Book Review: “Total Transition – The human side of the Renewable Energy Revolution”

By Marula Tsagkari The book Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution offers an in-depth look at the social and environmental impacts of the current fossil fuel energy system, and calls for a renewable energy transition, which takes into account the needs of those communities that have been most affected by this … Continue reading Book Review: “Total Transition – The human side of the Renewable Energy Revolution”

Heterotopias and a serious joke at IHE Delft library

by Cristóbal Bonelli With the notion of heterotopia Foucault describes spaces that are somehow “different”, mirroring and yet distinguishing themselves from what is outside, like gardens, cemeteries, or ships. Heterotopias are places of imagination, escape, otherness and a microcosm of different environments. Cristobal Bonelli found his own heterotopia in the IHE library, during the presentation … Continue reading Heterotopias and a serious joke at IHE Delft library

‘The Land Beneath Our Feet’ – A Review

By Fidel C.T. Budy The critically-acclaimed documentary The Land Beneath Our Feet, produced by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel (University of Wisconsin-Madison and Alchemy Films), is an in-depth ethnographic portrayal of processes of land grabbing and dispossession of rural communities in Liberia, which challenges the dominant narrative that depicts affected communities as passive victims. Gregg … Continue reading ‘The Land Beneath Our Feet’ – A Review

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”

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