Reading Stuart Hall in 2017

Two fresh publications feature the life and work of academic and postcolonial thinker Stuart Hall: Familiar Stranger (Allen Lane) and Selected Writings (Duke University Press). Both were reviewed by Tony Jefferson for a recent edition of Theory, Culture, and Society. On Familiar Stranger we find: “Originally conceived more than 20 years ago as a short dialogue outlining Hall’s intellectual trajectory, it grew to a manuscript of ‘over 300,000 words’(xiv) at the … Continue reading Reading Stuart Hall in 2017

Documenta 14 debates immigration and democracy

It sits on a medium-size, industrial city at the heart of Germany’s Hesse State. The city of Kassel receives once again the Documenta 14. Although the art show has had an earlier edition in Athens, Greece, it is here that we better acknowledge its spread, disarticulated, and site-specific project. Without wrapping itself in only one sign, as the Venice Biennale does to Venice, or the São Paulo Bienal … Continue reading Documenta 14 debates immigration and democracy

Book review: Activism on the web – Everyday struggles against digital capitalism by Veronica Barassi

As we witness phenomena such as Momentum, Labour’s digital assemblage that pushed for Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 General Election, we might want to remove digital activism out of commonplace. Beyond the rhetorics of the “phenomenon”, “social media-led change”, scholars have challenged the actual ICTs penetration in these activist realms by contrasting their relationship with digital capitalism. To what extent can they become bedfellows on … Continue reading Book review: Activism on the web – Everyday struggles against digital capitalism by Veronica Barassi

Natives at the 2017 Venice Biennale

To pay homage to the world’s indigenous communities, the Biennale creates unnecessary mysticism The 57th Venice Biennale decided to dedicate a large pavilion of its Arsenale section to the art of native communities around the world. An example of this incursion is the large embroidered hut designed by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, entitled “Um Sagrado Lugar” or A Sacred Place. Neto’s original proposal was not … Continue reading Natives at the 2017 Venice Biennale

A quem serve o Fórum Econômico de Davos?

É raro ouvir opiniões negativas a respeito do Fórum Econômico Mundial, em Davos. A cada ano, a enorme estrutura montada para jornalistas de todo o mundo garante imprensa para suas ideias e personagens. Celebridades como Shakira, estrela da edição 2017, circulam pela cidadezinha suíça divulgando causas, assim como presidentes de multinacionais, políticos, e líderes debatem os rumos da economia global. A pergunta que sempre fica … Continue reading A quem serve o Fórum Econômico de Davos?