The Analysis

Complexity explained. A take on large issues from different perspectives.


The Copenhagen Killing

In Denmark 25,000 small pigs die everyday, but it was the killing of a young male giraffe named Marius that caught the international attention. The killing also reveals the fine line between science and emotions, nature and culture and, yet again, the potential of the internet to quickly turn local events into global discussions.

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Slovaks – a nation without memory?

It has become standard to speak about nation as if it were a living being. People can remember, but is it possible for a nation to remember too?

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The rise of humanities in the new economy

Skills from human and social science are asked for because they produce value. Export companies ask for students with language skills and cultural knowledge, consulting companies ask for project managers with great communication skills, food producers hire cultural analysts that understand consumerism.

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Who actually benefits?

Backpacking in Mexico; volunteering in India; surfing in South Africa; relaxing in Thailand – the current generation is travelling a lot and preferably in regions far away, on the other side of the globe. You can learn languages, gain “intercultural competence“, meet interesting people. Back at home the travellers draw on the experiences they gained and tell their family and friends of the fantastic beaches and the great hospitality. But isn’t it weird to travel around the world while the majority of the global population isn’t able to get neither a flight ticket nor a visa? Doesn’t tourism in the Global South* rather stand for a neocolonial age than for liberty and borderless mobility?

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Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp

Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees is now the fourth largest population centre in the country. As the settlement is slowly transforming into something much more permanent, humanitarian relief agencies become increasingly involved in the political government of the camp population, not without resistance.

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Politics and power in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp

Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees is now the fourth largest population centre in the country. As the settlement is slowly transforming into something much more permanent, humanitarian relief agencies become increasingly involved in the political government of the camp population, not without resistance.

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