I just got in from a very interesting session of graduate students and faculty talking with filmmaker Atom Egoyan about his film Ararat, and this has brought a number of things to mind that I want to get into in more detail in the coming weeks.  However, I am rather pressed for time this week, and will also be away from the blog starting tomorrow afternoon until Sunday.  (And, no, for those who are worried, my cessation of blogging for more than a day is not a sign of the end times.)  But, to whet your appetite, here are some ideas that I will try to get to by the end of the month:

*     Discussion of the Ararat session, the Armenian genocide and the recent law passed recently in France outlawing denial of the genocide.

*     Another response to Austin Bramwell’s provocative and interesting American Conservative article with more attention to the questions of ideology and programmatic politics (and why conservatism doesn’t have either).

*     The political use of atrocities in the creation of hegemony and in the opposition to the same.

*     Possibly some posts related to my experience at the Byzantine Studies Conference

*     Reflections on the election, and the obligatory (attempt at an) answer to the question, “Now what, Larison?”