Mapping the Modern: Spatial Aesthetics, Transnational Currents.

The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and the far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed. We are at a moment  . . . when our experience of the world is less that of a long life developing through time than that of a network that connects points and intersects with its own skein. (Michel Foucault)

The local and the global have become  .  .  .  inextricably intertwined. (Anthony Giddens)

The ordinary practitioners of the city live ‘down below’, below the thresholds at which visibility begin. They walk – an elementary form of this experience of the city; they are walkers, Wandersmänner, whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of an urban ‘text’ they write without being able to read it . . .  The networks of these moving, intersecting writings compose a manifold story that has neither author nor spectator, shaped out of fragments of trajectories and alterations of spaces: in relation to representations, it remains daily and indefinitely other. (Michel de Certeau)

Issues of spatiality, geography, transnationality have entered increasingly into aesthetic and cultural debates in recent years. Please send in proposals for papers that look at these ideas in your particular sphere of research, We apologise that this call for papers if going out rather late, and further details about the organisation of the seminar will follow shortly.

Please send suggestions for papers of 10 minutes to Carole Bird (c.bird@gold.gold.ac.uk) by February 19, with a 400 word summary of the paper.