A two year action research project run jointly by geographers at the University of Leeds and the University of Leicester. We use the term autonomous geographies to define ‘…those spaces where there is a desire to constitute non-capitalist, collective forms of politics, identity and citizenship, which are created through a combination of resistance and creation, and the questioning and challenging of dominant laws and social norms.’ The Project looks at how activists make and remake these types of spaces in their everyday lives by exploring their core ideas, beliefs and visions, how they are translated into action, what kinds of spaces for participation and identity are created and what it means to live in-between the overlapping spaces.
Notes towards autonomous geographies: creation, resistance and self-management as survival tactics (pdf) by Jenny Pickerill and Paul Chatterton
The Surprising Sense of Hope (pdf) by Jenny Pickerill
Demand the Possible: Journeys in Changing our World as a Public Activist-Scholar (pdf) by Paul Chatterton
On the US military’s ‘cultural turn’ through the Human Terrain System program and related efforts: “This carefully staged space of constructed visibility is also always a space of constructed invisibility. And what has been made to disappear, strangely, is the conduct of the war.”
Extraordinary feats of mobility: transporting entire structures in order to save them from coastal erosion.