Informality, Planning, ANT conference: Italy

If only we knew anyone who spoke Italian…

Toilet Paper Manifesto

International Conference


Naples, June 12, 2013
Department of Architecture, “Federico II” University, via Forno Vecchio 36
Aula Andriello, 9 am-6 pm

Conference Theme

This one-day conference will bring together scholars from Italy and the United States to explore the urban implications of actor-network theory. The focus will be on the networks of humans, nature, and technologies that comprise cities and without which cities could neither function nor thrive. These assemblages are the constituent forms that characterize such social concerns as sea-level rise, slum formation, informality, and inter-ethnic conflict. Assemblage thinking places action in its material context by recognizing that humans always act with both tools and nature.

Assemblage thinking also sits at the center of how we think about planning for the city. It enables us to understand how formal and informal processes emerge and function within and across the settings of city…

View original post 108 more words

Urban Studies Foundation Postdocs



Dear Colleagues,

Urban Studies Foundation – Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Urban Studies Foundation is pleased to announce a major new funding opportunity for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Details of the award(s) can be found on the attached document and further particulars and the application form are available on the Foundation’s website at Applications should be submitted electronically to Ruth Harkin at by 14 June 2013.

We would be grateful if you could forward the attached information to staff or students within your institution who may be interested.

Yours sincerely

Professor Chris Philo

Trustee, Urban Studies Foundation

Paul Virno: Exodus – Quote of the Day!

Southern Nights

The key to political action (or rather the only possibility of extracting it from its present state of paralysis) consists in developing the publicness of Intellect outside of Work, and in opposition to it. The issue here has two distinct profiles, which are, however, strictly complementary. On the one hand, general intellect can only affirm itself as an autonomous public sphere, thus avoiding the “transfer” of its own potential into the absolute power of Administration, if it cuts the linkage that binds it to the production of commodities and wage labor. On the other hand, the subversion of capitalist relations of production henceforth develops only with the institution of a non-State public sphere, a political community that has as its hinge general intellect. The salient characteristics of the post-Fordist experience (servile virtuosity, the valorization even of the faculty of language, the necessary relation with the “presence of others,” and so…

View original post 276 more words