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Posted on 29 Oct 2021
“Space is fundamental in any exercise of power.” - Michel Foucault
Space and place influence the (re)production of power dynamics (Foucault 1984; Beebe et al 2012). “The city” is a site of this power; it reflects the presence and co-existence of past and future, of history and the contemporary. The world is constantly re-examining its relationship to space. Now more than ever, the pandemic and ensuing lockdown in many parts of the world has sparked renewed public debates and academic reflections concerning people and the spaces they inhabit. The connection between bodies and spaces, both material and symbolic, is being re-imagined to accommodate regulations, social distancing, and crucially, new understandings of how people and places are allowed to function in relation to one another.
The city spaces we inhabit - even as they are made from stone and metal - are not fixed and stable. Black and Indigenous activist movements calling for the destruction of colonial monuments have shown us how the city as a space is a social construction that is less static and objective than it purports to be. Buildings and spaces are an accumulation of different histories and societies, but we are finding ourselves in a transformative moment of interrogating the power dynamics reflected in these designs. Monument and building upkeep, for instance, raises questions about who and what is reflected within the city, and the political implications thereof. We also see the extent to which city structures dictate the oppression and displacement of homeless people through hostile architecture.
What is the role in the history of the city in terms of how it reflects values and public identity? How can buildings, monuments, statues, and idols be repurposed and reclaimed? How does the infrastructure of the city facilitate protests? In what ways have cities been imagined, and how does the city configure in potential imaginaries? In other words: we are currently in a time where discussions into (re)building the city are opening up: the physical, the imagined, the radical, and the remembered. We invite graduate and postgraduate students of the Humanities to contribute to the upcoming issue of Junctions, titled: ‘(re)building the city’. We welcome submissions from all fields of the Humanities, and encourage authors to engage with (interdisciplinary) issues.
The submission length for original journal articles is 4000–6000 words, and 1000–2000 words for book reviews. Submissions should engage with the scholarly literature of the appropriate discipline and clearly identify its contribution to the field(s). A separate call for book reviews will be published at a later time. Manuscripts should be in Chicago author-date referencing style, following the official Junctions Word template and the prescribed author guidelines. Please submit a digital copy (as a Word document) via the submission system on our website by 25 June. Please omit references to the author in manuscripts to ensure anonymous reviews. After double-blind reviewing, accepted articles will undergo a revision process which will conclude with the publication of the journal issue. The journal does not accept manuscripts previously published by or simultaneously submitted to other publications.
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Download the full call for papers here!
Posted on 19 Apr 2021