July 20, 2017

Limity jsme my! (We are the limits!) The first International Climate Camp in Czech Republic, Horní Jiřetín

Irina Velicu and Mikuláš Černík* Between 21st and 25th of June 2017, the first international Climate Camp organized in Czech Republic took place in Horní Jiřetín, a town of northern Bohemia. The initiators, a grassroots movement Limity jsme my, see themselves as part of the global struggles for climate justice, similar to other events such as Ende Gelände, Plane Stupid, Reclaim the Power. The slogan “Limity Jsme My” / “We are the limits” (to open cast mining and fossil industry) is encapsulating decades of efforts to set […]
May 30, 2017

Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

In her commentary on Kallis’ and Swyngendouw’s conversation ‘Do Bees Produce Value?’, Irina Velicu reminds us that feminist theories have long argued that ‘value’ depends on evaluators: ‘nature’ has not been valued but rather produced (as non-value) in modern dualisms of thinking.
May 2, 2017

Tania Murray Li: There is no one trajectory of development

The world’s global institutions and governments with decision power on the future of millions of people living in rural areas want to continue with business as usual: industrialization and urbanization. Number two of a two-part video interview with Tania Murray Li.
April 25, 2017

Tania Murray Li: The agricultural story is not over

Tania Murray Li talks about how and why political ecology should still focus on rural spaces and transformations.
September 13, 2016

Rosia Montana's movement for democratic justice

Rosia Montana is a small village in Transylvania, Romania, where, for the last fourteen years, a Canadian corporation has been pushing for the development of what would be the largest open cast cyanide-use gold mine in Europe. In the 1990s, Rosia Montana was declared mono-industrial, not allowing for any other form of business than mining to be developed by locals. Under this pressure, the majority of Rosieni were discouraged and disillusioned, ultimately conceding their displacement by selling their lands and properties. People have been told […]
February 2, 2015

The revolution of the butt-naked in Pedro Costa's 'Cavalo Dinheiro'

Costa’s latest film explores the unpleasant space of nothingness. Is there anything left of the revolutionary left?
October 23, 2014

Social rites and the decoloniality of love: A Muslim-Caribbean Conversation

by Irina Velicu, Arzu Merali, Nelson Maldonado-Torres This conversation started during the International Conference on “Epistemologies of the South”, organized in July 2014 by the University of Coimbra. Two of the speakers captured my attention, not only separately but in conversation. One is Arzu Merali, writer and founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission whose talk was called the “Interconnectedness of Being“. The other is Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, who talked about ‘Human Rights, […]