Squid Game (2021), Parasite (2019), Factory (2018) & New Order (2020) as «Subversive Pessimism»

The essay explores recent works of subversive cinema from Russia, Mexico and South Korea. What does Michel Franco’s New Order (2020), Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite (2019) or Yuri Bykov’s Factory (2018) tell us about the human condition in the first half of the 21st century? …

Squid Game (2021), Parasite (2019), Factory (2018) & New Order (2020) as «Subversive Pessimism»

The essay explores recent works of subversive cinema from Russia, Mexico and South Korea. What does Michel Franco’s New Order (2020), Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite (2019) or Yuri Bykov’s Factory (2018) tell us about the human condition in the first half of the 21st century? …

Four Temporal Snapshots from Central Asia

Across snow-covered mountains on the Naryn — Bishkek highway

As we are cutting through the snow-covered mountains of the Naryn Oblast in in mid-March with a rusty silver Japanese car, a Kyrgyz love ballad is followed by “Po Restoranam” and “Cherniy Bumer”, playing on FM 88.2. In my wildest dreams I could not…

The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Turkish and Kurdish Memory

Book interview with media researcher Lilit Dabagian

The year 2015 in April. Dislocated and marginalized lies what had been the Old City of Van, as a sea of debris at the feet of the castle in the abandoned outskirts of the…

Soviet mozaic down the former Prospekt Mira, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

While the past is not conceivable through remembering in its entity (Apperley 2018; Aylesworth 2015) events are selectively chosen and plotted in line with overriding motifs — from ‘romantic plots’ such as the national quest for self-determination or the emancipation of the international workers’ class to ‘tragic plots’ such as…

Stamp at the back of a Rosenthal plate manufactured for the Nazi propaganda organization ‘Beauty of Labour’ (Schönheit der Arbeit)

Known across Germany as the Porzellanstadt („city of porcelain“), the 17,000 inhabitants of the small Northern Bavarian town Selb take great pride in the town’s history in porcelain manufacturing. In spite of an ongoing structural crisis that hit the sector hard in the 1990s, Selb-based manufacturers continue to supply international…

David Leupold

Turkey | Southern Caucasus | Central Asia | Iran and Afghanistan — Postdoctoral Researcher

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