Comparing what? Conceptualizing comparison in ethnographic research

Special Issue of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa – coming soon.

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On my way towards The Tag Conference

Will be my pleasure to join Jvier Abarca and the other fellows at http://thetagconference.com/

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Programme here

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Face & The City

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Now Out in Body & Society

Abstract. This piece sets out an exploration of the relations between the city, the body, and the face, seeking to understand in particular how the city and the face could be articulated with reference to an image of the body. It is suggested that the face and the city entertain a kind of privileged affinity. Just as the face unsettles the head and the bodily system to which it belongs, projecting the latter into an intersubjective social system of interaction and signification, so the city unsettles the land where it is located, projecting it into long-distance connections with similar entities scattered across the continent, and beyond. The piece evolves into the twin exploration of, on the one hand, “the city of the face” and, on the other, “the face of the city”. In the first half of the essay, the city is conceptualised as politeía, or polity, whereas in the second half it is characterised through its possible encounter with the experience of “facing”. The piece stresses the animistic attitude and the qualitatively distinct moments generated by the animistic operation as important to develop the city-face notion.

Keywords: face; head; city; landscape; identity; territoriology; Deleuze

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Special issue: Theorising measures, rankings and metrics

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Now out at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ssic/58/2

Featuring :

Measurements and their limits – Editorial
David Jaclin, Peter Wagner

Umwelt-measures. On extensive and intensive measures: Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’
Andrea Mubi Brighenti

Ethical dimensions of quantification
Wendy Espeland, Vincent Yung

Commensuration, compromises and critical capacities: Wage determination in collective firms
Nina Pohler

Evaluations as value-measurement links: Exploring metrics and meanings in science
Felicitas Hesselmann, Cornelia Schendzielorz

The role of measurement in theorising about the world
Nicole Holzhauser, Frank Eggert

When reactivity fails: The limited effects of hospital rankings
Christopher Dorn

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Le aree alpine interne come interstizi urbani: appunti da una ricerca in corso

Sagron Mis – Source: https://travel.sygic.com/it/poi/sagron-mis-region:21656

Sagron Mis – Source: https://travel.sygic.com/it/poi/sagron-mis-region:21656

con Cristina Mattiucci

Now Published in Tracce Urbanehttps://ojs.uniroma1.it/index.php/TU/article/view/14556

Abstract

ITA: A partire da un focus sulle aree interne dell’Euregio (regione transfrontaliera
Tirolo, Alto Adige e Trentino), in questo articolo proponiamo un’interpretazione
dell’abitare i territori montani marginali come “interstizi”. Descriviamo
anzitutto alcuni processi socio-spaziali osservati in situ, presentando alcune
realtà sociali complesse, i cui modelli abitativi, scelte insediative e forme
dell’abitare si confrontano dinamicamente con fenomeni multi-scalari. La
“condizione interstiziale” dell’abitare emerge in particolare attraverso un
processo di decostruzione dell’immagine ufficiale del territorio, analizzando
le frizioni che animano tale condizione nella tensione tra l’assetto istituzionale
regionale e locale da un lato, e le pratiche di vita dall’altro.

ENG: Starting from a focus on the inner areas of the Euregio (cross-border region
encompassing Tyrol, Alto Adige and Trentino), in this paper we propose an
interpretation of dwelling in marginal mountain territories as ‘interstitial’
dwelling. First, we describe some socio-spatial processes observed in situ.
These are complex social worlds, where housing models, settlement choices
and forms of living dynamically interact with multi-scalar phenomena. The
‘interstitial condition’ of dwelling emerges, in particular, by deconstructing
the official image of the territory. Analysing the frictions that animate the
interstitial condition sheds some light upon the tension between regional and
local institutions and life practices.

pdf here : brighenti-mattiucci-2019-aree-interne

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Where do we come from, where do we go – New Playlist

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Umwelt-measures. On extensive and intensive measures

Introduction to the special issue ‘Theorising measures, rankings and metrics’

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Now published: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0539018419858816

The whole Special Issue is due to appear soon…

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Urban Phases: Crystallisation

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Paper at TCS Philosophy & Literature Conference 2019, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria, May 29th – June 2nd, 2019

 

An uncommon way of looking at the urban process is through attending its “phases”, where a phase is physically defined as a state of matter manifesting uniform properties. Three such phases may be of interest: (1) the vegetative stratum of the city, a layer of urban existence inherent in the functions of vegetation and the states associated with it; (2) the animistic moments, which include qualitatively characterised events, or “moments”, unfolding in a peculiar temporality and conveying a distinct sense of aliveness; (3) the crystallisation processes, whereby a stable order is produced and expanded, entailing a gain-in-structure and a gain-in-order within a given medium for given thresholds. This paper contemplates and expands on the crystalline phase, with the aim of ascertaining which aspects of the urban process and the urban experience could be encapsulated by it. In physics, it has been recognised that crystalline states break symmetry in space, and more recently “time crystals” have been experimentally produced that break symmetry in time. Crystals thus pose the issue of a specific relation coming into effect between order and chaos, between light and darkness, as well as between continuity and discontinuity. The paper builds in particular on the theories of Bachelard, Kracauer, Caillois, Simondon, and Deleuze, to excavate the crystalline condition. It subsequently attempts to apply these insights to a possible understanding of the urban condition. If the taking place of a discontinuity along a saturation curve leads to a sudden change in structure from amorphous to crystallised phase through the growth of a crystal germ under given energetic conditions, where does one find similar transformations taking place in the city? Which urban phenomena could be illuminated as veritable crystallisation processes?

 

 Conference website

Conference programme

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Lund Creativity Conference 2019

A couple of more pictures fom my Keynote Address…

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Contribution to an intensiology of the public domain

A Keynote Address at the Urban Creativity Conference, Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund, Sweden.

May 17, 2019, 3pm

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This talk interrogates the nature of the urban public domain by specifically attending the intensities and the phases it generates. A comprehensive view on the phenomenon of publicness, it is suggested, is required to attend its ecological facet – more precisely, as it will be seen, its multi-layered ecology – but also to explain its intrinsic vital qualities. The latter hints to the phenomenon of intensity. After reviewing the main features of publicness (“what is specifically public in public space?”), a broader picture of the public domain can be sketched that includes the processes of mediation. But whereas mediation suggests a ‘continuist’ take, a discontinuities can likewise be detected in the public domain. Coining from physics, the latter could as well be called ‘phase transitions’. How are phase transitions correlated to the intensive moments of publicness? This is the pivotal question for discussion.

+ info | https://urbancreativitylund.tumblr.com

picture courtesy © Mattias Kärrholm

picture courtesy © Mattias Kärrholm

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Umwelt: esplorare il mondo ambiente

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New Playlist – Dakar to Djibouti

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The Wanderer

“He who has attained to only some degree of freedom of mind cannot feel other than a wanderer on the earth – though not as a traveller to a final destination: for this destination does not exist. But he will watch and observe and keep his eyes open to see what is really going on in the world; for this reason he may not let his heart adhere too firmly to any individual thing; within him too there must be something wandering that takes pleasure in change and transience. Such a man will, to be sure, experience bad nights, when he is tired and finds the gate of the town that should offer him rest closed against him; perhaps in addition the desert will, as in the Orient, reach right up to the gate, beasts of prey howl now farther off, now closer to, a strong wind arise, robbers depart with his beasts of burden. Then dreadful night may sink down upon the desert like a second desert, and his heart grow weary of wandering. When the morning sun then rises, burning like a god of wrath, and the gate of the town opens to him, perhaps he will behold in the faces of those who dwell there even more desert, dirt, deception, insecurity than lie outside the gate – and the day will be almost worse than the night. Thus it may be that the wanderer shall fare; but then, as recompense, there will come the joyful mornings of other days and climes, when he shall see, even before the light has broken, the Muses come dancing by him in the mist of the mountains, when afterwards, if he relaxes quietly beneath the trees in the equanimity of his soul at morning, good and bright things will be thrown down to him from their tops and leafy hiding-places, the gifts of all those free spirits who are at home in mountain, wood and solitude and who, like him, are, in their now joyful, now thoughtful way, wanderers and philosophers. Born out of the mysteries of dawn, they ponder on how, between the tenth and the twelfth stroke of the clock, the day could present a face so pure, so light-filled, so cheerful and transfigured: – they seek the philosophy of the morning.”

Nietzsche, Human, All too Human (I, §638)

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Astral Body

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Melencolia IX

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Transizioni Territori no.5 – Cineforum

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Urban Phases: Crystallisation

 

An analysis of the city through its crystallising processes is here proposed. Because crystallisation involves phase transition, a review of the latter, as well of the notion of phase in its relation to order, is first submitted. Then the question is posed: Can we suggest that cities have phases? What would it imply to study cities as “phased beings”, or phased phenomena? Which characteristics of crystalline phases can prove most relevant for cities? The paper explores crystallisation as a lens for understanding spatial order, temporality, individuality and perception in the course and in the context of the urban process and urban life.

Keywords: urban phases; urban crystallisation; crystal growth; crystalline life; crystallised cities; urban perception; urban individuality

more soon…

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Book review: “Drift” by Jeff Ferrell

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The Reactive: Social Experiences of Surface and Depth – Chapter

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“The Reactive” chapter now published in the Volume edited by Christian Borch (2019) Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: On Mimesis and Society. (Routledge, 2019) https://www.crcpress.com/Imitation-Contagion-Suggestion-On-Mimesis-and-Society/Borch/p/book/9781138490642

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(( Based on a speech I gave at this 2015 conference in Copenhagen: http://www.capacitedaffect.net/?p=771 ))

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Urban Animals – Domestic, Stray and Wild

Urban Animals—Domestic, Stray, and Wild

Notes from a Bear Repopulation Project in the Alps

Daniza in the year 2000 – Photo by Gilberto Volcan – Courtesy of Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta

Daniza in the year 2000 – Photo by Gilberto Volcan – Courtesy of Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta

by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Andrea Pavoni

Finally OUT in Society & Animals

https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341580

Abstract. This piece explores ‘domesticity’ as a social territory defined by the relationship it entertains with the conceptual and material space of ‘the wild’. The leading research question can be framed as follows: do these two spaces stand in opposition to each other, or are more subtle relations of co-implication at play? As we enquiry into the domestic and the wild, a richer conceptual map of notions is drawn, which also includes the public, the common, the civilised and the barbarian. The case study that illustrates this dense intermingling of categories is offered by the case of Daniza, a wild brown bear introduced in the Brenta Natural Park on the Italian Alps in the 2000s, who repeatedly came into unexpected, accidental contacts with humans. Declared a ‘dangerous animal’, Daniza was controversially killed by public authorities in 2014, officially in an attempt to capture her with anaesthetising bullets, but in a way that still leaves doubts about the degree of voluntariness of the killing. The piece argues that the domestic and the wild constitute two semiotic-material domains constantly stretching into each other without any stable or even clear boundary line, and elaborates a series of corollaries for studying animals in urban contexts.

Keywords: Domesticity; Domestication; Wildness; Bears; Urban Animals; Territorial Governance

 

TOC

Introduction – Domesticity as Urban Prolongation

  1. Animal Governance, Domestication, and Classification
  2. Locating the Wild in the Urban
  3. Domesticity, Domestication and Civilisation
  4. The Unlucky Case of Bear Daniza
  5. Which Sort of Wild?
  6. The Barbarian

Conclusions

pdf version here

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“Artveillance” paper included in “Surveillance Studies – A Reader”

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I’m pleased that my paper “Artveillance: At the Crossroads of Art and Surveillance” (2010) has been reprinted in Surveillance Studies. A Reader Edited by Torin Monahan and David Murakami Wood (Cambrdge University Press, 2018)

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The Element of Measures. Theorising Measures in the Visible

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A speech I’m giving at

International Workshop
The Role of Visibility in Academic Evaluation.
(E)Valuation Studies in Science and Higher Education
November 15‐16, 2018
Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin
Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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+ info : https://www.sowi.hu-berlin.de/de/lehrbereiche/wissenschaftsforschung/workshopevaluation

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Book Review – “Cities Contested” Edited by Martin Baumeister, Bruno Bonomo & Dieter Schott

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Cities Contested. Urban Politics, Heritage, and Social Movements in Italy and West Germany in the 1970s

Available here: https://aro-isig.fbk.eu/issues/2018/2/cities-contested-andrea-brighenti

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Urban thresholds and modes of domestication

A lecture I’m giving today @ERC Homing project led by Paolo Boccagni:

https://webmagazine.unitn.it/evento/sociologia/47230/urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication

https://homing.soc.unitn.it/2018/10/05/new-seminar-a-m-brighenti-urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication/

NEW – Video recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YZvboJ83c8

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Urban Walls Book Lauch

@ University of Padua , PhD Course in Social Science

15 October 2018 h.10–13

Sala Specchi Via Cesarotti 10-12

Padova

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