May 26, 2015

(Sin)sentido Valparaíso: Miedo y propiedad privada

* por Gabriela Toledo y Pablo Sánchez.  El asesinato de 2 jóvenes en el contexto de una movilización estudiantil en Valparaíso (Chile) pone en evidencia, una vez más, las consecuencias de la supremacía de la propiedad privada sobre la que el estado de Chile descansa hace décadas. El pasado jueves 14 de mayo de 2015, multitudinarias marchas por la educación – pública, gratuita y de calidad – ocuparon varias ciudades de Chile. Las movilizaciones por parte de estudiantes universitarios y de secundaria han sido habituales en […]
April 20, 2015

Brewing traditions: performing cultural authenticity around whaling

by Benedict Singleton* The use of an unusual ingredient in an Icelandic beer this year highlights the changing nature of tradition and culture. Some environmental conflicts involve traditional or cultural practices. In such circumstances, actors on both sides utilise a range of arguments about the authenticity of said practices. This is certainly the case in many conflicts around whaling, where pro-whaling actors outline the cultural nature of whaling (whale hunting) activities. Whaling is a diverse and controversial activity in many parts of the world involving […]
March 20, 2015

Environmental racism as state-sanctioned racial violence

By Emanuele Leonardi* & Santiago Gorostiza The scholar-activist Laura Pulido suggests that environmental racism is a structural form of violence sanctioned by the state, and provokes us to think of the state as a racialised entity whose agenda perpetuates racial violence and class domination.
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 12, 2015

Horses, bees and bodies: post-conference accounts from Lexington

Reflections from the Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) conference, one of the biggest annual gatherings in the field. This February, six of us from the ENTITLE network presented our work at the DOPE (Dimensions of Political Ecology) conference held at Kentucky University, Lexington. Creighton Connolly and myself organised a session on “Perceptions of Urban Environmental Health: Narrating Political Ecologies of Disease”, where eight panellists presented topics that ranged from perceptions on autism, homelessness, human waste and hygiene, to concepts of politicisation, agential realism and empowerment. […]
February 23, 2015

Framing "necessity" and whale-hunting in the Faroe Islands

by Benedict Singleton* Traditional whale-hunting practices are contested by animal welfare groups but may provide an alternative to the Islands’ dependency on globalised food supply chains.
February 19, 2015

Empty living: inhabiting the residues of Spain’s urbanisation tsunami

by Melissa Garcia Lamarca The bust of Spain’s real estate boom has left 3.4 million empty housing units across the country. By ‘inhabiting’ empty or unfinished housing units, Agustín Ortiz Herrera’s Empty Living project underlines the contradictions and consequences of the housing boom and the frustrations generated by its failure. Over seven years ago, Spain’s real estate boom busted, a boom that the long-time environmental activist and critical thinker Ramón Fernández Durán termed the urbanisation tsunami. The facts from this period of real estate monoculture […]
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?
August 9, 2014

Documenting political ecologies through film, part IV

by Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Salvatore Paolo De Rosa Note: This is the fourth of a five-part entry on the Tales from Planet Earth film festival held on April 9-12 in Stockholm, Sweden (to see the previous entries go HERE, HERE, and HERE). The Festival was organized by ENTITLE member Professor Marco Armiero, director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in cooperation with ENTITLE. If the circumpolar north offered a largely depoliticised view of majestic landscapes, the last […]
August 8, 2014

Documenting political ecologies through film, part III

by Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Salvatore Paolo de Rosa Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs” (“I hate travels and explorers. C. Lévi-Strauss (1955), Tristes Tropiques¹ Following our previous two posts (HERE and HERE) on the Tales from Planet Earth film festival in Stockholm, Sweden (9-12 April) this post focuses on the film Expedition to the End of the World (Daniel Dencik, 2013). It was one of several featured documentaries on the festival’s third day as part of the topic “The Circumpolar North”, perhaps the […]
August 7, 2014

Documenting political ecologies through film, part II

by Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Salvatore Paolo de Rosa The incisive and thought-provoking opening lecture by Rob Nixon on the first day of the Tales from Planet Earth film festival in Stockholm, Sweden (April 9-12), reviewed HERE, was followed by three documentaries on the topic of waste: Plastic bag (Ramen Bahrani, USA, 2009, 18 min), Trash Dance (Andrew Garrison, USA, 2012, 68 min), Unravel (Meghna Gupta, U.K, 2012, 14 min), and Metamorphosen (Sebastian Mez, Germany, 2013, 84 min). The first two present what could be called a ‘humane’ […]