Introducing Demos issue 5: the editors take a look into what it means to resist and affect change
Decolonising the University: Lessons from Oceania
Learning from teachers and researchers in the Pacific, Bianca Hennessy asks how we can decolonise knowledge production in universities.
Saaro Umar tells a story of how we find in the artefacts of our memory the origins of ourselves, tempered by other women past and present
Aditi Razdan explores indigenous Kashmiri multiculturalism, cultural traumas and the legacy of her community- the Kashmiri Pandits.
Biocide Resistant Crops and the Capitalist World-System
Mia Sandgren argues that the global environmental justice implications of genetically modified organisms demonstrate the need to reform the capitalist underpinnings of the food system
Suppressed in Solidarity
Sumithri discusses dominant narratives, through two examples: how the mispronunciation/whitewashing of non-Anglo names and the use of certain language’s terms over others are telling of power dynamics between and within groups.
Anita Patel explores how speaking and writing in non-dominant languages is, in itself, a form of resistance.
Slow and Quiet Resistance in Yangon
Nur Hadziqah explores how the city of Yangon resists fast-paced development by being slow, and how this slowness is captured in the work of independent photographer Daniel Zvereff
Nicola Jackson’s poem captures horrific suffering in prosody that is, in contrast, light and steady
Knowing More, Knowing Less
Judy Kuo explores a new understanding of resistance that embraces the open-endedness granted by the bodily, sensory, and aesthetic dimensions of everyday life
How to Live: 1. Learn to Die
Emma Cupitt reviews Roy Scranton’s book, ‘Learning to Die in the Anthropocene’
IN BOOK REVIEW
Jharna Chamlagai’s short story unflinchingly tells of a child dreaming of the day when she can live without a target on her back
Humor as Resistance: “Star Wars first, the Sacred War can wait”
Sylvia Zhang explores the power of humor to evoke a non-oppositional and creative mode of resistance, with the capacity to challenge the fear and seriousness of religious extremism
Resistance and Resilience in a Portland Abortion Clinic
Britt Munro explores the concept of ‘heroic normalcy’, as theorised by Ghassan Hage, and its place in highly politicised spaces
Resisting the Logic of Fear in the Age of Terrorism
Magdalena Krakau investigates the concept of resilience as an alternative to dominant security strategies for societies trying to cope with terrorism.
The Role of Radical Publishers: An Interview with PM Press founder Ramsey Kanaan
PM Press founder Ramsey Kanaan chats with with Demos Editor Odette Shenfield at the 2016 World Social Forum