#11-Summer serie "Cars and Political Struggles (3/4)": Dialogue with the researcher William Callison
In the third episode of the summer series "Automobiles and Political Struggles", Yasmin Afshar spoke with political theorist William Callison, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human Geography at Uppsala University in Sweden and a member of the Zetkin Collective, a group of academics and activists working on far-right ecology.
Taking the car as a symbol of individual freedom and the rejection of the state, Callison analyzed the anti-ecological drift of car culture in both Europe and the Americas. Taking the United States as a paradigm, our guest also addresses the masculinist and racist aspects that are expressed in driving behavior, as well as the centrality of the car in protests against measures to combat covid-19, the so-called "diagonalist" movement.
To find out more about William Callison's research, we recommend the following pieces:
“Extinguishing the Flames: A Call for Future Research and Action on Far-Right Ecologies” (with The Zetkin Collective) in Irma Allen, Kristoffer Ekberg, Ståle Holgersen, Andreas Malm (eds.) Fanning the flames: Political Ecologies of the Far Right (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2024 ).
“Postwachstum von rechts und die Gefahr des Ökofaschismus” (with Tatjana Söding), Ökologisches Wirtschaften (forthcoming 2023).
"Coronapolitics from the Reichstag to the Capitol" (with Quinn Slobodian), Boston Review (January 2021).
In German: "Querdenker: Der Aufstand des Mittelstands," Zeit Online (April 3, 2021).
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