The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

Jeannette Pols (Amsterdam) and Endre Dányi (Frankfurt am Main) July 26, 2022 . This conversation started in February 2020 with an email from Endre, shortly after the two of us participated in a writing retreat.  *Onderwerp:* On Other Terms – in Prague!Dear Jeannette,This is a quick email to see if you’d be interested incontinuing some … Read more


Alvise Mattozzi (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) and Laura Lucia Parolin (University of Southern Denmark, Slagelse, Denmark) June 22nd, 2022 . . A few years ago, we stumbled on the untranslatability in English of the Italian reflexive verb “affidarsi”. We were reasoning on the data one of us gathered during her fieldwork in a northern Italian industrial … Read more

Exploring languaging through an ontological register

Laura Gurney (University of Waikato) and Eugenia Demuro (Research Strategies Australia) March 1st, 2022 i i i Introduction Law and Mol (2020) provide an insightful critique to dominant approaches to language, arguing that “to talk of language is to imply that it is possible to disentangle how people talk (or sign or write) from the practices … Read more

Performative Liveness in Doing Yolŋu Aboriginal Language.

Dr Waymamba Gaykamaŋu, Yasunori Hayashi, and Dr Michaela Spencer (College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts, Charles Darwin University, Australia) January 24th, 2022 In this piece, Waymamba Gaykamaŋu, a Gupapuyŋu Aboriginal elder from East Arnhem Land in northern Australia, and her collaborators Yasunori Hayashi and Michaela Spencer seek ways in which dhäruk (generally translated … Read more

Invisible Mediators: Conversation with an English Language Editor

Tereza Stöckelová (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences) January 6th, 2022 Robin Cassling came to the Czech Republic in 1992. She works as an editor and translator in the fields of art, architecture, sociology, history, and the humanities generally. She studied history and French at the University of Toronto before moving … Read more

Language Ferments

Tereza Stöckelová (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences) January 6th, 2022 How do concepts move between languages and get stuck? How are they molded, folded, and digested in the hands and mouths of foreign speakers? The notes in this post reflect on and arise from encounters between three languages, Czech, German … Read more

Other Terms, Other Conditions

Introduction to the blog series by Endre Dányi (J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main), Clément Dréano (University of Amsterdam) and Gergely Mohácsi (Osaka University) January 3, 2022 For quite some time now, strong voices in the social sciences and humanities have been calling for the decolonization of Western science as a dominant mode of knowing. … Read more

Ok! Ok! Number One!

Thai Protest Language, Lateral Movements, and #ifpoliticswasgood by Jakkrit Sangkhamanee (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) and Casper Bruun Jensen (Independent Scholar, Cambodia) and January 4, 2022 This blog post engages the possibilities of working “on other terms” by examining ongoing democracy protests in Thailand. 1 As we shall see, these events have given rise to … Read more

Leaving Gridworld

Provincializing Electricity by Émile St-Pierre (Osaka University) October 30, 2020 . In the beginning, there was the steam machine. Or so starts one of the ways the Anthropocene story has been told. Much like the biblical Genesis, the Anthropocene discussion is inhabited by multiple versions, some starting with plantations, or with post-WWII U.S. petro-imperialism. … Read more

Making Law of/with Nonhumans

The Ganges River is a Legal Person by Moe Nakazora (Hiroshima University)    On March 20, 2017, the High Court of Uttarkahand, a state in northwestern India, mandated that the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, as well as all water bodies, are “living entities,” that is, “legal persons.” What this declaration implies is that these … Read more