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Revealing the genius of the Joker

‘Movies Mockingbird’ is a blog series dedicated to uncovering the core ideas behind movies – the core ideas that are visible yet hidden. In it, I will attempt to dive into the sea of social sciences to reveal the whole iceberg of movie plots and not just the small tip visible on surface.   2,438 more words

Distance Learning

ILRI Vacancy: Research Officer (Closing date: 15 March 2015)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer to manage implementation of field data collection for the range of surveys the project team implements; oversee preparation of logistics of field data collection and supervise enumerator training, financial records and reports, organize and maintain collected data. 591 more words

Agriculture

Why do you write? The impulse inwards and the impulse outwards

Today I took a Creative Writing workshop at the LSE Space For Thought Literary Festival, which I’d titled Why Do You Write? And Can Knowing That Even Help? 586 more words

Writing

Imperial College London & LSE

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a university in London, UK, with a history over 100 years. Students with as diverse background as 126 different nations currently attend ICL. 716 more words

University

A Tribute to Ulrich Beck

Ulrich Beck教授不幸在今年元旦去世了。在一个风险社会里,这自然是很容易发生的情形,并不十分让人诧异。但是风险社会的寰宇性 (cosmopolitanism) 使得他去世这个事件的后果超出了个人层面。比如,他早先已经像往常一样接受邀请,在春季学期进驻LSE,并且确定了一场定在2月19号的公开讲座。

没有了主讲人的讲座该怎么进行呢?这难不倒以LSE校长Craig Calhoun为首的社会学家们。他拉上老伙计比如Anthony Giddens和Nikolas Rose以及Richard Sennett一合计,干脆,就把这个活动扩展一下,做成一个学术形态的追思会吧,顺手还能推销一把好基友生前所写的最后一本书,这样才是真爱啊。

几经周折,各位大佬们最终把讲座的时间定在了24号的晚上,也就是刚才。

因为是追思会,所以最主要的议程当然是各位嘉宾排队发言,用学术话语来表达自己对贝克的情感。虽然情感都是真挚的,但是贝克他老人家大概还是架不住竟然有人会在他身后接着较学术的真,具体后详。

会议从吉登斯对风险社会的概念回顾开始。他首先就提醒我们要注意对“风险”和”风险社会“的误解。贝克提出“风险社会“这个概念,并不是说现代社会变得比以往更有风险 (risky),而是在另外两个层面进行探讨:第一,现代性的崛起意味着我们开始更多地关注未来,而”风险“就是一个面向未来的概念,因此这个观念就随之变得无处不在;第二,在现代社会中,我们自己创造出很多新形态的风险,比如蕴含在新的自样态以及然我们与自然之关系之中的那些无法提前探知全景的风险。也正是在这个语境里,我们开始动用知识来重构自己的生活,甚至我们的身体也逐渐变成反思性工程 (reflexive project) 的产物。

接着他又回顾了贝克针对全球化和寰宇主义 (cosmopolitanism) 所做的工作。在吉登斯看来,贝克关注的核心是人们的相互依赖是如何随着技术演进而不断增加的,尤其是这种不断增进的互赖关系如何反过来进一步影响个体层面的生活,这也是诸如”全球寰宇联结“ (global cosmopolitan ties) 之类的概念提出的背景。

而在贝克生前所写作的最后一本书里(吉登斯本尊补充:顺便说一句,这书过几个月就会出版,欢迎大家捧场),他把全球化的新阶段放在了核心的位置上,进一步考察了技术进步如何带来了更高程度的全球和寰宇整合 (global and cosmopolitan integration). 207 more words

Events

Index-based insurance: Insurance or lottery tickets?

Environmental shocks are drivers of poverty as well as a fact of life in many rural areas of the developing world. In the developed world, agricultural insurance provides protection from such calamities. 100 more words

Insurance