CFP: EISA Section on The Politics of Global Connectivities

EISA Section on the Politics of Global Connectivities

25-26 September 2015, Giardini Naxos, Sicily


Section Chair:

Luis Lobo-Guerrero,
University of Groningen

We are now calling for papers for the following panels:

  1. Situating and theorising connectivity and disconnectivity in global politics:‘What would a politics of ‘global’ connectivities look like?’, ‘How would connectivity-disconnectivity contribute towards a redefinition of globalities?’, ‘What would an idea of global connectivity do to concepts such as the state, territory and populations?’, ‘How would connectivity challenge conceptions of sovereignty?’
  2. Maritime and ports connectivity: ‘What forms of connectivity result from port activity and what are their effects in the making of globalities?’ How can the maritime domain be understood as connecting space?’, ‘How would global maritime trade be conceptualised as a connectivity effect?’
  3. Connecting ‘matter’: ‘What are the materialities of global connectivities and what do they do?’, ‘Is there a dislocated agency in effecting connectivity?’, ‘How would financial connectivities matter in making the political?’
  4. Histories of connecting globalities: ‘Can there be a history of global connectivities?’, ‘How would experience be related as connectivity effects?’, ‘Are political histories connectivity narratives?’
  5. Roundtable on the politics of global connectivities

Please submit your paper proposals between 8 December and January 15 via the conference submission system:

Connectivity lies at the core of human interaction with the ‘world’. Power, knowledge, scarcity, order, language, experience, culture, materiality, spatiality, vitality, intellect, spirituality, and expression are all dimensions of existence that depend on forms of interaction. Connected cells create molecules, individuals connect with each other giving rise to communities and societies, ideas connect into theories and paradigms, satellites connect with earth sensors to relate location and data, language enables communication, rationalities and logics allow for the abstraction of thought, and art connects being with expression. Connectivity comes in all forms. Ancient cultures developed economic and political networks for governing territories and peoples. Urban centres emerged as part of wider interconnected structures involving religious beliefs and practices, political systems and economic interaction. Empires have relied on their capacity to connect cultures, economies and forms of governance. Economies, a form of connectivity in their own right, rely on the possibility to connect supplies with demands. Technologies connect aspirations of efficiency with physical and intellectual capacities. Life itself is the result of incalculable connectivities of all orders. And yet, not much thought has been given to the very idea of ‘connectivity’ and the form of politics that underlies it. Not much discussion has been had on how forms of dis-connectivity also constitute a politics of resistance. This section aims to provide a space to collectively reflect on this problem by bringing together various strands of current theorising and forms of empirical research to reflect on what it means to connect and disconnect and what power effects result from these processes.

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