2016

09 Nov

Of What is Global Health the Symptom

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This lecture articulates a conceptual architecture to account for global health as emerging planetary infrastructure and as epistemological form. Drawing on fieldwork in the recent West African Ebola epidemic, vaccination campaigns in its wake, and global telemedicine it explores three theoretical designs. The first draws on Foucault’s Birth of the Clinic to explore how the emergence …
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29 Jun

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Eugen Stancu is Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest and Executive Director of Eurocentrica. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM. Cancelled! Print
28 Jun

Experiments in Justice

This talk analyses the interactions between transnational liberal understandings of “the Rule of Law” and local non-state justice institutions in Bangladesh. Focussing on one specific project run by international donor agencies that aim at activating village courts in Bangladesh, I develop a critique of both top-down and bottom-up accounts of the diffusion of norms and …
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13 Jun

‘Homo Militans’: Paramilitary Individuals’ Motivation in Ukraine

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The undeclared Russian-Ukrainian war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions led both pro-Ukrainian militias and rebels from Donetsk and Luhansk to join in the fighting.  Based on field work amongst paramilitaries in Donbas, this presentation will tackle the questions of why people voluntarily chose to participate in the war and how they articulate their own …
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09 Jun

`I Have Been Very Slow in Writing this Letter to You, Mahatma’

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On February 24, 1939, Martin Buber wrote a letter to M.K. Gandhi, the Indian nationalist leader. Buber was reacting to comments made by Gandhi about the inability of Jews in offering non-violent resistance to the Nazi regime and characterising it as helpless and weak. Buber’s letter goes on to examine Gandhi’s conception of non-violence, but …
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06 Jun

Dissidents: Pushing the Boundaries of the Political

The political boundaries in contemporary societies are undergoing processes of constant reconfiguration as old political and social antagonisms are being rearticulated into new ones under conditions of globalization and due to changes in governance strategies and the development of new technologies of influence. Within the multiple and overlapping structures of domination and oppression, power is …
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02 Jun

The Ancient is the Modern

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An important Russian justification for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the idea that Ukraine was a recent, or divided, or artificial state. Yet the very people who make these claims present Russian history in a way that suggest deep anxieties about its continuities. In his lecture Timothy Snyder considered the possibility that a troubling question …
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25 May

Banks, Gold, and Weddings

Development practitioners increasingly adopt interventions based on the findings of behavioral economics, which suggest that poverty is the result of poor’s impaired capacity to make efficient and long-term decisions. The solution to eradicate poverty, therefore, lies in teaching the poor to make better financial decisions. As a critique of this shift in development practice, I …
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23 May

The Politics of Solitude

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In this lecture l would like to share my sentiments of solitude in Ukraine and my theoretical explanation of why l still feel lonely both politically and existentially, together with the millions of other Ukrainians in our country. The so-called Maidan Revolution, or the Revolution of Dignity, in Ukraine in 2013–14 was generally described and …
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19 May

Signs of Power: Action, Expression, Institution

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Linguistic activity is permeated by power dynamics, and power is often either manifested or executed by means of language. Can a case be made for a stronger analogy, or indeed a direct link? The talk will outline an argument for a structural connection between linguistic self-awareness and the awareness of power, based on the essential …
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