Northern Notes

In this post, Nick Emmel discusses why a sociological understanding of trust is so important as vaccines for COVID-19 become available. I KNOW where I was when the paper confirming the safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222) against SARS-CoV-2, the Oxford—AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, was published. I was...

IN this post, Chong Liu reflects on her experience of researching and teaching sexuality education in China. She states that the existing institutional challenges are being surmounted through the agency and actions of individual social actors.  I got up early one day in December 2020 to teach an online sexuality...

Dr. Magdalena Muszel, sociologist, cultural anthropologist, and feminist activist. In 2013 she defended her PhD in social and political sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2016 she has been researching women’s social movements in Poland. Currently she is involved in a research project Feminist activism in small towns...

  Dr. Magdalena Muszel, sociologist, cultural anthropologist, and feminist activist. In 2013 she defended her PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2016 she has been researching women’s social movements in Poland. Currently she is involved in a research project ‘Feminist activism in...

  Dr Paul Bagguley is a Reader in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds The Covid 19 crisis and its impact on ethnic minorities in the UK has brought to the surface the frequency of the use of the acronym BAME (often pronounced ‘baymee’)....

THE West has claimed ownership of human rights and used them to establish and cement Europe’s superiority over non-Europe. A panel on ‘Decolonising Human Rights’, hosted by the Leeds Human Rights Journal and the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, has proposed alternatives to universalist understandings of human rights. In this post, Johanna...

  In this poem Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli revisits Hannah Arendt’s thesis that the phenomenon of totalitarianism has broken the continuity of Western history, rendering meaningless most of our moral and political categories.    The poem is from Rodanthi’s participation in the Two Sylvias Press December Advent Calendar. To listen to...

In this post, Dr Sarah Marusek situates the issues arising from the recent presidential election in the United States in the historical struggle for rights in that country. She argues that the persistence of Trumpism cannot be viewed in isolation, especially because it is happening at a time when the...

In this post, Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli explores the ethical and aesthetic controversies surrounding the making and evolution of Borat-induced tourism advertising. Art and the new spirit of capitalism Critiques of the ‘new spirit of capitalism’ often focus on the ways art has been transformed into a money-making machine of innovation....