Author: Mateusz Laszczkowski

Brave New Normal World

Mateusz Laszczkowski , April 3rd, 2020


When politicians begin to speak of a post-corona “new normality”, what does that imply? And why should we be concerned?   The spread of the coronavirus and the…


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The return of the plague-spreader

Mateusz Laszczkowski , March 24th, 2020


Written in lockdown amid the pandemic, this post speculates about the political and epistemological implications of ‘middle-class’ reactions to the present crisis. It is also a cry of…


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Anthropology? What ‘Anthropology’?

Mateusz Laszczkowski , January 24th, 2019


In September 2018, Jarosław Gowin, Poland’s Minister of Science and Higher Education abolished anthropology as an academic discipline by an executive decree. The much-protested new law on higher…


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The Nerds’ Turn: Battling for a Democratic Academia in Poland

Mateusz Laszczkowski , June 11th, 2018


As students and academics in Poland are fighting to defend democracy and autonomy of the universities, this post is a battle cry. It outlines the threats to intellectual…


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Notes from a blurry border (Part 1): Can that mountain stop me?

Mateusz Laszczkowski , April 17th, 2018


While media attention is focused elsewhere, a new phase of the “European border crisis” is unfolding around the snow-covered mountain passes between Italy and France. What might the…


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Notes from a Blurry Border (part 2): Shatter the border!

Mateusz Laszczkowski , April 17th, 2018


While media attention is focused elsewhere, a new phase of the “European border crisis” is unfolding around the snow-covered mountain passes between Italy and France. What might the…


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REDUX: Border Work by Madeleine Reeves #postsocialism

Mateusz Laszczkowski , July 28th, 2015


In contemporary political anthropology, ‘the state’ is a curious as if  object (Navaro-Yashin 2002). It has come to dominate the sub-discipline since the 1990s. Students of the state…


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