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Shadow transport networks: Al Qaida has its own airline

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Dr Jon Cloke <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:42:25 +0000

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Irony of ironies: "Al Qaeda linked to rogue aviation 
network"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100113/pl_nm/us_drugs_security_aviation/print

-- 
Dr Jon Cloke
Lecturer
Geography Department
Loughborough University
Loughborough LE11 3TU

E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Tel: 00 44 07984 813681


On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:52:11 +0100
 Erika Sigvardsdotter 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> With the usual apologies:
> 
> Call for Papers -RGS-IBG Annual International 
>Conference, 1-3  September 2010, London
> 
> Absence. Materiality, embodiment, resistance
> Convenors
> 
> 	• Lars Frers - University of Oslo
> 	• Lars Meier - Institute for Employment Research, 
>Nürnberg
> 	• Erika Sigvardsdotter - Uppsala University
> Session sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography 
>Research Group  (SCGRG) and Political Geography Research 
>Group (PolGRG)
> 
> Web: 
>http://ac2010.tumblr.com/post/266330236/absence-materiality-embodiment-resistance
> 
> Abstract
> 
> What is missing, for whom and why? How does that, which 
>is absent,  relate to the things and people that are 
>present? In this session we  whish to engage with the 
>intersections of the material and emotional  qualities of 
>absence, focussing on the fact that absence is all but a 
> void, manifesting itself in concrete places, people and 
>things; that  it is embodied and enacted.
> 
> To feel something’s absence, it needs to be part of a 
>temporal  pattern, it has to be a part of what is 
>expected; something that used  to be present. A factory 
>is shut down, workers gone, and with them the  sounds and 
>smells of work. Yet all of these sensual experiences may 
>be  evoked by a whiff of a machine’s scent, by a familiar 
>chink or a rusty  tool laying around. Exploring the 
>materiality of absence, we want to  improve the 
>understanding of how remembrances of things past and 
> people gone are realized in things and people present. 
>Establishing  absence may also be part or result of 
>power-related negotiations. As  legal residuals of border 
>regulation, irregular migrants are absent in  a 
>jurisdiction; off the grid, uncountable and unable to 
>complain if  abused or exploited. Yet, their presence is 
>unquestionable. Although  being able to exercise that 
>presence may be a long term goal, absence  – from 
>conspicuous places, from view and immigration officer’s 
>radars,  can be a situational tactic necessary for their 
>survival. However,  managing absence, controlling the 
>traces and the materialities that  might make the absent 
>present can also be a long-term strategy.  Research into 
>climate change can be understood as work trying to 
> overcome the resistance of the material by digging up 
>traces that show  that something is there even it may 
>usually be absent.
> 
> The absence-presence ambivalence can be worked in 
>various ways; a  presence suggesting the absent, the 
>seemingly absent becoming present  in flesh and blood, or 
>as a merely suggested, ghostlike presence.
> 
> Possible session topics:
> 
> 	• Remembrances: Emotions, memory and the materiality of 
>absence
> 	• Contestations of what and who is absent/present
> 	• Practices and the managing of absence
> In the session, we want to discuss different 
>characteristics of  absence and their interrelations. To 
>achieve this we will focus on  concrete experiences and 
>examples of absence and we welcome  presentations that 
>display the sensual and material qualities of  absence.
> 
> Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words for 
>a 20 minute  presentation (including title, presenter’s 
>name and affiliation)  before 31st January 2010 to 
>[log in to unmask], [log in to unmask] and/ or 
>[log in to unmask]
> 
> 
> 
> Erika Sigvardsdotter
> PhD candidate
> Department of Social and Economic Geography
> Uppsala University
> Box 513
> S-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
> Phone: +46(0)18 471 2541
> Cell: +46 (0)70 244 9483
>Fax: +46(0)18 471 7418
> E-mail: [log in to unmask]
> web: http://erikasigvardsdotter.wordpress.com/
> 

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