Tag Archives | Politics

Materiality and politics in Latin America.

Objetos Poderosos

 

Via Ricardo Andres Labra Mocarquer

Symposium in Santiago, Chile. November.

 

The way “things” are analyzed in the contemporary world had changed, from antiquarians to different approaches in social science, philosophy, arts, arquitecture and other discipline witch  have ascertained the importance of the role that objects play in societies.

 

The objects with which we interact predetermine the existence of various struggles around certain economics of power in the contemporary world. Tools, technologies, images, all of these can become agents on the road to empowerment or inequality, ranging from the performative elements of current or daily protests to the mechanisms of vigilance and repression.

 

We would like to invite scholars in various disciplines to join us in discussing the role of objects in the ways politics is conceived and practiced.…

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Digital Politics in Mongolia

Lauren Bonilla, Rebekah Plueckhahn, Rebecca Empson, Department of Anthropology, University College London

This post is written by researchers on an ERC-funded project entitled ‘Emerging Subjects of the New Economy: Tracing Economic Growth in Mongolia’ based at the Department of Anthropology, University College London.

Our project focuses on the mineral-rich country of Mongolia, once heralded as the world’s fastest growing economy but now experiencing sharp economic slowdown. We trace the kinds of subjects and activities that are emerging out of this economy of flux – when promises of economic growth are continually referenced but never seem to materialize; when people are forced to live with the rhetoric of hope and potential which everyday reality never approximates – leading to alternative experiences and imaginaries.…

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Heidelberg Summer School: Walking the Line – Art of Border Zones in Times of Crisis

Via Christiane Brosius, University of Heidelberg

The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” welcomes applications for the Summer School “Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis.” It will take place from July 26 to 31, 2015 at Heidelberg University in Germany.

The summer school will engage with the production, circulation and the disruption of art and visual practices as they navigate the (thin) line between creative and destructive impulses in times when wars, struggles for national independence and conflicting ideologies result in border contestations and territorial partitions. These crises produce both immediate and enduring physical, economic and political consequences for persons living within affected regions, including flight from one’s homeland, traumatic histories left unprocessed between generations, and the elaboration of repressive political systems and surveillance.…

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Constructed Complexities Workshop 26-27 Nov 2014 at Barnett Hill, Guildford

Social Complexity, Institutions and Power – The 4th Constructed Complexities Workshop

Join an international network of interdisciplinary scholars to discuss different ways of approaching emergence, self-organisation, agency, institutions and power within a broad range of complex and theoretically interesting issues such as common resource management and climate change, political ideas and agency, spatial organisation of polities and social and political construction of criminal justice policies.

The workshop speakers include Mike Agar (Maryland), Tony Lawson (Cambridge), Mark Olssen (Surrey), Frances Cleaver (King’s College), Stephen Farrall (Sheffield), Gerhard Schnyder (King’s College), Andrew Cumbers (Glasgow)Frank Schiller (Surrey) and Jakop Rozema (East Anglia).

ESRC-funded, the workshop is free of charge and there are (limited) amounts of travel support you can apply for. If you want to attend the workshop, write a short email to Ozge Dilaver (o.dilaver@surrey.ac.uk) or Amy Woodward (a.woodward@surrey.ac.uk) explaining your research interests and how you can benefit from the workshop.…

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Made in Palestine

Christopher Pinney, UCL

[Please note: this  post was written before the intensification of the current Israeli offensive on Gaza]

I decided to transgress the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) injunction and attend a conference on ‘The Photographic Imagination’ in Tel Aviv in June 2014 for several reasons.  The two central ones concerned, firstly, the Apartheid analogy. Having taught a short course at the University of Cape Town in 2000 it was quite apparent that there were many courageous dissident academic intellectuals that had been a key element of the resistance during the 1980s and earlier. Collaboration with them would have been quite different from buying South African produce. The second reason has an element of illogicality, which is repeatedly pointed out to me: Syria.…

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