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Chris Hann: The Agony of Ukraine

focaal_admin , March 11th, 2022

After nearly two weeks of violent conflict in Ukraine, it is increasingly difficult to stand back and see the bigger picture. The West has lined up behind the…



Maximilian C. Forte , June 6th, 2021

In Part 1 we ended with the documentary’s discussion of the type of business model that has been created around COVID-19, or to match the title of the…


Don Kalb: Anthropological Lives Matter, Except They Don’t

focaal_admin , January 27th, 2021

The PrecAnthro Collective within EASA has shown staying power and bite. That is what the EASA precarity survey demonstrates (Fotta, Ivancheva and Pernes 2020). Mariya Ivancheva has turned…


The Fiscal Life of Pandemics

Anna-Riikka Kauppinen , September 14th, 2020

  In his summer statement, Rishi Sunak, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that VAT (Value-Added Tax) would be dramatically cut from 20% to 5% for the…


Guilherme Fians takes the Page 99 test

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On page 99 of my dissertation, the reader finds themself in the middle of an ethnographic description of a heated political debate held during the 101st Universal Congress…

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Bordering the Digital Europe

Alex Moltzau , June 16th, 2020

Photo by — @pawel_czerwinski Historical contingencies and dynamic geographies for current future imaginaries of European borders Introduction The European Union is constructing new narratives of borderle…

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Italy’s Hidden Epidemic: The Shadow of the Mafia over Post-Emergency Europe

Rebecca_Irons , April 11th, 2020

FRANCESCO FLORIS On 4th April, more than two months after the declaration of the state of emergency and almost one month after the start of the quarantine throughout…

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Brexitannia: The Faces and Voices of Brexit

Maximilian C. Forte , May 24th, 2019

First shown at London’s East End Festival in June of 2017, Brexitannia was the very first documentary about Brexit. It is a striking and deeply pensive film, in…


The Helsinki Summit: Trying to Turn the Page on the New Cold War

Maximilian C. Forte , July 17th, 2018

Finally, on Monday, July 16, 2018, the Helsinki Summit bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place, despite shrill demands that it be…


The Trade War is Here: Some of the New “Facts of Life”

Maximilian C. Forte , July 2nd, 2018

In Madeleine Albright’s new book, dramatically titled Fascism: A Warning, she slams the anti-globalization crowd, claiming yet again that globalization is here to stay—it’s a “fact of life…


Italy’s populist alliance and the national anti-migrant consensus

Vito Laterza , May 22nd, 2018

The League’s Matteo Salvini and the Five Star’s Luigi Di Maio have entered into coalition to form a government in Italy [AP] You can read my latest piece…

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Cris Shore: What is a European?: Solidarity, symbols, and the politics of exclusion

Focaal Web Editor , April 5th, 2017

This post is part of a feature on anthropologists on the EU at 60, moderated and edited by Don Kalb (Central European University and University of Bergen). Earlier this…


Chris Hann: Beleaguered pseudocontinent: Happy birthday, Europe!

Focaal Web Editor , March 29th, 2017

This post is part of a feature on anthropologists on the EU at 60, moderated and edited by Don Kalb (Central European University and University of Bergen). Sixty…


Thomas Hylland Eriksen: Norway and the transformation of the EU

Focaal Web Editor , March 27th, 2017

This post is part of a feature on anthropologists on the EU at 60, moderated and edited by Don Kalb (Central European University and University of Bergen). In…


Relics of the Future

Deborah Jones , February 1st, 2017

The sociotechnical functions of secondhand trams in Romanian cities. This post is the first in a three-part series on Romanian Mobilities: Vehicles of Migration in New Europe. The…

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Neoliberalism, Brexit, and Higher Education

Maximilian C. Forte , October 21st, 2016

Is Brexit bad for UK universities? This appears to be the question at the centre of an article from the Times Higher Education titled “UK researchers face uncertainty…


Immigration and Capital

Maximilian Forte , August 4th, 2016

Immigration, rightly or wrongly, has been marched to the frontline of current political struggles in Europe and North America. Whether exaggerated or accurate, the role of immigration is…


Anthropology, #Brexit and Xenophobia in Europe

Felix Stein , July 12th, 2016

The decision of people in Britain to leave the European Union has come as a surprise, even a shock to most of my friends and colleagues who work…


Waking up to #Brexit

Paul Boyce , July 8th, 2016

On the morning of 24th June I had what I have since learnt to be a common experience. I lay in bed in conscious abeyance; Schrodinger’s Brexit: ‘If…


Clashing scales of #Brexit

Thomas Hylland Eriksen , July 7th, 2016

Mainstream newspapers, politicians and commentators across Europe instantly expressed dejection and bitterness in the face of the Brexit outcome, and avid Brexiteers have typically been portrayed as x…


#Brexit, Europe and Anthropology: time to say something

Sarah Green , July 1st, 2016

Brexit means trouble, that is for certain; what is less certain is what kind of trouble. Some might sympathise with the immediate response of Chris Gregory (ANU): “I…


Katharina Bodirsky: The UK voted out: Some reflections on European “unity in diversity”

Focaal Web Editor , June 29th, 2016

Against the predictions of the last polls, a narrow majority of the UK voters decided to leave the EU. Once again, the political crisis of Europe has deepened….


The World Changed Overnight

Maximilian Forte , June 24th, 2016

The European Union is now to be written as a postscript. Thanks to British voters, who were given an extremely rare chance to have a say on one…