Category Archives: Tales of the world interviews

International affairs analysis, interviews with researchers

Interview with Dr. Rahel Kunz, part III

Part 3 of the Interview with Dr. Rahel Kunz brings us more details about research methods and what it takes to resist international pressures at a local level.

There are a few lessons to learn about what the gestures of our daily lives can do to challenge mainstream ideas.


Ruxandra Stoicescu

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

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

Tales of the world – Interview Guilain Mathé (part IV), researcher Democratic Republic of Congo

What about Congo’s artistic life? How come Congolese artists fail to develop a voice of their own that could contribute to a political message for peace and self-empowerment?

Guilain Mathé has a message of battle and optimism for us in Switzerland and the West, as well as for his fellow countrymen.

Music by Tiken Jah Fakoly – Ca va Faire mal


Tales of the world – Interview with Guilain Mathé (part III), researcher Democratic Republic of Congo

Jules Cornet, Belgian explorer, called the Congo a “geological scandal”, due to the mineral riches that abound in its soil.

Coltane is but one of the many precious and little talked about minerals that make the Congo a country where war is waged not only for identity reasons, but for the mastery of economic resources. Our Iphones, tablets and computers function because of Coltane, of which the Congo has 64% of the worlds’ resources.  Although mechanisms are in place to guarantee that Congo war Coltane does not intrude upon our consciences, we cannot be sure of it.

Music by Tiken Jah Fakoly – Plus Rien Ne M’Etonne