Tuesday, August 31, 2010

global e-flânerie

reposted from Omnivore, Book Forum's splendid blog of links briefly annotated and grouped thematically, adding up to 

A proper philosophy of globalization

From Synthesis Philosophica, Zagorka Golubovic (Belgrade): Philosophical Principles as a Foundation of the Concept of Globalisation; Arto Mutanen (Lappeenranta): About the Possibility of a Proper Philosophy of Globalization; Tomas Kacerauskas (VGTU): Discourse of Globalization: Bios, Techne, and Logos from the Phenomenological Point of View; Tomaz Grusovnik (Primorska): A Distant View: Globalization Inside Philosophy; Bela Mester (HAS): Space and Time in a Global World; Vojko Strahovnik (Ljubljana): Globalization, Globalized Ethics and Moral Theory; Mislav Kukoc (Spli): Liberal Philosophy and Globalization; Dragica Vujadinovic (Belgrade): Global Civil Society as Concept and Practice in the Processes of Globalization; and Gottfried Kuenzlen (UniBw): The Other Side of Globalisation: The New Power of Religion as a Cultural and Political Challenge. From the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, James Brassett (Warwick):Cosmopolitan Sentiments After 9-11: Trauma and the Politics of Vulnerability; Nick Srnicek (LSE): Conflict Networks: Collapsing the Global into the Local; Victoria Ridler (Birkbeck): Word and World: The Imperium of Reason and Possibility of Critique; and a roundtable discussion on Transnational Militancy in the 21st Century. Are nations going extinct? Our conception of what constitutes a "country" is deteriorating — say hello to post-national entities, "other guys" that stand outside of the dominant system. Beyond city limits: The age of nations is over — the new urban age has begun. A review of Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works by Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy, and Christian Chavagneux. From Newsweek, a special section on the world's best countries. World's Happiest Countries: Bhutan started the gross national happiness trend, but here's what Gallup did with it. From Foreign Policy, an article on the geopolitics of Google Earth: It's not just for busting swimming pool cheats.

I succumbed to Shunflower Syndrome and am still in the post-event ease taking phase ~ sharing link collections I want to read + comments. Also a necessary antidote to provincialism, both local and academic. If you still don't get it about globalization (here to stay so deal with it), consider this survival homework and get rid. Don't let the flâneuse get virtual blisters for nothing. That's not quite true: this where flâneuse quite contrary goes her merry way, online flânerie is a state of mind, a virtual version of traveling with an open ticket ~ and I've noticed a popular handle for bloggerinas. Did you catch the city references? Globalization as a new urban age. I bet if I'd ever submitted that dissertation, a) it wouldn't have improved my employment options, and b) I'd be so sick of cities and city lit that I wouldn't still be researching and collecting links.
"Places along the way" is city related too, although not exclusively, and somewhat cit lit too. A whole 'nother blog for city lit (with or without dissertation) would be excessive. Combining city lit ~ my places as read, visited, inhabited, even just imagined ~ would spare it the sad fate of being just another travel blog. 

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