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The corona pandemic has been variously in comparison with ‘medieval’ outbreaks of the plague. Evelien Chayes in the Dutch Evaluate of Books states that the historic interval has been poorly chosen: in her opinion, the plague presents one of many least fascinating overlaps. As a substitute, Chayes proposes the ‘lengthy sixteenth century’ of the Reformation as a extra apt age for comparability. The reformist/protestant flip away from externalized, ritual guidelines of spiritual conduct and hygiene in direction of the individualization of religion and ethical cleanliness radically modified the best way western, Christian society stored its borders.

Throughout the context of Erasmus and protestant uprisings on Cyprus, Chayes examples one such border-making act: the Florence ghetto, the place Jews had been compelled to reside, along with prostitutes, within the stench of town’s cattle-markets. The historian displays on how this metaphorical and spatial humiliation, the affiliation of the Different with illness and uncleanliness, continues to be alive in the present day: up to date conspiracists, who level with antisemitic fervour to George Soros because the pandemic’s originator, ought to come as little shock, says Chayes.

Marronage as ecological and decolonial resistance

Local weather disruption and racism have extra in widespread that we could suppose, claims Martiniquan ecologist and thinker Malcom Ferdinand. In his guide Une écologie décoloniale, Ferdinand discusses the marrons (maroons), who managed to flee from colonial American plantations to outlive in forests. In an interview with Esha Man Hadjadj, Ferdinand presents ‘marronage’ as a doubtlessly viin a position, decolonial world mannequin primarily based on ecological rules. 

An countless succession of nows

After over thirty years for the reason that first rave, one may count on the underground tradition to have made an influence on literature. However that may fail to acknowledge the rave’s particular nature, suggests Persis Bekkering. Certainly, how can one write about one thing that’s extra like a wordless state of being than an occasion, asks the avid raver and novelist.

All too typically, when nightclubs seem in novels, they’re a miserable, hole backdrop to some protagonist’s quest for that means, a ceremony of passage. Bekkering’s evaluation of two books on rave – one by Rainald Goetz, the opposite by Thomas Meinecke – due to this fact teases out an ‘anthropology of the evening’, addressing the utopian political potential of this phenomenon that deconstructs the person with sound and motion.

This text is a part of the 11/2021 Eurozine evaluate. Click on right here to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter to get updates on evaluations and our newest publishing.

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