Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

In her commentary on Kallis' and Swyngendouw's conversation 'Do Bees Produce Value?', Irina Velicu reminds us that feminist theories have long argued that ‘value’ depends on evaluators: ‘nature’ has not been valued but rather produced (as non-value) in modern dualisms of thinking. The inspiring dialogue between Kallis and Swyngendouw reminded me of indigenous (women/gender) politics, … Continue reading Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

Tania Murray Li: There is no one trajectory of development

The world’s global institutions and governments with decision power on the future of millions of people living in rural areas want to continue with business as usual: industrialization and urbanization. Number two of a two-part video interview with Tania Murray Li. Tania Murray Li, Professor of Anthropology, Canada Research Chair in the Political-Economy and Culture of … Continue reading Tania Murray Li: There is no one trajectory of development

Tania Murray Li: The agricultural story is not over

Tania Murray Li talks about how and why political ecology should still focus on rural spaces and transformations. Tania Murray Li, Professor of Anthropology, Canada Research Chair in the Political-Economy and Culture of Asia, and Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Toronto, reflects on why and how political ecology should place more attention on … Continue reading Tania Murray Li: The agricultural story is not over

Rosia Montana’s movement for democratic justice

Rosia Montana is a small village in Transylvania, Romania, where, for the last fourteen years, a Canadian corporation has been pushing for the development of what would be the largest open cast cyanide-use gold mine in Europe. In the 1990s, Rosia Montana was declared mono-industrial, not allowing for any other form of business than mining … Continue reading Rosia Montana’s movement for democratic justice

The revolution of the butt-naked in Pedro Costa’s ‘Cavalo Dinheiro’

Costa's latest film explores the unpleasant space of nothingness. Is there anything left of the revolutionary left? Pedro Costa’s latest work, Cavalo Dinheiro, is an artistic film full of photographic images and theatrical gestures. Often, the slowness and quietness of the camera is almost unbearable. Academics like the French philosopher Jacques Rancière admire Costa’s films. … Continue reading The revolution of the butt-naked in Pedro Costa’s ‘Cavalo Dinheiro’

Social rites and the decoloniality of love: A Muslim-Caribbean Conversation

by Irina Velicu, Arzu Merali, Nelson Maldonado-Torres This conversation started during the International Conference on “Epistemologies of the South”, organized in July 2014 by the University of Coimbra. Two of the speakers captured my attention, not only separately but in conversation. One is Arzu Merali, writer and founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission whose … Continue reading Social rites and the decoloniality of love: A Muslim-Caribbean Conversation