Iceland: Crisis and Coloniality

Kristín Loftsdóttir’s Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins eloquently discusses the Icelandic paradox by means of contextualizing the country’s recent history through the lenses of coloniality and what I believe to be successful attempts at decoloniality. The book covers the social and political developments from the inception of the Icelandic Modern State to the 2008 crisis in recent times.

Kristín is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland. Her research has focused on whiteness, gender, racial identity, migration, nationalism, Nordic exceptionalism and crisis, basing on work in Iceland, Niger and Belgium.

Her work is especially interesting to me as it gives a much needed account of the impact of neoliberal policies on subjectivity and situates Iceland in a global historical perspective.

Once again, the country of Iceland is faced with a major crisis and one would hope that lessons learned in the past will foster active participation and an all-encompassing solidarity for all Icelanders, those who started their journey in the island or elsewhere.

full book review to be published in the fall 2020.

The Origins of our Diet

with extremism getting traction in the world, it is important to remember where are food comes from. Perhaps this is can be a great argument against xenophobia. Our desire for diversity is what brought us together. The History About Each Vegetable Maybe I’m just hungry

My Father The Mover

Inspiring . Beautifully made. Dance your problems away!This liberating short film depicts South African kids developing self-awareness, confidence and overcoming problems amidst hardship. “Everyone can have freedom. It just depends on whether you want to be free or not.” says Stoan MOVE Galela, the inspiring figure behind this project. The writer, director and producer, Julia […]

HOW ABOUT 4 WORKING DAYS A WEEK FROM NOW ON?

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, has suggested a 4 days of work per week measure as a means of healing from the Covid-19 crisis during a press conference at the Parliament in Wellington. “It certainly would help tourism all around the country,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. You can see a FB live video […]

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