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Ayesha Ahmad: Introduction to Global Humanities—Through Creation, Violence Will Die

15 Mar, 16 | by Ayesha Ahmad

Against the backdrop of violence, I have been examining through my research the qualities of our human condition that perpetuate both our survival and our spirit.

As an introduction to an ongoing series on Global Humanities, I will be discussing ways we can counter the dominant narrative of violence.

Our globalised world, or rather, the collective ‘Other’, is met through encounters from suffering—the patients that enter our clinical settings, the individuals that sacrifice their lives to reach the shores of safety, and the images that we only ever see from afar of stories that breathe suffering.


A Poem ‘On the Dying of Amy Winehouse’ by Dan Moran

27 Sep, 11 | by Deborah Kirklin

Among us, there are
those who will not make it.

Those who will
contend with mortality,
Wrapping themselves
around it,
Unable to let go.

We watch them
as prey through a sight.

Cheer them
as the mob below,
Looking up at
the man on the ledge.

We are unsure
what to hope for.

We stand by
as they put
the pain into
their limbs and lungs.

We take what we desire.
They understand how
want has no confines.

But too soon
the bed is emptied of lovers.
And we are left
with the despair that knows,
What we do to one another,
is still the lesser, than that
Which we do to ourselves.

2011 Daniel Thomas Moran

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