Barry, Andrew 2013 “Material Politics: Disputes Along the Pipeline” reviewed by Kai Bosworth


Andrew Barry’s new book reviewed at Society and Space open site.

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51cxb9xGfyL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Kai Bosworth reviews Andrew Barry’s book “Material Politics: Disputes Along the Pipeline”

While many geographers and political theorists have argued that materials augment capacities for political experimentation, provoke public outrage, or shape power relations, others suspect that focus on the vague politics of matter is largely a force for rendering political contestation inoperable. In Material Politics: Disputes Along the Pipeline, Andrew Barry sidesteps both arguments, instead arguing that materials are bound up with the availability or transparency of information. Barry argues that the production of material information – lay and expert knowledge, documents, data and evidence of harm or injury – can often lead to new or more intense forms of dissent, especially over the frontier between public and clandestine information. Barry demonstrates this thesis through a wide-ranging and comprehensive account of the forces that attempt to demarcate where, how and which materials come to be disputed in…

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JUCS 1.3 content list


new issue of Journal of Urban Cultural Studies published.

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Pleased to announce that Issue 1.3 (2014) of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is in final production, content below:


Inaugural editorial: Urban cultural studies – a manifesto (part 2)


The worst tourists in the world: Gangsters, heterotopia and the space of global capital In Bruges

Alternative sprawls, junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and horizontal urban epistemologies

‘Alas, alas. House, oh house!’: The collapse of the Cologne City archive

Spaces for reading, a cartography of used books in urban Latin America

Urban tellurics in Barcelona: Between a Heideggerian rock and a postmodern swimming pool


Geographies of street art: Shepard Fairey and the trans-scalar imagination

Bodies and sculptures: Moving mountains

‘Psychogeography of the Boundary’: An author interview with Eric Hazan

Sydney’s Chinatown/Chinese cities

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The objects that surround our writing – Devin Shaw on his desk, study and working practices

A nice post by Devin Shaw at The Notes Taken about the books, papers and other objects surrounding him as he completes a book manuscript.

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Verso 2014 – Selected highlights, from Arundhati Roy to Slavoj Žižek in a free Ebook


Verso 2014: Free Ebook Collection, edited by Verso Books

Selected highlights, from Arundhati Roy to Slavoj Žižek

We bring you a compilation of our most exciting reading from 2014, with contributions from leading radical names – brought together for the first time in this ebook collection, and available for FREE download!

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Volume 32, Issue 6 now out

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Books received – White on Genet and Voeltzel, Vingt ans et après

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Edmund White’s biography of Genet, and Thierry Voeltzel, Vingt ans et après – a collection of dialogues with (an anonymous) Foucault (see Foucault News for details).

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Luce Irigaray Circle Conference: Topologies of Sexual Difference – Melbourne – 10-12 Dec 2014


Luce Irigaray Circle Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 December 2014

The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, with the support of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, will host an interdisciplinary conference inspired by Luce Irigaray and her thinking of sexual difference. This will be the seventh meeting of the Luce Irigaray Circle. The overall theme for the conference will be “Topologies of Sexual Difference.”

More details here, via Continental Philosophy.

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