About

About

State of Nature is a blog entirely dedicated to interviews with leading thinkers in social and political theory.

It is run by Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes, the former editors of State of Nature journal, who have been conducting and publishing interviews since 2005.  They are the authors of Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 2013), which includes interviews with Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Richard A. Falk, Judith Butler, Ted Honderich, to name a few.

Cihan Aksan

Cihan Aksan

I became a refugee at the age of five when I left Turkey with my family following the coup d’état in 1980. I have lived in France, England and Cyprus, but still feel stateless at heart.

I have an MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Warwick. Through my postgraduate work, I developed an interest in archival research and oral history. Since then I have travelled widely, collecting documents and conducting interviews on state crime, terrorism and political violence.

I am currently working on a book on revolutionary violence in Turkey in the 1970s.

Jon Bailes

Jon Bailes

I was born and grew up in England, but have since left and come back at various points.

In 2017 I completed a PhD in European Studies at University College London. My areas of specialisation are social theory and cultural criticism, with a good dose of Marxism and psychoanalysis. In particular, I am interested in concepts of ideology, power and social control, as well as the politics of resistance in modern consumer societies.

I am currently planning a new research project focused on ideologies of work.