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Professional Migration, Neoliberal Development Discourses, and Language Vulnerability

Suresh Canagarajah

Languages are often made vulnerable for reasons beyond our control. Environmental factors, such as climate change or natural disasters, and social disturbances, such as ethnic conflicts and civil wars, displace people from their homes and displace, with the people, their languages. . . .


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Lessons for Losing

Mary Louise Pratt

The terms language and vulnerability come together in many ways. There is the vulnerability of infants, who quickly perceive they are nonverbal beings in a verbal world and for whom acquiring language becomes the central focus of effort. There is the vulnerability of the dislocated . . .


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Resisting Trivialization

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

In a recent education supplement of the New York Times, a piece advising recent graduates on entering professional schools begins with the words, "We're not talking about humanities" (Hoover). . . .


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Educating Students Who Do Not Speak the Societal Language: The Social Construction of Language-Learner Categories

Guadalupe Valdés, Luis Poza, and Maneka Deanna Brooks

On 21 September 2012, California Assembly Bill 2193 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill added sections to California's Education Code defining the terms long-term English learner and English learner at risk of becoming a long-term English learner. . . .


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Introduction: “Trauma, Memory, Vulnerability”

Susan Rubin Suleiman

Marianne Hirsch, describing her choice of theme for the 2014 MLA convention, wrote, “Vulnerable Times addresses vulnerabilities of life, the planet, and our professional disciplines, in our own time and throughout history. Its aim is to illuminate acts of imagination and forms of solidarity and resistance that promote social change.” . . .


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Memory Studies and Human Rights

Andreas Huyssen

I would like to shift from vulnerabilities and catastrophes in the past and from the subsequent move into trauma theory to the politics of prevention. As humanists and readers engaged in memory studies, we are legitimately involved in reading extant texts . . .


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Trauma Theory, Implicated Subjects, and the Question of Israel/Palestine

Michael Rothberg

The dominant scene of trauma theory has been one of victimization, and the figures who most frequently populate its landscape have been victims and perpetrators. This is no surprise . . .


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Cryptopolitics and Cyberpoetics: Facebook Pages as Memory Portals

Ananya Jahanara Kabir

In a recent lecture that explored the connections among bodily vulnerability, coalitions, and the politics of the street, Judith Butler reminded us that “it is not just that this or that body is bound up in a network of relations . . .


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#quererNOver: Mobilized Bodies between Vulnerability and Empowerment

María José Contreras Lorenzini

10 December 2013. The streets of Santiago in Chile are crowded, as they are every day. Only some police detachments distributed along the streets are evidence that this is not a usual Tuesday. You can breathe the tension in the city. . . .


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Vulnerable Times, Perpetrators and Victims

Ariella Azoulay

Qualifying times—for example, as “vulnerable times”—implies, among other things, an effort to demarcate an era, our era, from a previous one, but also to call our attention to the era’s duration. . . .


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Dancing with the Zapatistas

Diana Taylor

In August 2013, a few months before the twentieth anniversary of their armed uprising against the Mexican government on 1 January 1994, the Zapatistas decided to throw a party. . . .


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The Great Acceleration and the Great Divergence: Vulnerability in the Anthropocene

Rob Nixon

I want to approach the question of vulnerability from the perspective of two of the greatest crises of our time: the environmental crisis and the inequality crisis. . . .


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Reparations and the Human

David L. Eng

My remarks on vulnerable times are drawn from my forthcoming book, “Reparations and the Human,” which explores the politics of reparations, the human, and human rights in the context of Cold War Asia. . . .


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Presidential Forum: Vulnerable Times

Marianne Hirsch

When I proposed the theme “Vulnerable Times” for the 2014 convention, it was my hope that the idea of vulnerability, and of vulnerable times in particular, would pull together a number of strands. . . .