More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

It's been barely a week since the Conservative PP (Partido Popular, or Popular Party) swept the elections in Spain, winning an absolute majority in parliament here.  For the currently (but not much longer) ruling social democratic party, the PSOE, it was its worst defeat ever.  For weeks polls had been predicting a conservative victory, and …

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Faculty Calls for UC Davis Chancellor to Resign

You can read the letter here: Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi | UCDavis Bicycle Barricade. The text of the letter, by Nathan Brown, assistant professor of English follows: 18 November 2011 Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi Linda P.B. Katehi, I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant …

On other news, AAUP upholds Academic Freedom

A story here describes the American Association of University Professors' statement about the treatment by University of Colorado of Ward Churchill, the well-known ethnic studies scholar, and Phil Mitchell, a conservative history adjunct professor.  I was not familiar with the other case, but had been aware of the egregious way Churchill had been treated.  I was happy …

Interview with Paolo Flores D´Arcais on post-politics

This is a very interesting interview that has just been published in English and Spanish by El País.  D'Arcais is a very progressive Italian philosopher whose writings rarely reach English-speaking audiences, and who edits a journal called Micromega. The original article is here. "Politics has become a profession"  JOSÉ MARÍA RIDAO - Rome - 07/11/2011 Through his …

Colloquium on Methodological Challenges in Participation Research

Today and tomorrow there is a very interesting workshop at IESA, in Cordoba, Spain, one of the first institutes in Europe to dedicate itself to research on participatory institutions. There has been no lack of interest in the study of participation, and the conference takes stock of the last ten years or so of research …