Julian Vigo
Julian Vigo is a scholar, filmmaker, artist, permaculturalist, dj, yogi, and human rights consultant. A specialist in contemporary ethnography, cultural studies, cinema, postcolonial theory, and media and gender studies, she has taught at universities across the world and writes for writes for Truthout, CounterPunch, HK01, a-n, and n.paradoxa. Her latest book is Earthquake in Haiti: The Pornography of Poverty and the Politics of Development (2015). Julian Vigo's portal is lubellule.com and she can be reached at julian.vigo@gmail.com.

Entries by Julian Vigo

For Trayvon

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (00:13)

"My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break."

--The Taming of the Shrew

I just read the BBC article about the sale of the gun that killed Trayvon Martin, sold for $250,000.  And my heart sank. My heart sank for Trayvon...

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The Death of the Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2016 | (13:52)

Paolo Friere, a twentieth century Brazilian educator and leader theorist of critical pedagogy is best known for his work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed wherein he necessitates that conscientização  (critical consciousness) be incorporated into the educational system, thus creating a liberating education.  Friere's concept of critical consciousness  is a liberating...

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Horoscopes and the Modern Subject

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (18:54)

Newspaper astrology dates back to the 17th century with William Lilly deemed the first in this field.  However, R.H. Naylor, a prominent British astrologer in the early 20th century, is widely considered the father of sun sign astrology (a simplified form of astrology) beginning his predictions in Britain's Sunday...

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Next to Godliness?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2016 | (19:38)

Contrary to popular belief, it is said that pigs are the cleanest animals on earth, a notion which makes me question where  the expression "filthy pig" originated.  Yet, I have noticed over the years, that many humans tend towards the disorganised, if not entirely filthy.

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The Failure of Prevent: "Protecting" Children From Radicalisation

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2016 | (11:46)

The UK's Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has been actively working to educate parents and educators about radicalisation and extremism in the hopes of protecting children in a campaign entitled "educate.against.hate". This comes in tandem with the Home Office's guidance on "Protecting Children From Radicalisation" and "The Prevent Duty"...

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Iceland's Ecological Changes and Geological Disasters

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2016 | (13:12)

Over the past few weeks in Iceland there has been increased volcanic activity from Öræfajökull to Katla and Bárðarbunga volcanos.  While Öræfajökull would not be a major eruption, Katla poses a great html">threat to the region according to many experts.  Jón Frímann tracks the volcanic and minor earthquake...

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The Era of Working for Free

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2016 | (07:51)

I remember from the mid 1990s while teaching at New York University I started receiving approximately a half dozen requests each year to write letters for students who were entering internships. I would always discuss the proposed internship with the student asking them what it entailed and more directly, if...

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On Biorhythms, Validation, and the Sense of Community

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2016 | (17:35)

Who remembers biorhythms?  I do.  I was about nine when biorhythm was all the rage, peaking in the mid to late 1970s in North America.  Conterminous to a society which sported mood rings, cowl necks, platform shoes, culottes and feathered hair, biorhythms took hold of North America.  Briefly biorhythms is...

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Technology and the Loss of Time

(1) Comments | Posted 22 March 2016 | (14:06)

In recent months I have begun to notice in precise detail to what extent the Internet and information technology has helped me manage my time and to what degree this technology has inhaled a huge chunk out of my life.

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The De-Commodification of Death and Funeral Rites

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2016 | (12:03)

Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and who is also the person in charge of funeral arrangements can relate to the feeling of having to compartmentalise emotions on the one hand, while on the other, having to retain a clear, logical grasp on reality and...

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Women's Labourers in Gujarat's Diamond Industry

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2016 | (07:45)

Gujarat is home to many of India's industries, one of which is the diamond cutting and polishing sector. Since the beginning of the twentieth century when Gujarati diamond cutters (Palanpuri Jains and Saurashtrain Patels) emigrated from East Africa to establish the industry in Gujarat, Surat has gradually become the...

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IRL - When Social Media Replaces the Real

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2016 | (21:06)

Recently a friend of mine, Pascal, discovered that he was caught in Keanu Reeves' infamous selfie which made the rounds on Facebook earlier last month.  Despite the uncertainty as to whether or not the Facebook pages is actually that of Keanu Reeves, Pascal definitely identified himself in the background...

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Moving On

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2015 | (22:55)

Growing up between two countries and having parents from two vastly dissimilar cultures, I had to learn early on how to handle social changes. One week our mother brought us to a Pentecostal Church with worshippers galore speaking in tongues. The next our father brought us to a...

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Saving London's Black Cabs

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2015 | (21:07)

In a recent move to make London's black cab drivers more secure, Conservatives in the Greater London Authority have issued a report, "Saving an Icon: Rescuing London's Black Cabs from Extinction." The authors of this report suggest that the time to pass the Knowledge, the text that London's...

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Christmas Presence, Not Presents

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (19:05)

Having two small children I am acutely aware of how marketing affects young minds. My daughter, now almost three years of age, is turned on by any packaging with bright colours such that she will even grab items off the shelf, that are actually of no use to a small...

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The Real Terrorists of New Jersey

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (11:20)

In reading an ostensibly leftist publication about this past week's attacks in Paris, I was struck by the neoliberal tone of "How to Politicize a Tragedy." In his article Sam Kriss states that "death is always political, and nothing is more political than a terrorist attack," while completely...

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Junior Doctors and the NHS Culture of Management

(1) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (13:15)

The junior doctors' strike this past September protested the proposed salary cuts of up to 30%, an increase in these doctors working antisocial shifts, the pay protection for women who have children being removed, and a reduction of 40% in GP trainee salaries. And there was great public...

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The Man Who Has It All

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2015 | (22:41)

In recent weeks I have become mildly obsessed with @manwhoasitall on Twitter, billed as "a frazzled working dad with a wife and three kids. He spends his 'me time' on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, giving other busy dads supportive lifestyle advice and sanity-saving tips." Many have called @manwhoasitall...

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Internet Trolls and Uncivil Disagreement

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2015 | (14:07)

In 1998, The Guardian announced that "Addiction to internet 'is an illness'." Today in China there are currently over 400 rehabilitation camps for Internet addiction (wangyin) with China boasting more online video game users than the population of the United States. And more and...

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The "Ideological Totalism" of Higher Education Today

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (20:10)

In recent months there has been a slew of interesting critiques of the move to censor free speech by students. From Lori Horvitz' "Life Doesn't Come with Trigger Warnings. Why Should Books," Mick Hume's "What's New About No-Platform Mania?", to Greg Lukianoff's and Jonathan Haidt's "The...

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