Category Archives: Society

Billy Joel/Public Musicology Notice

Just a note to alert everyone to the Public Musicology conference that will be held today and tomorrow at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  One of the goals of conference organizers Ryan Bañagale and Josh Duchan is to reach beyond … Continue reading

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A tale of Vespuccia

Imagine that there is a nation, Vespuccia, a democratic country with a wide spectrum of political opinion but whose policies are nevertheless strongly influenced by hardline religious conservatives. Exploiting a wave of fear and credulity among their citizens, the hardliners … Continue reading

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Mad studies

At AMS this year a friend told me about an academic subspecialty I hadn’t heard of before, “mad studies.”* Mad studies is the offspring of disability studies and seeks to draw the sting from invidious words like “mad” just as … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectuals, Mind, Philosophy, Religion, Society, The Modern | 5 Comments