Category Archives: World War II

Notes on ‘race’ in a supposedly ‘non-racial’ time

But race is the child of racism, not the father. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World And Me, 2015. Thinking through differences The drafting of a commissioned article on the contested concept of ‘race’ for a special issue of the Norwegian sociological journal Sosiologisk Tidsskrift  later this year has availed me with an opportunity to re-visit […]

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Re-envisioning the history of human rights: Reading Samuel Moyn

There is a deep and undeniable sadness in all this: whenever we see the dawn of an eternal good that will never be overcome by evil – an evil that is itself eternal but will never succeed in overcoming good – whenever we see this dawn, the blood of old people and children is always […]

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The Dark Sides of Norwegian History

For although we desire the soothing effects of a resolution, we are not ready to renounce the freedom to question. Marcel Gauchet, The Disenchantment of The World: A Political History of Religion (Princeton University Press, 1997). Earlier this year, the Norwegian Book Critics Award – Kritikerprisen – was awarded to Professor of English Literature at […]

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