My Parisian Academic Crush: Falling in Love with Pierre Bourdieu

The last social scientist that I fell in love with was Susan Strange, a political economist who questions much of the structure of the global economy and international politics. In fact, no one else deserves more credit for the birth of the study of ‘International Political Economy’ as a distinct field of inquiry than Susan….

Idan Raichel Project in Paris – this weekend!

I have loved the music of this ensemble for a while. Even more so, I have loved the group’s underlying concept of Being a culturally diverse group from a part of the world where divisions based on religion, cultural heritage, history, political persuasion run deeply. It is an ‘Israeli’ group to the extent that it…

Hot Topic for the season: The Crises of Capitalism

Interesting little video on the hot topic of the moment, from a specific perspective but not too bad as food for thought. I’m not completely in agreement with all the points raised but the presentation captures some of the issues that are going to be the talk of the town for the next few months…

French elections 2012

So, last night the President fielded an interview on the economy ahead of an EU Summit today where the Eurozone economy is going to be the big elephant in the room under discussion. On his part, Sarkozy spelled out some potentially risky steps that he will take to buttress France from the continued effects of…

Why Paris is the City of Love

There are several images that have come to be associated with Paris – one of which is it as a city of light, a title attributed to it as a result of its intellectual history and partly also as a fruit of its place of leadership in technological advancement in the past. Among other things,…

Super Pop corn for the workout

French electro pop and house music are perfect accompaniments for Saturday morning jogs/workouts. And my most recent discovery is this Parisian outfit, Super Pop Corn. (I strongly believe this band name sounds the most appealing when pronounced with a local accent along the lines of ‘supeur pop ceurn’) Now, whether their music is availbale via…

ARTofNOW Exhibition – Les Vierges de Noël

St Sulpice is currently host to an ‘expo’ entitled “Les Viereges de Noël” presented by Art of Now, a non-profit organisation. The exhibition has on display contemporary interpretations of sculptures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, made to both represent post modern perspectives of the sacred – and maybe also make a larger statement about how…

French and absolutely fabulous

One of the most fantastic news over the Christmas break was the return of Absolutely Fabulous for a new season on BBC (these are available through the BBc IPlayer iPad app which is available outside of the UK). One of the most fabulous episodes have featured a Parisienne caricature Jeanne Durand”. So funny! In this…

The French Language is Calling. Really?

This is a poster that you will find on the walls of many métro stations across Paris as a reminder to aspiring young French authors to be sure that they are called to that career path. It then advises such persons to log onto letudiant.fr for help. (As an aside, letudiant.fr is a great place…

Pumpkin Soup for our Parisian Kitchen

This winter this pumpkin soup recipe has been an absolute winner in my partner and I’s kitchen. It is a definite one to be tried! I tend to add a bit of ginger as well to give it a bit of zest. The recipe is thanks to CuisineAZ.com a treasure trove of French food recipes….