weeklies 28-4-2012

We’ve gone through another week, and writing to the blog I feel like that’s all that happens to the week, they just whizz by. It’s been a busy week, in non-virtual life as well as on the blog. And we continue with more interesting stuff.

– Let’s start with The Five Myths About Contemporary Classical Music.

– Foreign Policy’s sex issue includes Mona Eltahawy’s (@monaeltahawy) must-read piece on hatred of women in the Middle East. Please read her ‘Why Do They Hate Us’?. Here’s a particularly disturbing bit:

How much does Saudi Arabia hate women? So much so that 15 girls died in a school fire in Mecca in 2002, after “morality police” barred them from fleeing the burning building — and kept firefighters from rescuing them — because the girls were not wearing headscarves and cloaks required in public. And nothing happened. No one was put on trial. Parents were silenced. The only concession to the horror was that girls’ education was quietly taken away by then-Crown Prince Abdullah from the Salafi zealots, who have nonetheless managed to retain their vise-like grip on the kingdom’s education system writ large.

In response to the quick and polarizing twitter discussion around Eltahawy’s piece, @alexhanna did a network visualization and came up with very interesting results. @jilliancyork

Of course, one has to also take into account that part of the backlash Eltahawy received relates to her simplifying some of the reasonings behind her arguments. Men hate women is easier to say, yet does not explain most of the situation. It may be a good way to start people to think about it, but for those who are already at work in the Middle East, this may not be constructive. An article on Jadaliyya criticizes Eltahawy.

– Continuing with gender, here’s an interview from Gender Across Borders with Flavia Dzodan, an Argentinian immigrant in the Netherlands. Click to read ‘The immigrant body is a gendered body’. Great observations regarding the election cycles and the immigration rhetorics in the Netherlands and in Europe.

– If you have been following the blog for a while, you might have noticed my interest in academic publishing and how the current set-up of academic publishing is unsustainable and makes no sense (copyright to the journals, and work not public despite public funding for most research). Here’s Harvard University starting to encourage their professors to use open access journals as well. Hope more universities (nudge nudge Brown) join this trend.

– Turkey and the Netherlands are celebrating 400 years of relations between the Dutch and Ottoman Empire, and one way to do this is through culture. While Rijksmuseum has exhibitions such as Ottomania, while all modern museums of Istanbul are hosting a Dutch focused exhibition. So, naturally, NYTimes does a piece on it. The comments of Mr Roelof, however, are so Netherlands focused, it is a bit entertaining. Luckily he admits that despite preaching multiculturalism that even the Netherlands doesn’t practice it as much in politics. Go ahead and read From Amsterdam to Istanbul; Art and Diplomacy.

– And to finish off this week, here’s another Game of Thrones drinking game to enjoy for the rest of the season. It looks good!

Game of Thrones drinking game // Source: annalucylle.wordpress.com

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weeklies 21-4-12

Here we are, already past mid-April, with no intention of slowing down before May. Thesis stress is looming, but so is awesome travel to see friends and re-network with classmates. But first, cool links and interesting articles I came upon this week:

– Let’s start with awesomeness. Jason Lee, a wedding photographer, lets loose of his creativity, with his two adorable daughters. Click on the link to see many other crazy photos like the one below. Sasha K.

photo by Jason Lee

– I’m sure you might have heard about the Swedish Culture Minister’s weird incident with the African Golliwog Cake laughter thing. It has been all over the news including Jezebel and Al Jazeera. Here’s an interesting write-up, looking at the whole situation: art, politics and race.

– After killing #SOPA and #ACTA, you thought it was over, right? Wrong! Here comes CISPA – The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which can pretty much be classified as the evil brother of ACTA. Go over the Electronic Frontier Foundations’ FAQ on CISPA and learn about it, so that you can fight against it.

– Here’s a PhD research from my university who is writing about sustainability and the opera. Interesting way to look at the paradox of sustainability as well as opera’s sustainability.

– Came across Aaron Swartz’s (founder of Demand Progress, internet activitst) 2011 Review of Books. Some gems you might like out of the ones he actually reviews.

– A last minute addition to the list, Orhan Pamuk is opening the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul today, named after the title of his previous book. Pamuk wrote to Guardian about museums and how they should be focusing on the individual. It’s an interesting way to look at the future of the museum.

– I have already turned in my report on the Middle Eastern emerging art markets, so this Guardian article on The Rise of the Gulf Art Scene is a bit delayed for it. But, it gives a great overview of Qatar’s and United Arab Emirates’ strategies on becoming cultural hubs and why their purchasing power does not equal a guarantee.

– This is a video of Judith Butler talking about the nature of boycott politics and global responsibility. It’s a long one, but worth it. zunguzungu Sunday Reading

– Al Jazeera taking a critical look at Rachel Maddow.

And to end the week’s links on a high note, here’s the lawyer corgi meme at its best:

we are all in trouble with the lawyer corgi

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