Articles by: Paul James

Author Biography:

Paul James is a researcher in the Institute for Culture and Society at the Western Sydney University. He is Scientific Advisor to the City of Berlin, and a Metropolis Ambassador of Urban Innovation. He has been an editor of Arena since 1986, and is author or editor of numerous books including Globalization Matters: Engaging the Global in Unsettled Times (with Manfred Steger, Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Editorial – Issue 41/42 ‘People, Planet and the Anthropocene: Spectators of Our Own Demise?’, by Paul James

Humans now have the capacity to produce synthetic life-forms (since 2010) and to destroy life on this planet as we know it (since 1952). It is only by recognizing this point — that we are now reconstituting the very basis of nature — that adequate acknowledgement of the Anthropocene starts to hit home.

Informit: In the name of freedom comes a totalizing war-machine

Informit: An International Criminal Court? [A single peak body indicting figures of evil will never get at the complex truths behind crimes against humanity.]

Informit: Stem-cell alchemy: techno-science and the new philosopher’s stone

Informit: The universities in crisis?: Which crisis?

Informit: Abstracting knowledge formation: a report on academia and publishing. [Paper in: Scholars and Entrepreneurs: the Universities in Crisis, Cooper, Simon, Hinkson, John and Sharp, Geoff (eds.).]

Informit: The terrorist syndrome

Informit: Insecure Australia: anti-politics for a passive Federation.

Informit: A world without borders?: debating the good and bad of national boundaries.

Informit: Beyond a postnationalist imaginary: grounding an alternative ethic.

Informit: A kiss is never just a kiss: lesbians have no right to have a child, but then neither do ‘loving married couples’

Informit: Making modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb

The recent wave of revolutions across the Arab world has brought to the surface the contradictions in popular understandings of the Middle East and North Africa. The place of the region in the global history of modernity has been unsettled yet again. It is possible to identify several major trends in responses to the momentous events, coinciding with various stages in the unfolding of the revolutions. Firstly, many commentators embraced the early stages of the…