Vol. 2, No. 1 (2019)

The second volume of Critical Times welcomes Samera Esmeir from the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley as its new editor.  Esmeir is a scholar of legal humanities, and her research focuses on the Middle East.  She is the author of Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History, published by Stanford University Press in 2012.  She is presently working on a book manuscript entitled The Struggle That Remains: Between the World and the International.

This second volume opens with a special section on the work of Saba Mahmood, who passed away on March 10, 2018. The short contributions found in this section consider Mahmood’s influence on anthropology, history, the legacies of critique, political economy, secularism, feminism, and humanism. In the “Scholarly Essays” section, three distinct but overlapping themes are pursued: the critical situations of universities in India, South Africa, and Chile, the punitive dimensions of neo-liberalism in Argentina, and public mourning as a political right in light of the disappearance of Mexican student activists from Ayotzinapa in 2014.  We include as well poetry, commentary, and visual art that attends to loss, space, poetry, and the image.


Vol. 1, No. 1 (2018)

This inaugural volume of Critical Times takes the pulse of the current global political condition, engaging with contexts marked both by the crisis of liberal democratic regimes and by the emergence of new authoritarian political and cultural formations. Some of the essays in this issue analyze the sudden consolidation of right-wing populisms, their underlying totalitarian undercurrents, and the attendant shattering of the political and juridical regimes of truth that held sway until recently. Other contributions aim at exploring the popular potential for progressive forms of governance on the left, observing its current achievements and pitfalls, or seeking radical precedents in the historical past.