Reviews of political ecology books, films and events

March 29, 2016

Letter from the Munduruku in the Brazilian Amazon

“We Munduruku, descendants of our ancestors, who survived and still survive these days, are still subjected to genocide. Without the land rights that guarantee our survival, we are left with only the right to die. Our blood shed on this sacred land cries out for justice until the new millennium.”
November 11, 2015

Highly Recommended: Capra & Mattei’s “The Ecology of Law”

By David Bollier*. An important new book offering a vision of commons-based law has just arrived! The Ecology of Law argues that we need to reconceptualise law itself and formally recognise commoning if we are going to address our many environmental problems.
August 11, 2015

Epistemologias do Sul

The proceedings of the International Colloquium ‘Epistemologies of the South’ have now been published and are freely available on-line.
July 29, 2015

Peter Bratsis on the Greek crisis: The materiality of power and the physics of change (Part I)

By Peter Bratsis * Societies are self-created from the ground up, political power has a materiality and momentum that can not easily be redirected or undone or wished away. But, at the same time, we are active in the creation of this power and are capable of transforming it precisely because of the ways that we ourselves constitute this very materiality of political power.
June 5, 2015

Chronicles from an eternal present. A review of "Critiquer Foucault", edited by Daniel Zamora (II)

Uses and abuses of historical contextualization in Critiquer Foucault. Les années 1980 et la tentation néolibérale, edited by Daniel Zamora. Part II. * by Emanuele Leonardi In a previous post I have reviewed some of the chapters which compose the controversial collection Critiquer Foucault. In concluding that post I pointed out how one of the problems posed by the book concerned more the debate sparkled in the Anglophone sphere by Daniel Zamora’s interview to Ballast and Jacobin than the book itself. In such interview, the […]
June 4, 2015

Chronicles from an eternal present. A review of "Critiquer Foucault", edited by Daniel Zamora (I)

Uses and abuses of historical contextualization in Critiquer Foucault. Les années 1980 et la tentation néolibérale, edited by Daniel Zamora. Part I. * by Emanuele Leonardi Reviewing Critquer Foucault is not an easy task, for at least two reasons. The first – which will be discussed in this post – is related to its dishomogeneity, both in terms of its argumentations and of Foucault’s texts analyzed. In the six essays included in the collection Foucault is criticized from the Left and from the Right, at […]
March 23, 2015

New publication on Degrowth: The questions of a new era

When the language in use is inadequate to articulate what begs to be articulated, then it is time for a new vocabulary. Quote from ‘Degrowth – A vocabulary for a new era’ “Degrowth – A vocabulary of a new era” is the first English language book to describe and explain the lines of thought in degrowth, as well as to present alternative to growth imaginaries and bring together existing courses of (degrowth) action. Concepts such as “anti-utilitarianism”, “environmental justice”, “care”, “commons” and “conviviality” are, according […]
March 16, 2015

Bitter Lake and Waves of a Fever: Adam Curtis on chaos, complexity and crisis

by Jonah Wedekind Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis puts Afghanistan at the centre of global struggles over ideology, politics, and economy. The film tells a simple story about the political ecology of chaos, complexity and crisis, and about how politicians have lost their ability to tell simple stories that simply make sense. “Increasingly we live in a world where nothing makes any sense. Events come and go like the waves of a fever, leaving us confused and uncertain. Those in power tell stories to help […]
March 9, 2015

El conflicto que cambió Bolivia

Un nuevo documental sobre la disputa por el TIPNIS explora la contradicción entre extractivismo y territorialidad indígena.
March 2, 2015

“One for all and all for one”: Lessons from "The Spirit of ‘45"

by Rita Calvario In times of demonising of the welfare-state and the figure of the worker, it’s worth watching Ken Loach’s documentary on the spirit of post-war Britain.
February 9, 2015

Getting to know Escher

Some thoughts on how the perfectionistic art of a delicate craftsman, can speak to the need for expression, imagination and transformation, and how these can be useful for a political ecologist. A course on social movements and activism organised for Entitle fellows brought me to Rome the same days that the Chiostro del Bramante was exhibiting the work of the Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972). Escher himself had spent many of his summers in the Italian countryside and in Rome, where he was inspired […]
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?