Juni
11
Dienstag

Abstract In this lecture, I revisit capitalist time from the vantage of a protracted pause in the development of oil resources in São Tomé and Príncipe (STP), a micro-island state in the African Atlantic. Despite more than two decades of petroleum exploration in the country’s maritime territory, STP has yet to see any commercial oil … Continued

Mai
22
Mittwoch

Abstract How should members of a liberal democratic political community, open to value pluralism, decide bioethical issues that generate deep disagreement? Reasoned debate will not often generate an answer equally accepted to all participants and affected persons. One political means of reaching binding because authoritative decisions are majoritarian democratic institutions. Its core feature is proceduralism, … Continued

April
16
Dienstag

Abstract: The current moment is often described as a global energy crisis, as conflicting needs and desires, resources and degradations emerge. Among the professions concerned with seeking a resolution for the crisis are a cadre of engineers and mathematicians who seek to tame multidimensional uncertainties over time. By ‘building’ elaborate and integrated models of energy … Continued

Januar
15
Dienstag

Early Indian Ocean exchange is often characterized as a straightforward precursor to the colonial and post-colonial trade of the modern era. In particular, it is perceived as dominated by urbanized and state-level societies, supporting standard core-periphery models for the emergence of early long-distance trade. This view is a natural outcome of the tendency to privilege … Continued

Dezember
11
Dienstag

In the metaphoric imagery commonly used to describe the Internet, the world wide web has been pictured as being immaterial and fluid, like an ocean to be navigated. The complex infrastructure securing the functionality of web services ‚backstage‘ as well as the diverse forms of knowledge and industrial work behind the digital cloud are seldomly … Continued

Dezember
3
Montag

The emergence of digital political citizenship, once heralded as the engine of democratization, has paradoxically precipitated an inward-looking turn in human sociality. Rather than an escape from the Iron Cage, online communications between citizens and civic institutions mediated by new technologies often seem to become all the more dehumanized. How might we rethink the architecture … Continued

November
27
Dienstag

Seit Verabschiedung der Allgemeinen Erklärung der Menschenrechte 1948 haben Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGOs) entscheidend zur Annahme und Weiterentwicklung internationaler Menschenrechts-normen beigetragen. Die UN-Antifolterkonvention, den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof oder den Internationalen Waffenhandelsvertrag würde es ohne die weltweiten Kampagnen von Amnesty International und vielen anderen gut vernetzten NGOs vermutlich nicht geben. Wie nutzen Amnesty International und andere NGOs ihre Einflussmöglichkeiten? … Continued

November
21
Mittwoch

There is no doubt that the Islamists’ rise to power in the 1980s has put Sudan at the center of transnational media attention. Consequently, the worldwide resurgence of conservatism and right wing politics reanimated a politics of fear and reproduced new clashing discourses over identity and citizenship. Within these contexts, Amal Hassan Fadlalla examines how … Continued

November
5
Montag

Speaker’s Abstract Humans show extraordinary demographic success to occupy virtually every terrestrial habitat and a huge diversity of behavioural adaptations. While a variety of local genetic adaptations exist within our species, it seems certain that the same basic genetic make-up produces arctic foraging, tropical horticulture, and desert pastoralism. The behavioural adaptations that explain the success … Continued