There are lot of questions one could ask Ariana Grande. The five-foot-two pop diva has a firm and unassailable commitment to only ever showcasing the left side of her face. She is rarely – if ever – seen without her trademark tousled ponytail, a voluminous bouffant of waist-length hair. Over the course of her rise to fame as a child Broadway star, to Nickelodeon teen bopper, and finally to full-blown […]
Today, Irish voters go to the polls to vote in a referendum that could end the country’s constitutional ban on abortion. Every day, at least 10 women and girls are forced to travel from Ireland to England to access a safe and legal procedure. The cost, stigma, and stress of the journey across the Irish sea can make it a gruelling experience, adding to the complexities of terminating a […]
King’s Review’s editor Giulia Torino and King’s College’s fellow Felipe Hernández met Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, Colombian architect and urbanist, during his visiting fellowship at King’s College to write his latest book. The work will deal with a critical overview of the widely celebrated post-1991 urban transformation of Medellín that became a planning reference for cities all around the world, under the soi-disant appellation of “the miracle of Medellín”. Drawing […]
Child stars, the objects of our culture’s raging youth fetish, are not supposed to grow up. When they do, we regard them with fascination, concern, and embarrassment, like younger cousins who show up drunk to a family barbecue. The best option for the ageing child star may be to reinvent themselves so completely that they sever their current image entirely from the former one lingering in the public imagination. […]
Moishe Postone was an intellectual historian, critical theorist and political economist who was the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor at the University of Chicago. He was renowned for his reinterpretation of Marx’s theory of value, outlined in his landmark tome, Time, Labour and Social Domination (1996). He passed away on March 19, 2018. Former student and KR editor Rebecca Liu reflects on his teachings and influence here. My fourth year […]
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the eighth most popular individual on Instagram. He posts mainly photos of himself working out at the gym, or promotional material relating to his latest movies. His photos invariably appear alongside comments that could be distilled to aphoristic life advice, albeit advice that tends to centre around first-person pronouns (“I make my cheat meals EPIC because, hell we all work hard and only live […]
“I didn’t find who attacked my great-grandfather with an axe. But I think I learned who didn’t.” History bleeds into the present in Tanya Zaharchenko’s investigation of her family history in Ukraine’s eastern town of Kharkiv, replete with axe-wielding criminals, chandelier-adorned mansions, and a long-unsolved assassination.
This piece explores the critical consequences of popular feminist imaginaries in the current #MeToo climate. Through a comparative film review of The Beguiled and The Handmaiden, it asks what we achieve by entertaining multiple feminisms, and questions whether a politics of representation makes space for ideological contestation in contemporary popular media.
Hyper-sexualised, under-educated, literate only insofar as she can peddle her personal brand for financial gain, 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is the national princess that America does not need, but rightfully deserves. The youngest sister of the Kardashian family sister-quintet is the eighth most followed person on Instagram with 102 million followers, only bested in her family by her sister Kim (107 million). Her personal make-up empire, ‘Kylie Cosmetics’ is reportedly […]
Mike Jay’s work is concerned with the history of drug consumption, alternative mental states and madness. In the past years, he has written about the medical origins of laughing gas; the life of a revolutionary schizophrenic, James Tilly Matthews, and how political regimes influenced the asylum system. He has curated two shows at the Wellcome Collection: the 2010-2011 High Society and the 2017 Bedlam: asylum and beyond. We sat down […]
Learn little by perusing this essay on the criss-crossing narrative that played out one day between two masks displayed at the Sir John Soane’s museum. Intruige, scandal, tomfoolery and ultimately the realisation of the author’s own attitudes towards sex are central to this completely solipsistic review, not of a museum, but of the subjective experience of one.
Before he arrived in 1952 to study history at King’s College, Cambridge under the supervision of Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, Neal Ascherson was conscripted into the Royal Marines at age 18 to defend British colonial interests in Malaya against Chin Peng’s communist insurgency. It was Hobsbawm who, in his benevolently probing way during their first encounter, helped Ascherson confront his own feelings of remorse, later calling him “perhaps the […]
In the second interview for the series ‘The Good Life: Conversations for the King’s Review,’ Jonas Tinius and Johannes Lenhard invited anthropologist and social entrepreneur Edward F. Fischer to reflect on the core themes of his latest book The Good Life: Aspirations, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Well-Being (Stanford, 2014). We spoke about the imperfect but valued opportunities of entrepreneurship for realising desires for a better life; hopes for a better future, and the role of economies and markets in thinking about well-being.
Wolfgang Streeck is emeritus director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His latest book, How Will Capitalism End?, explores the crisis of capitalism today, which Yanis Varoufakis has deemed a brilliant exposé of ‘the deeply illiberal, irrational, anti-humanist tendencies of contemporary capitalism.’ KR editors Johannes Lenhard and Rebecca Liu caught up with the economic sociologist on his thoughts on Corbyn, the EU, and whether there is such thing as a […]
Professor Saskia Sassen is a world-renowned scholar who teaches at Columbia University in New York. She became increasingly known in the social sciences since the early 1990s, after the publication of her book The Global City (Princeton University Press, 1991), which introduced an urban and spatial perspective into the anti-capitalist critique to late-century market models and the growing power of the digital economy. In March 2017, KR editor Giulia Torino […]