Newsletter 9 Summer 2015

“Global Colleagues” against Global Poverty

To be effective, poverty research must be global. Similarly, poverty researchers must meet as partners. These two realizations drove Global Colleagues, the one-to-one academic partnership programme between poverty scholars in the Global North and South, which was recently launched

Is there an aesthetic of academic practice?

If you had to think about what we do as academics, how we behave, dress, the way we present our material, both in person and on paper, could you think of certain trends and norms? The answer is most probably ‘yes.’ On May 27th we held an interdisciplinary workshop at the EUI to discuss our craft and our role as academics. We did so especially by focusing on the aesthetics of our practice, asking questions about how it is we fashion ourselves and our work as academics.

UN Women: 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

As the delegate of an NGO I participated in the CSW at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA from 16 March to 20 March 2015. The conference brought together world leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, researchers and young people to strategize and discuss how much – or how little – progress has been made since the first declaration on the status of women made in Beijing in 1995.

Charlie: humanist and warmonger

Like many observers, I was astonished by the collective reactions provoked by the attacks of January 2015 in Paris. People started gathering on the evening of January 7 and continued to do so over the following days. On 11 January, about two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France.