English Corner 12 juillet 2018

L'Entretien Jet d'Encre #14, Avec Jonathan Luke Austin

[INTERVIEW ALSO AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH] Comment les sciences sociales peuvent-elles rendre le monde meilleur ? Pour Jonathan Luke Austin, il ne faut pas s’arrêter aux idées. Si les chercheurs entendent avoir un impact décisif, ces dernières doivent trouver une expression matérielle. Dans le cadre d’un projet ambitieux financé par le Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique, le sociologue politique de l’IHEID cherche ainsi à développer des objets et des technologies qui permettraient d’enrayer des formes de violence aussi historiquement obstinées que la torture. Miguel Iglesias Lopez et Victor Santos Rodriguez ont rencontré, pour la 700e publication de Jet d’Encre, cet universitaire atypique.

English Corner 1 mars 2018

The Appeal of the Good Life: DAESH Recruitment Videos and the Struggle over Normality

Most of us probably imagine the videos through which radical Islamic groups, such as DAESH, strive to appeal to and recruit followers in the West to be focused on religious propaganda, the life in a radical community and the adventures of holy war. However, the videos also appeal to something else: to the promise of a good, dignified and normal Western style life. In this piece, Professor Anna Leander underscores the significance of this appeal to normality and the paradoxical effect it is having. It triggers a struggle over normality in which anti-radicalizers deny any form of normality to DAESH and those joining it.

English Corner 30 janvier 2018

I don’t care about sex anymore.

Grappling with omnipresent sexual harassment, both in her research and also her personal life through her own experiences and those of friends, Mira Fey wrote down some reflections. This text is published on L’Encrier, a space of free stylistic expression.

English Corner 21 Août 2017

Cultural Appropriation: A Guide for the Perplexed

Is it insulting to wear a Native American headdress at a music festival? Is it culturally insensitive for a non Latino girl to wear hoop earrings? In other terms, is the reduction of a culture to a few stereotypical markers morally problematic? In his latest article, William McComish explores the moral stakes of cultural appropriation, a hotly debated topic often argued about with inconsistent arguments, he finds. From respecting the sacred to ignoring the oppressed, get a clearer perspective on the debate on cultural appropriation.

English Corner 16 Août 2017

Growing up with white privilege

After the horrific killing in Charlottesville on the weekend of 12/13 August 2017 and the open display of racist ideology, Mira Fey revisited her own path of growing up white in Germany with the conviction that all people are equal and the continuous confrontation with discrimination and racism. In this article, the author describes how she became aware of her own whiteness and the privileges associated with it.

English Corner 14 Juin 2017

The right way to be feminist?

Emma Watson or Beyoncé are famous examples of women self-proclaimed feminists, who are often criticized because their physical appearance supposedly doesn’t "match" their belief system. In this article, Kathryn Bilverstone argues that feminism doesn’t have any dress code.

English Corner 27 Avr 2017

The Democrats’ 2016 Moral Tale (1/3): Hillary Clinton’s Original Sin

The story has three parts that correspond to the three phases of the election year: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party rigged the primaries, they were punished for this by losing the general election and they then refused to take responsibility for their loss. The first leg describes how Clinton’s victory against Sanders in the Democratic primaries came to be the original sin that set the narrative in motion...

English Corner 31 Mar 2017

Heaven for traders, hell for the population

Hundreds of people demonstrated last Monday in Lausanne against the sixth edition of the global Commodities Summit organized by the Financial Times. Trading Paradise, now playing in Swiss theaters, is the third documentary by Swiss director Daniel Schweizer examining the impact of gold and raw materials extraction activities in South America and Africa. His latest documentary sheds crucial light on the human and environmental consequences of the business operated by two giant multinational mining companies based in Switzerland. An interview by Emmanuel Deonna.

English Corner 14 Oct 2016

The U.S., « The World’s New Favorite Tax Haven », or The Use of Double-Standard Policies

Back in 2007-2008, the financial and economic crisis rapidly plunged the world into political, economic and social chaos. The U.S. government and most European countries launched a massive economic stimulus package to rescue banks and quickly boost . The huge costs of economic stimulus packages had short-term benefits for U.S. and European economies but on the other hand drastically inflated their public debts. Needless to say that governments have a bad habit of looking for scapegoats during hard times and struggles, instead of taking responsibilities for their problems...

English Corner 30 Août 2016

Hope lives through struggle: Ken Loach and « I, Daniel Blake » celebrated in Locarno

"I, Daniel Blake" by Ken Loach, which received a Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, was awarded the Prix du Public in Locarno. In Ticino, the British film-maker was accompanied by Dave Jones, one of the main actors in the film, and by Louise Osmond, director of the documentary “Versus: The Life and Times of Ken Loach”. A rare opportunity to explore a long career, to discuss his work with "real actors" and the common struggle for social justice in Europe.

English Corner 4 Août 2016

The Costs and Consequences of Managing Rogue States

Many variables are involved in the messy predicaments in the Middle East, but one way of framing the history and issues of U.S. policy toward the region is in terms of the approaches that have been taken toward so-called rogue regimes. That term, one should hasten to add, obscures more than it enlightens. But it […]

English Corner 30 Juil 2016

The Upper House Election in Japan: “Teflon Abe” Did It Again

In the recent Upper House election in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government coalition scored a sweeping victory, despite the Japanese public disapproving virtually all of its signature policies. In her article, Flurina Frei looks into this "Abenigma" and suggests two intertwined reasons that account for it: skillful framing and a lack of alternatives. Throughout the electoral campaign, Abe diverted public attention from his revisionist agenda, which he knows is toxic to mainstream voters. An opposition in disarray, unable to provide the electorate with an alternative policy platform, allowed the Prime Minister to get away with this strategy and further facilitated an electoral victory.

English Corner 4 Juil 2016

The Leave campaign was toxic – but 43 years of embarrassed pro-Europeanism paved the way for Brexit

Yes, the Leave campaign was dishonest and some have argued criminally irresponsible; but are British pro-Europeans blameless, asks Eunice Goes? Political parties have for years avoided any discussion on the positive aspects of the EU, they rarely explained how the UK benefits from EU investment, all while the Eurosceptic press was capitalising on fictitious stories about migration and sovereignty. It is this culture of embarrassed pro-Europeanism that made the toxic, and in the end victorious Leave campaign possible.

English Corner 21 Juin 2016

St.Germainising ISIS

For Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, the current "Islamization of radicalism" vs. "radicalization of Islam" debate in France misses the more complex dynamics behind the contemporary transnationalization of political violence. The author argues that policy-makers and students increasingly approach international affairs with an impatience for history and multilayered sequences.

English Corner 11 Mai 2016

Macedonian ‘Colorful Revolution’ : Explaining Counter-Revolutions

The recent demonstrations in the streets of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, are in many ways similar to the colored revolutions that happened in other parts of Eastern Europe, claims Gjorgji Kostojchinoski. In particular, they share a common characteristic: the opposition of strong counter-protests. In this thought-stimulating piece, the author draws on the concepts of human security and national security to shed light on the phenomenon of counter-revolutions.

English Corner 1 Avr 2016

Global Negotiation Conference 2016

We are all constantly negotiating, whether when discussing with friends which restaurant to eat at or when we request extra holiday for working weekends. Negotiation is a way to solve disagreements without having to resort to hitting someone over the head. Even though we regularly take part in bargaining and haggling, the practical study of […]