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.
What Can Today's Activists Learn From the Vietnam Anti-war Movement? | 9 Apr 2017 // 9:30 PM
The lessons of the Vietnam peace movement are at risk of being distorted and forgotten, argues one of its founding voices.
Tina Turner Got It Right: We Don't Need More Heroes | 28 Mar 2017 // 10:00 PM
Jordan Flaherty's No More Heroes argues that the greatest danger to progressive movements often comes from within.
Has Corporate Malfeasance Signaled an End to Law and Order in America? | 12 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
Has the US become a country where crime pays? Could the corporate death penalty help rein in America's criminal banks?
The World Is an Unfair Place: An Interview With Min Jin Lee | 2 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is a multi-generational look at the little-known plight of Koreans living in Japan.
The Galloway Case: Sexual Harassment, Due Process, and Literary Exceptionalism | 4 Jan 2017 // 10:00 PM
Steven Galloway's sexual harassment case, and the literary establishment's response to it, reveals a lot about how much work still needs to be done in combating misogyny.
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
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.
There Is Only One Reality, and It’s Analog | 20 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM
Digital dystopians beware: the analog counterrevolution is here.
On Race and Meritocracy in Academia | 7 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM
Today's elite universities and students claim to value diversity. But do they really?
'The Book of the Dead' Reflects the Complexity of Its Author and His Times | 2 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM
Orikuchi Shinobu's work helps to illustrate the power of fiction and literature to bring to life -- quite literally, in this case -- academic theories surrounding religion, folklore and sociology.