Tag: Global South

A World of “Sound” and “Clash”: An Interview with Taru Dalmia (Part I of III)

Introduction Taru Dalmia is a New Delhi-based Indian reggae/dancehall artist, poet, academic historian and social activist. Taru, also known as Delhi Sultanate, is the lead singer of The Ska Vengers, the mastermind behind Bass Foundations Roots – BFR Sound System along with his partner Samara Chopra, aka Begum X, one of the first Jamaican-style sound…

Our North is the South: A New Human Rights Agenda?

It has become more or less acceptable in the critical field, when working with contributions from Latin America, to use the map created by the Uruguayan Joaquín García in 1943 that shows the South facing upwards. It is not often recalled that, already in 1154, Al Idrisi had anticipated the convention of placing the South…

Why Trump Won’t Win and Why it Matters

Trump’s candidacy allows us to see the domestic contradictions that have always existed globally. There is a sinister umbilical cord between the inside of American politics and institutionalism and its unrestricted and savage outside. The American president resembles the case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Domestically, the institution is ‘seemingly’ politically controlled by a…

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its comrades, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) demonstrate an unwillingness amongst the traditional economic powers to deal with both emergent economic powers and the Global South on an equal basis within the fora already established for such purposes. An oft…

Dense Struggle (IV): The Ghostly Real

As I mentioned in the last post, one of the most perplexing circumstances that surrounded the appearance of the ghost in the refuge was that it occurred at the precise moment at which the group of IDPs formally entered into the realm of the official. It could have easily occurred earlier, when they were protesting,…

Dense Struggle (II): Oh yes, that, our world

In the preamble of the Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx and Engels made the famous dictum: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies. History has proven…

Call for Participants in a Global South Forum for Collaboration on a New Legal Theory Textbook

Call for Participants Considering: that many students across the world cannot afford textbooks, that to protect the substantial profit margins of major publishers, such students may even be prohibited by copyright from having access to photocopies of such materials (example), that Counterpress, a new publisher of books in the critical humanities, is committed to providing…

Post-Colonies and Capitalism: Why the Colonial Still Matters

At a recent workshop organised by the Westminster International Law and Theory Centre, Doreen Massey and David Harvey both spoke about space, spatiality, and politics. While there are many significant differences in the intellectual projects of these two sages of critical geography, they also agreed about many things. Thinking spatially offers us a way of…