Vincent van Gogh: La Tristesse Durera Toujours

“What am I in the eyes of most peo­ple — a nonen­ti­ty, an eccen­tric or an unpleas­ant per­son — some­body who has no posi­tion in soci­ety and nev­er will have, in short, the low­est of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolute­ly true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccen­tric, such a nobody, has in his heart.”

Imagining the (queer) Witch

“Queer­ing the Witch opens up the def­i­n­i­tion of who is con­sid­ered a witch. His­tor­i­cal­ly speak­ing, the major­i­ty of accused and con­vict­ed witch­es are iden­ti­fied as women; but why not expand the def­i­n­i­tion to include oth­er com­mu­ni­ties that face dis­crim­i­na­tion because they con­tra­dict the so-called norm?” 

The magical realism of ‘Squid Game’ shows the contradictions of funny money and dodgy contracts

The mag­i­cal real­ism of ‘Squid Game’ draws from con­tem­po­rary South Kore­an culture’s mix of advanced tech­nolo­gies and tra­di­tion­al hier­ar­chies, but the rep­re­sent­ed inequities also reflect glob­al truths about how we val­ue human labour and life.

Not a ‘Lady Doctor’, just the Doctor: Narrating Gender in Doctor Who

“We are bil­lions of years beyond your pet­ty human obses­sion with gen­der and its asso­ci­at­ed stereo­types,” claims the Twelfth Doc­tor (Peter Capal­di) in “World Enough and Time” (2017), but how con­vinc­ing­ly does the series’ nar­ra­tive of agen­der Time Lords hold up?

The Eternal Program

“The puz­zle is that the world can now be any­thing you want, hand­craft­ed to match your favourite aes­thet­ic. Tai­lored to the sto­ry you’ve been telling your­self since the old world began to die. And you’re like the oth­er lone play­ers, lost in a world of pix­els and dig­its. Abun­dant in dig­i­tal dreams. With the rul­ing pow­er of a god in your hands, you now find your­self over­bur­dened to the point of paral­y­sis.” In “The Eter­nal Pro­gram”, our author tells the sto­ry of sim­u­lat­ed worlds, dig­i­tal love and the very real threat of a cli­mate war. Dem­nächst auch auf Deutsch verfügbar! 

Future Nostalgia

Die Zukun­ft ist Gemein­schaft! Wo Men­schen zusam­menkom­men, um füreinan­der zu sor­gen, holen sie sich die Macht zurück, die sie zuvor dem Staat über­lassen haben. Wird es uns gelin­gen, den Indi­vid­u­al­is­mus zu über­winden? Unsere Autorin schreibt: “Anstelle ein­er radikalen Über­hol­ung der beste­hen­den Sys­teme stellen wir langsam Pro­gramme, Ide­olo­gien, Lebensstile und Ver­hal­tensweisen ein, die uns nicht mehr dienen”. 

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