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Cecilia Parsberg

Giving in free movement Europe

The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults inherent in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. [more]

06.08.2014


Lina Ekdahl

What do you want

In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. [more]

06.08.2014


Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie. Swedish version added [more]

06.08.2014


Eve Geddie

Changing the European discourse on migration

Increased securitization and discrimination against migrants has neither reinforced the freedom, security and well-being of EU citizens nor curbed irregular migration, writes Eve Geddie. It's time to change the European discourse on undocumented migrants. [more]

06.08.2014


Judy Radul

Marquee Moon

In 1969, some 600 million viewers around the world watched the first manned moon landing on television. But game shows, talk shows and reality TV became the enduring TV forms. Judy Radul takes another look at domestic scenes bathed in television's lunar glow. [more]

23.04.2014


Ouidyane Elouardaoui

Behind the scenes of pan-Arabism

The emergence of new private, transnational Arab TV channels in the 1990s raised hopes that, having shrugged off state control, Arab media would provide the kind of coverage that critical issues in Arab nations deserved. Ouidyane Elouardaoui investigates what went wrong. [more]

23.04.2014


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

The geopolitics of memory

The controversy around the statue of the Soviet soldier in Tallinn in April 2007 provided a striking demonstration that memory politics is less about the communist past than about future political and economic hegemony on the European continent. [Swedish version added] [more]

18.06.2013


Nancy Bauer, Johanna Sjöstedt

What is feminist philosophy?

Nancy Bauer talks about what attracted her to the field of philosophy and what made her remain there. Sjöstedt and Bauer also discuss Simone de Beauvoir, the role of scepticism in modern feminism and the thin line between world-changing philosophy and dogmatism. [more]

08.03.2013


Johanna Sjöstedt

The vertigo of scepticism

Introduction to a conversation with Nancy Bauer

Johanna Sjöstedt introduces her conversation with Nancy Bauer by explaining why Bauer is interested both in exploring the potential of a genuinely philosophical feminism and paving the way for a feminist critique of the philosophical tradition. [more]

08.03.2013


Lisa Karlsson Blom, Mikela Lundahl

Haunted museums

Ethnography, coloniality and sore points

The troubled relationship between modernity and its colonial past haunts the ethnographic museum. But do new museums of world culture provide a plausible alternative? Or do they achieve little more than securing their own survival? [more]

18.12.2012


Göran Dahlberg, Martin Engberg

"Media change is a slow process"

Glänta and Ord&Bild, Sweden

A long-standing media diversity policy in Sweden means journals such as "Glänta" and "Ord&Bild" enjoy an exceptional degree of stability. The question is how, amidst the massive changes affecting other media, they can turn the particular character of the cultural journal into a strength. [more]

12.09.2012


Mikela Lundahl

The simple Gothenburger

Colonial elisions in the Swedish self-image

The re-launch of an historical merchant ship was supposed to promote Sweden's image as reliable trading partner. But the failure to acknowledge the colonial involvements of the ship's former owner suggests a less flattering story, writes Mikela Lundahl. [more]

13.07.2012


Klas Rönnbäck

Traces of ignominy

Gothenburg's French block and Sweden's hunt for colonies

Gothenburg's Franska tomten neighbourhood takes its name from a French warehouse established in the eighteenth century through a colonial trade-off between the French and Swedish crowns. Today, the name's origins are largely forgotten, writes Klas Rönnbäck. [more]

13.07.2012


Johan Frederik Hartle

Radical chic? Yes we are!

Ever since Tom Wolfe in a 1970 essay coined the term "radical chic", upper-class flirtation with radical causes has been ridiculed. But by separating aesthetics from politics Wolfe was actually more reactionary than the people he criticized, writes Johan Frederik Hartle. [more]

23.03.2012


Michael Azar

The stranger, the mother and the Algerian revolution

A postcolonial reading of Albert Camus

On Thursday 7 November, Albert Camus would have turned 100. The existential themes of his most famous book, "The Stranger", hide Camus' critique of French rule in Algeria. Yet Camus never entirely renounced the civilizing premise of colonialism. The reason lies in his relation to his mother, writes Michael Azar. [more]

20.02.2012


Tobias Hübinette, Catrin Lundström

White melancholia

Mourning the loss of "Good old Sweden"

Sweden's post-war image as frontrunner of egalitarianism and antiracism contains more than a trace of national and racial chauvinism. As myths of the better Sweden fade, both Right and Left are consumed by "white melancholy". [more]

02.05.2012


Michael Azar

Presente!

Western martyrdom and the politics of memory and death

What is the connection between the mediaeval hunt for relics and the idolization of Benno Ohnesorg? Or between Cromwell and Nietzsche? Western ideologies of martyrdom are active to this day in instrumentalizing the dead for the purposes of the living, writes Michael Azar. [more]

07.07.2011


Trond Lundemo

Charting the gesture

Trond Lundemo describes the complicated endeavours of various technologies, from the early days of chronophotography to today's 3D blockbusters, to capture and classify gestures and movement. Beyond "Avatar", what are the biopolitical implications of "motion capture"? [more]

21.06.2011


Alyson M. Cole

Embittered subjects

The new politics of blaming the victim

The phrase "blaming the victim" was originally intended to critique the attribution of social disadvantage to "inherent faults"; now, however, it has come to mean the condemnation of self-designated "victims" as manipulative. An analysis by Alyson M. Cole. [more]

09.02.2011


Suren Pillay

(The picture)

Mixing fact and fiction, Suren Pillay tells a compelling story about journalistic ethics. A photographer takes a picture of a young man throwing a petrol bomb during a 1985 township riot and ponders over the possible consequences of publishing the photo. [more]

19.10.2010


Cristina Masters

Cyborg soldiers and militarized masculinities

Increasing military interest in the body cancels the transgressive potential of the cyborg. Where humans become the weakest link in contemporary warfare, the cyborg represents a desire for total masculinist domination. Machines, not human bodies, are now the subjects of the text. [more]

20.05.2010


Camilla Flodin

Art and threatened, threatening nature

Adorno has been accused of elitism and ineffectuality, yet his ideas about art and nature gain new relevance as the environmental crisis forces us to rethink how we live, writes Camilla Flodin. [more]

16.03.2010


Jürgen Trittin

Ecological materialism

How nature becomes political

The ecological reform of the global economy must bring on board those with no interest in preserving nature per se. The more "nature-oriented" a demand is, the less likely it is to be realized and the more catastrophic the consequences will be. [more]

11.02.2010


Karl Palmås

Bodies without Bodhis

The shot putter is the origin of movement while the surfer enters a movement that already exists. For Deleuze, therein lies the difference between traditional and new sports. Karl Palmås rides this wave of thought towards a philosophy of surfing. [more]

13.11.2009


Dave Boothroyd

The ends of censorship

As one type of censorship comes to an end, a new one is in the making, writes cultural theorist Dave Boothroyd. The power wielded by corporations such as Network Solutions or YouTube produces a new form of subjectivity characterized by self-censorship. [more]

26.05.2009


Leonard Lawlor

A new possibility of life

In their efforts of marketing and conversion, both globalization and the religious are forms of total war disguised as peace. The total or global nature of this disguised war leads to what Leonard Lawlor calls "the problem of the worst". [more]

11.03.2009


Christopher Kullenberg, Karl Palmås

Contagiontology

Heineken, Google and Wal-Mart use pattern recognition and computer-assisted predictions of future behaviours to secure their markets. This brings renewed poignancy to Gabriel Tarde's contagion-centric thought, write Christopher Kullenberg and Karl Palmås. [more]

09.03.2009


Christoph Menke

The aesthetic critique of judgement

What's the difference between aesthetic and political judgments? Can an aesthetic judgement be collectively valid? Is there such a thing as an aesthetic community? Christoph Menke returns to Greek drama only to end up in his own reading of modern literature. [more]

09.03.2009


Cathy Caruth

Lying and history

The existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was a fiction produced to justify the war. Drawing on the thought of Hannah Arendt, Cathy Caruth argues that the fabrication of imagery has a tradition in US politics going back to Hiroshima. [more]

09.03.2009


Glänta

Glänta supports the financial sector

The financial crisis has made it clear how vital, yet how fragile, capitalism is. In solidarity, Glänta magazine would like to share its cultural capital. Sponsorship of the financial sector is not an act of charity! [more]

14.11.2008


Hanna Hallgren

Depressive European

Chocolate cigarettes, AIDS, and homes for battered wives. Hanna Hallgren conducts a critical, poetic search for European identity. [more]

23.09.2008


Athena Farrokhzad, Tova Gerge

Manual for postmodern childrearing

How would you bring up a child if you took the lessons from postmodernism literally? [more]

17.08.2010


Pär Thörn

We're like a boat with water up to the gunwales and there are waves breaking over the sides the whole time!

Pär Thörn, one of Sweden's most acclaimed young writers, studied the discussions between the executive managers on the web forum www.ledarna.se ("the executives"). Read the results of his copy-pasting. [more]

23.09.2008


Judy Radul

What was behind me now faces me

Performance, staging, and technology in the court of law

Is it possible to imagine a court, guided by justice and law, taking into account the new "politics of representation"? [more]

02.05.2007


Louise du Toit

Feminism and the ethics of reconciliation

The failure of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to do justice to women rape victims was not a simple oversight but is constitutive of the symbolic order dominating the political landscape of "liberal democracies". [more]

26.06.2007


Andrzej Tichy

The scream of geometry

(modified excerpts)

"How can these cities, villages, and their people exist? How can they stand there selling tomatoes and speaking their language and drying their laundry without considering the infinite number of other places where someone else is standing, selling tomatoes or potatoes and speaking their language and drying laundry?" [more]

16.08.2010


Roy Ben-Shai

Living without

On the moral philosophy of Jean Améry

For their testimonial value, Jean Améry's writings are obligatory reading for anyone interested in studies of the Holocaust. But Améry can and must also be read as philosophy, argues Roy Ben-Shai. [more]

20.02.2007


Alejandro Cervantes-Carson

Interviewing the embodiment of political evil

Arranging an interview with Luis Echeverría, former president of Mexico, leads Alejandro Cervantes-Carson to reflect on the relationship between political violence and bureaucracy. [more]

23.01.2007


Stig Sæterbakken

My heart belongs to Europe. Therefore it is broken

Does literature help maintain individual and collective identity, or does it inspire us to discredit it? [more]

08.11.2006


Cecilia Parsberg

Networking on the wall

Palestinian artists and cultural workers talk about the "art" drawn on the wall demarcating Palestinian and Israeli territory. Their opinions are revealing of the wall's significance in the Palestinian experience and the function of "network as resistance". [more]

30.05.2006


Esra Akcan

Melancholy and the "other"

Freud analyzed melancholia as the ego's internalization of the lost object, and thus the loss of ego itself. Can the architecture of the "geographic other" be read for the symptoms of melancholy? [more]

05.01.2006


Ida Börjel

European waistlines

Swedish poet Ida Börjel confronts us with our favourite and most insulting national prejudices about ourselves and our European neighbours. But does she confirm them? [more]

04.06.2012


Mattias Martinson

Theology of tidal waves

A post-humanist interpretation

The tsunami disaster in southeast Asia in December 2004 prompted a leading Swedish political scientist to make a public return to the Christian Church. Why are the humanities no longer able to accommodate mass suffering? [more]

14.09.2005


Rada Ivekovic

Transborder translating

Translation is a form of resistance, but also "the original mother tongue of humankind". With a broad interpretaion of the concept of translation, Rada Ivekovic looks at the principles, concepts, and symbolic values of borders and boundaries. [more]

18.05.2005


Caroline Moorehead

Necessary lies

Fabricated identities have become a valuable commodity for asylum seekers for whom credibility is the bottom line. Meanwhile, the media adds to the climate of disinformation. [more]

26.07.2006


Rodolphe Gasché, Anders Lundberg

"Saving the honour of thinking"

Anders Lundberg spoke with Rodolphe Gasché about why deconstruction turned into a media "story", about developments in politics and ethics, about Europe and about the importance of a future for philosophical thinking. [more]

31.05.2002


Thomas Deichmann, Sabine Reul, Slavoj Zizek

About War and the Missing Centre in Politics

Sabine Reul and Thomas Deichmann talked to philosopher Slavoj Zizek about the crisis of subjectivity and politics. [more]

05.04.2002


Anne Querrien

Multitudes

Quick Electronic Notes

"Multitude" has become a keyword in the analyses of the globalized society and the resistance it generates. Anne Querrien points to some of the qualities carried by this variegated concept. [more]

22.02.2002


Antonio Negri

And Thus Began the Fall of the Empire

Multitude and Movement in Genoa

On the barricades you do no longer find an avant-garde, but a multitude. In Genoa Antonio Negri saw this new proletariat, but also the ghosts of the past – a political Left too embedded in the systems of control and power. [more]

21.02.2002


Michael Azar

In the Name of Algeria

Frantz Fanon and the Algerian Revolution

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06.12.2000


Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson

Necessity Without Practice

A poem by one of Sweden's most interesting writers. [more]

22.11.2000


 

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"Mer människa än människan själv"

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När Mikela Lundahl kombinerar cyborgdiskurs med postkolonial teori upptäcker hon att filmen Blade Runner kan läsas som en allegori över kolonialismen och dess ständiga följeslagare, rasismen. [more]

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