All posts by Stephen Menendian

Isaiah Lopaz, Him Noir

Editors’ Introduction, Issue Three

A child cannot, thank Heaven, know how vast and how merciless is the nature of power, with what unbelievable cruelty people treat each other. —James Baldwin Children are not born knowing the nature of power or the cruelty with which we often treat one another,

The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging

Introduction The problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of “othering.” In a world beset by seemingly intractable and overwhelming challenges, virtually every global, national, and regional conflict is wrapped within or organized around one or more dimension of group-based difference. Othering undergirds territorial

Editors’ Introduction, Issue Two

Much has happened in the months since we published the inaugural issue of Othering & Belonging. Donald Trump won an unexpected victory to succeed Barack Obama as US president just as a peace agreement ended Latin America’s longest conflict in Colombia. Brazilians and South Koreans