In this launch piece The Theater of Violence, Brad Evans and the philosopher/author Simon Critchley, discuss a range of issues from Tragedy to Trump; Sophocles, Shakespeare to Soccer (Football!); Art and music (including Kendrick Lamar). The article featured in The New York Times, The Stone, March 14th 2016.
In The Perils of Being a Black Philosopher, Brad Evans and the philosopher George Yancy discuss his painful experiences of racism in response to his previous forms of public engagement. This discussion is more than a philosophical mediation. It is both testimony and indictment on the state of racial politics and violence in America (and beyond) today. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, April 18th 2016.
In The Refugee Crisis is Humanity's Crisis, Brad Evans and the late sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, discuss the historic and contemporary figure of the refugee, and how the currrent refugee crises engulfing Europe reveals more broadly a crises of the political, ethical and philosophical imagination. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, May 2nd 2016.
In The Violence of Forgetting, Brad Evans and the public intellectual and critical educator Henry A. Giroux, discuss a range of issues from the mass killing in Orlando, Florida, the weaponization of ignorance, onto the challenges faced by educators when dealing with the question of violence today. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, June 20th 2016.
In When Law is Not Justice, Brad Evans and the cultural theorist and activist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, discuss a range of issues from revolution, the violence of poverty, the legacy of Fanon, the problem of law, and the ways we might affirmatively sabotage imperial & canonical systems of thought. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, July 13th 2016.
In Who is Evil, and Who is the Victim? Brad Evans and the Italian Philosopher Simona Forti, discuss a range of issues from the problem of absolute conceptions of evil, the importance of Dostoyevsky in terms of theorising violence, and the need to rethink perpetrator/victim relationships. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, September 17th 2016.
In Art in a Time of Atrocity Brad Evans and the artist and psychoanalyst Bracha L. Ettinger, discuss the ethical importance of the arts in developing a response to violence, onto the problem of representing atrocity. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, December 16th 2016.
In The Intellectual Life of Violence Brad Evans and Richard Berstein, discuss the intellectual conditions that give rise to violence, his personal friendship with Hannah Arendt, onto the question of resistance and the need to retain hope. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, Jan 26th 2017.
In Humans in Dark Times, the final essay in this series, Brad Evans looks back over the previous discussions and draws out a number of the key lessons to be learned as we look to develop of critique of violence adequate to our times. As featured in The New York Times, The Stone, Feb 23rd 2017. A Spanish translation of the article is also available here.
Additional NYT articles
In this discussion piece Thinking Against Violence, between Brad Evans & Natasha Lennard, the question of violence is discussed in terms of its contemporary spectacles, how this links to the politics of disposability, onto the ways in which we might develop a critique of violence adequate to our times. This interview was the catalyst for the series which features above. It appeared in The New York Times, The Stone, Dec 16th 2015.