[NetBehaviour] Call for papers – Piracy as activism.

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Call for papers – Piracy as activism.


Online journal Re-public invites contributions for its upcoming special 
issue titled “Piracy as activism”. In spite of its long and intense 
presence in the popular imagery, piracy is a concept that has only 
scarcely and timidly been linked to forms of political activism. Mostly 
seen through the lens of criminalisation and policing (including also 
the transgression of the existing order by the heroic pirates) piracy 
has rarely been analysed in relation to its influence in shaping the 
everyday life of contemporary communities.

Piracy, in the seas or lands or digital networks, encompasses a wide 
array of practices that shape, and often transform, these spaces and 
networks. Apart from this constitutive power, pirate practices also 
challenge the formal organisation of spaces and networks, by projecting 
and instituting alternative mobilities, hierarchies, boundaries, and 
social relations.

This special issue aims to explore pirate practices and subjectivities 
in terms of their resistance to the dominant organisations of everyday 
life. Possible topics might include:

Piracy and the control of digital networks
Pirate networks, pirate markets and the transformation of urban space
Production, labour and the pirating of copyright, patents, and trademarks
Piracy and the administration of space
Pirate economies and the globalisation of capitalism

Essays should be approximately 1,500 – 1,800 words.

Please submit contributions in any electronic format to

e-mail: editors at re-public.gr

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2010

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