A colleague and I are organizing a panel for this year's American Anthropological Association meeting and we have put out a call for papers. If this sounds interesting, we would love to hear from you.
Call for Papers
Shattering Dimensionalities: Radical Imaginaries and Other-Worldly Diffusions
AAA 2016 —Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Topic: Current interdisciplinary research—either theoretical or in practice—about radical imaginaries, the reorganization of dimensionalities and the diffusion of other-worldly realities as acts of resistance to neoliberal globalization.
Organizers: A.M. Stapp, PhD candidate (Virginia Tech) & Taylor R. Genovese, MA Candidate (Northern Arizona University)
Conference: 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (November 16-20, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Capital—whether social, economic, political, cultural—against popular belief, is not a homogenizing and totalizing agent. The ever-searching, ever-reaching, ever-occupying hand of global capitalism is indeed a reality, but so too, is the ever-expanding, ever-reaching resistance to capital. The neoliberalization of space and the destruction of everything communal in its wake, although material realities, the neoliberalization process does not go unnoticed or implemented without contestation. When appearances are made, the manifestly destructive anticipatory frontier (Tsing 2005) of neoliberal globalization—although conjured up as beneficial and necessary for humankind—often crumbles by way of the rearticulation of its material dimensionalities through living, breathing embodiments and acts of resistance, either physically, mentally, and/or spiritually. Following the work of Holloway (2010), we explore the ways capital’s “crises” are rearticulated as an active project—a product of a utopian consciousness as well as material practices, which flourish as product of and with/in the imaginative realities and embodied experiences of individuals attempting to subvert neoliberal projects. Holloway (2010) thus encourages us to claim crises. “We are the crises of capital!” By refusing to submit to the demands of capital; refusing to think, act and imagine the world within the framework of neoliberalism, we, through the diffusion of different spatial and temporal relations, become capital’s crises. By refusing to let communal places be privatized and turned into no-spaces of consumerist and ecologically destructive dimensionalities, we become capital’s crises. Through the creation of autonomous spaces where alternatives to neoliberal global dimensionalities can safely flourish, we stop the (neo-)colonial occupation and privatization of space—physically, mentally, and spiritually—and thus challenge the very heart of capital (O’Hearn and Grubačić 2016). This panel will focus specifically on the plethora of ways in which the crises of capital are appropriated by alternative visions, voices, and corporeal realities. With a specific focus on space and the dialectic between capital and, us, it’s crises, we will collectively explore capital’s anticipatory and corporeal frontiers, both planetary and extra-planetary, but most importantly, the ways it is challenged, re-articulated—where alternative-dimensionalities unfold into the horizon.
Holloway, John. 2010. Crack Capitalism. NYC: Pluto Press.
Knopp, Larry and Michael Brown. 2003. “Queer Diffusions.” Society and Space. Vol. 21: 409-424
O’Hearn, Denis, and Andrej Grubačić. 2016. “Capitalism, Mutual Aid, and Material Life: Understanding Exilic Spaces.” Capital & Class 40 (1): 147–65.
Tsing, Anna. 2005. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. NJ: Princeton University Press.
We are interested in work examining the broad topics below through historical, social, political, cultural, ecological, material, performative, metaphysical, spiritual, and other transdisciplinary approaches:
To submit: Please email a 250 word abstract to both session organizers by April 10, 2016. Please include the title of the paper, author’s name, affiliation, and email. For conference requirements, please see “Requirements for Section Invited and Volunteered Submissions” here: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/Call-For-Papers.cfm
A.M. Stapp: sapril1 [at] vt [dot] edu
Taylor R. Genovese: trgenovese [at] nau [dot] edu
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