Book Reviews

Horror Fiction and Dark Fantasy for Children: is it Pedagogical or Traumatising?

Picking and choosing what a child should be allowed to read can be complicated. Should children be free to read anything they want, or should parents and educators be more selective about what books their kids can get their hands on? This issue is particularly divisive if it involves children’s horror fiction, which is populated by scary, violent, and unsettling tales. This article discusses the different sides to this argument and it will also suggest a way of approaching scary books that can be both pedagogical and enjoyable for a young audience.

Review of John Hobson’s “Eurocentric Conception of World Politics”

By Oskari Mantere. Conventionally, mainstream scholars of politics and international relations (IR) have believed that they pursue “scientific” and objective knowledge. What could be called “the post-structural challenge” has undermined the ostensible value-neutrality of these approaches. One of the most central ideas behind this revision was that knowledge produces discursive material of power-relations. Hence, the … More

The words of Olga Tokarczuk

By Julia BÄ…k. October 10th turned into a day of celebration for Poland, as Olga Tokarczuk was awarded a Noble Prize in literature. Although widely appreciated – already laureate of The Man Booker International Prize 2018 and double laureate of Poland’s most prestigious literary award, The Nike Literary Award – for Poland’s political right, she … More

Book Review – Decolonising International Law

By Oskari Mantere. Reviewed work: Sundhya, P. (2011) Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press Besides being an actual series of events when formal empires were dissolved, decolonisation today also signifies an aspiration and political program to dismantle and deconstruct old imperial forms of power. Pahuja Sundhya’s … More

Dual Book Review – Relationships Between Human Rights & Decolonisation

By Oskari Mantere. Arguably, the two most important developments of twentieth-century history are decolonisation – which rendered the empires of the old world obsolete and morally dubious – and the human rights revolution – which has remade the world anew in giving every member of the human species inherent dignity and a set of inalienable … More

A Review of Pitts’ Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire

By Oskari Mantere. Almost by definition, international law is universal. This belief seems nearly tautological, thus true to the point that it is almost silly. Of course, international law is universal; otherwise, it would not be truly an international law. This self-indulgent and unreflective belief is merely a false historical narrative. The fact is that … More

Moyn, S. (2018), Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

By Oskari Mantere. When historians became interested in the history of human rights in the 1990s and early 2000s, they traced their history either to ancient philosophies, the Christian natural law, the Age of Enlightenment, or the horrors of the gas chambers. It was the revisionist argument that modern human rights had their origins in … More