The “Mi(e)s-conception” essay was originally published in 2000, so it is undoubtedly an example of Preciado’s earlier work, but at the same time, it can also be read as the beginning of his trajectory toward more developed thinking on gender, sex, and the built environment, as evidenced in "Pornotopia". The question, for geographers and other spatially-oriented thinkers, is How can this corpus of work be productively adapted to their research?
"Reproductive Geographies: Bodies, Places and Politics" is an edited volume that collects feminist geographical studies of reproduction and seeks to offer a research agenda for reproductive geography as a sub-field. "Xenofeminism" (2018, Helen Hester) is a short manifesto and polemic written as part of the theoretical project of the Laboria Cuboniks collective. Together these two works stage an important conversation about the relationship between feminism, technology, and reproduction.
Beauchamp’s "Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices" accomplishes the best of what we imagine theory to be good for – making sense of our everyday experiences, grounding personal interactions with the state in histories of structural oppression, and illuminating the broader context of our banal negotiations between dignity, resilience, convenience, resistance, politics-in-practice, and privilege.
To help re-direct our attention towards progressive ways of world-making, this three-part essay therefore discusses some of the affective dynamics that have unfolded on the political left in the Brazilian context. My focus, especially in the second part of this essay, is on the connection between affect and territoriality. I pick up here on the discussion of território and territorialidade in Brazilian geography, where these terms, as in other Romance languages, denote not only politically demarcated areas, but also pieces of the world that are inhabited and agentially shaped through everyday practice.
I perceived Ivonete Aparecida Alves’ introduction as “bold” because it used the predominantly white space of an academic conference to counter racist and sexist exclusion. Moreover, it countered the current attack on subjugated knowledges by the new government, which has announced that Paulo Freire’s legacy will be “purged” from curricula (even though it is not even really there).
In Brazil’s volatile and multifaceted political conjuncture – which began with a crisis of the PT project in the early 2010s, moved through the center-right’s shady aspirations to power and culminated in the election of an openly anti-democratic president (see Part I) – territorial struggles have played a key role.
"Matters of Care" is a book about re-imagining posthumanist research and ecological ethics in a world under crisis. To explore these questions, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa frames the idea of care as a situated and committed form of speculation that simultaneously works to sustain the world we live in and opens it up to new constituencies and political stakes.
In "How all politics became reproductive politics: From welfare reform to foreclosure to Trump", Laura Briggs chronicles how we arrived at this “time/wages/reproductive labour crisis” (page 11). How, she asks, did it get so hard to perform the labour necessary to reproduce human life while also earning the wages it takes to keep us all alive, never mind thriving?
John B. McLemore—boisterous, brilliant, and utterly miserable polymath at the center of sensational 2017 podcast S-Town—stands at the entrance to the intricate hedge maze on his sprawling, ancestral property in Woodstock, Alabama. A middle-aged, self-described “semi-homosexual,” with a shock of bright red hair and a heavily-tattooed torso, John stands with his hands placed firmly on his hips, surveying his maze, its adjustable gates allowing for 64 possible solutions.
"Street Corner Secrets" is a compelling exploration of the intersections between space, society, and sex work. It is a thorough and fascinating text for readers who are interested in topics that range from the political economies of space, to the precariousness of informal labor, to debates over sexual commerce.
Taking inspiration from architectural and literary case studies, Crawford challenges popular discussions of trans as a matter of interiority and stability to propose instead a theory of exteriority and movement. Not ignoring the omnipresence of bathrooms’ discussions, he tackles the topic to suggest that merely creating gender-neutral bathrooms will not solve the problem of violence towards trans people and that the relation between architecture and trans identities should instead be approached through architecture’s potential discourse on transing.
Time passes fast, especially in Berlin, the rapidly gentrifying German capital. When I received the editor’s request to review the book Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places by one of the most courageous queer scholars of our day, Jin Haritaworn, I personally experienced a non-negotiable eviction prompted by gentrification.
The activist roots of safer spaces reveal an important tension between their political language and that of many of their critics. Where mainstream attacks on safer spaces repeat the liberal notion of free speech as a transcendental good, safe(r) spaces—particularly in the context of radical political organizing—often stem from the failures of such politics to account for structural inequality and protect against racialized and gendered violence.
Guest editors Max Andrucki, Caitlin Henry, Will Mckeithen, and Sarah Stinard-kiel present a forum that attempts to call for a “sideways” approach to more-than-capitalist life in the making (Gibson-Graham, 1996)—one that queerly challenges the ontological underpinnings of these binaries themselves by moving across and beyond easy categorization. The papers in this forum will thereby trouble three overarching binaries that are explicitly or implicitly reproduced through social reproduction literature: labor and care, the human and the non-human, and the heteronormative sex/gender binary.
Grounded in Beam’s experiences of frontline work and careful inquiry into the history and political economy of LGBTQ nonprofits in Chicago and Minneapolis, this book offers a persuasive indictment of the nonprofit form, as well as a deeply felt mediation on how savvy grassroots organizers struggle with its constraints.
We explore the implications of Lewis' argument that confronting unjust aspects of the surrogate industry requires not simple opposition to its technologies, but rather an abolition of the hetero-patriarchal private capitalist form in which surrogacy is embedded.
A House of Prayer for All People by David K. Seitz is based on nearly three years of ethnographic fieldwork in a large, predominantly LGBT and evangelical Christian church located in Toronto, Canada.
The recipient of the Organization of American Historians’ 2017 David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in U.S. labor and working-class history, Deregulating Desire offers an empirically rich and beautifully written account of the politics of gender, sexuality and race in late 20th-century U.S. flight attendant organizing.
This review forum stems from an author-meets-critics session on Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, organized by David K. Seitz. The session was held at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco.
This paper by Christopher Neubert explores how research focused on odor can reveal the complicated dynamics through which bodies are enrolled into subject formation and become a terrain of political struggle.
This article reflects on an occupation led by single mothers to contest the destruction of social housing in post-Olympics East London. In the process, it argues for a more gendered theorisation of the urban commons.
Writings that critically engage the ongoing conditions of coloniality and its effects. Entries in this section may also speculate on intellectual, political and organizational tactics that work to resist coloniality, colonization and colonialism’s effects in the present.
Examines the evolving social, ecological, cultural and geopolitical impacts of energy systems and resource extraction, with particular emphasis on the spatial relationships that structure the extraction, production, distribution and consumption of energy and other natural resources and raw materials
Chronicles past, present, and potential impacts of technoscientific development on the production of space. Provides critical looks into how scientific disciplines and industries influence how we analyze, categorize, experience, interpret, navigate, and represent that which we call space.
Investigates the spatial implications of the mass production, consumption, and disposal of digital media. Core areas of study include the environmental impacts, industrial landscapes, infrastructures, political transformations, social activities, and subjectivities particular to the digital age.
Charts the role that maps and various other forms of geo-visualisation play in the production of space. Offers a critical forum for investigating older modes of cartographic representation as well as newer approaches to big data and the politics of algorithmic and other data-driven processes.
Investigates relations between policing (narrowly and broadly understood), incarceration, and the production of space and spatial knowledge. Borders, criminalized neighborhoods, detention centers, heavily securitized areas, internment camps, jails, prisons, rendition sites, and the spatial relations that they rely on and produce are explored as sites of power and subversion.