Unfortunately, I missed out on “Balkan Kobra” in Budapest last weekend. The subtitle “musical merrymaking in two parts” was already promising, but after having read the synopsis, I should have really gone for it …
"Only one person can carry out the dirty work: the Yugoslav war with his massive merciless killing machine, the legendary Cobra! I can hardly enter into the woods, because you can not see the tree, the tree is true either. Despite this, and that is why regardless, cheekily showdown with anyone if you make your way to the showdown, and delivered to the body. Balkan comedy and alcohol ”
The past two weeks have seen a fierce new protest movement in Bosnia, commencing with the destruction of government buildings and continuing with the establishment of popular assemblies. Unlike the recent conflicts in Ukraine, this movement has eschewed nationalistic strife to focus on class issues. In a region infamous for ethnic bloodshed, this offers a more promising direction for the Eastern European uprisings to come.
To gain more insight into the protests, we conducted two interviews. The first is with a participant in Mostar, Bosnia, who describes the events firsthand. The second is with a comrade in a nearby part of the Balkans, who explains the larger context of the movement, evaluating its potential to spread to other parts of the region and to challenge capitalism and the state.
Notes on “For a theory of destituent power” by Giorgio Agamben, 2013 →
As a matter of fact, the hypothesis I would like to suggest is that the prevailing governmental paradigm in Europe today is not only non democratic, but that it cannot either be considered as political. I will try therefore to show that the European society today is no more a political society:…
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Stuart Hall (cultural theorist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia →
From Peter Golding:
Members will be very sad to hear the news that Stuart Hall has died. A giant of cultural theory and sociology, former Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham (where he was between 1964-1979), Professor of Sociology at the Open University (1979 - 1997, Professor Emeritus since 1997), President of the British Sociological Association (1995-7). He was author, of course, of many influential works, and someone whom all scholars in media, cultural and communications studies will recognise as a seminal figure in our field who will be deeply missed.
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Protesters in Tuzla in front of government buildings