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Waiting and claiming rights: precarities of settler colonial recognition

Mikko Joronen
July 25, 2017
Palestinian right to claim rights may have been theatrically recognized, but the alleviation of precarities prolonged, delayed and denied. In them, political recognition constitutes a settler colonial technique of government, where it is precisely recognition of rights that is used to promote precar...
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Policing Knowledges and Technologies: Making Aggression Visible

Francisca Gromme
July 11, 2017
Technologies do not only perform their intended roles, such as "prevention," monitoring, tracking, and surveillance. They shape and are shaped by the social spaces they are applied in, and do this in relation to existing bodies of knowledge.
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Trump and Immigration Enforcement: The First 100 Days

Austin Kocher
July 4, 2017
In the weeks and months following the election and inauguration of Donald Trump, I spent much of my time responding to concerns from friends that ICE would come for them or their family, meeting with city officials about how meaningful policy changes could protect immigrants, and creating space for...
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The Post-Trump Desire for Hope

Claes Tängh Wrangel
June 13, 2017
Three points that I feel every desire towards hope should bear in mind: There is no genuine hope; There is not one hopeful subject; and Hope is not the future. Demand that we replace the desire for hope with a desire towards a different and better future. That we act not for hope, but of hope—reco...
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S-Town, Shit World

Christina Belcher
June 6, 2017
McLemore was more than a queer stuck in Alabama, and his life should not be reduced to that narrative. But he was a queer stuck in Alabama nonetheless. One who bemoaned, and yet rationalized, his decision to stay. Because what’s a shit town in a shit world, anyway?
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Revisiting cyborg GIS: a conversation with Nadine Schuurman

Agnieszka Leszczynski and Nadine Schuurman
May 2, 2017
An injunction to revive a critical GIS that can be useful in the face of encroaching geosurveillance and other geo problems of the 21st century has to go back to Haraway’s fundamental truth that we created and can recreate the cyborg.
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Walls! Walls! Walls!

Claudio Minca and Alexandra Rijke
April 18, 2017
Walls do not block migrants’ mobility. Rather, they make these people evaporate and reappear elsewhere, where another wall may soon be erected. Our point is that not only migrants endlessly trespass the walls built to stop them, but that trespass is an inherent part of the walling processes.
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Landscape struggles, environmental hegemonies and the politics of urban design

Alvaro Sevilla-Buitrago
March 21, 2017
What would a Central Park designed by proletarians look like? How would such a subaltern landscape differ from the creatures of nineteenth-century bourgeois pastoral taste that we have come to identify with urban nature? Would Manhattan’s structure and social space have been radically changed by s...
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Exiting the Costa del Sol? Encountering a British Seniors Club during Brexit

Rebekah Miller
March 7, 2017
For retired British migrants who have chosen to live, and possibly die, in the Costa del Sol, their sense of home may be shifting as a direct consequence of "Brexit"... The referendum result has raised questions about what it means to be British. 'I actually feel a bit ashamed to be British. But I'm...
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We Should All Be Deported

Darshan Vigneswaran
February 23, 2017
If we’re genuinely opposed to and abhorred at what's going on right now, we should demonstrate this through civil disobedience. If significant numbers of people refuse to comply with these laws, this would not only reduce their efficacy but also compel governments to fully explore precisely how vi...
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The Discomfort of Safety

Marie Thompson
February 14, 2017
To perpetually inhabit an uncomfortable world is draining. While liberal critics will continue to chastise safe(r) spaces for the limits they place on unfettered freedoms of expression, it is clear that—in a political climate in which the safety of already marginalized people is further diminished...
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The Color of Corruption: Whiteness and Populist Narratives

Malini Ranganathan and Sapana Doshi
February 7, 2017
Rather than focusing on Trump’s scandals per se, we suggest that critical attention to the uses and silences surrounding the word “corruption” sheds light on more fundamental cultural and political dynamics undergirding the turn to the right in the US and elsewhere.
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The Return of the Nation: When Neo-nationalism Becomes Mainstream

Marco Antonsich
January 31, 2017
We are back to a world of nations. True, we never left this world, if not in the normative speculations of some (actually, many) progressive intellectuals. And yet, the world of nations we are witnessing today is somewhat more entrenched than what it looked like only a few decades ago.
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