February 16, 2018

Trump has made our current environmental policy textbooks obsolete

by Melanie DuPuis Current environmental policy textbooks are all stuck in a liberal narrative of environmental progress through political consent. But that era is over, and it has been for a while. What is missing from these narratives are concepts to explain now. 
February 8, 2018

The Jacobin’s eco-modernist dilemma

by Stefania Barca The answers to the climate crisis and to an ecological socialism must be searched for, not in ecomodernism, but  in the intersection of ecological, feminist, and socialist perspectives. Editors’ note: This is the second in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions about “eco-modernist socialism” and “communist futurism”, projected in Jacobin magazine’s climate change issue ‘Earth, Wind, and Fire.’  Our series continues the debate with critical insights that question the foundations of these proposals. In particular, whether they […]
February 1, 2018

Nature 3.0 – Will blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies save the planet?

by Sian Sullivan Can new cryptocurrencies finance projects with positive environmental impacts, whilst unlocking ‘the $120 trillion natural capital market’? Mining cryptocurrencies through appealing to environmental concerns seems more consistent with speculative tendencies in an era of financialised neoliberalism, than attuned with practices of environmental care and equitable distribution of value. First there was Nature. Sometimes an Edenic garden, whose fruitfulness we live with in peace and reciprocity; sometimes a vast wilderness to be feared, tamed or worshiped. But always a lively mesh of entities, […]
January 25, 2018

The shitty new communist futurism

By Aaron Vansintjan Let us dream big. But without considering the limits to the shit we consume and generate, our heads will stay in the clouds.   Editors’ note: This is the first in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions about “eco-modernist socialism” and “communist futurism”, projected in Jacobin magazine’s climate change issue ‘Earth, Wind, and Fire.’  Our series continues the debate with critical insights that question the foundations of these proposals. In particular, whether they imply a substantive transformation of current […]
January 16, 2018

Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania

by Marco Armiero How many times have we repeated to each other that there is a need, an urgent need, for a political ecology of post-socialist countries? Thereby, we should warmly welcome Stefan Dorondel’s insightful ethnographic research on two villages in post-socialist Romania: Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania (Bergham Press, 2016). First of all, let’s start with a disclaimer which I believe it is appropriate for the Entitle blog. In writing about this volume I do have a conflict of […]
January 8, 2018

The planned development of Hellenikon: A sacrifice that needs to be contested

What will happen in the area of ​​the former Hellenikon airport and the coast of Ag. Kosmas is not only an issue that concerns the inhabitants of the neighboring municipalities. It transgresses locality – affecting all citizens of Athens – and it questions environmental justice in the city, the access to green and blue amenities, and the sale-out and privatization of common goods. Communication from the initiative “A Park for all in Hellenikon” The case of Hellenikon appears to be “done and dusted”. The contract has […]
January 5, 2018

In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – II part

What follows is the second part of six contributions (here the first part) by scholars and activists who responded to a call circulated via the ENTITLE network in November 2017, shortly after James O’Connor’s death. Our intent was to solicit personal reflections and memories on how O’Connor had influenced people who encountered his work in different ways and across three different generations. Salvatore Engel Di Mauro We mourn the sudden loss of a visionary and highly influential thinker, James Richard O’Connor, co-founder with Barbara Laurence […]
January 3, 2018

The screaming silence of sexual violence in academia: A call for reporting and action

By Panirani Somebody needs to take the lead in the academic version of the #himtoo revolution because we need to speak about sexual assault in the academia. We all know it is pervasive, whether we are victims ourselves or not. By choosing silence, we are all part of the problem. Many US universities actively hide instances of sexual assault and harassment, including rape, particularly when the harassment is perpetrated by an individual in a position of power over others. Universities’ administrators deal with sexual assault internally, […]
December 29, 2017

In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – I part

What follows are six contributions (divided into two posts) by scholars and activists who responded to a call circulated via the ENTITLE network in November 2017, shortly after James O’Connor’s death. Our intent was to solicit personal reflections and memories on how O’Connor had influenced people who encountered his work in different ways and across three different generations. Joan Martínez Alier Before I met Jim O’Connor in person, sometime in early 1989 in the beautiful campus of Santa Cruz of the University of California, I […]
December 21, 2017

A conversation about Gramsci on the Nile

By Emanuele Fantini, Filippo Menga and Ana Elisa Cascão Tensions escalated recently between Ethiopia and Egypt around the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In this controversy, the media is not only the space where the conflict publicly unfolds, but also one of the main players in shaping it. A few months ago, the authors started a conversation on these topics. Now, it continues here. Emanuele:  At the end of October, I attended for the first time the Nile Basin Development Forum and […]
December 18, 2017

Introducing Ecopsychoanalysis: Mind, Politics and Ecology

by Ed Thornton Do mental states have their own ecology? The radical psychoanalyst, political militant and environmental activist Felix Guattari thought so. Looking forward to an upcoming event exploring the relationship between psychoanalysis and ecology, this post introduces some of Guattari’s ideas and asks how psychoanalysts and political ecologists might work together Two Ecologies? What do political ecology and psychoanalysis have to say to one another? There are at least two answers to this question: First off, psychoanalysis can help us to make sense of the […]
December 14, 2017

From a New Deal to Projekt Deal: Time for solidarity with German scholars

By Bram Büscher and Joel Wainwright A recent editorial published on Geoforum spells out the urgent need to divest from Elsevier and the corporate publishing model The commercial scientific publishing model is broken. The basic problem is simple. We scholars give the products of our labour, our research papers, reviews, and so forth — for free to for-profit corporations. These corporations then sell the same products of our labour back to us, via libraries. This arrangement might be acceptable if the publishing industry charged only modest fees or […]
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