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(en) Critical Cartography and Anarchist Geography: Call for Submissions

Date Sat, 14 Jan 2006 08:47:37 +0200

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is looking for submissions of maps,
cartograms, diagrams, and writing, for a special issue, guest edited by
Lex Bhagat and Lize Mogel, on "Critical Cartography and Anarchist Geography."
The map is a device of power. What happens when this device is
purposely redirected, hacked mischievously or stolen outright?
This issue of Perspectives aims to carry forward the tremendous
momentum which links art, activism, geography and other practices into
the expanded "field" of radical geography and cartography. We are
inspired by recent mapping projects that redirect the culturally
understood authority of maps. Such projects have produced a new type
of networked discourse, richly communicating information through
image/text. These maps picture concentrations of power and global
economic flows; reveal the hidden workings of the prison-industrial
complex; uncover contestations of public space; overwrite political
boundaries with local ecologies; generate walking tours of feminist
social history; direct action against military recruiters or global
financial institutions; and provide a funhouse mirror to the absurdity
of electoral politics. Etcetera.


We are looking for examples of geography in the service of autonomy,
cartography as activist strategy. Maps, cartograms, and diagrams will
be printed in black and white.

Please send:
- PDF or JPEG files no greater than 2 Mb (2 files max), or weblinks.
- A descriptive statement about the map (1 page max).
- Contact Information
Note: maps can be printed in any language, but should be accompanied
by English description.

We also aim to theoretically illuminate radical cartography itself by
pairing map-makers with writers. We will commission short essays that
will contextualize or respond to each map. Map-makers may submit
essays about their own maps.

Please send:
- A one or two paragraph indication of your research interests.
- Writing sample (3 pages max) or references to past works (print or online).
- Contact information.

All map submissions will be considered for an exhibition of radical
cartography, concurrent to the issue's publication in September 2006.

lex@anarchist-studies.org AND lize@publicgreen.com

Institute for Anarchist Studies
P.O. Box 1664
Stuyvesant Station
New York, NY 10009
ATTN: Cartography

March 15: Proposals, sample maps and statements of interest.
April: Notification
June 1: Final deadline for map/images.
August 1: Final deadline for writings.
Late September: Issue publication.

Alexis Bhagat is a writer and a director of the IAS.
Lize Mogel is an artist and mapmaker.

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is the biannual journal of the
Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS), a nonprofit foundation
established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism. The IAS
is primarily a grant-giving organization for radical writers and has
supported authors from countries around the world, including
Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa, the
Czech Republic and the United States.


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