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Forever For Now Dezembro 6, 2018

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“Forever For Now” é uma das músicas da cantora e autora LP, que descobri recentemente e que tem sido a minha companhia musical mais habitual. A minha relação com esta música, entre outras, é proxima do delírio. Já ri, já dancei, já chorei. E não consigo parar de ouvir.

Hush, hush
Don’t say a word
The faint cries can hardly be heard
A storm lies beyond the horizon, barely
Don’t stop
Sweep through the days
Like children that can’t stay awake
Stay here untainted and say…

Stay while the melody’s sung
Break like a wave on the run
I do be sure I can’t say anymore
I just know that it won’t last forever

Rush, rush
Take me away
Like hourglass sand that never escapes
Stars are born and then die, but carefree
A small clock that ticks without time
And watched by an ocean of eyes
Ending, ascending and then…

Stay while the melody’s sung
Break like a wave on the run
I do be sure I can’t say anymore
I just know that it won’t last forever
I just know that it won’t last forever



(np) inscrito Novembro 22, 2018

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inscrito na alma

suspenso no corpo

incerto no desejo

inscrevo a certeza

do tempo que vivo

no espaço que sonho


Jorge Christina Alves

(cfp) Gayness In Queer Times Novembro 22, 2018

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(cfp)  Gayness In Queer Times

Workshop & Conference

University of Brighton, UK

June 13th & 14th 2019

Keynote speaker: Prof David Halperin (University of Michigan)

Author of ‘How To Be Gay’ and ‘Gay Shame’

Invitation from the conveners: Introducing the English translation of Mario Mielli’s 1977 ‘Towards A Gay Communism’, Tim Dean describes Mieli’s articulation of gayness as ‘loosening gayness from an exclusively sexual orientation to something more capacious’ (Mieli 2018:xi). Yet Mieli was writing before the emergence of queer theory, and in contemporary scholarly work around sexuality and sexual identity, queer appears to have achieved a hegemonic status. Over the past decade the articulation of theory or politics that is explicitly gay (rather than queer or LGBTQ) has often been attached to limiting, exclusionary, and oppressive practices, particularly regarding race and gender. As an unsurprising result, in both academia and activism ‘gay’ is frequently framed as the normative, assimilationist, and exclusionary past to queer’s fluid, radical, and inclusive present and future.

Yet critically engaging with what gay and queer mean (or could mean) nowadays can be elided precisely because of this problematic juxtaposition. While in many ways we broadly align ourselves with queer thought, we are sceptical of knee-jerk tendencies to unquestioningly surrender gay to a politics of exclusion and neoliberal assimilationism. We want to challenge and interrogate assumptions of how gay can be known and conceptualised, beyond conflation with / reduction to homosexuality. Consequently, this conference invites a focus explicitly gay scholarships, theories, identities, identifications, politics, cultures, histories, and futures. It asks:

‘Does gay have anything useful to offer in queer times?’

As part of its engagement with this question, the conference will include a limited-attendance half-day workshop with Prof David Halperin, focused on his influential text ‘How To Be Gay’.

We invite scholarly, activist, and artistic submissions. It has always been unclear how far queer scholarship, let alone gay scholarship, escapes a focus on gay men. Therefore we give special consideration to submissions by or about gay women, and gay people with other gender identities. Submissions might discuss some of the following provocations (though contributions beyond these are welcomed):

  • How can gayness be re/conceptualised? – identities, politics, activisms
  • What is gay culture, and what is the state of it now? – race, appropriation, mainstreaming
  • What opportunities and challenges do trans lives offer for understanding gayness?
  • When did gayness become exclusive? – bisexual, lesbian, & other ‘non-straight’ perspectives
  • How does gayness exist beyond gender binaries?
  • What are the vehicles of gay acculturation? – elders, spaces, media
  • How can gay space be made more trans-inclusive? – groups, bars, bedrooms
  • What are the boundaries of gay space, and what happens in its liminalities and margins?
  • Can or should gay escape its Western origins?
  • Do we need a re-engagement with radical gay writing? – histories, activisms, theories

To Apply: Please send abstracts of ~250 words, plus a short bio, to convenor Ian Sinclair (i.a.sinclair@brighton.ac.uk) by Friday Jan 11th 2019. Registration fees are on a sliding scale through £80 (institutional support), £40 (postgrad), and £10 (unsupported). A limited number of travel bursaries are available for presenters without any funding. We are happy to discuss your submission with you before the deadline.

The Gayness In Queer Times conference is convened by Dr Nick McGlynn, Ian Sinclair, and Sophie Monk. It is supported by the University of Brighton’s Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender, and the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics.

(np) um dia, um poema Novembro 21, 2018

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Um dia. Um livro de poemas. Uma pausa de almoço indubitavelmente marcada pelo poema que li. E reli. Só o poema me alimentou neste dia. Um dia. Um dia tranquilo. Um dia de poemas.

Challenge, Commitment, Community, and Empowerment: Factors that Promote the Adoption of CrossFit as a Training Program Novembro 13, 2018

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Challenge, Commitment, Community, and Empowerment: Factors that Promote the Adoption of CrossFit as a Training Program

Duncan Simpso; Tanya R. Prewitt-White; Yuri Feito;  Julianne Giusti; Ryan Shuda

CrossFit training is a relatively new training program characterized by “high intensity, constantly varied, functional movements” (Glassman, 2007). Considering the initiation of exercise is usually affected by multiple factors, the authors qualitatively examined the factors that encourage individuals with more than three months of CrossFit training experience to adopt and maintain this high-intensity training modality. Seventeen individuals over 25 years old were purposively sampled and contacted by an investigator for an interview. Semi-structured interviews were selected as the primary form of data collection. Analyses of the interviews led to the following four overarching themes: Accepting and Overcoming Challenge, Commitment, Connection and Community, and Empowerment and Transformation.

Keywords: Exercise, Physical Activity, High Intensity Exercise, Interval training, HIFT


Geographies of Sexualities (Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies) Outubro 25, 2018

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies

Geographies of Sexualities


Guest Editor: Emily Kazyak

Email address: ekazyak2@unl.edu

Abstract deadline: November 1, 2018

Questions of geography, space, and location are integral to sexuality scholarship.  For instance, scholars have asked: How do LGBTQ+ identities, communities, and activism form in cities? How are rural areas, contrary to popular assumptions, also spaces where LGBTQ+ identities, communities, and activism occur? What role do LGBTQ+ neighborhoods play in the changing nature of cities? How do LGBTQ+ people build intentional communities? How does gender matter insofar as the migration patterns and residential choices for lesbian women and gay men often look different? How do race, class, and gender matter in LGBTQ+ urban spaces? More global and transnational perspectives open up questions including: How does migration matter for the ways in which people make sense of their sexuality? How do sexuality and gender identity inform the processes of seeking asylum? How do the categories, identities, and forms of activism that exist in one context or country not always translate to another context or country?

The goal of this special issue is to build on this scholarship and illuminate why it continues to be important for sexuality scholars to interrogate questions of geography, space, and location.

Contributors are asked to consider how binaries related to space, location, and geography inform understandings of sexuality and matter to the identities and experiences of lesbians. For instance, how are binaries such as urban/rural, private/public, center/border, South/North, migrant/native, global/local, salient?

Contributors may also interpret the theme of spaces more broadly and think about how sexuality matters and how the identities and experiences of lesbians matter in or are shaped by a variety of contexts, including but not limited to: families, schools, online communities, courtrooms, LGBTQ+ neighborhoods and communities, and pride parades.

The Journal of Lesbian Studies is an interdisciplinary journal and the special issue invites contributions from scholars in multiple fields and scholars using multiple methodologies and theoretical frameworks to understand the intersections of geography and sexuality.

Submit abstracts of 200-250 words, and a 2-3 page CV, to Emily Kazyak at ekazyak2@unl.edu by November 1, 2018. Acceptance notifications will be sent by December 1, 2018, and completed manuscripts are due March 1, 2018.

(np) excesso comunicacional Outubro 18, 2018

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(notas sobre um hiper dia de visibilidade virtual e comunicacional)

Algures num dos seus livros Byung-Chul Han escreve sobre jardins e a paixão da terra e das plantas.

“Eu sou diferente; estou cercado de aparelhos analógicos: tive dois pianos de 400 quilos e por três anos cultivei um jardim secreto que me deu contato com a realidade: cores, aromas, sensações… Permitiu-me perceber a alteridade da terra: a terra tinha peso, fazia tudo com as mãos; o digital não pesa, não tem cheiro, não opõe resistência, você passa um dedo e pronto…”

Tenho que descobrir em que livro de Han anda esta ideia centrada na necessidade premente de uma ligação à terra, à vida. Pessoalmente ando mesmo com esse desejo. Um desejo intimo de partilha com a terra, de fechamento à virtualidade em que aparentemente nadamos, mas onde na realidade nos afogamos um pouco todos os dias.

Cansado. Aborrecido. Desgastado com o excesso de expressão e exposição mediática/comunicacional sinto cada vez mais essa necessidade de fechamento, de criar ausência na esfera virtual e reganhar presença num mundo real, palpável e materializado como o do jardim secreto do filósofo… ou – no meu simples mundo –  a  coleção de carnudas.

Provavelmente bem mais interessante do que milhares de clicks é a minha capacidade premente e urgente de usufruir das páginas de um livro, do ato de escrever umas notas no meu caderno, da corrida por uma avenida na cidade, ou de cuidar das minhas plantas.

Estes dias mais do que duros, têm sido clarividentes sobre o que não quero, o que não desejo para mim. E isso significa, antes de tudo, um (re)olhar do modo como estou na esfera pública!


(np) caminho Outubro 2, 2018

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O caminho. O desejo do caminho que pretendo trilhar. Um desejo toldado pela incapacidade crónica do (in)sucesso. O desejo das coisas pequenas expressas em palavras e em textos nascidos em lágrimas vertidas. Um caminho de dificuldades e de textos perdidos nos documentos abertos no computador. Um caminho que não consigo trilhar na tristeza sem fim que me inunda em momentos tão intensos. Esta incapacidade é antes de mais um frêmito de fascínio e insegurança para com a palavra, um t(r)emor que vou enfrentando dia a dia. Um caminho que, ainda assim, não deixo de fazer. E que quero continuar a percorrer. O caminho… o caminho da palavra.


Trauma Geographies: Broken Bodies and Lethal Landscapes Setembro 20, 2018

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The 2018 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture – “Trauma Geographies: Broken Bodies and Lethal Landscapes” by Derek Gregory

The 2018 Antipode Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Lecture

Trauma Geographies: Broken Bodies and Lethal Landscapes

Derek Gregory
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Department of Geography
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada

We’d be delighted if you could join us at the RGS-IBG annual international conference on Wednesday 29 August at Cardiff University for Derek Gregory’s Antipode Lecture, “Trauma Geographies: Broken Bodies and Lethal Landscapes”. The lecture starts at 16:50 (Shared Lecture Theatre, Sir Martin Evans Building), and will be followed by a reception sponsored by Wiley.

Elaine Scarry reminds us that even though “the main purpose and outcome of war is injuring” this “massive fact” can nevertheless “disappear from view along many separate paths”. This presentation traces some of those paths, exploring the treatment and evacuation of the injured and sick in three war zones: the Western Front in the First World War; Afghanistan 2001-2018; and Syria 2012-2018. The movement of casualties from the Western Front inaugurated the modern military-medical machine; it was overwhelmingly concerned with the treatment of combatants, for whom the journey–by stretcher, ambulance, train and boat–was always precarious and painful. Its parts constituted a “machine” in all sorts of ways, but its operation was far from smooth. The contrast with the aerial evacuation and en route treatment of US/UK casualties in Afghanistan is instructive, and at first sight these liquid geographies confirm Steven Pinker’s progressivist theses about “the better angels of our nature”.

But this impression has to be radically revised once Afghan casualties are taken into account–both combatant and civilian–and it is dispelled altogether by the fate of the sick and wounded in rebel-controlled areas of Syria. For most of them treatment was dangerous, almost always improvised and ever more precarious as hospitals and clinics were routinely targeted and medical supplies disrupted, and evacuation impossible as multiple sieges brutally and aggressively tightened. Later modern war has many modalities, and the broken bodies that are moved–or immobilised–in its lethal landscapes reveal that the “therapeutic geographies” mapped so carefully by Omar Dewachi and others continue to be haunted by the ghosts of cruelty and suffering that stalked the battlefield of the Civil War in the years following Lincoln’s original appeal to those “better angels”.

Derek Gregory is Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the University of British Columbia. He graduated from Cambridge with a double starred First and was appointed to the faculty there at the age of 22. His early work focused on historical geographies of industrialization and on social theory. He moved to UBC in 1989, where his research has focused on the ways in which modern war has–and has not–changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. After 9/11 much of his work addressed military and paramilitary violence in the Middle East (notably in The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq [Wiley-Blackwell, 2004]) but more recently he has mapped the trajectory of Euro‐American military power from 1914 through to the present.

This has involved two complementary studies. First, a detailed analysis of the changing arc of aerial violence–from the First World War, through the combined bomber offensives against Germany in the Second World War, the bombing of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, to drone strikes over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere–and second, an account of the embodied nature of modern war, centring on the evacuation of casualties, combatant and civilian, from war zones from 1914 to the present. The two projects have collided in an analysis of attacks on hospitals, healthcare workers and patients in war zones and their implications for both international law and the conduct of later modern war. These studies form part of two book projects, Reach from the Sky: Aerial Violence and the Everywhere War and The Purple Testament of War: Bodies and Woundscapes.

Derek’s research involves both archival work and interviews, but he is also keenly interested in the ways in which imaginative literature and theatrical performance can be incorporated into the research process–he was consulted in the early stages of Owen Sheers’ I Saw a Man and Guy Hibbert’s Eye in the Sky–and has developed a series of performance works related his research. He was awarded the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 2006 for his contributions to social theory and human geography and blogs regularly at Geographical Imaginations: Wars, Spaces and Bodies.


Andy Kent
Editorial Office Manager
August 2018

Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime – Polity, September 2018 Setembro 17, 2018

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Progressive Geographies

LatourBruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime – Polity, September 2018

The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people.

What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world. Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial. The Left has been slow to turn its attention to this new situation. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization—and just at the time when, everywhere, people…

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