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Ali Qadir

Facing the veil: An Orientalist reprise

Alustus! It is more than likely that Finland will sooner or later ban face coverings, hijabs, niqabs, burqahs, or some such. Denmark enforced such a ban on face coverings from August 1. On August 3, the first person was charged for […]

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Ali Qadir

Universities and the looking glass: Taking impact beyond policy-based evidence

  ”In cynical terms, the fable of speaking truth to power is just that: a fable. Evidence-based policy for the most part is a story that politicians tell that helps legitimize their decisions. It has proven to be a very […]

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Rebecca Boden

Who should pay for university education and when – the student, the taxpayer, the employer or all three?

It was justified by partial economic arguments (that the student benefits so the student should pay). The fees […]

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Ali Qadir

The Stockholm attack: It’s about culture and … well, culture

KUVA:ARON MUSZALSKI. CREATIVE COMMONS: CROPPED FROM ORIGINAL. ”If madness, modernity, and meaninglessness are the seeds of terror, then culture is the soil in which these seeds grow, take root, bloom, and spread death. The more fertile the soil, the easier […]

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Emppu Nurminen

Researching Affects in Social Sciences

Kuva. Affective inequalities. “Affect is a word one cannot avoid hearing at academic discussion. Yet what is meant when the term is being employed?” Alustus! To put it in a simple way, ‘affect’ is often understood as referring to bodily […]

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Jurgen de Wispelaere

After Switzerland – Learning Political Lessons is Key!

”Lesson to be learned from Switzerland is whether we have a really good understanding of the level of support for basic income amongst ordinary citizens as well as key policy […]

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Kori Allan

A Response to Katherine Gibson: Feminist Perspectives on Rethinking Economies

. “We can’t merely empty the economy of any meaning through deconstruction, but rather we need to examine the reconfiguring of the sexual contract and the expansion of the economic in order to create […]

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Marjaana Rautalin

International organizations and epistemic capital – The case of Frontex

(Creative Commons). “What accounts for the existence of organizations such as Frontex and their obvious proliferation? How can it be that there […]

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Ali Qadir

Hunting(ton) for cartoons

”Further analysis [Copenhagen shootings] in the days to come will doubtless be framed in the clash thesis, with less and less explanation required for trained audiences around the world.” Alustus! From armchair discussions […]

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Ali Qadir

Innovation is dead … Nietzsche and Nancy on non-sense

Creative Commons The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the members of the University of Cambridge is enshrined in the University’s mission statement … Various mechanisms are in place to help our academics nurture future innovation. – University of […]

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