Documenting Post-Socialist Domesticities (in time of the pandemic)

Dr Iulia Statica, Marie Curie Research Fellow at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, spent the summer shooting a documentary, ‘My Socialist Home’ and doing fieldwork with women in Bucharest – she explored their everyday experiences of post-socialist housing and how COVID-19 has impacted their way of life in these homes. Post-socialist domestic spaces are generally evoked as consistently grey, uniform and lacking empathy. Despite the … Continue reading Documenting Post-Socialist Domesticities (in time of the pandemic)

Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

Ronan McCrea argues that the crisis of trust between EU member states, and more notably between Hungary and Poland and the rest of the EU, is the biggest threat faced by the EU today.  This turmoil questions the core principle of mutual recognition among member states that is vital to the EU functioning.  The Hungarian government forcibly retired judges and gave political figures greater control … Continue reading Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

A storm in a tea cup? Why all the fuss around the EU budget

Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, unpacks the politics and the emotional potential of the EU budget, and why Brexit might be good news in this regard.  Every seven years, the EU braces itself for a strange recurring phenomenon: Its comparatively small budget (only 1% of GNI; insignificant when compared to national governments’ budgets) becomes the focus of rapt attention from … Continue reading A storm in a tea cup? Why all the fuss around the EU budget