La mémoire du XXe siècle s’évapore, et nous voilà démunis

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opinions jeudi18 octobre 2012

La mémoire du XXe siècle s’évapore, et nous voilà démunis

Par Ruxandra Stoicescu
Ruxandra Stoicescu, chercheuse et chroniqueuse, déplore que nous fassions si peu appel à la mémoire pour réfléchir aux problèmes contemporains

«Nul bonheur, nulle sérénité, nulle espérance, nulle fierté, nulle jouissance de l’instant présent ne pourrait exister sans faculté d’oubli.» C’est Friedrich Nietzsche qui le disait et il semblerait que, cinq générations après sa mort, l’humanité s’évertue à mettre en œuvre cette maxime avec un zèle implacable. A l’image d’une peau de serpent dont nous n’avons de cesse de nous débarrasser au fil des crises qui traversent nos sociétés, le passé récent passe fréquemment à la trappe. On ne lit et n’entend plus que des formules du genre: «en 2007, lors de la débâcle de Lehman Brothers», «il y a quatre ans, quand la crise s’est déclenchée», «c’est un nouveau monde que nous affrontons».

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Tales of the world – interview series

Dear visitors, Tales of the world has sprouted a new branch on its tree, and that is the Interview series.

As an academic researcher I have long since come across exciting stories and experiences that fellow researchers and scholars from around the world have to share, and therefore, decided to open up a stage from where everyone who is interested can hear them.

The interviews have their own Itunes feed.

Enjoy and watch this space for more exciting news and productions to come soon!

Ruxandra

Interview with Dr. Rahel Kunz, part 2

Part 2 of the interview with Dr. Rahel Kunz brings further examples of remittances in action. Enjoy an exciting conversation on how global trends meet local realities.

Ruxandra Stoicescu

Tales of the world episode 20 – Why James Bond is an awesome pundit

His name is Bond. James Bond, and although he did not study International Relations in Geneva (Ian Fleming studied languages here, though), he can certainly teach us a thing or two about the intricacies of our contemporary world.

Style and nuance, is something our “real-world” leaders could learn from James Bond when delivering oversimplified political speeches.

Enjoy this episode with James Bond, not shaken, nor stirred, but with a twist and don’t forget to leave some feedback.

Ruxandra

Interview with Dr.Rahel Kunz, part 1

Welcome to the Tales of the World interview series, debuted this summer 2012, and which looks forward to a long and happy life.

This time, our studio welcomes Dr. Rahel Kunz, teaching and doing research at the University of Lausanne in the field of gender, migration and critical studies.

Rahel has recently published a book based on her PhD thesis, book that speaks of migration, gender, and remittances as they play out in the particular context of Mexico. The interview is structured in four parts. The two first parts tell us about global remittances and the links that exist between the international and the local contexts on this. In the later two, Rahel shares with us her lessons learnt from the writing process and her ideas for young researchers. I hope you enjoy our conversation

Rahel Kunz’s Book, The Political Economy of Global Remittances Gender, Governmentality and Neoliberalism