Joan Barcelo-Soler (NYU): Contextual Effects on Subjective National Identity and Nationalist Vote in Catalonia. Gregory Slysz on why the quest to establish a European "national" identity will fail. Gordon N. Bardos on how the spectre of separatism haunts Europe. Nationalism is a virus, federalism the cure: John Thornhill reviews De la Democratie en Europe by Sylvie Goulard and Mario Monti. The preface from The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities by Harris Mylonas. From The Guardian, was the first world war accompanied by a rising literary nationalism? The Rest is Noise festival is set to examine the ways in which national spirit permeated the cultural landscape in the years either side of 1914. From The Globalist, the Germans did not have an overseas empire in the 18th century — how did they still become a force in trade, science, religion and exploration?; and how did Germany link its own ideas to those emerging from France, North America and South America in the late 18th and 19th centuries? Alex Danchev reviews The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850 by Anthony D. Smith.
Franita Tolson (Florida State): Benign Partisanship. Amir Ganjavie (Toronto): Role of Utopia for Design of Future Cities: Utopia in Urban Planning Literature. Martijn Koster (Utrecht) and Monique Nuijten (Wageningen): From Preamble to Post-project Frustrations: The Shaping of a Slum Upgrading Project in Recife, Brazil. The introduction to The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future by W. Patrick McCray. James Kalb on cultural assimilation, a threat to Catholic identity. What do mathematicians do? Jason Rosenhouse wonders. The New Power Map: Aviezer Tucker on world politics after the boom in unconventional energy. Carolyn Brighouse reviews Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time by Tim Maudlin. Enda O’Doherty reviews Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment by Stephen Kotkin.
Surya Deva City (Hong Kong): Can Robots Have Human Rights Obligations? A Futuristic Exploration. Josh Blackman (South Texas): Robot, Esq. John Niman on rise of the military robot. Has the robot uprising already happened? Dominic Basulto wonders. Martin Ford on why robots are worse for the economy than you think. Ben Richmond on what the Czech play that coined the term “robot” tells us about today's robonomics. The FDA approves first robot for hospital use. How will humans and robots coexist? Robots will be everywhere in 2030, but not necessarily as humanoid domestic help. Dick Pelletier on sentient machines, the next step in human evolution. From Wired, better than human: Kevin Kelly on why we should let the robots take over; and Helene Mialet on Stephen Hawking, Vader and being more machine than human. Behavioural acceptance of existing superhumans: V.R. Manoj on the path to equal acceptance of the differently abled.
Jorge Heine (Wilfrid Laurier) and Joseph F. Turcotte (York): Tweeting as Statecraft: How, Against All Odds, Twitter Is Changing the World’s Second Oldest Profession. Formidable and exacting, Jacques Barzun was one of America's greatest public intellectuals and a presence at Columbia for fifty years; on the occasion of Barzun's death at 104, fellow critic John Simon remembers him. What if there were some economic issues upon which libertarians and left-liberals agreed? Max Borders interviews Dean Baker. Eleven leading academic associations have written an open letter condemning the government's plans for open access publishing as a “rushed policy” which poses a real threat to the “international standing of British Universities and research”. Two conservatives who sit on the boards of mainstream right-wing groups control a PAC that gave thousands of dollars to a racist organization.
Linda S. Bosniak (Rutgers): Birthright Citizenship, Undocumented Immigrants and the Slavery Analogy. Geoffrey Heeren (Valparaiso): Persons Who Are Not the People: The Changing Rights of Immigrants in the United States. Research suggests hispanic immigrants are assimilating just as quickly as earlier groups. From FDL, a book salon on Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists Are Destroying the Nation by Pilar Marrero. Whose body is this? Forensic scientists are working to identify the anonymous corpses of thousands of unlucky immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Rebecca Hamlin reviews Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings by Steven W. Bender. From Wonkblog, Dylan Matthews on five things economists know about immigration; and Sarah Kliff on the insanely confusing path to legal immigration, in one chart. Taking off: Pedro Salazar Ugarte on Mexico’s demographic challenge. Is Mexico the new Land of Opportunity? Kent Paterson wonders. What country’s legislature made the greatest stride in attacking climate change last year? Let’s try Mexico.