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raoul vaneigem: back to life

I. Life is not an object  We have merely learned to die, now is the time to learn to live.We are at the breaking point between two civilizations. The old world collapses, hesitating to disappear; the new one emerges, hesitating to impose itself.The shock-wave that agitates the planet shakes our existence and reveals its root.… Lire la suite raoul vaneigem: back to life

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in other words 3

One last time about Jhumpa Lahiri, on language and territory. Quite in the beginning of In altre parole, the account of her familiarization with the Italian tongue, she writes: “Every language belongs to a specific space. It can migrate, it can spread. But usually it is linked to a geographical territory, a Country. Italian belongs… Lire la suite in other words 3

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no nazi’s anymore

Azov Battalion drops neo-Nazi symbol exploited by Russian propagandists The new insignia features a golden trident, the Ukrainian national symbol worn by other regiments The Azov Battalion has removed a neo-Nazi symbol from its insignia that has helped perpetuate Russian propaganda about Ukraine being in the grip of far-right nationalism. At the unveiling of a… Lire la suite no nazi’s anymore

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nature humanity women

Rather accidentally I just read an account of Val Plumwood’s encounter with a crocodile. This was new to me, but I do remember Plumwood as a feminist philosopher who wrote about sex and gender, nature and culture, diversity and ecofeminism at the end of the 1980’s. First the story about the crocodile. Val Plumwood was… Lire la suite nature humanity women

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virus nature culture

The covid-19 pandemic shows nicely that nature is indeed an actor that intervenes in human life. Bruno Latour has been pointing this out for thirty years. A conceptual model in which people and human activity deal with non-human life on an equal level cannot therefore be based on the separation of culture and nature; such a model should by definition be hybrid. (Does the distinction between culture and nature have to coincide with that between human and non-human? Does the distinction between human and non-human make sense? So many more questions. ) And hybrid, why? Because ... An essay of some 2100 words, pdf file at the end