In Barandiarán's groundbreaking book, one of the questions she grapples with is: what are the criteria that a state should use to decide in favor of or against proposed natural resources infrastructure projects? Because infrastructure developments have uneven impacts across the social and physical terrains of cities and nations, they are frequently controversial, producing political liabilities and enemies as often as they reinforce or engender political alliances.
Whilst the artist behind the engraving above is unknown, the image first appeared in Camille Flammarion’s L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888). It is evocative, depicting a man, on his knees, reaching through the outer limits of Earth’s boundaries toward the mysterious, markedly different space beyond.
As a variety of electromagnetic spectrum, TV signal fits well into Helga Tawil-Souri’s (2017) description of the latter as “the information age’s most political and politicized dimension”. Even more so if one focuses on the terrestrial (in American English “over-the-air”) television transmission in which Earth-based TV stations broadcast audio-visual content by radio waves to antenna-equipped TV receivers in consumers’ residences.
Keller’s book sits at the crossroads between philosophy and neuroscience. Keller’s background is in both; he works as a consultant and an adjunct at Columbia University. The book aims to reconsider and open up the discussion about the philosophy of perception through the focus on olfaction rather than the dominant ocularcentric view; what this means for cognition and consciousness; and how a philosophy of olfactory perception might look like.
Asking if the cyborg has lost relevance is like asking if gravity is no longer applicable. As long as we interact with technology, we are cyborgs and the manifesto articulated by Haraway remains profound. Sisters are doing it for themselves is the name of the game.
"The Interface Envelope" is packed with careful theoretical expositions in and around the concept of interface. What emerges is a text that structures its empirical engagement on video games with a theoretical discussion of interfaces, envelopes, and envelope power.
In "Mobile Technology and Place", an edited collection in the Routledge’s Studies in New Media and Cyberculture series, Rowan Wilken and Gerard Goggin outline and explore how place is conceptualised in a world increasingly influenced by mobile technology. Including chapters written by scholars from a wealth of social and cultural fields, the book leads the way in an emerging research area. It would be no surprise to see this book becoming an introductory classic in the field in the years to come.
Based on my reading of Kelly Happe’s The Material Gene, the epigenetic turn may be less paradigm-shifting than it appears. In this ground-breaking book Happe questions whether any science concerned with race and genomics will not reinscribe problematic notions of race.
Biotechnology and the post-Fordist regime of accumulation present a fundamental challenge to Marxist conceptions of the valorization of labor—a challenge that requires empirically grounded and theoretically creative engagement. Melinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby provide such a contribution in their book Clinical Labor.
Tom Koch provides a critical and historically contextualized account of how the contemporary discipline of bioethics evolved in response to the demand for philosophical guidance for physicians and researchers. He both identifies inconsistencies in the interpretation of the philosophical roots of bioethics and critically deconstructs the “myths of origin” that have shaped this evolution.
For Mirowski, the U.S. Government’s changing management of scientific research, the emergence of intellectual property as the pinnacle of university life, and the global outsourcing of research capacity, have not only harmed academia but also weakened America’s hegemonic grip.
Palestine should not be seen as a gimmick, a virtual state that exists only on the Internet or on Facebook. It is gradually becoming recognized as a real state by the Palestinians and the international community. Palestinians may see this as a victory in their fight to preserve their national identity, even if the geographical boundaries of the state have yet to be determined.
Originally published in 2007 and translated into English by Steven Miller in 2012, "The New Wounded" represents Malabou’s most sustained philosophical interrogation of neuroscience and extends her series of interventions into the new materialisms of contemporary continental philosophy. "The New Wounded" offers a profound and often moving account of the kinds of suffering and mental trauma produced by senseless accidents, lesions and catastrophes. How to think and respond to these wounds in relation to what we understand as the brain’s plasticity – its capacity to receive, and to give, form?
Society and Space is pleased to publish an open-access companion piece to the Aerographies section in the current issue of the journal, with contributions from Jason Groves, Craig Martin, Ken Olwig, Mark Jackson, and Maria Fannin. It includes personal reflections, some beautiful illustrations, excerpts from related work, and links of interest.
The Anthropocene provides a provocation to think life differently and to make prominent the geo-politics of an epochal event, whose present and future telling offers opportunities for alternative ways of writing the Earth. Guest editors Beth Greenhough, Jamie Lorimer, and Kathryn Yusoff present a forum to speculate on “future fossils” and reflect on the process of speculation itself as a mode of engagement (click through on each tab to find out more about each exhibit).
Harnessing textual analysis and an interview, the paper unpacks the protocols established to organise information sharing and explores how such protocols interweave an assemblage of technologies to share information as emergencies unfold.
In this paper, we draw on recent ethnographic work, observing and participating in the care of research animals and interviewing the animal technologists, to contribute to the understandings of life within the animal house.
This paper examines the infrastructure of marine spatial planning via two ocean data portals recently created to support marine spatial planning on the East Coast of the United States. Applying theories of ontological politics, critical cartography, and a critical conceptualization of “care,” we examine portal performances in order to link their organization and imaging practices with the ideological and ontological work these infrastructures do, particularly in relation to environmental and human community actors.
This paper explores the ways in which genealogical, ancestral and wider forms of relatedness are produced through human remains. It does so through focusing on the case of the controversial display of the remains of Charles Byrne (1761–83), commonly known as ‘The Irish Giant’ in the Hunterian Museum in London.
Based on the Smart Cities imaginary, the bottom-up project Stgo2020 created a self-tracking device known as Rastreador Urbano de Bicicletas (or Urban Bicycle Tracker) to record the daily trips of cyclists in Santiago de Chile and use the data gathered to help government officials make better and data-driven decisions on cycling infrastructure planning. In this article, we examine the iterative design of this technology as well as its introduction into the everyday practices of cyclists.
Contemporary practices of sex and intimacy are increasingly digitally mediated. In this paper, we identify two distinctly spatial effects of these mediations.
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
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.
Foregrounds the built systems or networks that coordinate the circulation of things, people, money, and data into integrated wholes. Provides an analytical framework for critically interrogating the relation between built networks and their spatial mobilities, including attention to their institutional dimensions, political economies, and forms of life that interact with and reshape their geographies.