Ivo Oliveira and Emma Ley

Ivo Oliveira is the former Co-Managing Editor/Arts & Culture Editor at Fair Observer. A researcher at the Institute of Philosophical Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Ivo Oliveira is finishing his PhD in Philosophy at the New University of Lisbon. He was an invited researcher in the Husserl-Archiv at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Emma Ley grew up in Oxford and studied English Literature, German and Philosophy at Durham University. Despite feeling deeply connected to the U.K., along with all its paradoxes and eccentricities, she loves the thrill of being abroad. She has lived in Vienna, Austria and is currently a teacher in Cheongju, South Korea. She is particularly interested in how the arts can help us in our daily lives and their power to define us.

Flicking Channels

July 09, 2012

In a time when we are consuming more television than ever, its influence on societal and cultural growth is of the utmost importance. Television, especially the way it depicts our reality, needs to be debated.

There is No Love Sincerer Than the Love of Food

June 18, 2012

Food and cultures are inextricably entangled. Beyond the plains of necessity, food is a source of pleasure, comfort, anxiety and guilt. It underlines our position in the world and our fundamental connection with it. How we prepare food and how we eat reveals who we are and where we come...

The Knowledge Embargo: A Scientific Affair

May 20, 2012

An introduction to the issue of censorship in the scientific community. Censorship and science are two words one would not expect to hear in the same sentence in the 21st century. Yet this pair has been cavorting together throughout human history. The music, the characters, and the plot may have changed...