Feeling in Limbo…


The Washbag

It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan

Just got my ticket for the home leg of the play off. That’s really all we’re waiting for now isn’t it- the play offs?

Yes we have a last regular season game on Sunday, but really it’s all about the semi final against Sheffield United or Chesterfield.

I covered the game at Preston North End in my match report on “The Washbag” the other day so there’s little left to say on the matter of team selection for that game. If everything works out at the end of May then great, if not, well it’s League One again.

As regards Colchester United on Tuesday… Work meant missing that particular game which meant more to our hosts than it did to us.

The same can be said for the visit of Leyton Orient at the weekend…

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Shipboard Travels: A conversation between Charmaine Chua and Laleh Khalili (Part I)


The Disorder Of Things

Following previous series on Charmaine’s slow boat to China, and introducing Laleh’s first contribution to The Disorder, the first of two posts (the second is here) on what it is to study the labour, politics and infrastructure of oceanic logistics.


Laleh Khalili (LK): Charmaine, both you and I have taken a containership trip in the last few months, you from the West Coast of the US across the Pacific to China and Taiwan, I from Malta through Suez Canal and around the Arabian Peninsula to Jabal Ali, Dubai.  There are lots of things we can talk about: shipboard labour, the politics of the ports, being women in overwhelmingly masculine spaces, etc.  And we both want to know different things about aspects of the other’s searoute which were not similar to our own.

So here is my first question:  What struck you the most about the daily…

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Who were the Denisovans anyway?



Human evolution used to be the preserve of two groups of academics: the ones who liked fossils and the ones who liked stone tools. Both regarded the other as peculiar for being obsessed with the wrong part of a massive jigsaw puzzle. Then in 1987 the geneticists arrived and they’ve been making things much more untidy ever since…

As recently as 40,000 years ago there were at least four species of hominin living in Eurasia. While we know of three from fossils and archaeological material. The fourth, however, is known almost purely from ancient DNA. ‘Species X’, or more commonly the Denisovans, are helping to re-write our understanding of human evolution during the later Pleistocene. But who were they and were did they go?

Turist_den-peschera_cut Denisova cave, image by Nerika via Wikimedia Commons

The Denisovans are a species of hominin that occupy a very peculiar place in the human…

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Shipboard Travels: A conversation between Charmaine Chua and Laleh Khalili (Part II)


The Disorder Of Things

Part One just over here.


LK: First of all, before we proceed, can I say how much I am enjoying this conversation?  Part of this is the ability to compare my experiences with someone of the same political disposition and theoretical commitments who can comment on the contrasts and similarities of the experience of travel aboard a containership, but part of it is also our gender identification.

I felt a kinship with you upon meeting you (as I did with Deb Cowen upon reading her amazing book) precisely because of us confounding gendered expectations of who would do this sort of research in an area –maritime labour, security, travel, and labour– that has always been –and continues to be– marked so profoundly as masculine. And I was really curious about your experience.

I think although I experienced one instance of ass-patting, by and large I think I had…

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