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Brad Evans

about the slave trade, Kantian philosophy and its juridical appeal truly offer a terrifying vision for humanity complete. Kant proposes a harmonious regulation of the faculties of reason. He imagines a world free from conflict, frictionless in its thoughts, autonomous in its rationality, committed in its pursuit of happiness. And yet not only does this require the eradication of all resistance, Kant, still needed to account for those who didn’t wish to conform to his universal doctrine. It is therefore no coincidence that he ended his life writing about the concept of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Resisting racism in times of national security
Editor: Asim Qureshi

In times of national security, scholars and activists who hail from the communities under suspicion attempt to draw readers and listeners to the complexity of the world we inhabit. For those who campaigned against the SUS law in the 1980s, when young Black men were being routinely stopped in the streets, the wave of counter-terrorism legislation and policy that exists today will be very familiar. Similarly, recent discussions about the impact of drill music in the culture of young Black men has drawn questions around the ways in which they should be securitised, with senior police calling for the use of terrorism legislation against them. In this environment, when those who study and have lived alongside the communities who are at the scrutiny of the state raise questions about the government, military and police policy, they are often shut down as terrorist-sympathisers, or apologists for gang culture. In such environments, there is an expectation on scholars and activists to condemn what society at large fears. This volume is about how that expectation has emerged alongside the normalisation of racism, and how these writers choose to subvert the expectations raised on them, as part of their commitment to anti-racism.

Rereading internment
George Legg

Heidegger’s conception of ennui.21 In 1919 this became the source of a neurasthenic condition known as ‘barbed-­wire disease’ and, as a result, it has often encouraged a mode of life-­writing that tries to circumvent such afflictions.22 As S.A. Kinnier Wilson has noted, much of the writing about life behind the wire tends to prioritise ‘the amusing trifles of camp life and their power to detract materially from the searing and depressing monotony of camp existence’.23 The example of internment in Northern Ireland differs little in this respect. ‘Prison is meant to depress

in Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom
Nadya Ali

, who ended fiftyone Muslim lives as though he was playing a first-person shooter. It is written for the people who I think of first when violence is unleased against Muslims: my nieces and my nephews. It is a howl against the inheritance bestowed upon them and from which we, those who have come before, cannot seem to protect them. But more importantly it is a manifesto of resistance for how to live in and challenge a world which despises, domesticates, incarcerates, and kills 161 QURESHI PRINT.indd 161 24/09/2020 10:17 Resisting the personal Muslim life. ‘Writing

in I Refuse to Condemn
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Nadia Kiwan

peu comme un ermite, et ne s’est pas tellement occupé de la diffusion de son œuvre. Il avait le souci de ses lecteurs qu’il adorait rencontrer lors de salons du livre. Mais nous avons un peu l’impression d’être face à un trésor caché à faire découvrir au plus grand nombre. (Hoffner 2017) (My father spent his life writing, a bit like a hermit, and he didn’t really take much interest in disseminating his work. He was interested in his readers who he loved 168 168 Secularism, Islam and public intellectuals in contemporary France meeting at book fairs. But we have

in Secularism, Islam and public intellectuals in contemporary France