Toxic Remnants of War

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The Toxic Remnants of War Project has published a new blog post, “Breaking the Silence: Protecting Civilians from Toxic Remnants of War.” Both Toxic Remnants’ blog and the resources featured on the website might be of particular interest to our readers working on the intersections of war, environmental toxicity, and what Rob Nixon refers to as “slow violence.”¹

¹. Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011).

Making sense of war

Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life:

Derek Gregory makes an appearance at The Funambulist to further explore a topic he has been working on for some time now, corpographies of war.

Originally posted on geographical imaginations:

The irresistible Léopold Lambert managed to prompt me to re-work my thoughts on corpography (click on the Categories column on the right for more) for the second series of The Funambulist Papers: you can read the result here, and the printed vesion is en route.  I’m immensely grateful to Léopold for the invitation to take part, for his encouragement – and not least for his patience (all the more remarkable given his legendary capacity to answer any e-mail sent at any time within a single, terrifying minute….).

Regular readers will know that this short essay grows out of both Gabriel’s map: cartography and corpography in modern warand The natures of war, both of which are available under the DOWNLOADS tab.

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My previous conversation with Léopold for his other (podcast) platform, Archipelago, is here.

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Mapping Torture in the U.S. War on Terror

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Included in today’s article by Ryan Tate of The Intercept is a map of CIA black sites produced by Margot Williams and Josh Begley based on information from the newly released SSCI torture report as well as findings from previous reports on Bush-era torture programs.

Additionally, you can view the full report here, and Jadaliyya has published an article by Marcy Wheeler highlighting some major takeaway points from the heavily redacted SSCI report.

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# THE FUNAMBULIST PAPERS 57 /// Patterns of Life: A Very Short History of Schematic Bodies by Grégoire Chamayou

Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life:

Grégoire Chamayou discusses chronogeographic data visualizations and articulates a shift from societies of control to “targeted societies” over at The Funambulist.

Originally posted on The Funambulist:

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The second series of The Funambulist Papers continues around the topic of bodies. Today, I am glad and honored to welcome Grégoire Chamayou to this ‘assignment,’ after his three books (Vile Bodies (2008), Manhunts (2010), and Theory of the Drone (2013)) were discussed on this blog. The fifty-seventh text of the series, “Patterns of Life: A Very Short History of Schematic Bodies,” is an illustrated essay about bodies’ movement traceability, using Michel Foucault’s historical and philosophical method of genealogy. From the scientific domains of archaeology and ethology that particularly focused on animal itineraries, the evolution of traceability technology shifted to the capitalist and military realms. While the traceability of gesture and movement was able to both optimize the working gesture, as well as the consumer’s approach to the commodity, Western armies engaged in the so-called “war on terror,”…

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Bay Area Event on Architectures of Surveillance: A Pop-up Talk by Javier Arbona

This is an event that might be of interest to readers who live in the Bay Area:

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Pop-up Talk: Javier Arbona on the Architecture of Surveillance

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607
Friday, November 21, 2014, 7–7:30 pm

Join geographer and artist Javier Arbona for a brief talk in the Gallery of California History. Arbona will discuss infrastructure and surveillance in the port city of Oakland. Using a foreboding downtown telecommunications building as jumping-off point, he will make connections between the long history of the telegraph in Oakland and state surveillance in our midst today. This in-Gallery pop-up talk takes place during Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, and more.

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for OMCA Members is always free.

Deadline for “Inhabiting Containment” Today!

Just a reminder to folks that to day is the last day to submit an abstract for our 2015 symposium “Inhabiting Containment.” See CFP below for details.

Inhabiting Containment

Seeking to address the ongoing state violence against bodies of color in Gaza and Ferguson, MO, the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life solicits abstracts for our 2015 symposium “Inhabiting Containment.” This symposium seeks work that addresses the spatiality of phenomena such as containment, racialization, and racialized-sexualized state aggression. The imprisonment and January release of CeCe McDonald, indigenous actions protesting the TransCanada Pipeline, the Israeli massacre of Gazans, the operationalization of racist policies to contain Ebola in West Africa, and the murders of black bodies in the U.S., such as Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, and Michael Brown, all demonstrate the ways that race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity are often experienced as forms of embodied violence in the everyday. With that in mind, this symposium seeks to engage dialogues of containment—from interrogations of the prison-industrial complex and Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison to current conversations in trans and feminist theory thinking through the body as container/space of containment.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Spatial analyses of intersectionality and racialized-sexualized state violence
  • Spaces of protest—heterotopias, subtopias, and differential space
  • Sensory experiences of race, gender, and containment/imprisonment
  • The relationships between trans embodiment and the prison-industrial complex
  • Explorations of non-places and/or abject space, such as sites of torture and detention
  • Interrogations of geological intersections with geography and the anthropocene
  • Ecologies of space
  • The right to the city

Though we welcome submissions that deal generally with spatial theory, special consideration will be given to those abstracts specifically dealing with this year’s theme. We encourage abstracts from activists and academics at all stages of their research. This symposium is committed to producing sustained conversations and a collaborative environment for scholars and activists whose work engages our society’s specific interests in radical geography, spatial theory, and everyday life.

This year’s symposium will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 27, 2015 and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. Those interested may submit proposals of no more than 500 words to symposium co-organizers Tahereh Aghdasifar and Andrea Miller at radicalspaces@gmail.com by November 21, 2014.  Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by December 15, 2014. For more information on the symposium and the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life, see our website at http://radicalspacesblog.wordpress.com/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/radicalspaces.

“Inhabiting Containment” CFP Deadline Extension – 11/21

For those of you who may have missed the submission deadline for our 2015 symposium “Inhabiting Containment” over the weekend, we have decided to extend the deadline until Friday, November 21. Please see below for submission guidelines and be sure to contact us at radicalspaces@gmail.com with any questions!

2015 Symposium CFP: “Inhabiting Containment”

Inhabiting Containment

Seeking to address the ongoing state violence against bodies of color in Gaza and Ferguson, MO, the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life solicits abstracts for our 2015 symposium “Inhabiting Containment.” This symposium seeks work that addresses the spatiality of phenomena such as containment, racialization, and racialized-sexualized state aggression. The imprisonment and January release of CeCe McDonald, indigenous actions protesting the TransCanada Pipeline, the Israeli massacre of Gazans, the operationalization of racist policies to contain Ebola in West Africa, and the murders of black bodies in the U.S., such as Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, and Michael Brown, all demonstrate the ways that race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity are often experienced as forms of embodied violence in the everyday. With that in mind, this symposium seeks to engage dialogues of containment—from interrogations of the prison-industrial complex and Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison to current conversations in trans and feminist theory thinking through the body as container/space of containment.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Spatial analyses of intersectionality and racialized-sexualized state violence
  • Spaces of protest—heterotopias, subtopias, and differential space
  • Sensory experiences of race, gender, and containment/imprisonment
  • The relationships between trans embodiment and the prison-industrial complex
  • Explorations of non-places and/or abject space, such as sites of torture and detention
  • Interrogations of geological intersections with geography and the anthropocene
  • Ecologies of space
  • The right to the city

Though we welcome submissions that deal generally with spatial theory, special consideration will be given to those abstracts specifically dealing with this year’s theme. We encourage abstracts from activists and academics at all stages of their research. This symposium is committed to producing sustained conversations and a collaborative environment for scholars and activists whose work engages our society’s specific interests in radical geography, spatial theory, and everyday life.

This year’s symposium will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 27, 2015 and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. Those interested may submit proposals of no more than 500 words to symposium co-organizers Tahereh Aghdasifar and Andrea Miller at radicalspaces@gmail.com by November 21, 2014.  Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by December 15, 2014. For more information on the symposium and the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life, see our website at http://radicalspacesblog.wordpress.com/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/radicalspaces.