Special Issue: “The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural Disasters”

Social inequality, colonialism and the commodification of disaster-related recovery are central to explaining the not-so-natural disasters caused by the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season, a recent special issue by Alternautas blog shows. Alternautas , a peer-reviewed blog dedicated to critical explorations of development and the civilizational crisis has recently published a special issue titled "The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural … Continue reading Special Issue: “The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural Disasters”

ENTITLE blog: 2018 so far and what’s in store

Dear readers, before closing shop over the month of August, we ENTITLE blog editors want to look back on this past year and announce some exciting changes in store for the blog later this year. ENTITLE blog published more than 30 posts and had ca. 26,500 unique visitors in 2018. Our top five posts since … Continue reading ENTITLE blog: 2018 so far and what’s in store

Italian eco-narratives – Paths into the nationalisation of forests

by Roberta Biasillo and Marco Armiero What if we let Italy talk through its forests? What if we unfold Italian history through its forests? Today’s blog discusses Italian forest narratives and how they may be read. This article was originally published on whitehorsepress and is inspired by an article published in Environment and History. "That Italy’s … Continue reading Italian eco-narratives – Paths into the nationalisation of forests

Utopias against modernity: Huxley, Serreau and the making of non-capitalist ecologies

by Rocío Hiraldo Primitivist utopias in Coline Serreau’s film La Belle Verte and in Aldous Huxley’s book Island suggest modernity is incompatible with the achievement of green and fair ecologies because of the ways in which it artificially disconnects us from the greater whole to which we belong, hence from other humans and non-human nature. … Continue reading Utopias against modernity: Huxley, Serreau and the making of non-capitalist ecologies

Naomi Klein: “We need a counter-narrative that explains the people’s plan” (Part I)

by PAReS - Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance In the first part of this two-part interview by the PAReS collective, renowned journalist and activist Naomi Klein speaks about disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico and the constitution of opposition movements and political alternatives. Naomi Klein is a renowned journalist, documentarian, and activist in topics related to capitalism, … Continue reading Naomi Klein: “We need a counter-narrative that explains the people’s plan” (Part I)

From a New Deal to Projekt Deal: Time for solidarity with German scholars

By Bram Büscher and Joel Wainwright A recent editorial published on Geoforum spells out the urgent need to divest from Elsevier and the corporate publishing model The commercial scientific publishing model is broken. The basic problem is simple. We scholars give the products of our labour, our research papers, reviews, and so forth — for free to for-profit … Continue reading From a New Deal to Projekt Deal: Time for solidarity with German scholars

Toxic Bios: A guerrilla narrative project mapping contamination, illness and resistance

by Ilenia Iengo and Marco Armiero By bringing to the fore the affective, bodily and narrative dimensions of environmental injustices, the project Toxic Bios aims to open new paths of collaborative research and grassroots activism focused on "guerrilla narratives" and counter-hegemonic storytelling Toxic Bios is a Public Environmental Humanities project based at KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory in … Continue reading Toxic Bios: A guerrilla narrative project mapping contamination, illness and resistance

Confronting authoritarian populism: challenges for agrarian studies

by Ian Scoones Four points for scholarly research in rural contexts, in order to better understand the political reconfigurations and the socio-cultural dynamics linked to new forms of authoritarian populism Last week I was in Russia at the fascinating fifth BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies conference. Throughout the event we heard about the emergence of particular styles of authoritarian populist … Continue reading Confronting authoritarian populism: challenges for agrarian studies

Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

by Vasilis Kostakis* Alternative technological systems could develop through the confluence of digital commons, peer-to-peer relations and local manufacturing capacity - but we need the integration of a political ecology perspective to face and overcome the challenges this transition implies Humans do not control modern technology: the technological system has colonized their imagination and it … Continue reading Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

(Un)Thinking Science: A critical call for conscious practical work

by Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare* The politics of “who, where, what, why and how” we do scholarship are critical and foundational concerns for doing what Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare describes as an (un)thinking of science.     In today’s world, scientific knowledge producers are significantly implicated in neoliberal imaginaries and certain concomitant processes of knowledge production. These constructed ways … Continue reading (Un)Thinking Science: A critical call for conscious practical work