Targeted Call for Proposals (30.11.21)

After the first Call for Proposals for the book project “Drugs (Counter) Mapping” this summer, we received about 30 great proposals. Nevertheless, a few gaps remain, which is why we are launching three targeted Calls for Proposals, to be submitted by 30.11.21.

Targeted world regions

  • Oceania
  • East and South East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Eurasia
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Southern and Eastern Africa
  • South East Europe
  • Caribbean

Seeking critical cartography essays on drug maps

We lack proposals for critical approaches to existing and mainstream drug mapping practices – on a global, regional and urban scale. Mapping practices relating drugs to a medical problem (such as epidemiological maps), to a criminality problem (such as crime maps) or to a threat to the global order (such as world trade maps) are also of great interest for the book project.

Targeted topics

Some topics are crucial to our understanding of the role of drugs in society, (world) economies, politics and power relationships. We would warmly welcome proposals dealing with topics such as :

  • Abstinence, sobriety, recovery – from moral abstinence discourses to the search for sober spaces for people in recovery. Integration into a sociability group often implies sharing similar consumption practices. At the same time, publicly accessible spaces for sobriety (which are broadly non-profitable) are very rare in countries where alcohol is legal. When alcohol and drugs are illegal, people still consume – and hide: what does their geography look like? Where and how is solidarity organized?
  • The cultivation and processing of plants and the production of synthetic drugs involves millions of workers worldwide – it shapes landscapes, livelihoods, economies, and is most often nurtured by the economic deprivation and illegalization of migrants. What kind of circulations and global geographies of illegalization does this draw?
  • The overlap and differences between prescription medicines and illegal drugs. The same substances can be framed in very different ways according to whether they are seen as prescribed medicines or illegal drugs; in terms of history, state legislations and cultural norms, the difference between the two is a matter of norms. What kind of role do spaces and places play in this regard? How do people experience this in their everyday geographies – through pain, withdrawal symptoms, and the quest for self-determination in a culture of strongly regulated access to medicine?
  • Postcolonialism and the movement to decolonize drug policies. What are the histories and spatialities of drug production and (il)legalization around the world – from racial profiling to land ownership?
  • Performance-enhancing drugs in the workplace. (Prescription) drugs are omnipresent in the contemporary workplace due to competition and performance-orientated management regimes within neoliberal economies. Not only in sports or at the stock exchange and in the night-time economy, but also in universities, (local) government, the construction industry, etc., to the point that we may ask ourselves whether the world’s economies do not in fact rely on workers being on (prescription) drugs to enhance productivity.
  • The online drug trade and the darknet are playing an increasingly important role in global and local illicit drug markets these days. What does the digital transformation of illicit drug markets look like and which digital geographies does it draw?
  • Proposals articulating intersectional approaches involving race, gender, ability, age, etc. are warmly welcomed.

We welcome all kinds of proposals, visual sketches and texts (max. 500 words), in English, French or Spanish. Co-working processes between writers and cartographers/graphic designers are encouraged and can be organized or supported by the editors.

Since the book project has some funding, we can collaborate with freelance workers or associations with a tax number – within the limits of our budget. Please read the original CfP in English, Spanish or French.

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Full-length targeted Call for Proposal