Why Should Louisville Be Called Louisville?

(An exploration of, among other things, the notion that Falls City – founded on occupied Shawnee lands – ought to acknowledge its colonial history by adopting a Shawnee name) As a Louisville native – even one who has spent much of my adult life abroad – I can’t help but feel a certain emotional attachmentContinue reading “Why Should Louisville Be Called Louisville?”

Exorcising Herder’s Ghost

(Why statist nationalism, whether ‘blood and soil’ or ‘civic’, is destroying cultural diversity, and why self-determination and the stewardship of cultural identity should be the right of peoples at least as much as individuals or states) Part 1:  Fighting to Wrest Nationalism from the Jaws of ‘Blood and Soil’ Some believers in the paranormal holdContinue reading “Exorcising Herder’s Ghost”

Why the Antidote to Confederate Pride is Southern Pride

(An article explaining that as long as people conflate Confederate nostalgia and legitimate pride in Southern identity, the insidious myth of the Lost Cause will go unchecked) I recently read ‘Why Confederate Lies Live On’, an article in the Atlantic periodical by writer Clint Smith. It recounts the story of the author’s unsettling visit toContinue reading “Why the Antidote to Confederate Pride is Southern Pride”

A Case for the Southernness of Louisville, Kentucky

(An article urging urban Kentuckians, especially those in Louisville, to resist the bourgeois, neo-colonial impulse to further the cultural and linguistic divides between themselves and rural Kentuckians) Not long ago, the news broke that a TV show – available for viewing nationwide, and slated for release in perhaps as little as one year’s time –Continue reading “A Case for the Southernness of Louisville, Kentucky”

The Case for a New Southern Flag

(Or, why the status of Confederate flags as symbols of Southern-ness must be challenged) The South needs a new flag. The emblems most commonly associated with the region at present are also emblems of the Confederacy – and therefore, by extension, of white supremacy – but the geographical and cultural area thought of as theContinue reading “The Case for a New Southern Flag”

Seiseanan Òrain aig an Fhitheach tro mheadhan Gàidhlig na h-Alba! | Scottish Gaelic Song Sessions at the Raven!

Ionnsaichibh Gàidhlig, gabhaibh òrain, agus òlaibh pinnt no dhà còmhla rinn aig an Fhitheach! Speak some Gaelic, sing some songs, and drink a pint or two with us at The Raven! Dè a th’ann? What is it? A two-hour, pay-by-donation, Gaelic-language song session at the Raven, led by musician, language teacher, and Celtic-studies PhD candidateContinue reading “Seiseanan Òrain aig an Fhitheach tro mheadhan Gàidhlig na h-Alba! | Scottish Gaelic Song Sessions at the Raven!”

Seiseanan Òrain aig Margadh Sràide Lògain tro mheadhan Gàidhlig na h-Alba! | Scottish Gaelic Song Sessions at the Logan Street Market!

Ionnsaichibh Gàidhlig, gabhaibh òrain, agus òlaibh pinnt no dhà còmhla rinn aig Margadh Sràide Lògain! Speak some Gaelic, sing some songs, and drink a pint or two with us at Logan Street Market! Dè a th’ann? What is it? A two-hour, pay-by-donation, Gaelic-language song session at the Market, led by musician, language teacher, and Celtic-studiesContinue reading “Seiseanan Òrain aig Margadh Sràide Lògain tro mheadhan Gàidhlig na h-Alba! | Scottish Gaelic Song Sessions at the Logan Street Market!”

Coinneamh-fhiosrachaidh mu dheidhinn stèidheachaidh ‘Misneachd ann an Ceanndachaidh’, buidheann-iomairtachd Gàidhlig, a thachras Disathairne, ficheadamh latha a’ Mhàirt, 2021, aig 7f TCE

[An Informational meeting about the founding of ‘Courage in Kentucky’, a Gaelic activist group, to take place March 20th, 2021, at 7pm EST] What is Misneachd? Misneachd is the Scottish Gaelic word for ‘courage’, and is also the name for a Leftist pressure group established in Scotland in around 2015 with the aim of securingContinue reading “Coinneamh-fhiosrachaidh mu dheidhinn stèidheachaidh ‘Misneachd ann an Ceanndachaidh’, buidheann-iomairtachd Gàidhlig, a thachras Disathairne, ficheadamh latha a’ Mhàirt, 2021, aig 7f TCE”

Pròiseactan is Iomairtean / Initiatives and Projects

Sgrìobh mi alt air son cuairt-litir Comann Albannach Baile nan Easan, ach cha do dh’fhoillsich an luchd-deasachaidh e air sgàth ‘s nach robh iad air son anarcachas, ana-ghràin-chinnidh, no ana-chalpachas a bhrosnachadh. Ged a bhris sin mo dhùil, tha mi fhathast an dòchas gum b’urrainn dhomhsa is dhan Chomann obair a dhèanamh còmhla ri chèileContinue reading “Pròiseactan is Iomairtean / Initiatives and Projects”

How Anarchism, Anti-Racism, and Anti-Capitalism Relate to the Kentucky Gaelic Revival

Clarification of Terms Recently, a friend in the Scottish Society of Louisville (a local Scottish heritage organization that helped fund my doctoral studies, and which I recommend to any interested Louisvillians) requested that I clarify what I mean by the terms ‘anarchism’, ‘anti-racism’, and ‘anti-capitalism’; and that I explain how they were connected to theContinue reading “How Anarchism, Anti-Racism, and Anti-Capitalism Relate to the Kentucky Gaelic Revival”