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Monica Narula on Tue, 4 Oct 2005 10:43:34 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> [call] Call for Contributions to Sarai Reader 06: Turbulence


I. Introducing the Sarai Reader

Sarai, (www.sarai.net) an interdisciplinary research and practice 
programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies invites 
contributions to Sarai Reader 06: Turbulence.

We also invite proposals to initiate and moderate discussions on the 
themes  of the Sarai Reader 06 on the Reader List 
(http://mail.sarai.net/mailman/listinfo/reader-list) with a view to 
the  moderator(s) editing the transcripts of these discussions for 
publication in Sarai Reader 06.

For an outline of the themes and concerns of Sarai Reader 06, see the 
Concept Outline below (section II). To know about the format of the 
articles that we invite, see 'Guidelines for Submissions' (sections 
III and IV) below.

This year, the Sarai Reader has been invited to participate in the 
'Journal of Journals' magazine project of Documenta 12. (see 
Content from Sarai Reader 06 will be selected by the Sarai editorial 
collective to be published online on the Documenta 12 Magazine 

The Sarai Reader is an annual publication produced by Sarai/CSDS 
(Delhi). The contents of the Sarai Readers are available for free 
download from the Sarai website 

Previous Readers have included: 'The Public Domain', 2001; 'The 
Cities of Everyday Life', 2002; 'Shaping Technologies', 2003; 
'Crisis/Media', 2004; and 'Bare Acts', 2005.

The Sarai Reader series aims at bringing together original, 
thoughtful, critical, reflective, well-researched and provocative 
texts and essays by theorists, practitioners and activists, grouped 
under a core theme that expresses the interests of the Sarai in 
issues that relate media, information and society in the contemporary 
world. The Sarai Readers have a wide international readership.

Editorial Collective: Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, Ravi Sundaram, 
Ravi Vasudevan, Awadhendra Sharan, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, 
(Sarai-CSDS, Delhi) + Geert Lovink  (Institute of Network Cultures, 

II. Turbulence

The past decade has opened up a series of transformations that seem 
to define (cumulatively) the contemporary, even as they themselves 
defy definition by virtue of the speed and immediacy with which they 
have made themselves manifest. Every mythic moment has begotten its 
Faustian other; globalisation produced counter-globalisation, the 
crisis of the US empire was exposed on September 11th and the 
quagmire in Iraq, the world of Islam is torn apart by internal strife 
and humiliation, the global West makes way for global China. 
Sovereignty, that old pillar of the modern state, stands in ruins, 
along with all stable social theories of the world, citizenship, the 
university and liberal doctrines of rights. Property, the legal form 
of capital is under attack, not only from labour but also from the 
mode of circulation and re-production. The kingdom of Piracy 
threatens the kingdom of Property. Massacres, media events, commodity 
fetishisms, security analyst
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