Multiple calls for ARCHITECTURE_MEDIA_POLITICS_SOCIETY

Website: http://architecturemps.com/

The academic journal ARCHITECTURE_MEDIA_POLITICS_SOCIETY is calling for articles for forthcoming editions.

Its themes revolve around the relationship of architecture with questions of the media, politics and society in the broadest sense. Multidisciplinary papers are welcomed as particularly pertinent to the journal’s remit.  Papers may be historical or contemporary in their perspective and may project their arguments towards future developments.  The journal publishes monthly on-line and has a two yearly print version.

Please submit abstracts, works in progress or completed texts for consideration.

Marx and the Aesthetic (May 2012, Amsterdam)

Location: Universiteit van Amsterdam
Dates: May 10 – 13, 2012
Deadline for submissions: Jan 31, 2012
Contact: mail@marxandtheaesthetic.org

The aim of this conference is twofold: on the one hand, to analyse the role of the aesthetic in the writings of Marx and, on the other, to examine works of art and literature which are based on, or have been directly inspired by, Marx’s writings. At the core of this conference, then, is an attempt to think the immanent relation between the aesthetic and emancipatory conceptions of politics.

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CHI 2011 Workshop: HCI, Politics, and the City (May 2011, Vancouver)

Website: http://staceyk.org/chi11workshop/
Dates: 7-8 May 2011
UPDATED! Workshop submissions deadline: 4 February 2011

Be bold. Play strategically. Think emotionally. Unite unexpectedly.

Join us in an exploratory two-day engagement with politics in and around Vancouver. Come with an open mind, fertile imagination and willingness to collaborate. Leave with new perspectives, synergies with grassroots movements and invigorated research ideas.

This is a hands-on workshop. We will not be reading papers all day. We will not be huddled in a dark hotel room. We will not marvel at each others’ fancy new slides. It’s time for HCI practitioners to open a real and healthy dialogue with grassroots communities and political themes. Help us initiate this vital new research direction.

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CHI 2001 Workshop: HCI, Politics & the City: Engaging Urban Grassroots Movements for Reflection and Action (May 2011, Vancouver Canada)

Website: http://staceyk.org/chi11workshop/
Deadline for workshop submissions: 14 January 2011.

Grassroots movements shape our cities, cultures and politics. In this two-day workshop, we invite HCI researchers, activists and artists to engage with the processes, materials, challenges, and goals of grassroots communities in Vancouver, the city hosting CHI’11.

Vancouver has a rich history of bottom-up political movements. Our workshop will facilitate a dialogue around the practical and active engagement of HCI research with grassroots communities. Working together with local organizations, workshop participants will conduct explorations of urban spaces and activist headquarters, participatory design sessions, reflection, critique and creative design of political artifacts. We hope these activities result in concrete design strategies, opportunities for technical interventions and future collaborations in the domain of political computing. Please read more about our workshop themes and visit our call for submissions.

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Politics of Design Intl Workshop (June 2010, Manchester UK)

Politics of Design – International Workshop, 24-25 June 2010, Manchester, UK.
Organised by the Manchester Architecture Research Centre
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/research/marc/

In the last decade numerous STS trained scholars engaged in a venture of unpacking design practices. Yet, to study the practical course of design means to be simultaneously involved in the subject of politics and in the particular sort of politics that is centred on objects (Latour & Weibel, Making Things Public). Recent studies in political philosophy and STS have argued that politics is not limited anymore to citizens, elections, votes, petitions, ideologies and particular institutionalised conflicts (DeVries, What is Political in Sub-politics?), and have reformulated the question of politics into one of cosmopolitics (Stengers, Cosmopolitics; Latour, Politics of Nature) and ontological politics (Mol, Actor Network Theory and After). The “political” is not defined as a way of codifying particular forms of contestation but as opening up new sites and objects of contestation (Barry, Political Machines).

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