Northern Notes

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....

  In this poem, Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli uses poetic language to reflect on the multiple crises humanity faces today, with particular reference to attitudes towards what is “real” and “realistic”.   You are drifting away from what was agreed to be real, past the luminopolitan paradox of the movies we...

In this post, Walaa al Husban explores the contradictions of humanitarian action in a world in which even the suffering of children can be commoditized.   ‘Stop, Think, Give’: these three words set next to a picture of the classic Bvlgari B.zero1 ring  popped up in one of my social...

In this post Professor Scribano explores the colonisation of human sensibilities by technological and biomedical processes. The colonization process of the 21st century has its territory in bodies and its precious metal in sensibilities.  Today’s mines are about sensations and data about their formation.  Ships are digital, machines are cellular...

This is the final post in a three-part series reflecting on questions of racism, violence and identity politics during lockdown. In this post, Dr. Sarah Marusek revisits a popular American television series to decode meanings in the contexts of ethno-racial conflict. Identity politics has become a contentious topic in recent...

In this post, Barnor Hesse and S. Sayyid argue that the latest protests in support of Black Lives Matter illustrate how the racially unfamiliar has recast the racially familiar, creating spaces for an enduring politics of Blackness that expands the decolonial horizon. We have been here before: another killing of...

This is the second post in a three-part series reflecting on questions of racism, violence and identity politics during lockdown. In this post, Dr. Sarah Marusek explores how terrorism discourses and charges of Antisemitism are being used to silence political dissent in face of state sanctioned violence. The recent footage...

In the poem Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli places her critical lens on a local instance of human suffering to reflect on the global refugee crisis. Hostipitality[1] Hostility and hospitality make the best friends in the margins of Europe. We learn on the evening news: the spectacle of tragedy too grand to...

In this post, Leed’s Sociology and Social Policy PhD student Karen Tatham suggests that the inequalities in the PhD process will be further entrenched by Covid 19. PhD students are at risk of falling through the cracks in the Covid 19 pandemic; they are facing a range of issues from...