Development | 21.02.18

The Banality of Certainty

What is the logic of ‘Value for Money’ in development sector, and could it force foreign aid agencies to choose between irrelevance and subterfuge?

Economics | 27.02.18

Rays of Light amid the Gloom

The dysfunctional land market is the root cause of the housing affordability crisis across many advanced economies. But while there are signs that policy makers are starting to face up to the big questions around land reform, there is little progress on the dangerous interaction between land and finance.

Gender, Sexualities and Queer Identities | 22.08.17

Being Queer in North Korea

Queer Asia | Essay Prize, Winner | Imagine studying queers in a country where homosexuals are charged not with sodomy but with “falling into capitalism”, where cuddling and groping a same-sex soldier in the cold is not same-sex intimacy but “revolutionary comradeship”. How should we study queerness when it’s invisible?

Culture and Media | 04.12.17

The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

‘Charlie Hebdo’ took shape because forms of ventriloquism and projection were inevitable in a context where a tiny proportion of participants in the communicative event had any relationship with Charlie Hebdo as an actual publication.