Curiosity, relationalities and monkeywrenching: The futures of the Anthropocene

by Daniele Valisena Daniele Valisena reviews the book Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene, edited by Gregg Mitman, Marco Armiero and Robert Emmett (University of Chicago Press, 2018). If curiosity is insubordination, Future Remains elevates it to a key role in approaching – and hopefully changing – the "human epoch". “I don’t particularly … Continue reading Curiosity, relationalities and monkeywrenching: The futures of the Anthropocene

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

The political ecology of Cornelius Castoriadis

Ecology was of great interest for Castoriadis, one of the great philosophers of the 20th century. In his later writings, Castoriadis incorporated ecology into his political project of autonomy, based on direct democracy. For Castoriadis ecology is political because it raises the fundamental question of our purpose in this world and of limiting ourselves in relation to one another and the world we have come to inhabit.

The enlightenment of Steven Pinker: Eco-modernism as rationalizing the arrogance (and violence) of empire

by Vijay Kolinjivadi Steven Pinker’s latest book Enlightenment Now celebrates modern technological progress at all costs, and in doing so it ignores the violence of colonialism's subjugation of people and nature, and promotes a mechanistic understanding of progress and human-environment relations. Instead, we need a radical project of decolonization that values non-Western ideals of what … Continue reading The enlightenment of Steven Pinker: Eco-modernism as rationalizing the arrogance (and violence) of empire

The dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale 2/2

ENTITLE Blog presents two reflections on the dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale. In the second contribution, Joël Foramitti comments on the different ways that gender, exploitation and nature play out in the politics of the Handmaid’s tale. Here the first contribution by Júlia Hosta Cuy. The huge success of Hulu’s 2017 web television series, the ‘Handmaid’s … Continue reading The dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale 2/2

The dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale 1/2

ENTITLE Blog presents two reflections on the dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale. In the first, Júlia Hosta Cuy argues that the bleak future depicted in the series and the book should not make us complacent about the current position of women: liberalism is not the alternative to theocracy. The huge success of Hulu’s 2017 … Continue reading The dystopian world of the Handmaid’s tale 1/2

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

Radicalizing the Ecological Transition. Reflections on “Lavoro Natura Valore: André Gorz tra marxismo e decrescita” by Emanuele Leonardi

by Alice Dal Gobbo Emanuele Leonardi's book is an analytically incisive and politically rich contribution towards a radical critique of capitalism. In between a slow and tentative exit from the 2008 financial crisis and the increasingly manifest impacts of climate change, we might locate our present at the crossroad of a number of crises: economic, … Continue reading Radicalizing the Ecological Transition. Reflections on “Lavoro Natura Valore: André Gorz tra marxismo e decrescita” by Emanuele Leonardi

More Shamans, less intolerance! An Indigenous Manifesto at Berlin Film Festival

by Felipe Milanez The premier of the movie Ex-Shaman by Luiz Bolognesi at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival becomes the occasion for spreading a manifesto by Indigenous People of Brazil denouncing racism, violence and the loss of traditional knowledge: Shamans must exist and be respected, before it is too late, the world is devoid … Continue reading More Shamans, less intolerance! An Indigenous Manifesto at Berlin Film Festival