The theme of Laughter deftly touches upon many of the key questions of our age. Thinking about the extent to which jokes can be understood, or even rec-ognised as such, across different cultures and periods of history helps us to test the limits of historical imagination and cross-cultural translation. Is there anything that can be said to be universally human? As neuro-scientists investigate what combina-tion of physiological processes configures human mental life, one window on to the problem is laughter
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Nicola Miller ACADEMIC EDITOR: Timothy Carroll and Jane Gilbert MANAGING EDITOR and GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Albert Brenchat-Aguila, GUEST EDITORS: Andrew Dean and Alice Rudge
With contributions from Caspar Addyman, Devorah Baum, Dom Davies, Natasha Eaton, Laura Mulvey, Andrei Rogatchevski, David Schneider and Keina Yoshida
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What could be more turbulent than a virus, waging its invisible path through our habits: of life, of thought, of space and time? […] Thinking with turbulence seemed like such a good idea a couple of years ago when our lives (at least in the overdeveloped and privileged world) had a semblance of order.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Tamar Garb ACADEMIC EDITORS: Timothy Carroll and Jane Gilbert, MANAGING EDITOR and GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Albert Brenchat-Aguilar GUEST EDITOR: Lucy Bollington and Véra Ehrenstein.
With contributions from Ama Josephine Budge, Maja Fowkes, Polly Gould, Arthur Petersen, Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed, Katie Stone, Vivan Sundaram, Agnès Villette, Alison Wright, Christine ‘Xine’ Yao
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The first edition of Think Pieces is devoted to the intriguing notion of Lies, which was explored in multiple ways over the period of one year at the IAS. The contributions represent diverse ways of thinking with the theme, drawing on literary, art historical, political, historiographical, and philosophical perspectives. Researchers were brought into the IAS to debate the concept of the ‘post-truth’ in relation to political discourse and psychoanalysis, exploring theories of ‘bullshit’, meretricious advertising, and the mediations of social media, new technologies, and the conventional press.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Tamar Garb ACADEMIC EDITORS: Geraldine Brodie and Jane Gilbert, EDITORIAL MANAGER and GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Albert Brenchat-Aguilar
With contributions from Pamela Carmell, Rye Dag Holmboe, Anastasia Denisova, Gloria Fuertes, Steve Fuller, Ashraf Jamal, Julie Orlemanski, Joe Stadolnik, Marcel Theroux
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