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:

  • #1 Brian Eno – Musician, Record Producer, Visual Artist
  • #2 Hito Steyerl – Artist, Filmmaker, Writer
  • #3 Adam Tooze – Professor of History at Columbia University
  • #4 Rana Foroohar – Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times
  • #5 Samuel Moyn – Professor of Law and History at Yale University
  • #6 Rem Koolhas – Architect
  • #7 Paul Mason – Journalist, Filmmaker, Author
  • #8 Shehla Rashid – Activist & Academic
  • #9 Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst – Musicians, Artists, Technologists
  • #10 Raquel Rolnik – Architect & Urban Planner
  • #11 Laleh Khalili – Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary University
  • #12 Zephyr Teachout – Professor of Law at Fordham University
  • #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
  • #21 Daniela Gabor – Professor of Economics and Macro-Finance at UWE Bristol, Founder of Critical Macro Finance
  • #22 Fabrizio Barca – Italian Politician, founder of Forum on Inequality and Diversity
  • #23 Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics at Tufts University
  • #24 Ingrid Kvangraven – Professor of International Development at the University of York
  • #25 Dani Rodrik – Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard
  • #26 Alondra Nelson – President of the Social Science Research Council, Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study
  • #27 Hari Kunzru – Novelist, Author of The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, Gods Without Men, and White Tears
  • #28 Joan Subirats – Professor of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • #29 Bruce Schneier – Cryptographer, Security and Privacy Technologist, Writer
  • #30 Justin McGuirk – Chief Curator at the Design Museum in London, Author of Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
  • #31 James Bradburne – Director of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Former Head of the Strozzi Gallery in Florence
  • #32 Vincent Bevins – Journalist and Writer, Author of The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
  • #33 Wendy Liu – Developer, Author of Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology From Capitalism

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