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   Re: <nettime> law and theft                                                     
     Heiko Recktenwald <>                                 

   Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality                                      
     Randall Packer <>                                             

   art sabotage - the new issue of the republicart online journal                  
     "eipcp" <>                                                     

   launch of                                                   
     "geert lovink" <>                                                

   Interview anthology Uncanny Networks is out                                     
     "geert lovink" <>                                                

   REALTOKYO MM Vol. 110                                                           
     Andreas <>                                               

   SELF PORTRAIT AS A WEBSITE                                                      
     "bobig" <>                                                       

   final call for user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design                  
     honor harger <>                                                  

   springerin 4_02                                                                 
     Redaktion Springerin <>                                 

   borderlands journal 2: on what grounds ? + vol 1 supplement                                                                           

   Collaborating on a project about information technologies in heterogeneous socia
     "Gianluca Miscione" <>                            

   Movements of Theory and Practice - paper on the ESF & related matters        (Steffen G. Bohm)                                          -   mesh                                                      
     m e t a <>                                                          


Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 23:02:15 +0100 (CET)
From: Heiko Recktenwald <>
Subject: Re: <nettime> law and theft

There is now a pre pre pre something paper out in german
If somebody want to make cyberspace additions.



Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 18:43:55 -0500
From: Randall Packer <>
Subject: Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality

Expanded Edition in Paperback
edited by Randall Packer and Ken Jordan
foreword by William Gibson, coda by Laurie Anderson
published by W.W. Norton

"This book is one start toward a different sort of history.... I 
recommend this book to you with an earnestness that I have seldom 
felt for any collection of historic texts.  This is, in large part, 
where the bodies are buried.  Assembled in this way, in such close 
proximity, these visions give off strange sparks." - from the 
foreword by William Gibson

Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality, edited by Randall Packer 
and Ken Jordan, is now available in an expanded paperback edition 
with a foreword by William Gibson and a new coda by Laurie Anderson. 
This collection of seminal essays by artists, scientists, and 
critical theorists chronicles the history of multimedia, and has been 
expanded to include texts by Richard Bolt, Char Davies, Kit Galloway 
and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Janet Murray, and Jeffrey Shaw.

Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality presents the history 
behind the interfaces, links, and interactivity we all take for 
granted today. It traces a fertile and fascinating series of 
collaborations between the arts and the sciences, going back to the 
years just after World War II - and even further, to composer Richard 
Wagner, whose ideas about the immersive nature of music theater 
foreshadowed our concept of virtual reality.

Among the essential articles gathered in the book are the Futurists' 
1916 manifesto on cinema, which declared that the new medium would 
unite all media and replace the book; Vannevar Bush's 1945 Atlantic 
Monthly essay that leads directly to the hyperlinks in today's 
multimedia; J.C.R. Licklider's groundbreaking idea in 1960 that 
people and computers could collaborate in creative work; Nam June 
Paik's 1984 essay proposing that satellite technology would encourage 
a global information art; Tim Berners-Lee's 1989 proposal for a 
document-sharing network, which became the basis of the World Wide 
Web; and William Gibson's discussion of how he came up with the word 
"cyberspace." With an introduction to the volume and critical 
commentaries on each article, editors Randall Packer and Ken Jordan 
lead the reader through key concepts that frame the evolution of 

The book is part of a unique hybrid publication project that joins 
W.W. Norton, Intel Corporation, and Online, 
Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality is a dynamic, growing 
resource featuring hyperlinked texts, a teacher's guide, and a wealth 
of multimedia documentation.

Please visit the site at:

For more information:

Quotes from the field:

"Many of the papers that had profound impact upon my development - to 
say nothing of the entire industry - are all here." Donald A. Norman, 
author of The Invisible Computer

"What a tremendous gift Packer and Jordan have given... Finally, the 
words and ideas of the people responsible for conceiving and building 
the hypermediated reality in which we've found ourselves have been 
collected in one place. This book may be the Primary Source for years 
to come." - Douglas Rushkoff, author of Coercion, Media Virus! and 
Playing the Future

"It's a post-,post-, postmodern world, but those who forget the past 
are still doomed to reboot it. Excavating the fossil record of our 
wired culture, Jordan and Packer uncover the blueprints for the 
future we how inhabit." - Mark Dery, author of The Pyrotechnic 
Insanitarium: American Culture on the Bring

"This important book brings together key texts and contexts that 
begin to delineate the meaningful arts of the future. Educators, 
artists, and students involved in art and new media and 
interdisciplinary programs will find this book invaluable." - Roger 
Malina, editor, Leonardo Journal

Quotes from the press:

"'Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality' reads like a Western 
civ of modern media." - Tony Reveaux, Film/Tape World

"The best guide yet on a subject of central importance to anyone 
interested in the future of media, and the growing marriage between 
art and science....The collection is historically significant, given 
that nobody has ever woven together the different threads, thoughts 
and impulses that become multimedia, a new form both of media and 
culture.... The book flows skillfully from one idea to the next, each 
section building on the one that preceded it." - Jon Katz, Slashdot

"In the Norton Anthology tradition, Packer and Jordan bring together 
seminal contributions that artists and scientists have made to the 
field of computer-human interaction... An evocative whirlwind tour 
through 100 years of work... Excellent..." - S. Joy Mountford, Wired

"[MULTIMEDIA is] a key source book in the field of art, science and 
technology. This book is excellent in all respects." - Annick 
Bureaud, Leonardo Digital Reviews

"Readers interested in the history of multimedia should be enthralled 
by this collection of hard-to-find essays.... A remarkable blending 
of past and present, these essays remind us that today's wondrous 
inventions didn't just spring into existence out of nothingness." - 

"An important book that brings together for the first time articles 
from many different disciplines and viewpoints... It should be a 
basic text for anyone who is learning to merge art with technology." 
- - Boston Globe

"A juicy compendium of historically significant, future-forward 
essays." - Flaunt

"A compendium of classic writing about information technology and its 
role in society [filled with] some inspired choices." - Lingua Franca

"The editors bring together the major writings by multimedia pioneers 
in order to foster a greater understanding, and appreciation, of its 
precedents, roots, and revolutionary potential." - Choice

Expanded Edition in Paperback
edited by Randall Packer and Ken Jordan
foreword by William Gibson, coda by Laurie Anderson
published by W.W. Norton, $19.95
now available
ISBN 0-393-32375-7


Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 00:32:23 +0100
From: "eipcp" <>
Subject: art sabotage - the new issue of the republicart online journal

The new issue of the republicart web-journal is online:

art sabotage

The self-historicizing post-neo-avant-garde of Neoism, the pleasurably
subversive actions of the communication guerilla, to hoaxes, fakes and
identity games in the zones between the real and the virtual belong to a
broad field of artistic-political praxes that has emerged over the last 10
years. Under the paradigms of the control society and immaterial labor these
new strategies of disrupting the circuits of power are especially directed
against the incessant flows of communication as central linchpin of current
power structures.
art sabotage debates methods and examples of this contemporary type of
sabotage: subversive over-affirmation and over-identification, purloining,
alienation and image tarnishing, collective myths, multiple names and open
pop stars.

With texts by autonome a.f.r.i.k.a. gruppe, Brian Holmes, Ralf Homann,
Oliver Marchart, The Yes Men and Wanda Wieczorek.

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a-1060 vienna, gumpendorfer strasse 63b


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 22:21:35 +1100
From: "geert lovink" <>
Subject: launch of

From: "James Boyle" <>
Hope all is well, 

On Monday, in San Francisco, a new non-profit start-up that I played a
small role in helping to found, and on whose board I serve,  "went

Here is a nice little movie about what it does. 

I thought you might possibly be interested, and might even find the
site of some use.  Apologies if you  were already sent something about

Best, Jamie

PS For those who want further details, a news story from the LA Times
is included below.  We also got nice coverage in the Economist, and
earlier in the year, from the New York Times.  

Los Angeles Times
Copyright 2002 Los Angeles Times
Monday, December 16, 2002
Group Is Launching New Types of Licenses The nonprofit's goal is to
promote creativity while reinvigorating the public domain.
David Streitfeld
Times Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO -- For generations, the owners of creative material had
tight control over how it was distributed. Violating someone's copyright
took a major effort. A printing plant was needed to pirate a book, a
factory to bootleg an album.

The Net changed all that, making casual infringement, unauthorized
borrowing and wholesale piracy effortless and pervasive. Copyright
holders are responding by cracking down on violators, who in other
circumstances might be customers.

Into this messy and acid-edged situation comes Creative Commons, a new
nonprofit organization that will launch its first projects today. Based
at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, Creative
Commons has a high-profile board and an ambitious mission. The goal is
to promote creativity and collaboration by developing new forms of
copyright while reinvigorating the ever-shrinking sphere of
copyright-free works: the public domain.

"Using the copyright system, we will make a wider, richer public domain
for creators to build upon and individuals to share," said Stanford law
professor and Creative Commons Chairman Lawrence Lessig. "Walt Disney
built an empire from the riches of the public domain. We'd like to
support a hundred thousand more Walt Disneys."

As a first step, Creative Commons has developed a group of licenses
that will allow copyright holders to surrender some rights to works
while keeping others.

One license, for instance, allows people to copy or distribute a work
as long as they give the owner credit. Another allows a work to be
copied, distributed or displayed as long as it is for a noncommercial
purpose. A third license permits copying but forbids using the work to
make another, derivative work. (The licenses are legal documents,
although that doesn't guarantee that people will honor them.)

A license pioneer is Roger McGuinn, leader of '60s rock group the Byrds
and more recently a folk music enthusiast. He's licensing 80 songs
through Creative Commons, giving the world permission to take his work
as long as all three of his licenses are respected.

By encouraging free distribution and widespread sampling, McGuinn might
end up increasing his sales. It's an argument almost as old as the Web;
Creative Commons is merely offering tools to allow it to happen on an
easier, artist- sanctioned basis.

"Realistically, the first group to use these licenses will mostly be
academics and hobbyists," said Executive Director Glenn Otis Brown. "But
I can imagine perfectly mainstream record companies licensing things on
parts of their Web site. In our wildest dreams, in five years pretty
much every kind of material will be licensed."

That this will really happen, and that the material licensed will be
things worth looking at, reading or listening to, may seem improbable.
But then, so did the notion of mounting an effective challenge to the
constitutionality of the current copyright law, which was the recent
undertaking by several members of the Creative Commons brain trust.

The legal case arose out of the outrage felt by Eric Eldred, an
Internet publisher of material in the public domain, when Congress in
1998 extended copyright terms by 20 years. The result was that no new
material -- no Hemingway, no Gershwin -- will enter the public domain
until 2019.

Lessig, then at Harvard, took Eldred as a client. He nursed the case
through two lower court defeats and an entirely unexpected decision by
the Supreme Court to review it. Oral arguments were in October; a
decision is due by the end of June.

Eldred is a member of the Creative Commons board. Other members include
computer science professor Hal Abelson of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Duke University law professor James Boyle and former
documentary filmmaker Eric Saltzman, all of them big guns in the field
of cyber law.

If the Eldred case represents an attempt to short-circuit the
entertainment industry's desire to keep its old works under exclusive
control for an ever- lengthening amount of time, Creative Commons was
developed as an intellectual property conservancy through which control
would be shared, limited or nonexistent.

The notion of loosening the bounds of copyright isn't new. For more
than a decade, the Free Software Foundation has used for its own
programs and offered others a license that guarantees the freedom to
share and change software. O'Reilly & Associates, a leading computer
manual publisher, uses the Web to publish a number of books under
open-publication licenses.

Still, the notion that creation confers ownership and that ownership is
practically eternal is embedded in the system.

Since 1978, copyright protection has been automatic on any new work --
which has made it very hard to purposely free it. In response, Creative
Commons has developed what it is calling the Founders' Copyright. A
creator agrees to a contract with Creative Commons to guarantee that a
work will enter the public domain after just 14 years, which was the
span granted by the first copyright law in 1790. O'Reilly said it will
be the first to publish under these terms.

Another license puts work into the public domain immediately. One of
the first works to have a public domain license will be "The Cluetrain
Manifesto," an influential book on Internet marketing that was published
three years ago. It was a natural evolution, considering that the text
of "Cluetrain" was posted on the Web awhile ago by the authors.

"It continues to sell well in stores and on the Web," said one of the
book's four authors, Doc Searls. "Did having the whole text on the Web
help? I think so, but we can't tell."

How much "Cluetrain," as well as the experiences of O'Reilly and the
Free Software Foundation, presages a wider movement toward limited
licensing or the public domain is uncertain.

Critics already are wondering why a creator would donate anything to
the public domain beyond, for example, an unpublished or unpublishable
novel. Are people so altruistic as to create things for free? "The same
thing was said about the whole Internet a few years ago," Eldred
observed. "The existence of the Web is the answer."

James Boyle
William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law
Duke University Law School
Science Drive & Towerview 
Box 90360
Durham, NC 27708-0360
919 613-7287 ph.
Home Page & Essays


Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 08:19:54 +1100
From: "geert lovink" <>
Subject: Interview anthology Uncanny Networks is out

Uncanny Networks: Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia by Geert Lovink

For Geert Lovink, interviews are imaginative texts that can help to create
global, networked discourses not only among different professions but also
among different cultures and social groups. Conducting interviews online,
over a period of weeks or months, allows the participants to compose
documents of depth and breadth, rather than simply snapshots of timely

The interviews collected in this book are with artists, critics, and
theorists who are intimately involved in building the content, interfaces,
and architectures of new media. The topics discussed include digital
aesthetics, sound art, navigating deep audio space, European media
philosophy, the Internet in Eastern Europe, the mixing of old and new in
India, critical media studies in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese techno
tribes, hybrid identities, the storage of social movements, theory of the
virtual class, virtual and urban spaces, corporate takeover of the Internet,
and the role of cyberspace in the rise of nongovernmental organizations.

Interviewees included Norbert Bolz, Paulina Borsook, Luchezar Boyadjiev,
Kuan-Hsing Chen, Cãlin Dan, Mike Davis, Mark Dery, Kodwo Eshun, Susan
George, Boris Groys, Frank Hartmann, Michael Heim, Dietmar Kamper, Zina
Kaye, Tom Keenan, Arthur Kroker, Bruno Latour, Marita Liulia, Rafael
Lozano-Hemmer, Peter Lunenfeld, Lev Manovich, Mongrel, Edi Muka, Jonathan
Peizer, Saskia Sassen, Herbert Schiller, Gayatri Spivak, János Sugár, Ravi
Sundaram, Toshiya Ueno, Tjebbe van Tijen, McKenzie Wark, Hartmut Winkler,
and Slavoj Zizek.

To order:


Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 11:17:53 +0900
From: Andreas <>
Subject: REALTOKYO MM Vol. 110

R    E    A    L    T    O    K    Y    O    MAIL MAGAZINE

REALTOKYO is taking a winter break. We'll be back on January 6,
hope to see you all again in 2003. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

[This Week's Index]

(1) Out of Tokyo
Vol. 53: The Future of Free Magazines

(2) Event Pick of the Week
Highleg Jesus: Love Jesus

This week's RT Picks:

art+cinema+music+stage+design+town = 40 events
including 12 new ones!
Plus new entries on our 'book/disk' page.

Check them out!

(2) Out of Tokyo

Vol. 53: The Future of Free Magazines
by Ozaki Tetsuya

The "Headline Today" free daily paper that was launched in July
2002 was reborn on November 25 in form of a 28-page all-colour
tabloid, renamed to "Tokyo Headline" and now appearing weekly.
In other words, what used to carry the proud banner of "Tokyo's
only free daily" was forced to slow down to a weekly pace.

Read more at:

(2) Event Pick of the Week

Highleg Jesus: Love Jesus

This is definitely the last, the very last, the last one ever!
The end of this year marks the 'ascension' of the Highleg Jesus
theatre company after ten years of spreading naughtiness on
Japanese stages. Presently mostly in their thirties, the troupe's
members declare that they "have done everything we could possibly
do on stage." Now they gather for a last colourful spectacle,
getting out the rest of the explosives they still have to burn,
and that's going to be another intensive physical experience.
This last accumulation of funny topics and all kinds of nudity
will give you so much to laugh that it probably won't hurt at all
to say goodbye!
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Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 00:25:52 +0100
From: "bobig" <>

updated issue 4 online !
see, download and order free art ...
                                    bobig [ self portrait as a website]


Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 17:24:04 +0100
From: Redaktion Springerin <>
Subject: springerin 4_02

Out now: springerin 4_02 Far East

In cartographies of contemporary art, the Asiatic region still 
figures as a barely explored territory. Despite some isolated 
attempts in the past few years, the varied productions coming from 
the Far East are still strangely underrepresented in the Western 
culture industry. In addition to this, any mediatory endeavours tend 
as often as not to be coloured by "exoticisation" and 
"orientalisation" as soon as the gaze wanders from West to East.

springerin 4_02 reflects on specific problems in local cultural 
scenes and tries to place newly involving "artscapes" between 
diaspora and local fields of power.

springerin 4_02 includes articles by:
Nancy Adajania, Reinhard Braun, Kuan-Hsing Chen, Rey Chow, Calin Dan, 
Branislav Dimitrijevic, Matthias Dusini, Chritian H=F6ller, Gregor 
Jansen, Christina Lammer, Julia Gwendolyn Schneider, Georg 
Sch=F6llhammer, Keiko Sei, Julia Sorokina, Francois Thiry, Krystian 

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redaktion springerin
museumsplatz 1 / 4 / 3, A-1070 wien / vienna, T +43 1 5229124, F & 
ISDN +43 1 5229125,


Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 16:34:42 +1100
Subject: borderlands journal 2: on what grounds ? + vol 1 supplement

Volume 1 Number 2, 2002

journal dealing with borders, indigenous sovereignity etc

supplement to volume 1

On What Grounds? Sovereignties, Territorialities
and Indigenous Rights

The Editors

1. This collection of articles emerged from an online forum called ‘Sovereignties’ that was part of a larger conference, Globalization: Live and Online, organized by Dr Catherine Driscoll at the Research Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences at Adelaide University in the second half of 2001. The ‘Sovereignties’ discussion brought together theorists from all over the world to engage with issues arising from what has increasingly been referred to as a ‘crisis of sovereignty.’ Twelve months later, the result is an extremely rich collection of articles, addressing sovereignty at sites as diverse as cows and airports and exploring themes ranging from sodomy to reconciliation and intellectual property rights. 

2. Today inter-state and supra-national structures, along with the globalized forms of neo-liberalism all short-circuit the legitimacy and autonomy of the nation-state. It increasingly appears that political and physical boundaries no longer serve to delimit the nation-state’s ‘natural’ borders: the nation simultaneously exists and disintegrates amidst transnational allegiances and contestations, information vectors and flows of capital, cultures and labor power, and the generally increasing movement of people around the world. For many, the nation is no longer the ‘a priori’ of identification and belonging, since a range of postnationalisms now intersect with and undermine the institutions of national statehood. In consequence, the ideological stability of state sovereignty is breached, while at the same time the political leverage of new and not so new social movements (deterritorialised, post-national, mobile, global), is enhanced. 

3. As Arjun Appadurai argues, the combined impact of increasing transnational mobilities and post-national social forms places the nation-state ‘on it’s last legs’. (Appadurai, 1996:19) And Saskia Sassen, one of the most incisive theorists writing about contemporary transformations of sovereignty, this situation requires a new set of enquiries and questions. As she asks: 

Has not sovereignty itself been transformed? Can we continue to take it for granted, as much of the literature on the state does over and over again, that the state has exclusive control over the entry of non-nationals? Is the character of that exclusive authority today the same as it was before the current phase of globalization and the ascendance of human rights? (Sassen, 1996: p.xv)

4. However, in thinking and speaking of sovereignty’s crisis, we are dealing with the predicament of a specific and relatively recent form of political organization. So it is vital to remember that the modern nation-state was constituted through colonial processes and continues to be bound to the ownership of the human, animal and natural resources of particular geographical territories. 

5. The growth of networked communications systems, the globalization of cultural and economic exchanges, and apparatuses of command and control have linked the world into a complex whole, enabling a dense matrix of mobility and circulation. Within these processes, the nation-state is forced to move from being a sovereign regulator of its subjects to an institution that must facilitate and respond to the increasing production of mobilities across its borders. Among the most recent and controversial studies of the transformations of sovereignty in globalization is Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire, which argues that modern sovereignty is being challenged by a new postmodern republicanism based on the lived experience of an internally heterogeneous multitude. (Hardt and Negri, 2000) Defined by irrepressible circulation and movement, the multitude resists the inevitability of belonging to a fixed and determined topos: to a nation, an identity, and a people. But as Hardt a!
 Negri warn, this very resistance is threatened by the sovereignty of capital unleashed from its modern, nationalist constraints.

6. On What Grounds provides a space in which different understandings of and stakes in sovereignty are expressed and worked through. The contributors to this volume address questions including: in what circumstances does the claim to grounds facilitate strategic and tactical political struggles? Under what conditions does the claim to grounds produce certainties and orthodoxies that close off political possibilities? 

7. Haunani-Kay Trask’s contribution to this collection ‘Restitution as a Precondition of Reconciliation: Native Hawaiians and Indigenous Human Rights’ is an eloquent explanation of why crimes of colonialism must be adequately addressed before Indigenous people can take their places as happy citizens of a new global world order. Ned Rossiter’s thought-provoking piece, ‘Modalities of Indigenous Sovereignty, Transformations of the Nation State and Intellectual Property Regimes’ refracts Indigenous sovereignty issues through Chantal Mouffe’s concept of ‘agonistic democracy’ to examine new developments on the global and national terrain such as mandatory sentencing, privatized prisons and intellectual property rights. Drawing on Foucault’s notion of ‘biopower’ and Agamben’s concept of ‘bare life’, Dinesh Wadiwel’s article ‘Cows and Sovereignty’, introduces another axis of analysis to the collection by analyzing sovereignty’s power to constitute ‘exception’ in relation to both hum!
 and animal life. In ‘Domestic Laws versus Aboriginal Visions’, Indigenous sovereignty theorists, Candice Metallic and Patricia Monture-Angus examine the colonial legal legacy that – until recently - prevented Indigenous claimants from receiving a hearing as equal partners in the Canadian Supreme Court. In ‘Defacing Terra Nullius and Facing the Public Secret of Indigenous Sovereignty in Australia’, Fiona Nicoll identifies the assumption of ‘proper perspective’ as a performative aspect of a white Australian epistemology grounded in Terra Nullius, suggesting that the more we learn about the grounds of Indigenous sovereignty claims, the more sensitive we will be to the everyday ways that we practice our whiteness against these grounds. 

8. Fiona Allon’s article ‘Boundary Anxieties: between borders and belongings’, draws on Dipesh Chakrabarty and other anti-colonial theorists of globalization to demonstrate how border-crossings of media and migrants are paradoxically creating a newly ‘provincialized Europe’. In ‘Departing Sovereignty’, Justine Lloyd focuses on interstitial sites and subjects including airports, global arcades, refugees and illegal immigrants to reflect on the determining conditions of mobility in a globalizing world. Linking the problem of hospitality to the spatial and rhetorical figure of the ‘shore’, Katrina Schlunke’s article ‘Sovereign Hospitalities’ draws on Derrida’s reading of the Biblical story of Lot and the Sodomites to ask how the ambivalent status of the ‘illegal immigrant’ might displace an Anglo-Celtic Australian from the centre of national discourse, exposing the latter as a stranger from the standpoint of Indigenous sovereignty. 

9. In ‘Withstanding the Tide of History’, Bruce Buchan presents a critical analysis of the reasoning of Australia’s first native title judgment which found against the claim of the Yorta Yorta nation, juxtaposing the anthropological value of ‘tradition’—which the judge determined had been washed away by ‘the tide of history’—with the material interests that the nineteenth century ethnographer and squatter (whose written account of Yorta Yorta traditions was the primary evidence used in the judgment) held in the claimants’ lands. Finally in ‘The Perverse Perseverance of Sovereignty’ Anthony Burke links the historical constitution of modern sovereignty through a founding violence against Indigenous peoples with the "globalisation" of such violence against a range of Others such as refugees, Palestinians and Muslims. He draws on a range of philosophers and political theorists to analyse the stubborn persistence of the sovereignty problematic, and its complex articulation with m!
ern capitalism, in the face of contemporary challenges to the nation-state.

10. All of the articles in this volume touch in some way or another on urgent questions about the status of ‘grounds’ with respect to sovereignty and its politics. While globalization theorists such as Appadurai point to the emergence of ‘sovereignty without territoriality,’ Indigenous sovereignty theorists continue to claim the viability of ‘grounds’ as a means of asserting their rights. Similarly, anti-colonial movements may not wish to completely disavow the nation, arguing that only a popular reclamation of the nation-state can offset inequalities that are structural to the global political economy. This can lead to conflict and misunderstanding between those committed to a post-nationalist removal of ‘grounds’ and those stateless peoples who are literally without grounds due to genocidal practices that forcibly removed their lands and attempted to forge them into subject-citizens of modern nation-states. We hope that this issue’s exploration of different intellectual un!
rstandings of and legal relationships to a range of territories will assist readers in building their own conceptual and political bridges between globalization theory and Indigenous sovereignty theory. 

Irene Watson, Fiona Nicoll, Brett Neilson & Fiona Allon

December 2002


Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large: cultural dimensions of globalization, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1996.

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2000

Saskia Sassen, Losing Control? Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization, Columbia University Press, 1996

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Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 22:12:44 +0100
From: "Gianluca Miscione" <>
Subject: Collaborating on a project about information technologies in heterogeneous social groups: a survey


I'm Gianluca Miscione, PhD student at Trento University, Italy.
I'm looking for researchers, teachers, N.G.O, students... interested in
information technologies and culturally and socially heterogeneous groups.
I would like to create a network to share information and to collaborate on
matters related to that argument.

The main object of this work are groups characterised by different cultural
identities, ethnic or religious belongings, unbalanced economies.
I'm interested in studying what is the possible role of media. How they can
be used by different social actors, what are the effects.

This project is at the beginning, the purposes are to understand more about
relations between communication and social groups. Then it is interesting to
use consequent hypotesis and theories to realise practical projects.
Within this quite large frame, any contribution is welcomed, in particular
suggestions about articles, books, web-sites, theories, studies.

I hope this co-operaration will grow and stronger relations between
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Gianluca Miscione



Theoretical purpose of this project is to study social groups organised by
formal and informal norms and uses of media in different contexts. Keeping
in mind the vital role of cultures in relations, my particular interests
- - what media and strategies of communications fit different social and
cultural environments;
- - what are the relations between communication and social cohesion;
- - how new media organise and/or fragment groups;
- - effects on cultures;
- - ethical and political aspects of these changes.

A specific argument I'd like to treat is networks of trust: how trust
increases and what reduces it between social actors and groups. Main
attention is given to communication mediated relations. The essential
research question is "Can reliance be created and supported by media? How?"
Particular attention is due to groups whose relations are not forced by
external forces and to open and decentralised networks, where trust is more
important than in hierarchies.
It's useful to consider how social groups that exist on the Internet have
solved this problems and what seem to be future possibilities: digital
signature and electronic money, in particular.

The main object of this research are social groups divided by different
cultural identities, ethnic or religious belongings, unbalanced economies.
My focus is on how to use media (and new media in particular) where there
aren't shared values, norms or an effective power, at least. The objective
is to understand how social cohesion is affected by media and find if there
is any norm in that. The general objective is to understand what role may
have communication where there is no common sense and/or no common law.
This knowledge is useful even to improve communication in social groups that
only use media to create and maintain social relations.

Then it would be interesting to situate mutual effects between
communications and social networks in contemporary societies.

The theoretical part of the research is made up of different disciplines,
notions and outlooks useful to understand the problem and to guide practical
activity; a wide range of theories, studies, concepts are focused on a field
of application. Thomas' theorem, anthropological and microsociological
theories are useful tools to understand how people image situation they live
in. From a sociological point of view, ethnometodolgy, communities of
practice and accountability theories are stressed to understand how
information technologies and social groups are related, not considering
technical development a force external to society. So that, technology
evaluation theories could be enriched by perspectives that consider social
and cultural changes not only as effects.
Wittgenstein and Austin perspective help to maintain a pragmatic view on the
subject and to consider communication in general -not only languages- as a
practical skill, not as a formal structure.
A theoretical and practical analysis could exploit relational and
informational aspects of communication, necessary to create common outlook
and social cohesion. Sense-making could be stimulated even with
not-alphabetical languages, it depends on chosen situations.
It is important to focus on social environments, the contexts in which
communication is possible. Because of variety of cases, I don't think it's
possible to create a general model applicable everywhere. More suitable
would be to prepare a methodology that could help in different situations.
How do persons become a group, give similar meanings to situations, share
objectives? How to give coherence and unity to environment in which they
act? How do other people's actions become understandable/foreseeable? Can
new media support strong social groups that don't lie on offline
organisations? These are questions I hope to answer and that may lead to a
kind of social ergonomics. Cases related to media and e-government present
interesting issues about adapting global technology to local requirements,
applications and adaptations to local circumstances, where proximity and
remoteness are cultural rather than geographical.

Open questions are:
- - if communities of practice are self-referential cultural systems which
prevent their members from comparing their implicit beliefs, can intentional
evolution take place?
- - as there is discontinuity among different practices, is it necessary to go
beyond this way of organisation in order to obtain bigger groups?
- - what is the relation between practices and meanings actors give to things
of the world they live in?

The first part is descriptive. I'm looking for at least two cases of study,
compare them and analyse how social cohesion is been affected by other
social-relevant changes in communication. The second part aims to use
knowledge and hypothesis arose from those descriptions to prepare a project.
Effects of this activities will help in evaluating theories.
Fragmented societies are quite frequent in less developed countries (but
cultural variety is remarkable in western societies as Europe or USA), so
that it could be a good choice to find cases there. The second step is to
consider all the actors involved in chosen social situations (local
population, government, civil-society, N.G.O., investors...) and what are
their activities and interests. Then is to be noted how they try to direct
social situations and what results are achieved. It's important to analyse
communities of practice in chosen groups. Special attention is to be
addressed to how private, common and public places are used and what social
functions are carried out there.
As any communication need a common area to be performed, the first grade is
letting different groups to find it, not to manage contents. Next steps need
to be decided on the basis of feed-back.
In planning the practical project, instead of focusing on media, it's better
to define beginning and expected social situations. If chosen media are not
already present in local mediascape, communication tools design has to be
consequent. To fit a particular setting, participatory design is a good
manner to let people to develop their own way to use communication. This
could prove if personal and free use of media is a way to obtain that social
actors believe in mediated relations. On the other hand, it's to be proved
if pre-defined systems can be understood or accepted and how they can affect
practices and purposes of social groups.
Examples of communication to employ can be divided into two types: uses of
media to promote cultural interchange and systems that make as impersonal as
possible social relations. Local newspapers collaboratively made (and
translated in different languages if necessary), production and release of
videos or documentaries, shows... are to meet and understand different
social groups. Systems that make relationships impersonal are useful when
the task is to apply formal rules. Co-ordination of different strategies is
fundamental. Can new media facilitate meetings, dialogue, realisation?
Practical achievement is the strengthening of information and communication
technologies employment in social, cultural and economic development.


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 23:59:44 -0000
From: (Steffen G. Bohm)
Subject: Movements of Theory and Practice - paper on the ESF & related matters

The following article has just been published in 'ephemera: critical
dialogues on organization' (

'Movements of Theory and Practice'
by Steffen Bohm

In spite of Lenin’s claim that “without revolutionary theory there can
be no revolutionary movement” it has become increasingly fashionable
to argue against theory and celebrate practice. This can be clearly
observed in an academic field such as organisation studies which is
characterised by increasing pressures to be less theoretically
abstract and more practically relevant for private and public
management. In this paper I will defend theory against the attacks
from ‘common sense’ practice by developing the concept of theoretical
practice, which highlights the close interconnectedness between theory
and practice but also leaves room for their relative autonomy from
each other. This theoretical conception is practiced by closely
engaging with the so-called ‘movement’ of anti-capitalist protesters
and globalisation critics whose most recent event was the European
Social Forum (ESF) that took place in Florence, Italy, in November
2002. I will argue that in relation to theory and practice the ESF
points towards three notions: first, protest for radical social change
is a theoretical practice; second, the theoretical practice of radical
collective protest can be the source of joy; and third, theoretical
practice is characterised by movements between multiplicity and unity.
Overall then this paper is a call for the practice of theory in
organisation studies (and in life in general), a theory that aims at
interrogating and concretely effecting social organisation and
contributes to a project of radical change.


Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 13:11:33 -0800
From: m e t a <>
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