CityState Workshop – Tel Aviv-Jaffa

This is a short recap of the „CityState: Lexical-Political Workshop” at Tel Aviv University from June 22nd to June 24th, 2013. The workshop and attached publications seek to critically re-conceptualize political concepts, or concepts as political. I wrote and presented a paper called “elsewhere”, examining spatial interdimensionality beyond proximity and distance. However, the related papers have not yet been published and will probably be published or incorporated in further research individually.

See Stuart Elden´s blog-post and audio recording of his talk on the topic of “Earth“.

Michele Lancione also posted his contribution on “Abstract Machines” on his website.

Please find a list of participants and topics below.

I would like to thank Ariel Handel, Haim Yacobi, Chen Misgav, Adi Ophir, and all the others who organised the workshop and helped making it a fascinating event.

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On the first day we have been given a tour around the southern part of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. As this area is part of my research, I was particularly pleased to have met local activists. Also of great interest was the reaction of other workshop participants, who were unfamiliar with the setting. After the tour, the second and third day were held in the form of presentations and discussions of the respective topics at Tel Aviv University.

The workshop participants and topics were:

Adi Ophir – De-finition

Haim Yacobi – Moral Geography

Tovi Fenster – Address

Angharad Closs Stephens – Atmospheres

Ronen Ben Arie – (Re)formation

Ash Amin – Animated Space

Michel Lancione – Abstract Machines

Stuart Elden – Earth

Ariel Handel – Distance

Jontahan Rokem – Urban Segregation

Oren Shlomo – Urban Sovereignty

Chen Misgav – Spatial Activism

Merav Amir – Border

Moriel Ram – Occupation

Sigi Atteneder – Elsewhere

Ori Rotlevy – Barricade

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