The Cyberflâneur

The Cyberflâneur section of The Syllabus matches the mighty knowledge infrastructure of The Syllabus with the ingenuity, eclecticism, and verve of our rotating guest-editors. Every week, one of our trusted guides – artists, intellectuals, academics, journalists – will choose a dozen interesting links and write a sentence or two to explain their selections.

These selections are not random. Together with the editorial team of The Syllabus, the guest-editors first define a list of topics for their respective week. In this, they have a free hand. We then unleash the power of The Syllabus to find the best recent pieces – across text, video and audio – on these subjects. Finally, the guest-editors narrow down that list to a dozen of their favourite items.

The Cyberflâneur saunters where others sprint. We want to inject a very different temporality and pace into the increasingly stressful ritual of link-sharing. The rhythms of Twitter or Facebook are simply too maddening. Our hope is to let you experience the most exotic and hidden parts of the Web through the eyes of talented, eccentric, erudite, and interesting people. Yes, this has all the excitement of the World Wide Web circa 1995 – and we are not ashamed of it. The cyberflâneurs might be (almost) dead but we do hope to protect – and cherish! – the survivors.

Our cyberflâneurs so far:

  • #13 Quinn Slobodian – Historian and author of Globalists
  • #14 Katrina Forrester – Political Theorist and Intellectual Historian at Harvard University
  • #15 Kaiser Kuo – Writer, Musician, Podcaster
  • #16 Atossa Araxia Abrahamian – senior editor at the Nation, author of The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen
  • #17 Li Andersson – Finland’s Minister of Education and the Chairperson of the Left Alliance party
  • #18 István Rév – Professor of History and Political Science at CEU, Director of the Open Society Archives
  • #19 Benjamin Bratton – Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California
  • #20 Ivan Krastev – Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna

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