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|[Nettime-nl] INVERTING GLOBALISATION - conference, UvA, October 9-10, 2014|
CALL FOR PAPERS INVERTING GLOBALISATION Conference, October 9-10, 2014, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Abstract submission deadline: 1 April 2014 Organised by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) <http://www.acgs.uva.nl> Whereas David Harvey has famously interpreted globalisation as a process of time/space compression, multiple trends proliferating globally suggest that its functional effects include the rooted, the local and the slow. The Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) has developed four research clusters around the themes of mobility, sustainability, aesthetics and connectivity. This conference probes the flip side of these themes, engaging with those aspects of globalisation that too often remain in the shadows or are seen as antithetical to it. We want to analyse the tensions and interactions between mobility and immobility, between sustainability and precarity, between glossy and dirty aesthetics, and between connection and disconnection â not to arrive at yet another set of binaries, but to show how these inverse processes are also intrinsic to globalisation. Taking them into account will make possible a fuller understanding of the uneven, often unexpected and not always obvious ways in which globalisation impacts the contemporary world. Keynote speakers: Â Fatma MÃge GÃcek (Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, US) Â Oliver Marchart (Professor of Sociology, DÃsseldorf Art Academy, Germany) Â Ellen Rutten (Professor of Slavonic Literature and Culture, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Â Ulises Mejias (Associate Professor of Communication Studies, State University of New York College at Oswego, US) The conference will comprise four sessions: Session I: Immobility and the Rearticulation of Identities Besides globalisationâs well-covered tendency towards a general condition of mobility, pervasive instances of immobility can be found. Factory workers whose cheap labour is indispensable for global trade, but who remain confined to their immediate surroundings constitute one tangible example. In addition, there are more intangible instances of immobility, such as the worldwide (re-)assertion of national and religious identities claimed to be timeless and sacrosanct. Are these rearticulated and reasserted identities merely instances of false consciousness? Is there a relation between ever more fluid processes of cultural production and exchange, and the attempts to block this mobility in the name of invented or imagined culture or tradition? Or are newly aggressive forms of identity politics part and parcel of contemporary globalised governmentality? Session II: Unsustainability, Precarity, Ecology The inverse of the sustainable is the unsustainable, evoking a sense of the unbearable or intolerable, a moment of crisis. Unsustainability can be attributed to global economic growth, energy needs, food provision, or to particular political structures or ways of life. It can be used in service of many goals, from the revolutionary to the conservative. This session asks how unsustainability can be understood (epistemologically, politically, affectively) and explores its relation to precarity, another term that inverts the emphasis on survival implicit in sustainability, and to ecology, which no longer applies exclusively to environmental matters but is increasingly linked to the (geo)political. Session III: Dirty Aesthetics Processes of globalisation inspire a dialogue but also tensions between different conceptualisations of the aesthetic. One such tension emerges in the quest for the authentic and/or local through the rough and the dirty. Folk singers aspire to authenticity by refusing technologies of amplification, fashion designers use untreated materials, and urban fringes are turned into creative districts. These proliferating âdirty aestheticsâ validate local modes of production that are frequently coupled to artisanal craftsmanship. Can an aesthetics of roughness and imperfection claim to be resistant to the glossy surfaces of globalisation? Or will the margins be consumed as yet another resource for the integrating genius of a capitalist world market? Session IV: Dis- and Misconnection This session critically examines the claim of unlimited many-to-many communication through social media platforms by exploring the role of dis- and misconnection. It focuses on three sets of actors that facilitate and broker, but also obstruct and complicate, online connectivity. First, users of the Web divide into linguistic spheres and particular networks. Second, corporations zealously protect online platforms by walling off users and their data, blackboxing their technological architectures, and algorithmically steering and organising user interaction. Finally, states become increasingly sophisticated in controlling and ânationalisingâ online communication through surveillance and filtering, as well as through propaganda and cyber-attacks. Panel Proposals: Proposals for group panels should include the following information for the review process. 1. An 800-word summary of the overall panel proposal which contains the following: Â Title of the panel Â Preference for one of the above-mentioned sessions Â Objectives and main questions to be addressed in the panel Â Main perspectives and/or theoretical/conceptual frameworks Â Description of how the session will be structured 2. A 400-word abstract of each individual paper/presentation 3. A list of the panel members including their institutional affiliations and contact information Standalone Papers: Individuals submitting paper proposals should provide an abstract of 400 words including a title and a 100-word (max) bio-bibliography, plus indication of preference for one of the above-mentioned sessions. Please send proposals in Word format before April 1 to Amani Maihoub A.Maihoub@uva.nl <mailto:A.Maihoub@uva.nl> See also the conference webpage: http://acgs.uva.nl/news-and-events/upcoming-events/item/inverting-globalisat ion.html <http://acgs.uva.nl/news-and-events/upcoming-events/item/inverting-globalisa tion.html> Organising Committee: Robin Celikates Johan F. Hartle Jeroen de Kloet Michiel Leezenberg Esther Peeren Thomas Poell Marijke de Valck âââââââââ Robin Celikates Department of Philosophy University of Amsterdam Oude Turfmarkt 145 1012 GC Amsterdam The Netherlands Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.uva.nl/profiel/r.celikates ______________________________________________________ * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet * toegestaan zonder toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een * open en ongemodereerde mailinglist over net-kritiek. * Meer info, archief & anderstalige edities: * http://www.nettime.org/. * Contact: Menno Grootveld (email@example.com).