Features

History, Ethics, and the Environmental Archive

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In Marshallese culture the environment itself is sacred.[1] Yet American colonizers used ancestral environments in the Marshall Islands for devastating nuclear weapons testing and related environmental research. Once central to emerging understandings of radiobiology, geology, and ecology, archival records of environmental research in the Marshall Islands offer a wealth of data to historians of science and the environment. These …

BooksFeatures

Book Forum –– Nancy Rose Hunt’s A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo

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When Nancy Rose Hunt suggests that her book “joins the ferment” of colonial aggressions and uncertainties “while taking up harm and pleasure in a shrunken colonial milieu and in postcolonial historiography too” (4), an uninitiated reader might mistake Hunt’s appraisal of her project as attempting the impossible labor of largeness of scope and precision of subject. After spending time …

Books

Martin Jay & Sumathi Ramaswamy’s Empires of Vision

Empires of VisionEmpires of Vision: A Reader

Edited by Martin Jay & Sumathi Ramaswamy

Duke University Press, 2014, 688 pages.

 

“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the …

Books

Eduardo Kohn’s How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

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Editor’s note: As part of our new series, Second Opinion (not to be confused with the SMA’s similarly titled newsletter) we ask two contributors to review the same book, respond to the same question, or comment on the same set of issues.  For our first pair of Second Opinion posts, we invited two reviews of Eduardo Kohn’s new book, How …

Books

Book Review Essay: Nguyen’s The Republic of Therapy

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The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s Time of AIDS.

By Vinh-Kim Nguyen.

Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

Pp. 256. ISBN 9780822348740. (Paperback, US $ 22.95)

Reviewed by Betsey Brada (Princeton University)

In The Republic of Therapy, Vinh-Kim Nguyen traces responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Francophone West Africa between 1994, when effective …

Web Roundups

Colonial Psychiatry Hub: a new blog

Colonial Psychiatry Hub is a recently launched blog written by a DPhil student at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford,  whose research “concerns the practice of psychiatry in Church Missionary Society hospitals in Uganda, 1897-1944.”  While it has only been up for a number of months, the site has great potential to fulfill on its …