space

This is a short paper I wrote for a Cultural History seminar at Northwestern. Centered on Manu Goswami’s excellent study of Indian nationalism Producing India: From Colonial Economy to National Space, this paper was an attempt to think about the concept of space and how it can be used as a historical category of analysis.  Overwhelmingly […]

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Between Masters and Slaves: Dialectics and Historical Development

What follows is a short paper I wrote for a cultural history seminar I am currently taking at Northwestern. Centered on David Roediger’s path breaking book The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class, this paper attempts to clarify the logic of historical development at work in Roediger’s argument. More broadly, it […]

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Notes on the Current State of the French Left

Most observers of contemporary French politics will certainly agree on the following assessment: the French left is at its lowest point, perhaps ever, and we should not expect anything from it for a long time. In the wake of the Socialist Party’s (PS) electoral collapse (31 seats in the National Assembly down from 295 in […]

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