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Problematising making, repair and maintenance

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Organizers: Leila Dawney, Nicola Thomas
Chairs: Leila Dawney

Call for Submissions

In this session, we invite papers that interrogate the politics of such spaces and practices, paying attention to the knowledge, gender, racialised and other dynamics that operate within sites of post-capitalist possibility. In addition, we are interested in papers that investigate their political and future imaginaries and might consider how such spaces offer less autonomy and promise, and more consolation in the face of increasing forms of enclosure. We also welcome creative work that interrogates the politics of commoning, making and futuring.


Cultures of making, repair and maintenance
Maker/Craft Collective politics and possibilities
Thinking/Making beyond ...
Beyond Marxist approaches to makerspaces.
Decolonial perspectives on making cultures
Making cultures in the global South
Hidden hierarchies in sharing economies
Making amidst scarcity and abundance
Pre-capitalist and postcapitalist imaginaries in cultures of making and repair
The socio-spatial politics of making
Nostalgia, fantasy and prefiguration
Diverse materialities of making


Description

Crafting, making, repair and maintenance have been recently celebrated as practices that both disrupt capitalist relations of production, distribution and consumption, and enact sustainable future worlds. Increasingly, making and repair are discussed in terms of “latent commons” (Tsing, 2015). This work celebrates practices that collectivise labour and encourage economic autonomy, positioning repair workshops, hackerspaces, craftivism collectives, makerspaces and community gardens as prefigurative spaces that enact postcapitalist futures. These are often romanticised, and may draw explicitly and implicitly on nostalgic fantasies of the atelier, the smallholding and the cottage industry, or on colonial fantasies of autochthonous creation.

Geographers have been very active in engaging with cultures of making, bringing much needed socio-spatial sensitivity to interdisciplinary debates round craft and the maker community (see for example, Carr and Gibson, 2016.; Price and Hawkins, (eds) 2018; Bond, De Silvey, and Ryan, 2013). This call opens a space to continue these conversations, recognising that geographical perspectives which have brought visibility to emergent cultures of making as politics have more to contribute around the internal politics of such spaces and practices, and from there various hierarchies and exclusions. We would like to encourage a critical dialogue, which places the lure of craft and making to one side, recognising that in this moment when craft is riding high in popular culture, it is all too easy to be swept along by the positive potential of the power of making.

In this session, we invite papers that interrogate the politics of such spaces and practices, paying attention to the knowledge, gender, racialised and other dynamics that operate within sites of post-capitalist possibility. In addition, we are interested in papers that investigate their political and future imaginaries and might consider how such spaces offer less autonomy and promise, and more consolation in the face of increasing forms of enclosure. We also welcome creative work that interrogates the politics of commoning, making and futuring.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Steve Marotta*, Portland State University, Between Old and New: The Urban Impasse of Place Change in the Maker Movement 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Leila Dawney University of Exeter 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Kim Kullman*, The Open University, Making as resigned activism: multiple chemical sensitivities 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Hung-Ying Chen*, Durham University, Densities of Repair: Altering Making and Repair in Times of Despair 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Nicola Thomas*, , Post-capitalist cooperative relations in craft maker communities: a long view of the Whiteway Colonists and the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen 15 12:00 AM

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