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Capitalizing on the Indigenous | Post-Colonialist Gazes, Determinist Views and Simulacra that Sell Well

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The coffee-table portraits, which sell for up to £45,000 each, are visually stunning, unashamedly glamorous and have been seen in many of the world’s glossy magazines and leading galleries. But this week British photographer Jimmy Nelson’s stylised pictures of African, Asian and Amazon Indian groups have been roundly dismissed as “wrong” by community leaders as well as being called “false and damaging” by the world’s leading defender of indigenous peoples.

According to Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, the pictures, many of which are collected in Before They Pass Away, a book selling for £100 or over £5,000 in a limited edition, are more akin to high fashion than reality. He says in an essay in online US magazine Truthout that Nelson’s “claim that it’s the ‘irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world’ is wrong – from pretty much every angle”.


Women and their Bikes | Vintage Photos of Kickass Girls and Their Rides

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1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online

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Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world. Some of the most influential texts are now available at the Qatar Digital Library.

The library, a joint project of the British Library and the Qatar Foundation, offers free access to 25,000 pages of medieval Islamic manuscripts.

Race as Simulacrum | The “American” Case

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The hierarchy reflects the conventional wisdom of the time — eugenics and social Darwinism hypothesized that the Nordic races were the most evolved, that southern and eastern Europeans were less so, and that non-Europeans (who are barely worth a mention on the immigration map) were the “lowest,” least-evolved peoples.

There wasn’t universal agreement on what the races actually were, but the federal government appears to have used “Nordic, Celtic, Slavic and Iberic” regularly to categorize the immigrants coming into America. A medical journal article published about a decade after this map expresses concern about the “preponderance of the Iberic and Slavic races” among recent immigrants, because of “their poorer physical and mental equipment, and their radically different ideals and standards of living as compared with the Celtic and Teutonic races.”

Media Which/Who Think | A Man-Machine Relationship

Siegfried Zielinski, German media theorist, and Boris Groys, Russian-German art historian, in conversation about media theory, technology and art. Zielinski interviews Groys about his new book, “Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media.” Topics discussed include ontological imagination, evil, conspiracy theory, the stupidity and intelligence of machines, phenomenology, avant-garde art, aura, the event, and dialectical materialism. Other philosophers and artists mentioned include Plato, Stalin, Derrida, and Malevich.

Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2014 Siegfried Zielinski and Boris Groys.