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WdW Review—Desk

Martine Stig, from the series "D.P.R.K.,"2002

This section acts as the nexus for several international correspondents to question how their respective cultural fields have taken, and are taking, shape. Who are and were the significant players? What are the socio-political environments and histories within these fields?

This section acts as the nexus for several international correspondents to question how their respective cultural fields have taken, and are taking, shape. Who are and were the significant players? What are the socio-political environments and histories within these fields? How do these factors pressure the humanities, and, more so, how do the humanities in turn respond to, and co-form, these contexts? Considering the ‘now’ as a period of continual transition and transformation toward a potential, and hopefully, better future, these texts circle our precious, yet precarious present, by tracing an extended temporal arc. To this end, WdW Review’s authors reach back into the past so as to uncover a wealth of—possibly forgotten—wisdoms, while also projecting through recent developments, new plans, and newer models which consider what is present or to come. The cities themselves—organized here as local editorial desks in the fashion of a newspaper—have been chosen due to two complementary factors: while the older locales may uncover how ancient stories and ways of living together are adapted to our current climate, many of the younger points offer innovative techniques that have lead to their growing economic and geo-political strength.

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