INTERFERE BLOG: An Introduction

by Viktoria Huegel and Harrison Lechley-Yuill, Senior Editors

Interfere journal is delighted to announce our new global politics blog which brings together academics and activists from around the globe to share their experiences of the political climates which frame their lives; offering keen insights and a critical gaze as they interfere in the worlds within which we find ourselves. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, the blog unearths the different ways this interwovenness is experienced. 

The Interfere blog publishes short and digestible, non-scholarly articles on a monthly basis. At the time of writing we are excited to have colleagues from Brazil and Argentina to Poland, Turkey and the UK via the Philippines composing pieces. 

To both celebrate the launch of the Interfere blog and keep abreast of the ever-changing environment that the covid-19 pandemic positions us within, we begin by publishing more regular pieces before returning to monthly publications. 

Our first piece comes from Gökhan Şensönmez, PhD candidate at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Gökhan analyses the intricacies of the Turkish government and the way in which their grip on power and popular consensus relies upon crises such as the covid-19 pandemic. In doing so Gökhan offers a poignant caveat to suggestions that we are all living in exceptional circumstances. 

Next we hear from Wojciech Ufel, a scholar from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Wojciech discusses the way in which the Polish government is responding to, and attempting to profit from, the covid-19 pandemic by performing a politics of the ordinary in extra-ordinary times. He rallies against Agamben’s recent polemic on the state of exception and offers compelling insights for those both familiar and unfamiliar with Polish politics.

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