Andrés Lomeña

Medieval imaginary and Black Death: pandemic, medicine and religion

Mariano Gómez ArandaThe current pandemic will have a direct effect on how we view and think about politics for years to come. It seems difficult to predict exactly how, but if we look back at the medieval Black Death, one of the largest pandemic humanity has experienced to date, it may impart some points of comparison and help us to reflect on how exactly our collective trauma from this experience may unfold. Throughout history, humanity has experienced many pandemics like coronavirus. The...

Beyond the “Interregnum”: Is a Non-Hegemonic World Possible?

Ramzy Baroud | Romana RubeoThe letter “Z”, which has been linked to the Russian war in Ukraine, has morphed to represent something bigger than a mere military symbol. Many people, especially in the Global South, are proudly donning this letter on their clothes and other accessories. The phenomenon has been reported in the Middle East and South America, as well as other countries. [1][1] Al Mayadeen, “Venezuela stands in solidarity with Russia”, April 3, 2022,...

A Tale of Two Utopias: Musk and Bezos in Outer Space

Mary-Jane RubensteinI. Meet the Astropreneurs I first realized something was up when Elon Musk launched a car into orbit. It was January of 2018 and SpaceX was looking to test its Falcon Heavy rocket, woo the U.S. military, and make sure everyone was watching. So rather than display the Falcon’s carrying capacity with, say, slabs of concrete or steel, Musk decided to strap a blazing red Tesla Roadster to its back. A perfectly good, even exquisite, car. One hundred thousand dollars’ worth of...

New poetics for the digital age

Antonio Penedo Picos1. From Steady Continuity to Leaps and Bounds: An Introduction to the Digital Subject Nowadays, it is barely worth mentioning that digital language is causing an irrevocable shift towards a new society. However, assumptions that this change will consist of simply substituting oral/written communication for audio/visual are nothing more than a false, yet to be established dichotomy. If anything will herald the dawn of a new digital age, it will be the definitive, ingrained...

A new political imagination: creating realistic utopias

Andrés Lomeña | Patricio CabelloWe live in troubled times. We are witnessing how the climate crisis threatens life and jeopardizes the sustainability of the political and economic models in which we have operated for the last hundred years. There are great masses of refugees moving around the world to escape from war and famine, only to encounter fences, walls and ditches. Combined with the devastating impacts of the pandemic, the panorama resembles the end times, which summons and challenges...

Historical notes in a reflection on tolerance for a new political imaginary

Concha RoldánWe are used to talk of “tolerance,” or of “tolerant,” or “intolerant” attitudes, “intolerable” situations in socio-political and religious debates, in the media, and on social networks. But what do we want to say or mean when we talk about “tolerance”? What does it mean to be “tolerant”? What is the origin of this concept, and why has it become so relevant at this moment in history? If we survey all of those around us, we will receive a majority and perhaps even unanimous vote in...

Towards a new social contract for the 21st century

Towards a New Social Contract for the 21st Century_Maysoun DouasWe find ourselves going around in a loop. Our social model is giving out quickly as we exhaust the natural resources of our environment. What we used to call the endless cycle now has an expiration date. In configuring modern societies, democracy, industrialization, human rights, states, borders and so many other innovations that may manifest in an isolated manner, some converging at certain moments, but mostly they take their...

Pandemics Occasion the Rethinking of Shared Technology

Jo GuldiIn the Fall of 2020, when groping cautions filled newspapers and universities announced hasty measures to take their history seminars online, I spent a hurried week re-writing my syllabi on British empire to investigate the history of disease. Across the British empire, among the most fearsome epidemics were the plagues of malaria and cholera. Both have moral lessons to teach present-day readers about the shape of disease. Part of what they can tell us about is the importance of shared...

A Modern Debt Jubilee

Steve KeenOur global culture prioritizes individualist values, at the expense of a civilized, healthy society and planet, with vested interests and neoclassical economists exacerbating the situation. Societies with advanced levels of industrialization and knowledge still ignore proposals to ensure shared prosperity such as the Universal Basic Income. That means the refusal to assure someone to survive in society and enable more innovation to take place, while still allowing those whose...

The post-pandemic city: transnational cooperation and public policy (Part II)

Colleen Boland | Rafael HeiberDec, 2020*The second number of the inaugural volume of metapolis further explores the titular theme «The post-pandemic city: transnational cooperation and public policy» in light of almost a year of experience. Communities have confronted not only the public health and economic impacts of the global crisis, but also a dramatic social reckoning precipitated by increasing inequalities, made poignantly visible via the effects and measures surrounding the pandemic....