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 …

Urgent Appeal to Help Colleagues in Turkey

This comes from via my friend Zeynep Gambetti, from Bogazici University, in Istanbul. Please consider signing the petition below. Urgent Appeal: Stop Arbitrary Detentions in Turkey! The international public has so far been oblivious to the so-called “KCK operations” carried out in Turkey by Prime Minister Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party for the …

Porto Alegre, 11 years on, and Where are the Brazilian Indignados?

El País, one of the Spanish newspapers of record, ran a headline on October 16th, that the Indignado movement had spread all over the world.   This is, of course, a Spanish take on things.  As important as the acampados in Madrid have been in sparking the flame, Occupy also has its own roots: adbusters, …

Reassembling Ethnography/ Call for Papers

(Please feel free to pass this along. It is also available here.) CALL FOR PAPERS for Qualitative Sociology Reassembling Ethnography: ANT beyond the Laboratory Deadline for Submissions: August 31st 2012 Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) was literally developed in the laboratory, but it is an approach that proclaims usefulness to all arenas of social life. In recent years, ANT …