The present reach of military targeting enabled by the geolocational enframing of the planet realised in the second half of the last century is perhaps best illustrated by the present American efforts to develop Prompt Global Strike, a system for the delivery of conventional precision weapons anywhere in the world within a single hour. While a range of options are being considered for the delivery of lethal force, from hypersonic delivery vehicles to spaced-based kinetic weapons, none of them would be conceivable without the existing infrastructure of global geopositioning. Brought under the ambit of spatial striation and continuous geographic calculation, ours is a planet thus ever more rendered onto targeting. The history of this present moment also underlines that it is less the case the geography has been belatedly weaponised than there has always been an intimate connection between the cartographic capture and rationalisation of space and the impulse of military targeting.
“Walls, Ground, Atmospheres, and Bodies in Palestine,” a conversation recorded with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi in Ramallah for Archipelago: “This conversation with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi can be divided into three chapters, all corresponding to one physical aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in relation to Palestinian bodies. We begins with the physicality of the wall and compare its securitarian spectacularity with the ones built at the edges of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas in the last decade. We then address the question of the ground and its ability to shake our convictions when no longer providing the resistance to the entropy named gravity, like during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Finally, we talk about the colonized atmosphere on the traces of Frantz Fanon, and the difficulty one finds in breathing within it.”
We want to thank all of our presenters, attendees, volunteers, and wonderful keynote speaker, Dr. Rashad Shabazz, for an amazing and generative day at “Inhabiting Containment” in Atlanta yesterday! Already looking forward to seeing everyone next year! In the meantime, stay tuned for pictures and videos from the symposium in the coming days.
Our third annual symposium “Inhabiting Containment” will be held tomorrow, February 26th Friday at Troy Moore Library, Georgia State University. Opening remarks and refreshments are at 10am and the symposium ends with a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, “‘Our Prison': Kitchenettes, Carceral Power, and Black Masculinity During the Inter-War Years,” at 5pm.
If you’re in Atlanta we hope you will join us tomorrow (don’t forget to register if you have not already done so). If you’re outside of Atlanta please view our livestream of the entire symposium tomorrow here. Please tune in and feel free to participate in the Q&A sessions via the chat function.
See here for the full schedule As always, this event is free and open to the public! Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
Just a reminder, that our third annual symposium “Inhabiting Containment” will be held this Friday at Georgia State University beginning at 10am and featuring a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, “‘Our Prison': Kitchenettes, Carceral Power, and Black Masculinity During the Inter-War Years,” at 5pm. See here for the full schedule and don’t forget to register if you have not already done so. And, as always, this event is free and open to the public! Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday!
A reminder that there’s just over a week until “Inhabiting Containment,” which will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 27 and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, “‘Our Prison': Kitchenettes, Carceral Power, and Black Masculinity During the Inter-War Years.” The event is free and open to the public, but you can register in advance here. Looking forward to a great symposium!
This conference may be of interest to our readers: “Affect Theory Conference: Worldings, Tensions, Futures” at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA, Oct. 14-17. Speaker lineup includes Brian Massumi, Lauren Berlant, Steven Shaviro, Ben Anderson, Jasbir Puar, Patricia Clough, Larry Grossberg, Tavia Nyong’o, Kathleen Stewart, and Erin Manning.
Over the course of the last decade especially, it is safe to say that affect, studies of affect, and theories of affect have steadily risen to prominence within and across a variety of academic disciplines, artistic practices, and research approaches. Not without some amount of controversy and pushback, the relatively rapid movement of affect toward the forefront of critical attention has been opening new paths of intellectual inquiry, reshuffling longstanding debates and conceptual formations, and inspiring imaginative cross-fertilizations of disciplinary and aesthetic genres. Now seems a perfect time to pause and take stock. So, let’s do that.
Gathering together many of the leading and emerging voices that have helped give contour and texture to the contemporary discourses of affect, this three-day conference – with a lively mix of plenaries and selected panel-streams – will be devoted…