CFP: New Orleans and Other Urban Calamities (10/1/05; journal issue)

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Space and Culture: The International Journal of Social Spaces

Call for Short Papers (1000 words): New Orleans and Other Urban Calamities

Special Issue

Issue Deadline: October 1 2005

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While the flooding of New Orleans is supposedly a natural disaster and
perhaps a foretaste of the implications of climate change, it is also
a disaster made by people, and institutions. Social and
infrastructual failures, the almost apparent breakdown of an economic
market and social solidarity in favour of survivalism intersect with
questions of race, class, the vulnerable, historic cultural identity,
risk, technology, media spectacle, governance the state and the
attitude to possible, future cities on the site of New Orleans.
'Events overturn theory', was one aphorism of Henri Lefebvre. What
have we learned? How does New Orleans reveal shortcomings in
theoretical positions and in accepted social attitudes and practices?
What new questions should be asked?

Space and Culture is seeking immediate, short (1000 word) reactions
that advance a specific argument rather than general comment. We also
welcome images and photo-essays. Papers will be refereed by the
editors of and editorial board of the journal. We aim to publish with
the shortest possible delay.

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