CFP Encounters: the coincidence of space, time, and subjectivity

An interdisciplinary conference
16th-18th September 2019
St John’s College, Cambridge

Paper proposals are invited for an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Encounters: the coincidence of space, time, and subjectivity’. This conference will bring into dialogue a range of disciplines to explore ways in which space and time interact, how they are socially formed or experienced, how they are culturally represented, and what this may say about subjectivity and perceptions of identity.

The conference offers an exciting opportunity for encounters between geographers, historians, philosophers, anthropologists, and literary and cultural critics, among others, to discuss questions relating to mobility, migration, globalisation, identity perception and performance, and the transmission of experience in culture and memory, both collectively and individually.

All human experience is situated in time and space but considering what this actually means for each of us subjectively is a far harder task and one that has occupied thinkers for millennia. It is possible to talk of clock time and of physical spaces, both of which give us a sense of measurability. But how does it actually feel to locate ourselves in a spatial and temporal world? How do spaces change over time (or indeed sense of time over space)? How can one space or one time have such different meanings for different people? What does this say about identity and subjectivity? How are subjective meanings constructed in word and image? How are time and space conceptualised from different disciplinary perspectives? And in what ways may differing theoretical approaches be fruitfully brought into dialogue?

Possible topics might include but are not limited to discussions of the following from any disciplinary perspective:

–       Transport and mobility
–       Social media
–       Border crossings
–       Migration
–       Encounters between word and image
–       Departures and arrivals
–       Public and private spaces
–       Past and present
–       Good times, bad times
–       History and memory
–       Gender identity

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Prof Mark Currie (Contemporary Literature, Queen Mary University of London)
Prof Anne Fuchs (German Literature and Culture, University College Dublin)
Prof Stephen Kern (Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State)
Prof Gillian Rose (Geography, Oxford)

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words and biographies of up to 100 words to Erica Wickerson by 30th April: ehf20@cam.ac.uk

Partecipazione e Conflitto

Vol. 11, No. 1 (2018). Special issue: Socio-political Responses during Recessionary Times in Greece

Guest editor: Stefania Kalogeraki

Editorial

Socio-political Responses during Recessionary Times in Greece: An Introduction Details     PDF
Stefania Kalogeraki 1-11

Special Issue

Not Just Solidarity Providers. Investigating the Political Dimension of Alternative Action Organisations (AAOs) during the Economic Crisis in Greece Details     PDF
Angelos Loukakis 12-37
Exploring Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) during the Greek Economic Crisis Details     PDF
Marina Papadaki, Stefania Kalogeraki 38-69
Social and Solidarity Economy. The Case of an Urban Consumption Co-operative in Greece Details     PDF
Eugenia A. Petropoulou 70-94
Autonomy, Degrowth and Prefigurative Politics: Voices of Solidarity Economy Activists amid Economic Crisis in Greece Details     PDF
Yiannis Zaimakis 95-120
Triggering Solidarity Actions towards Contingent Workers and the Unemployed. The Point of View of Grassroots Trade Unionists and Labour Activists Details     PDF
Christina Karakioulafis, Kostas Kanellopoulos 121-144
Gender Resilience in Times of Economic Crisis: Findings from Greece Details     PDF
Yota Papageorgiou, Vasiliki Petousi 145-174

Open Section

Like a Dog in THE Manger: Mobilizations in Times of Extractive Capitalism: The Cases of Romania and the Czech Republic Details     PDF
Eliska Drapalova 175-201
Populism, Cleavages, and Democracy Details     PDF
Giovanni Barbieri 202-224

Symposium

Symposium in Honor of Luigi Bobbio: An Introduction Details     PDF
Luca Raffini 225-234
The deliberative Arenas in the Crisis of Democracy Details     PDF
Anna Carola Freschi 241-251
Should Sleeping Dogs Be Woken? Conflict, Participation and Deliberative Arenas Details     PDF
Patrice Melé 252-260
Democratic Deliberation, Social Movements and the Quest for Democratic Politics Details     PDF
Donatella della Porta, Andrea Felicetti 261-268
Concepts and Experiences: The Theoretical Pragmatism of Luigi Bobbio Details     PDF
Antonio Floridia 269-275
Local Democracy and Deliberative Arenas: Politics in the Garbage Can? Details     PDF
Giulio Citroni 276-279
Deliberative Design for Public Engagement in Decision-Making Processes Details     PDF
Francesca Gelli 280-290
Luigi Bobbio: A Mentor Between Fieldwork and Public Action Details     PDF
Stefania Ravazzi, Gianfranco Pomatto 291-297
Framing (De)Politicization in Deliberative Arenas Details     PDF
Luigi Pellizzoni 235-240

Book Reviews

Auyero J., M.F. Berti (2015), In Harms’s Way, The Dunamics of Urban Violence, Priceton, NJ: Princeton University Press Details     PDF
Rémi Guillem 298-307
L.M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokilowski, and M.A. Haddock (2017), Explaining Civil Society Development. A Social Origins Approach, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press Details     PDF
Anna Reggiardo 308-312

 

JUCS enters year 5 of interdisciplinary research on the culture(s) of cities

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Thanks to all who have helped the journal through our first four years – editorial team, editorial board members, our new assistant editor team, authors of all types (research articles, short-form articles, blog posts), the team at Intellect publishers, and especially our peer-reviewers and readers!

We’re thrilled to have published four special sections to date and more are on the way (already published:”Urban Soundscapes” in vol 2.1-2; “Cinematicity” in vol. 3.1; and both “Imagining Ground Zero” and also “Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World” in vol. 4.1-2).

Araceli, Stephen and I are pleased to be entering year five with the publication of issue 5.1 (going through production) – and therein you’ll find an editorial (“Urban Cultural Studies, Behind the Scenes: Notes on the Craft of Interdisciplinary Scholarship”) where we review the first years of the journal and emphasize the need to continue to forge places for both interdisciplinary scholarship and reflections on…

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CFP: Affects and Collective Practices of the Undercommons

[forwarded from Alan Moore, member of SQuatting Europe Kollective (SQEK)]:

another conference CFP —

a stream co-organized by SqEK-supporting  Stevphen Shukaitis of  Minor Compositions in USA in August ’18 — with plenty of room for work on subjectivity of squatting!

Stevphen Shukaitis is with Jack Bratich CFP: Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons
For the affect inquiry / making space conference
August 8-11, 2018 Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Stream Organizers: Jack Z. Bratich & Stevphen Shukaitis
What affects circulate within the undercommons today (Harney & Moten 2013)?
This stream proposes to inquire into the relation between affective spaces and aesthetics in the construction of forms of collective intelligence and subjectivities, particularly in the ways this relation is worked with to expand the commonly understood realm of political action. It will explore processes of affective composition through which fleeting and ephemeral relations and performance are involved in what George Katsiaficas describes as “engaging aesthetic rationality in the process of political transformation, of turning politics into art, everyday life into an aesthetically governed domain.” (2001: 310) This is what Nick Thoburn terms a “minor politics” (2003): one that is not based upon calling forth an already existing identity or position, but rather a politics based on a continual intensive and affective engagement of constant self-institution.
“Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons” proposes to explore the relation of affective relations and aesthetics in the construction and operation of formations of collective intelligence and subjectivity, particularly when these forms are brought about in a way intended to expand and modulate understood spaces for political action. These relations and their affectivity embody and express the movement of the social imaginary, or the constant process of becoming: what Raoul Vaneigem referred to as the revolution of everyday life. Everyday life and forms of political action residing in it, whether unseen or encoded in a hidden transcript, exists as a privileged location for political analysis and action precisely because it is where forms of collective intelligence, creativity, and social wealth are manifested.
The everyday manifestations and embodiments of collective imagination and intelligence through collective practices take part in the movement of this transformation of subjectivities. Forms of self-determining community and sociality, which have been understood and theorized as creating the possibility for exodus from relations of domination and the creation of other relations within the present, is premised upon working through, and extending these relations, intensities, and experiences.
“Affects & Aesthetics of the Undercommons” will explore the multiple fields and paths where these relations, intensities, and modulations of collective subjectivities are expressed and transformed through aesthetic expression and movement. This fleeting and ephemeral realm, one of both improvisation and ritual that Amendant Hardiker and Miekal And characterize as the space of the anartistic (1995) provides a unique and valuable entrance point for understanding and theorization of the relation of mind, culture, and collective imagination in constant movement.
Potential topics/possible intersections including but not limited to:
– Infrapolitics & creative subversion
– Black radicalism and genealogies
– Experimental education & nomadic pedagogy
– Creating spaces within and against institutions
– Autonomous spaces & protocols
– Study & Sociality, Convivial Research
– Infrastructure & Logisticality
– Performativy of/in the Commons
250-word paper abstracts can now be submitted to capacious@millersville.edu. The final deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Literary Atlas

Here is a reposting of a flyer about an upcoming seminar on digital mapping.

A Literary Atlas for Wales

With Dr. Kieron Smith

Chair: Mike Duggan

Venue: The Nash Lecture Theatre, Kings College, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS (Note: Entrance on the Strand – A member of the team will be waiting to sign you in at reception)

Date: Wednesday 10th January 2018

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

In this seminar Kieron Smith will introduce the Literary Atlas project to discuss how digital mapping technologies and deep mapping techniques may be used to develop a socio-spatial understanding of Welsh literature.

Literary Atlas is an interdisciplinary digital intervention in the emerging field of Literary Geography. Its primary aim is to build an innovative online atlas providing digital deep maps of twelve English-language novels set in Wales. It hopes to provide insights into the complex relationships between people, places, and literary culture. It asks: what role does literature play in the construction of places? What role does place play in the production of literature? How does literature impact on the ways individuals and communities inhabit places? Can digital deep maps play a role in strengthening community identity? For more information visit: http://literaryatlas.wales/