deadline 03.15.06 — Call for papers: “maps and social transformation”

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Date/Time: 28/02/2006 12:00 am

Hi drifters,
thought you might be interested in the following. Hope everyone is well.


Proposal Newsletter:
Euromovements: european action research network, has been working
since 2004 on the development of activist research around
systematization of information merging for and from social movements
in Europe.
Euromovements is a translocal informal network focused on creating a
space of convergence to debate, exchange and share about political and
research practices.
Euromovements proposes you to participate in a compilation of online
material about « maps and social transformation ». We would like to
give an overview of the panorama of actions, experiences,
methodologies and groups that are working on creating and developing,
maps for/from social transformation, meaning tools and knowledge to
empower actors and groups acting towards social and political action
against Empire.
The format of the contents >
It would be highly important to try to give a similar importance to
written knowledge as to visual or audio knowledge. That is why we
would like your proposals to be combined in several forms: text/
images /animations/ maps/videos/acoustic maps, etc.
For e.j. if you have done a map, or a graph of data, please send it
with and explanation (video, text) so we can better understand how to
read it, and about the methodology, aims and goals of your project. If
you have done an article about visualisations, maps or cartographies,
please send it with some images of the maps you did work on it.
This newsletter will be in several languages. We won’t assure
translation tasks, execpt on voluntary activist base. Please try to
send your proposals with their existing translation in other
languages, or with a little synopsis in another language if there
isn’t any translation already available.
The contents of those newsletters were registered under
copyleft/creative commons, there hasn’t been any commercial use of
them. This newsletter will follow the same characteristics. It will be
widely spread abroad several emails lists, webpages and other networks
of exchange and conversation.
Contents >
We propose some general questions to help to start those exchanges.
The roots of maps and social transformation:
How are our desires and needs related to social transformation, are
depending of communicating, making visible, our struggles,
resistances, knowledge produced among those experiences? How those
needs are linked to the production of methodologies and tools to
visualize, clarify the challenges, the networks, the intangibles
phenomenoms behind mobilizations?.
What are the links between contemporanous political praxis of mapping
and its roots? How dadaism, art brut, cut-up method, derive, are
connected with mapping as social transformation? What does those
groups, methods and concepts learn us about new forms of political,
social and artistic creativity?
The evolution of mapping and social transformation must also be put in
perspective with its most recent past. Cyberactivists , hackers,
cyberpunks, can be also considered as impulsors of maps/visuals and
social transformation. The field of action related to digital tools,
and so called cyberspace, is full of ideas, reflections and researches
towards the construction of tools to map its diversity, its flux, its
Mapping the movements Vs Mapping the biopower:
Technopolitical tools and social transformation constitutes an
interesting interaction domain. Some of us are calling for the
production of « anti-technologies of resistance1 », arguing for
methods that can’t be replicate elsewhere, so evanescent that they
can’t be produced with a guideline to understand it. The exercice of
mapping is always under the danger of capturing something it wants to
be free. How groups producing maps, analysing and/or producing
technopolitical tools to systematize large amount of data deal with
those questions. Which are the ethical and philosophical challenges
and limits about mapping social transformation, social movements and
networks activities?, how to reverse control surveillance engineering,
how to challenge the pancapitalism, through mechanisms ,as Brian
Holmes call them, « grass roots top down surveillance systems ». What
is the role of technology and software programation inside the
development of this activist research field? We do also get the
sensation that maps/visualization field of action is highly
competitive, and is fulfilled with private actors and entreprises, how
do actors and groups from social movements and hacklabs challenge
Other groups are working in mapping the “enemy”. Their activist
research focuses towards the identification of the networks acting and
supporting actively neoliberalist policies and dynamics. Those last
years seems to have seen a huge increasing of didactic maps (under
digital or printed form) to make available to people information about
who is ruling, where, how and in which bases. There has been a high
production about ongoing subjects of activist research such as
biotechnologies, biopower, neoliberalism, actors of the so called new
society of information, Enron practices, the war on Irak, and the list
is much more longer.
Methodologies, ways of doing it
We wonder about the several methodologies to develop those maps, as
individuals or as groups creations. As pieces of activist social
communication, what are their repercussions? Are they creating new
forms of mediatical interferences inside the mass mediascape? Are they
able to help in the appropriation of information to be turned in
collective action? Are maps/visuals a subject for specialists and
experts? Even if it is obvious that there are real difficulties to
develop, program, read and analyse maps, in which ways do people and
groups involved in making maps do try to avoid those problematics?
Those last questions raises also the cartographic methodologies to
work with diverse variety of publics on social and political
thematics. Developing maps and cartographies can also mean to develop
collective methodologies of empowerment. Maps can mean insertion,
immersion, exchange, conversations, several levels of sociabilities,
the rize of geopoetic tools, intimate maps, to be produced by kids,
young ones, immigrants, women, communities of neighbours etc. How to
develop in group collective tactical maps? where is the border between
individual artitivism work?, where are the technical possibilities to
develop descentralized maps from several groups perspectives etc?
If you have organized any workshop, meeting, experience, off set,
installation around those subjects, could you detailed how was the
process, the background, the persons involved, the outcomes etc.
Methodology and calendar of the newsletter:
To send us your articles and other material’s proposal for this
newsletter please send us an email at: visual@euromovements.info
We do propose also an elist to help with exchanges around those
thematics, you can subscribe here directely, or send a message with
subscribe in the subject at: visual@lists.euromovements.info.
VISUAL is a mailing list for researchers, activists, hackers and
artists who experiment applying visualization and cartographic
techniques to social transformation. Subscribers are encouraged to
post information about visual experiences, conferences, announcements,
queries, open debates, calls for proposals, develop maps and to
exchange information on news relevant to
visualization and cartography experimenting. To facilitate the
trans-local-national understanding, the e-list is multilingual. If it
is possible, please, try to send e-mails translated intwo (or more)
Deadline for sending: 15 march
We will entable contact with every contributor when the newsletter
will be online.

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