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.

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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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...

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.

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.

Cover Me: Real Entertainment in the Trump Era

Karen Tongson
January 25, 2017
Trump turned the jingoistic sloganeering and populism of other eras, other candidates, and other times, and churned them out through his own karaoke jukebox, covering all the hits the rural and rust belt underclasses wanted to hear.

‘Post-factual’ Readings of Neoliberalism, Before and After Trump

Angela Mitropoulos
December 5, 2016
There is something remarkable about the heightened, unabashed use of easily-invalidated claims which take hold because they validate powerful sentiments and affections. Yet this is not so new. Nor is it restricted to Trump and his enthusiastic supporters.


Helen F. Wilson
November 21, 2016
Tolerance is a suspension and not a solution. It can open up a space for action, but it can also become an excuse to do nothing. It is therefore just as likely to reproduce aversion as it is to tackle it.

Governing Mobility Through the European Union’s ‘Hotspot’ Centres, a Forum

Lauren Martin and Martina Tazzioli
November 8, 2016
While the idea of streamlined, expedited asylum processing has haunted EU migration policy documents for some time, ‘hotspots’ were ill-defined processing centres until 2015. Approaching one year into hotspots’ implementation, researchers and journalists have provided important insights into w...
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