Hans Rollmann is a writer and editor based in Eastern Canada. He's a columnist, writer and opinions editor with the online news magazine TheIndependent.ca. His work has appeared in a range of other publications both print and online, from Briarpatch Magazine to Feral Feminisms. In addition to a background in radio-broadcasting, union organizing and archaeology, he's currently completing a PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies in Toronto. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or @hansnf on Twitter.
Personal Morality, Not Political Ideology: 'Doctor Who' and the Cold War | 27 May 2016 // 5:01 AM
How does a 2,000-year-old (give or take a few centuries) Gallifreyan Time Lord engage with the very human politics of mid-20th century class war?
The Empress Of Impossible Dreams | 16 Nov 2015 // 9:30 PM
Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of) is a no-bullshit pop music storyteller for our modern age, and talks to PopMatters about the numerous cultural influences of her debut full-length Me.
Fade Away Slow: An Interview with Tamaryn | 16 Aug 2015 // 9:02 PM
When a musician describes one of her tracks as "an early Madonna song if it was produced by My Bloody Valentine", you know you're in for something special.
Nadifa Mohamed: Writing the Lives of Somalia's Women | 23 Jun 2015 // 9:15 PM
The complex psychology of pre-war Somalia, and the endurance of its women, is vividly portrayed in The Orchard of Lost Souls.
The Increasingly Political, Ever Lulzy, Richly Cultural World of Hackers | 12 May 2015 // 10:15 PM
Gabriella Coleman, ethnographer of Anonymous, is on a mission to dispel stereotypes and acknowledge the cultural contributions of hackers.
Remembering (and Reliving) the Bombing of Hiroshima With Keiji Nakazawa's 'Barefoot Gen' | 3 Aug 2017 // 9:30 PM
The seminal manga of Hiroshima's atomic bombing and aftermath remains an essential reminder of the horrors of war and atomic bombs.
Small Beauty, Big Ideas: A Conversation with Lambda Award Winner Jia Qing Wilson-Yang | 1 Aug 2017 // 9:00 PM
‘Best Transgender Fiction’ winner’s work challenges Can-Lit and the representation of identity.
On 'Art Sex Music' and Working as an Avant-Garde Artist With Genesis P-Orridge | 30 Jul 2017 // 9:30 PM
Throbbing Gristle and COUM Transmissions' Cosey Fanni Tutti's autobiography reminds us that the destructive forces of misogyny and exploitation infiltrate even the most admired of forward-thinking movements.
How to Ruin a University Without Really Trying | 26 Jul 2017 // 9:00 PM
As Stefan Collini discusses in Speaking of Universities, none of the things universities aim to do -- from educating people to achieving research breakthroughs -- can be achieved under the conditions they’re increasingly being made to conform to.
Everything Was Fake: 'Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris' | 18 Jul 2017 // 9:00 PM
In the wake of the 'Terrible Year', Flaubert railed against the "stupidity" of his fellow citizens. Are we any smarter 150 years later?
Radicalism and the Art of Compromise //19.Dec.16
Pondering Life Post-Capitalism in 'Four Futures' //20.Oct.16
The Sustaining Lure of the Paris Commune //1.Sep.16
The Dark Side of the Modern Olympics //15.Aug.16
'The Statesman and the Storyteller': The Imperatives of State and the Imperatives of Conscience //7.Jul.16
Teen Manga Tackle Tough Topics //8.Jun.16
Drawing Disaster: Comics, War and Trauma //5.May.16
Socialist Solutions for America's Problems //5.May.16
How to Save the Media (and Democracy) //1.May.16
Is Copyright Killing Creativity? //14.Apr.16
A No-Nonsense Agenda for the Left //7.Feb.16
Music Fest Feminists Strike Back //29.Sep.15
How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature? //27.Sep.15
How Should We Respond to Terrorism? //14.Sep.15
When Do Misogynistic Lyrics Become Hate Speech? //20.Jul.15
Is Gender Out of Fashion? //29.Jun.15
Uncovering Queer History in 'Gay Berlin' //10.Mar.15
Let's Make Childhood Savage, Again //22.Feb.15
Will the Bubble Burst on Our Right to Privacy? //18.Feb.15
Much Ado About Art, Satire and Terrorism //15.Feb.15
In Defense of Brunch //10.Feb.15
America Went to War on Terror and Terror Won //9.Feb.15
'The Secret History of Wonder Woman' Also Reveals a Great Deal About Our Own Social History //5.Feb.15
'The Copyright Wars' Rage on After 300 Years //10.Dec.14
Katha Pollitt on Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Rejecting Shame and Renewing America's Potential //7.Oct.14
Comics, Cosmopolitanism, and Canadiana //22.Sep.14
Whatever Happened to American Idealism? | 16 Jun 2017 // 6:30 AM
Young Radicals reminds us that idealism and progressive radicalism are not terms of insult; they are core American values that America needs desperately to rediscover.
'The Production of Money': How to Break the Bankers and Put Our Broken Economy Back Together | 13 Jun 2017 // 6:00 AM
There’s plenty of money floating around in the world, but it’s all in the wrong places.
A Divided Economy Will Not Stand: America and 'The Vanishing Middle Class' | 28 Apr 2017 // 3:30 AM
As America starts to resemble a developing country, racism plays a key role in the One Percent's seizure of power.
How Should the Story of Revolution Be Told? | 19 Apr 2017 // 5:30 AM
UK scholar Helen Rappaport combines thorough scholarship with the stylistic grace of a novelist, and the result is a riveting tale of the Russian Revolution that’s difficult to put down.
The Story of Hemingway and Dos Passos Is as Exciting as Any of Their Novels | 6 Apr 2017 // 3:30 AM
The Ambulance Drivers tells of how Hemingway would use literature to seize the world and Dos Passos would use literature to change it.