Pál Nyíri | 18.02.2013
Orbán Viktor, the prime minister of Hungary, is planning to visit China this spring. His visit will come a year after the criminal investigation against Agnes Heller — the best-known living Hungarian philosopher — and several colleagues in philosophy and history for possible embezzlement was dismissed for ” lack of crime” of research grants following what the [...]
Jean-Loup Amselle, Rétrovolutions. Essais sur les primitivismes contemporains, 2010.
Pál Nyíri | 05.03.2012
This new collection of eminent French anthropologist Jean-Loup Amselle’s essays, along with the Comaroffs’ Ethnicity, Inc., Peter Geschiere’s The Perils of Belonging, and Seeing Culture Everywhere by Joana Breidenbach and this reviewer, fits in a recent surge of books polemicizing against the worldwide tendency to explain almost anything, from genocide to consumer behaviour, through ethnoracially [...]
Andrew F. Jones, Developmental Fairy Tales. Evolutionary Thinking and Modern Chinese Culture, 2011.
Pál Nyíri | 08.12.2011
Faith in the improvability of the human condition is in short supply in the West these days. In China, however, it has been unbroken for nearly a century, even as the desirable end point of development has been repeatedly revised with the ascent and demise of Maoism. One of the most striking features that distinguish [...]
Between Old Hierarchy and New Orthodoxy.
Barak Kalir et Pál Nyíri | 12.07.2010
There is a growing body of literature and events critiquing the spread of ‘audit cultures’1 in Western research institutions.In brief, these audit cultures imply the assignment of numerical values to the ‘output’ of researchers, the ranking and/or financing of institutions, departments and/or individuals based on these values, and, perhaps most significantly, the dependence of the [...]
Foreign Concessions: the Past and Future of a Form of Shared Sovereignty.
Pál Nyíri | 23.11.2009
Dear Rector, Ladies and Gentlemen, A few years ago, Liu Jianjun, a former official from the city of Baoding, near Peking, achieved a measure of fame in China’s media through his efforts to promote the settlement of Chinese farmers in Africa. In an interview, he described these efforts in the following way: The lease on [...]
Joana Breidenbach et Pál Nyíri | 12.11.2009
“In the light of her son’s comments she reconsidered the scene at the mosque, to see whose impression was correct. Yes, it could be worked into quite an unpleasant scene. The doctor had begun by bullying her, (…) he had alternately whined over his grievances and patronized her, had run a dozen ways in a [...]
Équipe Mit, Tourismes 2: Moments de lieux, 2005.
Pál Nyíri | 24.04.2006
The social sciences have long been reluctant to take tourism seriously. Despite tourism’s obvious prominence as a social practice in the lives of hundreds of millions, when American sociologist Dean MacCannell wrote The Tourist in 1974, he was ahead of his time. The Tourist became a classic only in the fringe field of “tourism studies,” [...]
Neue Touristennationen und die Globalisierung der Natur.
Joana Breidenbach et Pál Nyíri | 22.09.2005
The concept of “heritage” arose as from nineteenth-century efforts by emergent modern Western nation-states to endow their landscapes and built environments with national significance. Today, however, some of the central activists of the heritage movement are global rather than national players. The highest-profile effort to promote the idea of a “global heritage” is Unesco’s World Heritage list. What happens to sites that are promoted from national to global heritage status? Do they indeed become vehicles [...]
Pál Nyíri | 25.03.2005
Tourism has long been seen as an attribute of Western modernity, in which the non-Western subject can only be the ‘touree’ that copes with its consequences. Yet organized, commercialized mass tourism is spreading to vast populations that had not known it previously. This has potentially momentous consequences both for subjectivities in the societies in which tourism is emerging and for the countries that become exporters of leisure to newly mobile non-Western populations — whose ideas of [...]