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Report on Monday’s Creating Worlds Workshop

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I was lucky enough to attend an excellent workshop on Monday at Royal Holloway on Creating Worlds: The Affective Spaces of Experimental Politics. The workshop was organized by Anja Kanngieser and the wider Protest Camp collective. In the words of the original brief, it sought to “bring together those exploring questions of how we live within, formulate, create and antagonise, spaces and places of politics: public and private, macro-political and micro-political.” In so doing, the main aim of the event was to provoke a “conversation about spaces in which self-organisation occur, whereby people come together in some sort of common articulation.” The workshop thus placed particular emphasis on the complex affective threads – the energies and desires – that run through and often hold together and sustain radical political spaces and alternative lifeworlds.

As the whole event has been recorded and will soon be available to download, it is…

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Antipode links to recent work on Gramscian geographies

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We’ve been making connections between Antipode papers and work published in other journals recently, looking at the excellent ACME special issues on anarchist and autonomous geographies and the politics of climate change. One more link we’d like to highlight is between our recently published Antipode Book Series title, Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics (edited by Michael Ekers, Gillian Hart, Stefan Kipfer and Alex Loftus), and Geoforum‘s 2009 special issue on ‘Gramscian Political Ecologies‘.

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Rania Khalek on how the combined injustices of the Israeli annexation wall and climate change are being visited upon Palestinians in the wake of the worst winter in decades

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The worst winter storm to hit the Middle East in 20 years has devastated parts of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel. And for at least one Palestinian town in the West Bank, Israel’s apartheid wall has partnered up with climate chaos to exacerbate an already dire situation, according to Reuters report by Noah Browning:

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York conference on the post-crash city and cosmopolitanism

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The Post-Crash City: Cosmopolitanism

14-15 March 2013, Centre for URBan Research (CURB), University of York

Key speakers: Gareth Millington(author of Race, Culture and the Right to the City)  and Annette Spellerberg, Chair of Urban Sociology, University of Kaiserslautern, visiting fellow CURB.


Immigration and diversity lie at the heart of electoral contests globally in recent years. The liberal consensus around multi-culturalism saw its first signs of crisis around the Salman Rushdie affair and went into a sharp reverse after the events of 9/11 as national policy agendas, party leaders and the mainstream media took an increasingly hostile view of ‘cultural enemies within’. At the same time, the sense of economic crisis, for commentators like Slavoj Zizek and John Gray, has gripped mainstream political thinking, the value of national in-groups has been raised by the force of uncertainties themselves generated by financial uncertainty and declining public supports. What…

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Living concrete

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One more step towards the sustainable city has been laid out with a new formula of concrete developed by a group of scientists at the University Politècnica de Catalunya / BarcelonaTech (UPC). The pH-Level of the formula now allows different plants like moss or lichen to grow on the material offering major advantages such as insulation or air improvement. (Information derived from Science Daily)

Thus, we may try to remodel our utopian ideas of the future city or at least add a new notion to it. Dystopian images of dark, film-noir cities such as Blade Runner or bright and impersonal glass megalopolis structures have to make space for a green and diverse urban jungle of species and biodiversity where nature and urban structures can no longer be seperated.  Hence, the garden city might experience a new layer to its philosophy with “regular” buildings or suburbs turned into biosphere…

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Anarchist and Autonomous Marxist Geographies issue at ACME linked to by Antipode Foundation blog

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You wait almost 35 years for a special issue on anarchist geographies, and then two arrive at once… Antipode‘s ‘Anarchist Geographies‘ came out late last year (you can see one of the guest editors, Simon Springer, talking about it here) and our colleagues at ACME have just released ‘Anarchist and Autonomous Marxist Geographies‘, guest edited by Nathan Clough and Renata Blumberg. It looks like there are some great open access papers, including contributions from Antipode authors Farhang Rouhani, Mark Purcell and Nathan himself, and one from our very own Nik Heynen.

For more on autonomy, check out our recent symposium, organised by Antipode editor Paul Chatterton, ‘Autonomy: The Struggle for Survival, Self-Management and the Common‘, featuring papers from John Holloway, Chris Carlsson and Francesca Manning, Massimo De Angelis, Gustavo Esteva, Jai Sen, and the Free Association.

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Andy Merrifield on the neo-Haussmannization, the new peripheries of global urban space and the possibilities of insurrection from within

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by Andy Merrifield, Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Geography, University of Manchester

The form of a city changes quicker, alas, than the human heart

— Baudelaire

“I am tempted to the belief that what are called necessary institutions are only institutions to which one is accustomed, and that in matters of social constitution the field of possibilities is much wider than people living within each society imagine”

— de Tocqueville

In a remarkable series of essays, bundled together under the rubric Paris sous tension (La fabrique, Paris, 2011), popular historian and organic intellectual Eric Hazan sings a paean for his hometown under fire, his Paris under tension; the pressure gauge is edging toward danger level and seems about to blow anytime. Hazan, who trained as a cardiologist and in the 1970s worked as a surgeon in poor Palestinian refugee camps in the Lebanon, now fronts the Left publishing house he…

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