Leeds documentary maker returns to Caribbean home devastated by volcano

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

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A Leeds based Documentary maker has returned to her home in Monserrat, which she fled from at the age of six, after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption, itv.com reports.

Jonnel Benjamin left the island along with her family and has lived in Leeds since.

She returned to find about the home and friends she left behind.

Her film explores how the island has moved on since the eruption in 1995, and probes into how much knew about the impending threat, and if more could have been done to help the inhabitants escape.

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Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli with Mat Coleman and Kathryn Yusoff

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

978-0-8223-5084-2_pr Society and Space Editorial Board members, Mat Coleman and Kathryn Yusoff interview Elizabeth Povinelli about her recent and future work on the question of biopolitics, the Anthropocene and neoliberalism.

Elizabeth Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Most recently, Povinelli is the author of Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2011), The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Geneology, and Carnality (Duke University Press, 2006), and she is currently working on Geontologies: Indigenous Worlds in the New Media and Late Liberalism, the third and last volume of Dwelling in Late Liberalism. In this series of monographs she is interested in the ways that liberal discourses about alternative social worlds deflect ethical and social…

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Myopic spatial politics in dominant narratives of e-waste

Originally posted on Discard Studies:

A new open access article by Josh Lepawsky in The Geographical Journal , “ The changing geography of global trade in electronic discards: time to rethink the e-waste problem ,” argues against the popular notion that e-waste travels predominantly from ‘developed’ countries to ‘undeveloped’ countries. By looking at 9400 reported trade transactions from 1996 to 2012 between 206 territories, he finds that:

[Developed] territories are predominantly trading intra-regionally, with 73–82% of total trade moving between [developed] territories. In contrast, [developing] territories are mostly trading inter-regionally: by 2012 less than one-quarter of [developing] trade moved to other [developing] territories with the rest moving to [developed] territories.

Inter-regional trade, 1996–2012. Annex countries are developed countries, and non-Annex are developing countries. From Lepawsky, Josh. (2014).

Inter-regional trade, 1996–2012. Annex countries are developed countries, and non-Annex are developing countries. From Lepawsky, Josh. (2014).

E-waste flows, 1996. Image from Lepawsky 2014.

E-waste flows, 1996. Image from Lepawsky 2014. Click for larger view.

As these images illustrate, while 1996 was characterized by developing countries dumping in developed nations (though Lepawsky…

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Art Exhibition: Drapetomanía—Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba

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The 8th Floor is proud to present “Drapetomanía—Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba,” the latest exhibition curated by Alejandro de la Fuente (Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University). The exhibition will open on March 7 and will be on view until July 18, 2014, at The 8th Floor. The gallery is located at 17 West 17th Street, New York, New York. The exhibit is complemented by the book Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba, edited by Alejandro de la Fuente, with essays by art critic and historians Guillermina Ramos Cruz, José Veigas and Judith Bettelheim.

Description:  Originally presented at the Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño in Santiago de Cuba, where it was described as “one of the best visual arts exhibits of the last few years in Santiago de Cuba,”…

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gustav muller on urban dispossession in south africa

Originally posted on settler colonial studies blog:

Gustav Muller, ‘The legal-historical context of urban forced evictions in South Africa’, Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History 19, 2 (2013) .

The aim of this article is to place forced evictions in their legal-historical context by analysing the rural and urban land tenure measures used during apartheid to limit the nature and duration of black people’s tenure. The hypothesis of this article is that the homelessness and extensive housing crisis in present-day South Africa have their origins in the apartheid era, when government’s rural and urban land tenure measures, together with private owners’ common-law remedies, led to large-scale forced evictions. A renewed appreciation of the legal-historical context of forced evictions should enable the courts to understand the social and historical context of section 26 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and the Prevention of Illegal Evictions from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 18…

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clint carroll on north american indigenous conservation efforts

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Clint Carroll, ‘Native enclosures: Tribal national parks and the progressive politics of environmental stewardship in Indian Country’, Geoforum 53 (2014).

This article discusses the recent proliferation of North American Indigenous conservation efforts in the form of tribal national parks. To varying degrees, tribal parks offer alternative perspectives to conservation studies by accounting for land-based epistemologies and practices. They also raise pressing questions: To what extent are tribal natural resource managers in North America assuming the role of state authorities in their ability to restrict citizen access to tribal lands? How do tribal conservation areas differ from state-sanctioned enclosures throughout the globe that often disenfranchise customary use by local peoples? In dialog with political–ecological studies of conservation enclosures, I argue that Indigenous nations are transforming the concept of enclosure in their systemic reclamations of Indigenous sovereignty and territory through environmental stewardship. The analysis is based on a survey of tribal parks…

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Authority & Political Technologies 2014 conference at Warwick – announcement and call for papers

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

Authority & Political Technologies 2014                                                  

Power in a World of Becoming, Entanglement & Attachment                          

‘In every era the attempt must be made anew to rescue tradition from a conformism that is about to overpower it’ (Walter Benjamin) 

June 2-3, 2014. University of Warwick

Confirmed Speakers:

  • William Connolly (Johns Hopkins)
  • Christian Borch (CBS, Copenhagen)
  • Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)
  • Amade M’charek (Amsterdam)
  • Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths)
  • AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths) 

Conference Organisers:

Claire Blencowe & Illan rua Wall – Authority & Political Technologies (APT) Warwick

Suggested Themes:

  • Biopolitics and Political Spirituality/Religion
  • Materialism and the Political Meaning of Entanglement
  • Authority, Sovereignty and Becoming in the (Post) Colony
  • Process and New Forms of Society(ism), Association and Being in Common
  • Necropolitics and Human Rights

Recently, there have been various calls for a move beyond ‘post-structuralism’ (i.e. Foucault, Deleuze, cultural/critical theory), which had…

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tim rowse on the settler census and indigenous survivance

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Tim Rowse, ‘“Rooted in Demographic Reality”: The Contribution of New World Censuses to Indigenous Survival’, History and Anthropology 25, 2 (2014).

One of the most powerful narratives deployed by colonists in the nineteenth century was that the colonized natives were inherently too weak to survive contact with those who were colonizing them—the Dying Native story. I argue that to understand the history of this story, we should differentiate between three senses in which it could be taken as true or false: physical destruction, genetic adulteration and loss of distinct culture. The physical destruction version of the “Dying Native” was contested by some settler-colonial governments as they developed the capacity to manage and measure the numbers of those whom they classified as “Indian” or “Māori” or “Aboriginal”. However, the “Dying Native” story persisted as a narrative of these peoples’ loss of genetic and/or cultural distinction. One strategy of Indigenous intellectuals has…

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‘Against Heterosexuality’: An Object Lesson in Conservative Christian ‘Radicalism’

Originally posted on An und für sich:

I recently had the misfortune to come across this article in the journal First Things. Written by Michael Hannon, it is entitled ‘Against Heterosexuality’ and subtitled ‘The Idea of Sexual Orientation is Artificial and Inhibits Christian Witness’. It is a symptomatic piece of ‘radical’ Christian writing for our time, in that it attempts to out-deconstruct the deconstructors in order to return us firmly to a teleological, hierarchical Christian order.

Hannon embraces the way that theory post-Foucault has unearthed the genealogy and the arbitrariness behind the creation of fixed categories of sexual orientation. He does so, not in order to advocate what he refers to as the ‘postmodern nihilistic libertinism’ of queer theory, but in order to replace socially constructed identities with a Christian anthropology grounded in nature. Measured against nature, sex is procreative. That, so we are told, is its obvious goal. In contrast, the modern categories of ‘homosexual’ and…

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Primer on Palestine

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MERIP 2014 The indispensable Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) has just published a new edition of its brilliant Primer on Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Joel Beinin  and Lisa Hajjar .  It was first published in 1991 and updated in 2001.

The new edition is available as an open access publication online (and you can also download it as a pdf) here (16pp).  It’s succinct, sharp and savvy – and excellent for teaching.

The Primer includes one of Dutch cartographer Jan de Jong‘s meticulous maps tracing the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, originally produced for the equally indispensable Foundation for Middle East Peace: you can follow their regular Settlement Reports here.

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