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Geophilosophy and the Geo-Social CFP

Anybody interested in a collaborative something for this?

Call for Panels/Papers AAG 2014

Convenors:
Elizabeth Johnson,
Harlan Morehouse, University of Minnesota
Rory Rowan, Wageningen University

There is a growing consensus that in the 21st century the planet is no longer the concern of geologists and climate scientists alone, but that philosophical and social thought must also increasingly engage with planetary concerns. Emergent literatures across the social sciences and humanities are struggling to generate new conceptual frameworks and research strategies to adequately account for the complex knots that bind social, geological, biological and technological forces together, as well as the catastrophic potentials that reside within them (see, for example: Braun and Whatmore 2010; Clark 2010; Ellsworth et al 2012; Saldanha 2013; Yusoff 2013; and the special issue of the Oxford Literary Review, 2012). At the recent RGS-IBG conference in London, Nigel Clark, Arun Saldanha and Kathryn Yusoff characterized this messy tangle of anthropogenic and nonhuman forces as the ‘Geo-Social.’ In many ways, this ‘Geo-Social’ can be considered the foundation of geographic scholarship. However, as many begin to examine the links between social history and geologic change in the context of Climate Change and the advent of the Anthropocene, the ‘Geo-Social’ invites a radical reassessment of fundamental conceptual frameworks across a number of registers – from the epistemological and ontological to the political and ethical – and a re-articulation of Geography’s relation to other disciplines. But just as these issues strain traditional disciplinary boundaries and standard methodological frameworks, they open the possibility for new forms of collaborative research stretching across the natural and social sciences and the humanities, and involving both empirically based work and speculative thought.

The massive transformations in human-planet relations also raise fundamental philosophical questions and invite re-evaluations of the complexity of concrete Geo-Social entanglements: How, for example, do planetary conditions affect our philosophical frameworks and how do we frame the Earth philosophically? Thus, in addition to examining the Geo-Social, we aim to examine Geophilosophy as a form of thought specifically committed to exploring the relationship between philosophy and the Earth. Geophilosophy has a rich heritage in modern Continental Philosophy arguably reaching from Kant and Nietzsche through Deleuze and Guattari to contemporary thinkers like Elizabeth Grosz (2008), Reza Negarestani (2011), John Protevi (2013), Michel Serres (2012) and Ben Woodard (2012). We aim to place Geography at the forefront of this debate in the belief that its critical traditions and recent efforts in rethinking human-nonhuman relations can provide crucial insights that deepen philosophical traction on the world whilst locating disciplinary concerns at the cutting edge of wider theoretical debates. We particularly seek to engage with recent attempts in Geography to re-interrogate the ‘geo’ as a way to engage with planetary questions without re-inscribing the economic and political over-determinations of ‘globalization.’

These sessions seek to advance conversations begun at the “Anthropocene” sessions at the 2013 AAG in Los Angeles and the 2013 RGS-IBG by further exploring the philosophical and empirical implications of the Geo-Social. We specifically seek papers that address any of the following concerns, among possible others:

· What modes of thought are best suited to understanding the matrix of human and non-human forces that make up the Geo-Social today? What are the political stakes of rethinking how we conceive of Geo-Social relations?

· How might Climate Change and the advent of the Anthropocene affect the ways in which we conceive of the Earth, and what new philosophical possibilities might be opened by these developments?

· What new perspectives can Geography bring to the philosophical traditions of Geophilosophy – from Kant to Negarestani – and how might it bear on its future trajectories?

· What questions and forms of knowledge production – imagined, emergent, or well established – are needed in the face of an emerging ecological catastrophe?

· Do 21st century environmental conditions call for new forms of experimental research and praxis-based approaches that bridge the physical and social sciences? How might we develop modes of examination that refuse the distinction ‘physical or social’ without reinforcing the neoliberal university’s call for ‘transdisciplinarity’?

· What is the relationship between existing Geo-Social formations and histories of capitalism? Beyond the privatization/neoliberalization of non-human life through carbon markets and ecosystem services, around what forms of value might post-capitalist Geo-Social formations organize?

Please send inquiries / abstracts of no more than 250 words to Geophilosophy.AAG2014@gmail.com by October 5th 2013.

References:

Braun. B. and Whatmore, S., editors. (2010). Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy, and Public Life. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Chakrabarty, D. (2009). The Climate of History: Four Theses. Critical Inquiry, 39. 197-222.

Clark, N. (2011). Inhuman nature sociable life on a dynamic planet. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Clark, N., Saldanha, A., and Yusoff, K. editors. (forthcoming 2014). Capitalism and the Earth. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books.

Ellsworth E., Kruse, J., and Beatty. editors (2012). Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books.

Grosz, E. (2008). Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth. New York: Columbia University Press.

Negarestani, R. (2011). Globe of Revolution: An Afterthought on Geophilosophical Realism. Identities, 17, 25-54.

Protevi, J. (2013). Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Saldanha, A. (2013). Some Principles of Geocommunism. Retrieved from: http://www.geocritique.org/arun-saldanha-some-principles-of-geocommunism/

Woodward, B. (2013). On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books.

Yusoff, K. (2013). Insensible Worlds: Postrelational Ethics, Indeterminacy and the (K)nots of relating. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(2), 208–226. doi:10.1068/d17411

Yusoff, K. editor. (2013). 400ppm: Exit Holocene, Enter Anthropocene. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Retrieved from http://societyandspace.com/2013/07/26/400ppm-exit-holocene-enter-anthropocene

A new project: .–. / .- / .-

What do Little Penguins, refracted waves, and Japanese mini-subs have in common? Not a lot. Or at least not a lot until metaphors are explored and patterns of connections are drawn. In late August/early September 2013 I will be artist in residence at The Cross Art Projects http://www.crossart.com.au/

The project is called: .–. / .- / .-

enter the .--. / .- / .- project

The project will be part of the Novel Ecologies exhibition Saturday 28 September (opening in the afternoonish) to Saturday 26 October

The Cross Art Projects
Contemporary Art and Curatorial Platforms
8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross Sydney 2011
http://www.crossart.com.au/

feel sorry for the inhabitants of Socotra

Socotra is a unique island archipelago off the coast of Somalia. It has a hot dry climate and a particulary distinctive flora and fauna. Situated as an entry point into the Indian Ocean it has a long history as a trade magnet and strategic military centre.

But what happens when the inhabitants of Socotra (human and nonhuman) become the subject of a speculative environmental art project? American engineer, businessman and artist* Peter Fend has made a proposal “This Can Happen Now” detailed at Triple Canopy  http://canopycanopycanopy.com/18/this_can_happen_now. I sometimes wonder at these planning-based environmental projects. They all seem to begin with a Google map and include elaborate engineering solutions. Fend writes

“Cooperation is social. For Socotra to become a model biology economy, its 40,000 inhabitants must want the change. Progress depends more on our personalities, our ability to bond with unlike peoples, than our technologies. We must be ready to negotiate (particularly when it comes to property rights). So Ocean Earth** would first make site visits, armed with images, plans, and write-ups, not knowing what the outcome might be.”

It’s a good thing that Ocean Earth is open to showing the locals their “images, plans, and write-ups”. But I sometimes wonder whether I should be interpreting this kind of rhetoric as satire? Or is it just well-intentioned internationalist eco art paternalism? At least the Socotrans are not called stakeholders. Whilst I commend the general principles of positive solution-thinking rather than apocalyptic despair, I can’t help thinking it’s like a Helen-Mayer-and-Newton-Harrison-gone-wrong. When does Utopian planetary eco-design fall flat? Is there something else underlying this genre of environnmental art that makes me feel so uncomfortable?

 

Your thoughts please?

* As described here http://canopycanopycanopy.com/contributors#fend_peter. ** He is also the founder of Ocean Earth Development Corporation (OCEAN EARTH) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Fend).

 

Bimblebox needs you!

This is an interesting project at Bimblebox Nature Refuge (Queensland) 7 – 15 September 2013. They are looking for artists:

  • to creatively explore, engage with and document this Nature Refuge
  • to comment on our current fossil fuel culture
  • to creatively engage with the world debate on coal mining expansion into the Galilee Basin

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is in Central West Qld and has a signed nature refuge agreement with the Qld Government to permanently protect the conservation values of this property. But this does not protect if from mining.

Clive Palmer wants to mine Bimblebox Nature Refuge for his coal mine aptly named ‘China First’.

Are you interested in engaging with the issue of coal in the Galilee Basin?

Artists Camp at Bimblebox Nature Refuge: 7 – 15 September

This is your opportunity to be on Bimblebox Nature Refuge and engage through your art form with Australia’s expansion of coal mining.

Bimblebox Nature Refuge may not be available to us next year. By year’s end we may know if the State and Federal Governments will let Bimblebox Nature Refuge be cleared and destroyed to allow mining of thermal coal. Bimblebox Nature Refuge is one of approximately 100 Nature Refuge’s who have mining exploration hanging over them.

For all details contact http://bimbleboxartproject.wordpress.com/

shy (dissolution + exchange) up to number 15

We have crossed the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans and are hopefully somewhere over the Pacific heading for New Zealand.

Here is Floki Gauvry’s envelope
Mail art envelopes by Floki Gauvry

We have acquired scratches and stripes from various photocopiers and the right wing has faded to black.

number 15 sent by Antonieta Munoz

Onward progress…

 

 

(details of project here http://www.perditaphillips.com/portfolio/shy-dissolution-exchange/)

shy (dissolution + exchange) the shy albatross

Denise Spiers sent more than one shy albatross…

Denise Spier's envelope

Onward progress…

adding to this list for my next project

Avoid Reduce Reuse Regift Rejig Repair Repurpose Recycle Respect Replenish Refuse.

Antennae issue on art, environment and sustainability

who wants to do this? An issue on art, environment and sustainability

“At the forefront of today’s social issues are questions related to the human relationship to nature and the environment, the meaning of a sustainable future and the relationship of environmentalism to modernity and today’s economic structures. While the sciences have, until recently, dominated the debate, the arts are making an increasingly important contribution. Antennae is seeking submissions to an issue focused on Art, Environment, Sustainability. We are seeking contributions that go further than being a mere rehashing of the narrative of environmental activism (the human as destroyer of nature; the dangers of climate change; extinction of species; etc, etc.) to address more fundamental meanings, explore ambiguities and engage with the complex societal questions that arise from the environmental and sustainability debate – and the role of the arts in that debate. We encourage potential contributors to be bold and creative in generating and exploring perspectives that move beyond the apocalyptic and often “preachy” culture of modern environmentalism.”

Academic essays = length 6000-10000 words
Artists’ portfolio = 5/6 images along with 500 words max statement/commentary
Interviews = maximum length 8000 words
Fiction = maximum length 8000 words

www.antennae.org.uk – antennaeproject [at] gmail [dot] com