6 National conversations Today we are throwing open the window on our democracy, to let a little fresh air in … What we are looking for from this summit are new ideas for our nation’s future … And if we succeed, a new way of governing our nation. Kevin Rudd, 2008b As we have seen, a feature of the New Social Democracy is a ­commitment to democratic renewal, and seeking to find new ways of involving c­ itizens in policy-making processes, and in both Britain and Australia there have been a number of initiatives that have attempted to achieve this – through

in The search for democratic renewal

7 The Conversations at Curlow Creek The Conversations at Curlow Creek clearly follows from its distinguished predecessor, opening upon the question, ‘What is it in us, what is it in me, that we should be so divided against ourselves, wanting our life and at the same time afraid of it?’ (CCC, 3). However, Remembering Babylon is principally focused upon the problem of apprehending, then learning to value, difference or otherness within the processes of self-fashioning; whereas Conversations organises itself much more around defamiliarising the familiar, showing

in David Malouf
An Essay and a Vie

7 A mythical conversation: 1 an Essay and a Vie The advancement of a mixed constitution to stimulate public liberty and erode absolute power in a single sovereign was addressed rather differently in the first phase of Ramsay’s political works. While the application of Fénelon may have implied a continuation of this trend, Ramsay adapted Fénelon to further the Jacobite cause as he reversed the expansion of government. In linking the author of Télémaque to Jacobitism in the Essay de Politique (1719), the Essay philosophique sur le gouvernement civil (1721), and

in Ideas of monarchical reform

. Although Jarman often spoke of The Angelic Conversation as if it were an attempt to film Shakespeare’s sonnets, it is clear from his own accounts of the film’s genesis that the fourteen poems, read by Judi Dench, were something of an afterthought, a belated attempt to bring some structure and drama to a series of technically contrived lyrical effects. Understandably, most discussion of the film, Jarman’s own favourite among his

in Derek Jarman

diverse interpretations, subverting the text that was received as an ‘Augustan’ epic from different perspectives. Marlowe thus does not merely exploit tensions within his avowed source, he also ‘ventriloquises’ all these different voices and simultaneously engages them in conversation, playing on unison, dissonance and complementarity to dramatic effect. 13 I hope to show that the play thus offers a

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
A Model for Historical Reflection in the Humanitarian Sector

responsiveness among humanitarian agencies, and the value of seeking knowledge from outside the traditional parameters of humanitarian studies. The main body of the article outlines the aims and implementation of the project and puts forward four principles on which a workable model of reflective practice might be developed. Our objective is not to establish a single transferable framework for historical reflection. Rather, we hope to open a conversation about the ways in which the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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The Position of Women in Post-War Japanese Cinema (Kinema Junpō, 1961)

In contrast to the canonical history of cinema and film theory, often dominated by academic texts and Western and/or male voices, this article presents a casual conversation held in 1961 between four of the most influential women in the post-war Japanese film industry: Kawakita Kashiko,,Yamamoto Kyōko, Tanaka Kinuyo and Takamine Hideko. As they openly discuss their gendered experience in production, promotion, distribution and criticism, their thoughts shed light on the wide range of opportunities available to women in filmmaking, but also on the professional constraints,and concerns which they felt came along with their gender. Their conversation reveals how they measured themselves and their national industry in relation to the West; at times unaware of their pioneer role in world cinema. This piece of self-reflexive criticism contributes to existing research on both womens filmmaking and the industry of Japanese cinema, and invites us to reconsider non-hegemonic film thinking practices and voices.

Film Studies
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The American Gothic and the Miasmatic Imagination

This article argues that American medicine‘s preoccupation with atmospheric etiology shaped the American Gothic as it was instantiated by Charles Brockden Brown and developed by Edgar Allan Poe. Antebellum medical discourse, I suggest, worked in service of a paranoiac hypervigilance or what I call the \miasmatic imagination\. Read in conversation with Gothic fiction, miasma theory offers a way of conceptualizing "atmosphere" as both etiological and rhetorical: a medium for the transmission of disease and a literary technique for the transmission of meaning.

Gothic Studies
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Race and the Tragedy of American Democracy

In this essay, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. addresses the historical and contemporary failures of American democracy. Using the metaphor of “the magician’s serpent,” Glaude brings Walt Whitman’s views on democracy into the full light of America’s failure to resolve the problem of race. Glaude places Whitman’s Democratic Vistas (1871) in conversation with James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street (1972) in order to construct a different sort of reading practice that can both engage with Whitman’s views on democracy and reckon with what George Hutchinson calls Whitman’s “white imperialist self and ideology” as an indication of the limits of a certain radical democratic imagining.

James Baldwin Review
James Baldwin in Conversation with Fritz J. Raddatz (1978)

This is the first English-language publication of an interview with James Baldwin conducted by the German writer, editor, and journalist Fritz J. Raddatz in 1978 at Baldwin’s house in St. Paul-de-Vence. In the same year, it was published in German in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit, as well as in a book of Raddatz’s conversations with international writers, and—in Italian translation—in the newspaper La Repubblica. The interview covers various topics characteristic of Baldwin’s interests at the time—among them his thoughts about Jimmy Carter’s presidency, his reasons for planning to return to the United States, his disillusionment after the series of murders of black civil rights activists in the 1960s and 1970s, and the role of love and sexuality in his literary writings. A special emphasis lies on the discussion of possible parallels between Nazi Germany and U.S. racism, with Baldwin most prominently likening the whole city of New York to a concentration camp. Due to copyright reasons, this reprint is based on an English translation of the edited version published in German. A one-hour tape recording of the original English conversation between Raddatz and Baldwin is accessible at the German literary archive in Marbach.

James Baldwin Review