Call for Submissions — Critical Cartography and Anarchist Geography

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Date/Time: 22/01/2006 12:00 am

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is looking for submissions of maps,
cartograms, diagrams, and writing, for a special issue, guest edited by Lex
Bhagat and Lize Mogel, on ³Critical Cartography and Anarchist Geography.²
The map is a device of power. What happens when this device is purposely
redirected, hacked mischievously or stolen outright?
This issue of Perspectives aims to carry forward the tremendous momentum
which links art, activism, geography and other practices into the expanded
³field² of radical geography and cartography. We are inspired by recent
mapping projects that redirect the culturally understood authority of maps.
Such projects have produced a new type of networked discourse, richly
communicating information through image/text. These maps picture
concentrations of power and global economic flows; reveal the hidden
workings of the prison-industrial complex; uncover contestations of public
space; overwrite political boundaries with local ecologies; generate walking
tours of feminist social history; direct action against military recruiters
or global financial institutions; and provide a funhouse mirror to the
absurdity of electoral politics. Etcetera.
We are looking for examples of geography in the service of autonomy,
cartography as activist strategy. Maps, cartograms, and diagrams will be
printed in black and white.
Please send:
– PDF or JPEG files no greater than 2 Mb (2 files max), or weblinks.
– A descriptive statement about the map (1 page max).
– Contact Information
Note: maps can be printed in any language, but should be accompanied by
English description.
We also aim to theoretically illuminate radical cartography itself by
pairing map-makers with writers. We will commission short essays that will
contextualize or respond to each map. Map-makers may submit essays about
their own maps.
Please send:
– A one or two paragraph indication of your research interests.
– Writing sample (3 pages max) or references to past works (print or
– Contact information.
All map submissions will be considered for an exhibition of radical
cartography, concurrent to the issue¹s publication in September 2006.
lex@anarchist-studies.org AND lize@publicgreen.com
Institute for Anarchist Studies
P.O. Box 1664
Stuyvesant Station
New York, NY 10009
ATTN: Cartography
March 15: Proposals, sample maps and statements of interest.
April: Notification
June 1: Final deadline for map/images.
August 1: Final deadline for writings.
Late September: Issue publication.
Alexis Bhagat is a writer and a director of the IAS.
Lize Mogel is an artist and mapmaker.
Perspectives on Anarchist Theory is the biannual journal of the Institute
for Anarchist Studies (IAS), a nonprofit foundation established in 1996 to
support the development of anarchism. The IAS is primarily a grant-giving
organization for radical writers and has supported authors from countries
around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Nigeria,
Germany, South Africa, the Czech Republic and the United States.
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