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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

#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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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

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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Presidential Forum

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

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. . . .


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Curriculum

Beware, Be Wary

Catharine R. Stimpson

In great part, the history of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reflects the efforts of people both inside and outside schools to reform them. Stoking these efforts is a fear that educators either cannot or will not do it themselves. . . .


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Curriculum

Clarifying College Readiness: The Common Core State Standards

Gerald Graff

“Public education is not broken,” says Diane Ravitch in her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. “The diagnosis” of the corporate reformers “is wrong,” Ravitch writes, and their solutions are also wrong. . . .


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Curriculum

Common Core Standards: Past, Present, Future

Diane Ravitch

As an organization of teachers and scholars devoted to the study of language and literature, the MLA should be deeply involved in the debate about the Common Core State Standards. . . .


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From the Editor

From the Editor

Rosemary G. Feal

It gives me great pleasure to present the 2013 issue of Profession in this electronic format. While some members will miss having a print copy of the journal, others will be glad to access the essays on their mobile devices for reading on the go. The decision to forgo paper reflects not only a concern for the environment but also a new vision for the journal. . . .


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Higher Ed

Professionalism, Citizenship, and the Problem of University Gover­nance

Julia M. Wright

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the pressures reshaping universities: the emergence of the corporate university, the increase in upper-level administrative appointments, the sharp shift toward sessional labor and the concomitant loss of tenure lines, the relentless raising of tuition fees as class sizes creep up as well (or expand exponentially in MOOCs), and myriad other responses . . .