Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers annual conference 2015, Chicago, IL.
Spaces of Emergent Authority: Embodiment, Materiality and the Making of Common Life
Deadline Friday 31st October, 2014.
Organized by Julian Brigstocke (Cardiff University, UK) and Leila Dawney (Brighton University, UK)
What is the relation between processes of (historical, political, technological, environmental) emergence and the material, affective and spiritual investments that attach bodies to power? (How) is authority generated when the world is experienced as perpetual process and creative force? (Why) are we bound to a fate in which spectacular violence subsumes the space of collaborative political participation, affective attachment and justice? (Where) are there vital new practices of collective life that resist such violence or generate authority as a collaborative, egalitarian art? (How) are emerging commons and practices of commoning generating creative new entanglements with material agency and more-than-human life? Conversely, (how) are emergent forms of authority contributing to new forms of domination and inequality?
Venue: University of Brighton, Grand Parade campus - link to map
Date: Friday 31st October 2014
Organisers: Leila Dawney, Claire Blencowe, Suzy Armsden
What is the relation between processes of (historical, political, technological) emergence and the material/spiritual investments that attach bodies to power/ (How) is authority generated when the world is experienced as a perpetual process and creative force? (Why) are we bound to a fate in which spectacular violence subsumes the space of collaborative reason, affective attachment and justice? (Where) are there vital new practices of collective life that resist such violence or generate authority as a collaborative egalitarian art?
This symposium launches a new collaboration between the Authority Research Network and colleagues from Brazil, supported by the AHRC Connected Communities programme. We are working together intensively to reflect critically and hopefully on a range of contemporary sites of authority making. Together our research explores the experience of power in the present as well as practices/imaginations of making the commons. We see 'emergent authority' as the condition of political life in the present. We seek neither to condemn nor applaud forms of authority that are based on experiences of emergence per se, but rather to reorient critical/creative practice to these conditions and to insist on the continued urgency of questions of meaning, attachment and authority in an age of emergence ...
As part of our project Participation's "Others": A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices, led by Julian Brigstocke and Tehseen Noorani, the Authority Research Network have held a very productive residential retreat in north Devon.
The retreat brought together a highly interdisciplinary group of people interested in creative forms of listening with voiceless 'others', and consisted of some intense engagement with works-in-progress, combined with a very interesting series of arts-led workshops exploring ways of listening to non-conventional forms of more-than-human agency through drama, creative engagements with place, digital life, and silent listening.
We started work towards a collectively written, multimedia book of essays, creative writing, songs, and other creative outputs. Watch this space!