Author Riccardo Baldissone interviewed by Iain MacKenzie

IM: On reading your book, I am reminded of Foucault’s comment that all genealogies must be ‘patient, gray and meticulous’. This is why it is an almost unbearable method (and so far away from simply denouncing origins). Who can really follow Foucault into every highway and byway of Discipline and Punish, all those wonderful small paths of his scholarship that give shape to Foucault’s archive? And yet here, in Autos, it is clear from the opening pages that the reader must embrace a writer who loves nothing better than to be diverted, to follow a small path, to find a…

By Wilfred Wang

Ruling legitimacy has long been a popular point of departure for researchers and commentators when examining China’s digital media. In the West, digital media is perceived as decentralised and capable of forging popular participations, which challenges and even unsettles the power authority of the state. Many inquiries have tried to follow the same narrative to evaluate where things have unfolded differently. Digital media has occasionally challenged and even undermined the state’s authorities and has elevated the voice of those who are disadvantaged in society. …

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

By Daniel Bendix, Professor for Global Development at Friedensau Adventist University, Germany

Clemens Tönnies, chairman of top German football club Schalke 04, recently caused a public outcry for uttering racist statements. At a public meeting with 1.600 in the audience, he spoke about “Entrepreneurship with responsibility — ways into the future of food production”. This was in his capacity as founder and owner of the German food industry giant Toennies Lebensmittel, a company specializing in pig and beef cattle slaughtering and processing.

Tönnies criticised tax increases designed to help to fight climate change. …

By Lucy Mayblin

Despite their current political views, the British government have been advocates of welcoming migrants and refugees into Britain, in what they claim is a ‘long and proud’ tradition. The recent Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper is no exception, suggesting that Britain is an ‘open and tolerant country which has a long history of welcoming migrants and the benefits they bring, as well as meeting our international obligations to refugees’[1].

So how about this ‘long and proud’ tradition? Is it something that we can trace across time? Unfortunately, not — anyone who has studied the history of immigration…

By Kory P. Schaff

Recent political trends in the U.K. and U.S. have placed immigration at the center of a contentious public debate about nationalism, democracy, and inclusiveness. Starting with Brexit, there has been a resurgence of right-wing nativism and anti-immigrant racism. The “Leave” campaign, in part, appealed to the irrational fears of white working-class citizens that an influx of immigrants made possible by permissive European Union policies was to blame for their economic insecurity.

Similarly, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on illegal immigration in the U.S. He frequently targets undocumented immigrants from Latin America as “criminals, drug dealers, and rapists,” [1]…

Photo by Delia Giandeini

By Dr. Faridun Sattarov

If you think about it, power is an all-pervading feature of our social reality. A parent getting a child to tidy up her room, a literature professor getting her students to read the works of Shakespeare, a Prime Minister getting what they will despite resistance from the Parliament — are all instances of power. In these and other similar examples, power is exercised by one person (or group) over some other person (or group). Given the prevalence of such cases, we often think of power as something people exercise in an intentional, deliberate or purposeful manner. However, can there be…

Featuring Alexander Dunlap, interviewed by Professor Mariel Aguilar-Støen.

MAS: Could you start by telling us a little bit about you?

AD: Ouuuhhh… I am a dirty skateboarder turned academic who now has a post-doctoral position at the Centre for Development and the Envrionment, University of Oslo. I am proudly a part of the Rural Transformations group, which you lead.

MAS: I found something you wrote in the book I would like you to explain. It is this adaptation of Michel Foucault, where you say: “How do you expect over a thousand wind turbines-operating, planned and placed in the lands of Mexico-to have survived, and to have established and…

By George Sotiropoulos

A specter appears to be haunting Europe, but it does not wear red. The recent European elections are the last in a series of electoral results indicating that the ghost has taken a decisively rightwing turn. Of course, “populism” is still used widely by politicians and intellectuals in order to pinpoint this ominous presence that is said to threaten our liberal democracies. However, along with the dubious analytical merits of the term and its questionable political uses, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore that the political forces who are on the rise today across Europe have a more concrete…

By Stan Erraught

20 years ago, the recorded music industry was booming. An unprecedented decade and a half had followed the effective replacement of the vinyl record as the main medium of the technological reproduction and dissemination of recorded music by the compact disc, an innovation that the industry was able to market as a premium product, with — supposedly — better sound quality, longer playing time and greater durability. The industry was not only selling more records than ever to what had always been the core market for popular music — the consumer in their teens and twenties — but had also…

By Stan Erraught

Conspiracy theories are an increasingly hot topic. Not only are they seemingly rife in contemporary political discourse, there has been a surplus of new work on conspiracy theory in academic literature.

“Conspiracy theory” refers to a broad church. There are stories about alien, shape-shifting reptiles in control of our political elites, chemtrails and fluoride turning the population into docile drones, and rumours of Cultural Marxism forcing children to change gender. But claims of alien bloodlines secretly controlling the world’s governments are not the only conspiratorial game in town. There are also tales of hidden “pee-tapes” relating to a sitting U.S…

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