I was initially slightly sceptical of the ramifications and undertones of Renzo Martens’ project in central Congo…
We cannot assume that all government/terrorist interactions will take the form of a two-person zero-sum game.
A for Anomie
The idea that terrorism and other forms of political violence are directly related to strains caused by strongly held grievances has been one of the most common explanations to date and can be traced to a diverse set of theoretical concepts including relative deprivation, social disorganization, breakdown, tension, and anomie. Merton (1938) identifies anomie as a cultural condition of frustration, in which values regarding goals and how to achieve them conflict with limitations on the means of achievement.
Gary LaFree and Laura Dugan, “Research on Terrorism and Countering Terrorism”, Crime and Justice, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2009.
B for Block or Blocked
If terrorism in each of its expressions can be considered an indicator of the existence of a political block (of an impossibility of reacting if one wishes to react differently), this influences its real ability to modify the situation. Terrorism has been historically more successful when it was not...
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ETH Zürich Graphische Sammlung
ETH Zürich Graphische Sammlung
A permanent film and photo exhibition has been opened in a complex of shops in Joachimsthaler Street. It brings together material that has never been shown before in such a comprehensive way. Frankfurter Zeitung, 12th July 1932
Reading Paffard Keatinge-Clay's San Francisco Student Union Building as an architectural pathos formula for the exaggerated hopes and exacerbating frustrations of San Francisco’s student revolt.
Zurich and the ‘gnomes of Zurich’ have long become colloquial bywords for the obscure financial transactions in the years immediately preceding World War II, transactions that left a stain in the publicly perceived record of the Alpine confederation. What is less known is that the city and the country had also played a considerable role in organizing and consolidating the kind of architectural cosmopolitanism that turned out to become the leading visual idiom (if not the “ruling taste”) of the Pax Americana. In fact, this kind of Swiss postwar cosmopolitanism may not even be entirely unrelated to the prewar sacrifice of political innocence, in so far as both are due to the peculiarly Swiss mix of pragmatism, political neutrality and anticommunism. This mix appears to have contributed much to the lure of Switzerland as an island of peace in the heart of Europe where milk and honey appeared to flow,...
Theorizing, a form of experimenting, is about being in touch. What keeps theories alive and lively is being responsible and responsive to the world’s patternings and murmurings.
When two hands touch, there is a sensuality of the flesh, an exchange of warmth, a feeling of pressure, of presence, a proximity of otherness that brings the other nearly as close as oneself. Perhaps closer. And if the two hands belong to one person, might this not enliven an uncanny sense of the otherness of the self, a literal holding oneself at a distance in the sensation of contact, the greeting of the stranger within? So much happens in a touch: an infinity of others – other beings, other spaces, other times – are aroused.
When two hands touch, how close are they? What is the measure of closeness? Which disciplinary knowledge formations, political parties, religious and cultural traditions, infectious disease authorities, immigration officials, and policy makers do not have a stake in, if not a measured answer to, this question? When touch is at issue, nearly everyone’s hair stands...