James Martel

James Martel is a professor in and the chair of the Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University.

CfP: Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference, 10–11 March 2014, Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia

The Politics of Law and the Humanities: Crisis, Austerity, Instrumentalism How will law and the humanities scholarship fare against the pressure of the science and technology paradigm that has now permeated the institutional frameworks of academia? Will it mime the general humanities and, as suggested by the defeatist pomp of many national “crisis reports”, merely…

Anti-fetishism: Notes on the Thought of Walter Benjamin

Although Walter Benjamin doesn’t always directly reference the notion of political fetishism, it can be argued that this concept underlies everything that he writes. Benjamin’s concept of the “phantasmagoria,” that miasma of misrepresentation that stands for reality in our time, is basically a statement about political—among other forms—of fetishism. For Benjamin, this mass practice of…