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Science for a Plastic Cube. Poly­pore Academia rede­fi­ning the Rules of Science

Hungary is currently witnessing the emergence of a state-sponsored scientific pseudo-world in which the criteria of academic quality control no longer apply, but rather political loyalty. This raises serious questions for European research funding and academic cooperation with illiberal states.

The Colour of Coffee: Racism, Gender and Coffee Consump­tion in 19th Century Algeria

Today, coffee is consumed everywhere in the world. Despite its neo-colonial forms of production, it is a drink which brings people together, but the consumption of coffee in 19th century Algeria tells a very different story.

The ‘After­lives’ of Deve­lo­p­ment Inter­ven­tions: ‘Failure’ as an Opportunity

Ambitious and well planned development projects fail for various reasons. The afterlife of such "interventions" receives little attention. But local communities try to make sense of the remains in the form of rumours and stories. A plea for listening.


Gree­ting the New Era in Japan

Japan has a new emperor and a new era. But what does it mean, in 2019, to live in a different time from the rest of the world? A very personal exploration

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A Global Company with a Global Past: VW’s Histo­rical Respon­si­bi­lity in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

In Brazil, March 31 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the military dictatorship in 1964. The car company Volkswagen profited at the time from the dictatorship in its Brazilian factories. Today, VW has the opportunity to admit to its historical responsibility.

Poli­tics and Inter­na­tional Law: Three Inter­na­tional Experts Debate the Annex­a­tion of Crimea

Five years ago, Russia annexed Crimea. Three international law experts from Ukraine, Russia and Germany debate how international law issues can become a pawn of political interests.

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The New War on Gender Studies

Gender studies has come under attack in recent years. It is charged with subverting the natural order, undermining the family and traditional expressions of gender and sexuality. Populists have made it a central component of their ideological platform. At steak is the human rights agenda of liberal democracy itself.

“We have a Situa­tion”. From Hegel’s Philo­sophy of Situa­tion to Contem­porary Poli­tical Art

The word «situation» reminds of US-TV-series, French existentialism and German bureaucrats. It is hardly known though that Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel devised already in 1817 a theory of the “situation” that has remained important up to this day. His concept allows us to rethink contemporary art as well as political action and resistance.

Deco­lo­ni­zing France – the Négritude’s radicalness

Léopold Sédar Senghor and Aimé Césaire are important founding fathers of Négritude, a literary and political movement opposing the exoticization of Africa. With their philosophical project, they aimed at liberating colonial and colonized thinking – in Africa and in Europe.

How Fascism Went Digital: A Historian’s Perspec­tive on Bolsonaro’s Victory in Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in the Brazilian presidential election marks the triumph of a new, digital form of totalitarian movement in which masses are the driver of their own manipulation. But this doesn’t make it less harmful than traditional fascist models.

“Hate Is Like A Boome­rang.” A conver­sa­tion with the polish acti­vist Fran­ciszek Sterczewski

Franciszek Sterczewski, Polish urban activist and architect, is the initiator of the Chain of Light Protests protests in Poznań. Jörg Scheller spoke with him about the language of politics, the political situation in Poland and the non-violent, post-partisan forms of resistance he is exploring in his hometown.


In the Depths of Disin­for­ma­tion: this is how RT propa­ganda works

The fact that right-wing populist parties copy their rhetorical strategies from the Russian propaganda broadcaster RT is nothing new. But their purpose in doing so certainly is.