Territories, Borders and the New Geography
call for papers
“Glocalism”, a peer-reviewed, open-access and cross-disciplinary journal, is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. We welcome studies in any field, with or without comparative approach, that address both practical effects and theoretical import.
Articles can be in any language and length chosen by the author, while abstracts and keywords have to be in English.
Deadline: August 31, 2016. This issue is scheduled to appear at end-October 2016.
Direction Committee: Arjun Appadurai (New York University); Zygmunt Bauman (University of Leeds); Seyla Benhabib (Yale University); Sabino Cassese (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa); Manuel Castells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona); Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame); David Held (Durham University); Robert J. Holton (Trinity College Dublin); Alberto Martinelli (Università degli Studi di Milano); Anthony McGrew (University of Southampton); Alberto Quadrio Curzio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano); Roland Robertson (University of Aberdeen); Saskia Sassen (Columbia University); Amartya Sen (Harvard University); Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University); Salvatore Veca (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia).
the topic of this issue
territories, borders and the new geography
The process of globalisation prompts a rethinking of the operation of the world and a problematisation of the modern concepts of “continent”, “border”, “state” and “city”. Indeed, in the global world, flows of people, capital and information move through deterritorialised networks that change the meaning of ideas of proximity and distance. These migrations exert pressure on the epistemological postulate of modernity – the immobility of the subject – and on its geopolitical consequence – the nation state as territorially confined, delimited and, therefore, univocally representable. Furthermore, the planet seems to remove itself from any possible reduction to being a mere surface: the map, cartography, no longer succeeds in representing a territory in all its ramifications, connections and stratifications. We seem to be observing the end of space, understood as geometrical extension, measurable and traversable starting from a defined centre. Today, rather, the proliferation of centres and their hybrid nature are contrasted with the isomorphism and homogeneity that have characterised the geography of the territory and the nation state in the modern age. Moreover, crisis of space also means crisis of time and its passage and crisis of scales for its representation. There seem to be two fundamental issues that must be tackled, therefore. On one hand, the need for a new geography to be developed starting from the concepts of “place” and “network”, instead of “space” and “time”: a “spherical”, no longer cartographic geography, capable of investigating the labyrinthine character of the planet, both on the surface of “localised” places and in the interaction of these with the immaterial flows and global and deterritorialised networks that traverse them. On the other, an analysis of the consequences that the “crisis of space” produces in the territories and in the subjects that inhabit them. In fact, the contemporary manifestations of these new relationships between local and global, between the location and its multiple forms of belonging to planetary networks are many and complex.