I am back from Boston

And still recovering from the horribly long hours at the conference and straining my hand while lifting heavy luggage. I took some pictures at Charles River and Boston harbor, so have a look. Yea, I was wearing a pink triangle all throughout the conference.

The highlight of the conference was a talk with Noam Chomsky while I finally got a long overdue $45 haircut. People also liked my presentation and asked good questions — I have finally come to an EDUCATED conclusion that academia is a sanctuary sphere of sorts for the undocumented and underprivileged, as well as niches for all sorts of under-represented ideas. There is a lot of sympathy and empathy for a ‘different’ experience or thought and it was reflected by the audience feedback of several presentations otherwise considered too left-field.At the same time however, to really be accepted by the mainstream academic circle, we still need to hide our heterodox, post-modernist, subaltern orientations, especially in the United States. Yet, there are niches and sanctuaries and it feels nice to have that bit of support.

Still – Call for Papers

All the discussions around “waiting” on the critical geography listserve has led to a “call for papers” interest – On Still and Stillness … What better word to describe our lives? DREAMers are indeed constrained physically and temporally. Songs are also floating around on “waiting” – Do we have any poems from and by DREAMers on this? I haven’t seen any DREAM poetry, come to think of it.

Below is the email and information for submitting your academic papers

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‘Still’

A topology of stillness haunts the space of flows. Against a backdrop of increasing research in mobilities and the mobilisation of forces of all kinds, in this issue of M/C Journal we seek submissions that attend to and reflect upon stillness. ‘Still’ might be many things: stillness as descriptor of a particular form of action, behaviour or disposition; stillness in an object sense; or still as in an action – to become still. This multiplicity, in turn, prompts many questions. How much effort is required to remain still or keep other bodies, things or ideas still? What might it be to think through ‘still’ not as a coherent and singular being-in-the-world, but something that is more fluid, diverse, fragmented and splintered? As such, what are some of the various configurations, vocabularies and politics of stillness?

Perhaps this could involve stillness as a strategy, such as to ignore or dissipate the actions of others. In the writings of idlers, or in the actions of those who refuse or cannot move into lives of permanent transit, we can see the actions of still. Here, stillness might emerge as a particular capacity in order to achieve something – where stillness becomes a productive tool rather than apprehended as a weak form of action. Alternatively, there is the still implied by delegation that comes about through trust in objects or various dispositions of delegation. Can we think about still as form of Spinozian pact, or a collective suspension? Stillness might be restorative whereby rest or being still assists with the activities of the day. Is mesmeric, dreamy stillness different from radical stillness? What about stillness that is, paradoxically, active – where it is willed, coerced or designed? What about a more passive stillness that is not willed intentionally by the body? What do these different forms of ‘still’ do to the body? What do they demand from the body? What are some of the bodily shapes and comportments that are associated with different forms of being or doing ‘still’? And since they are not mutually discrete, how are different stills related to each other?

Still in the social sciences has often been a limited antithetical relation with life, animation and ineluctability of perpetual motion: it is the arrest of photography, or the limit of a frame. Perhaps in Walter Benjamin’s phrase the ‘archaic stillness’ of text we see the power of stillness moving through time, but on the whole, still has enduring pejorative associations with passivity, the feminine and notions of negation. In this issue we seek to expand, recuperate and explore further stillness beyond these narrow affiliations. What does an appreciation of still do to our understanding of action and practice? As Paul Harrison claims, perhaps stillness is a necessary and ‘intrinsic rather than contingent aspect of activity’. For instance, contemporary networked infrastructures produce subjectivities and ontologies in which the relation of stillness to movement is not binary or negative but fully integrated into the processes, aesthetics and politics of mobility. Stillness in all its forms is more critical in contemporary life, by virtue of and not despite, increased mobility. And yet stillness remains more or less unexplored. In this issue of M/C Journal we ask what, then, is significant about still?

Article deadline: 16 Jan. 2009
Release date: 11 Mar. 2009
Editors: David Bissell (University of Brighton) and Gillian Fuller (University of New South Wales)
Journal website: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/

Please send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to still@journal.media-culture.org.au.

Call for Papers – Resistance Studies Magazine

The second issue of the Resistance Studies Magazine – call for papers!

The editors are calling for:

* Papers (articles concerning resistance, power and social change; 2000-4000 words). We will accept original research, essays, and reports in English.

* Book reviews (500-4000 words).

* Relevant interviews (flexible word count)

For submission guidelines, please go to the Magazine page.

Dead Line: April 1st.

Estimated publication: Late April/early May.

The Resistance Studies Magazine is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed magazine distributed as an electronic publication (ISSN 1654-7063). The general aim is to promote research within the field of resistance studies, and to ground a global debate and a critique of contemporary issues on power and resistance. It is always available for free download.

If you have ideas, drafts, or just want to know more – please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Kullenberg (editor) at christopher.kullenberg@theorysc.gu.se (please also send to christopher.kullenberg@gmail.com for safe correspondence).

Christopher Kullenberg

Department for History of Ideas and Theory of Science

Box 200, 40530 Göteborg

Tel. +46(0)317865559

Fax. +46(0)317864548

http://www.hum.gu.se/~vetck/

christopher.kullenberg@theorysc.gu.se

Skype: christopher.kullenberg

Call for Papers: E-pisteme

Call for Papers: E-pisteme
Theme: Voice

Deadline: 15 April 2008

Please circulate this CFP, below and attached in PDF.

E-pisteme, a postgraduate e-journal based in the Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences at Newcastle University, is dedicated to publishing fresh
and vibrant research of the highest quality from postgraduate students and
postdoctoral scholars.  The journal focuses on themes that reach across
disciplines, seeking to challenge traditionally defined ways of thinking
and doing research. E-pisteme is designed as a forum for international
academic exchange and aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles by
new researchers, providing an opportunity for postgraduates to write in an
academic style for an interdisciplinary readership.

We are pleased to announce that E-pisteme is now accepting articles for its
inaugural issue on the theme of ‘VOICE’.  The issue aims to explore some
of the complexities of the concept ‘voice’ by bringing together
contributions of masters, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in
a variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Suggested areas for articles include, but are not restricted to:

Voice and Identity
Voice and Power
Marginalized voices (linguistic, cultural, political, etc.)
The ‘death of the author’?
Nationalism
Forbidden voices – Censorship
Translating Voices
Voice and the Media
e-voices

Please send article submissions as MS Word attachments via e-mail to:
e-pisteme@ncl.ac.uk

All submitted articles must contain the following information:

.       Name
.       Affiliation
.       Stage of study
.       E-mail address
.       Abstract (100-200 words)
.       3 to 5 Keywords

For more information about E-pisteme and our submission guidelines please
visit our
website:  http://research.ncl.ac.uk/e-pisteme/
<https://owa.ncl.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://research.ncl.ac.uk/e-pisteme/>

Deadline for submissions:  15th April 2008

E-pisteme Editorial Board
Newcastle University
e-pisteme@ncl.ac.uk
ISSN 1756-8226