CFP: Spaces of Desire; Remembrance and Civic Power

CFPs

This two day symposium hosted by the School of Geography & Planning, and Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) will explore the value of theory in transforming our understanding of space and its formulation and contestation through desire (as conceptualised in the following call for papers).  This event will take place on the 30th June and 1st July 2016 and is open to innovative engagements with its core concepts through both academic and artistic interventions.

Call for papers:  Spaces of Desire; Remembrance and Civic Power

Remembrance pervades unchanging spaces commanding a static designation of affects that refuse to fold back from its signification to a condition of material change. Thus we may ‘remember’ a specified dead whilst making further dead, always with reference to the commemorated particularity. Our contentions are a radical rethinking of these spaces to re-configure their purpose for the production of a revolutionary passivism, negating discourses of risk, fear, and neo-liberal, universal, deceit. We encourage you to forget what you know, look at a space, countering its normativity and understand it from the point of a persona conducting themselves differently: a nomad, an outcast, a refugee etc. 

A prevailing tendency is to consider public spaces as subservient to static mechanisms of remembrance and grand conceptual notions rather than the intimate conduct of the human condition. The aim of this conference is to explore the role of desire in experiencing and forming the urban context. Our objective is to construct an interdisciplinary forum concerned with post-linguistic theories, such as those developed by Deleuze & Guattari, Derrida and Foucault, de-stabilising, de-constructing de-territorialising knowledge in order to re-consider the current civic environment. 

The purpose of the forum is to encourage a debate which would challenge research into space, place-making, and spatial design, as a field. We regard notions of space differently and reconstitute desire as the core of forming an understanding of places. We invite you to re-evaluate mundane and everyday urban spaces and articulate their full potential.

We seek to engage with narratives of spaces for the abnormal and more-than-human. Join us for a celebration of the mundane rendered avant-garde. Bring forth the movements, moments, transgressions and transformations. Show us the abject and abnormal, the dirt and underworld of the thing. We seek the poetic assemblage of dystopia and intangibility, temporal rupture and material stabilities.

Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words by 4th March 2016 to John Clayton (CPLAN) (claytonjl@cardiff.ac.uk), Diana Beljaars (CPLAN) (BeljaarsDN@cardiff.ac.uk), Charles Drozynski (WSA) (DrozynskiKJ@cardiff.ac.uk), and Alicia Nahmad-Vazquez (WSA) (NahmadVazquezA@cardiff.ac.uk).

We would be most grateful if you could distribute this call within your own networks to interested parties.  If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Look out for forthcoming media regarding this event at http://spacesofdesire.com/

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