Humanities after Brexit and Trump Reading Group

The last year has seen a profound shift in the realities of the current world order. Both UK and US electorates have taken decisions with profound implications for how nations will function, both internally and in relation to other sovereign states. What do these new populisms portend for the coming decades? All is in flux, from economics to freedom of movement to climate change responses. New alliances will form; old alliances will break apart. Social media will continue to profoundly influence the dissemination of knowledge as well as its distortion.

The Reading Group will meet to discuss the impact of these and other issues on persons working to advance their own understanding in such fields as post-colonial studies, modern languages, human rights, literature, classical studies, legal studies, history and philosophy.

Reading Group Goals

The main aim is to provide time and opportunity for scholars to reflect upon the implications of recent political events on the scope and meaning of their work. While there is not always a direct connection between world events and individual scholarly endeavours, today's drastically re-configured global context suggests a need for new questions and fresh responses. On both an individual and institutional level, scholars need to find ways to grapple with what it means for the UK to leave the EU and for the US to have elected Donald Trump as president.

Background readings have been chosen with the aim of providing a general context. In addition, rapidly proliferating current commentaries will be part of each session's discussion.

Suggested Readings

Berlin, Isaiah; ed. Henry Hardy. Liberty. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Brown, Wendy: Walled States, Waning Sovereignty. Zone Books, 2010.

Chwalisz, Claudia; The Populist Signal: Why Politics and Democracy Need to Change. Policy Network, London, 2015.

Cramer, Katherine: The Politics of Resentment. U of Chicago Press, 2016.

Graham, Mark and Dutton, William, eds. Society and the Internet. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Hochschild, Arlie Russell: Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning in America. The New Press, New York, 2016.

Lewis, Sinclair: It Can't Happen Here. Signet Classics, 2014.

Robin, Corey: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Sassen, Saskia: Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Harvard University Press, 2014.

Trilling, Daniel. Bloody, Nasty People: The Rise of Britain's Far Right. Verso, 2013.