David M. Turner

Disability and Political Activism in the British Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution is often seen in disability studies as a time of increasing marginalization for disabled people. However, the emerging labour movement also allowed some disabled people to find a political voice. Disability activism refers to collective political action […]

Ioana Țîștea

Thinking from the border towards envisioning differential subjectivities

The 1990s and early 2000s were marked by political transformations in Eastern Europe, after the collapse of socialist modernity and during European Union expansions in the region. This period was framed within a discursive framework of ‘transition’ from socialism to […]

Tiina Heikkilä

What group is an entity with a moral duty in terms of climate change?

Philosopher Stephanie Collins discusses with Alusta’s editor Tiina Heikkilä about climate change and the abilities and duties of different collective actors in preventing and controlling it. Who or what group can be responsible for stopping climate change or controlling it? […]

Ali Qadir and Amir Reza Barjasteh

De-centering the global: NSR hosts critical, multidisciplinary studies of globalization

Is the global truly as universal as the photograph of the earth from space would suggest? Five, leading, international scholars — from departments of sociology, education, geography, law, and history — visited Tampere in April and May to discuss how […]

Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir, Paula Nissilä, Fernando Oliveira Di Prinzio

Revisiting the science-religion interface: Glocal, bottom-up, multi-disciplinary

Philosophical and theological discussions on science and religion must be complemented by grounded, ethnographic bottom-up research, as well as critical research on science, religion and secularism in social sciences and humanities. An intensive, two-day colloquium on April 9 and 10 […]

Rob Boddice

What Is the History of Experience?

    Revolution, modernity, bourgeois society, our own era of globalization – these cannot just be imposed by an economic system, a political structure, or a discursive web of representations, whether textual or, for that matter, visual. They must be […]

Jo Shaw

Why would any academic EU lawyer write about Brexit?

It might also be said that it’s a crowded field, and there’s not too much new that can be said about it, even though there seems to be a fresh political car crash each day.   This seems like a […]

Mianna Meskus

The value of patients in medical research: Finnish experiences

Collecting, depositing and reusing human-derived material on mass scale entails the problem that the relationship between the physician-scientist and the patient-donor becomes ever more distant and superficial. Meanwhile, informed consent may begin to seem too restrictive and cumbersome a practice […]

Cherry Miller

Feminist Politics and Populism: Positioning Gender in Populism Studies

Despite a growth in populism studies, overall, it has been suggested that gender has arguably been marginalised in this research. As 2019 commences, it is indeed timely to reflect on the empirical and theoretical performativity of populism – that is […]

Salla Atkins

What constitutes evidence for policy? New Social Research seminar series

But what constitutes evidence? How should it be packaged? How do researchers communicate their findings so that they are correctly interpreted and how do we ensure that policymakers understand our findings? Research is not – and should not be – […]