The deadline for submission to the symposium ‘Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation”‘ is extended to 17 March 2017.

Via Michelle Bastian on EEHN

I am sure all the keynotes are great – I can vouch that Etienne Turpin, and  Nigel Clark are for sure – having seen/heard them speak before


POSTCARDS FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE: 

Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation

www.postcardsfromtheanthropocene.com

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

22—24 June 2017

Keynote speakers

Etienne TurpinJussi ParikkaMark DorrianNigel ClarkSusan Schuppli

Call for papers

If the emergence of the Anthropocene implies an epistemological shift, how might this transform the way we think about representation and, more specifically, its geopolitics?  What kinds of representations carry significant material, metaphorical and methodological implications for this question, and can help us to ‘situate’ ourselves – if that is a still viable term – in our new conditions of groundlessness and scalelessness?

This symposium proposes to explore this through the motif of ‘Postcards from the Anthropocene’.  The postcards that we imagine are documentary space-time snapshots, which convey complex assemblages of dynamic, non-linear, unpredictable, ad-hoc networks between interdependent and trans-scalar actants. They may raise questions about the ethical and political challenges of the dominant modes of technoscientific production in the Anthropocene, modes that are constituted through existing power relationships, subject positions, differences and inequalities. On the other hand, they might open up new streams of speculative and creative geopolitical imaginaries and forms of collective subjectivities that recalibrate existing value systems and indicate alternatives.

For this symposium we are seeking presentations that deploy different formats to reflect upon new kinds of reciprocity between geopolitics and representation through a found, described, designed or imagined postcard from the Anthropocene.  We anticipate that this proliferation of anthropocenic representations will reveal and encourage transformations in practices of scrutinizing, strategizing, mediating and assembling, which are in turn animated in complex ways by operations that range from positioning, scaling, scripting, and weathering to fabricating, mining, reframing and recalibrating.

Two kinds of submissions are invited. Intending participants should submit either: 1) a 300-word abstract of a proposed conference presentation; or 2) a single image together with a 300-word commentary on it. Invitations to speak at the symposium will be extended on the basis of the abstracts. The image/text submissions will be reviewed, and selected submissions presented in a parallel format in the symposium.

Submissions

Proposals should be sent by email to postcardsfromtheanthropocene@gmail.com by Friday, March 17th 2017.

Proposals should also include a short biographical note (maximum 150 words), together with the author’s institutional address and full contact details.

Publication

It is intended that an edited book will be developed from selected papers and images presented at the symposium.

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About Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities. I also write songs and help stage a range of live music with others. I am Chair and Programmer for Priston Festival.
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