Resilience in Striving:  ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi (January 2016)
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

Resilience in Striving: ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi (January 2016)

When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir written by Paul Kalanithi and published in January 2016. Educated in English literature, human biology, philosophy and medicine, specializing in neurosurgery, Kalanithi writes that he was always interested in learning about the “life of the mind” and particularly, what makes for a meaningful life – he rejected the personal pursuit of one’s own happiness as this end. Continue reading

In the Shadow of Europe
Book review / Cultural Theory and Concepts

In the Shadow of Europe

This book, this truly great book, should be read without further delay by all those who feel concerned by the idea –past, present and future– of Europe. At first sight, it is only a book on a rather overlooked form of Modernism; that is, the Austrian Modernism of the post-World War I period (Modernism, as we know, is more commonly studied in other linguistic and geographical areas, and Austrian Modernism remains strongly associated with pre-World War I culture). Continue reading

Bringing back the true meaning of universitas
Cultural Theory and Concepts

Bringing back the true meaning of universitas

Some questions in life cut across traditional divisions in academia. What is culture? Who is the global citizen, if he exists at all? What is considered progress and decay in our society? Such questions lie at the heart of the values held by all human kind. They cannot be ‘owned’ by a particular discipline. They are deeply personal, and yet shared. Continue reading