22 May 2013
I have recently rediscovered the excellent on-line source academia.edu. A quick search reveals over 60 academics expressing an interest in heterotopia and a wide range of papers. I will trawl these in the coming weeks but here are just a sample of papers that I will be adding to the bibliography, including 3 articles by Maria Tamboukou. I have also added a link to another open-access paper by Kelvin Knight – see last post.
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Based on anthropological fieldwork in the southeastern Estonian Seto region, the article studies the construed image of the authentic past enacted, used, and institutionalized in the present. Heritage creation is a process embedded in past and present regional, national, and international events and activities. Using Foucault’s concept of heterotopia to position Setos vis-à-vis Estonia, the article suggests that this approach, when revised, allows for the exploring of shifting locations of power. The position of heritage culture in receiving attention and state funding conceals the development of the local cultural space in an increasingly restrictive hegemonic environment, channeling local diversity and opportunities.
Journal Name: Journal of Baltic Studies Vol. 44, No. 2
Publication Date: 2013
Drawing on Ernst Bloch’s writings on utopia, Michel Foucault’s notion of heterotopia, and the ‘affective turn’ in social theory, I argue that cinema is by its nature heterotopic: it creates worlds that are other than the ‘real world’ but that relate to that world in multiple and contradictory ways. The landscapes and people portrayed in ﬁlm are affectively charged in ways that alter viewers’ relationship to the real objects denoted or signiﬁed by them. But it is the larger context of social and cultural movements that mobilizes or fails to mobilize this affective charge to draw out its critical utopian potentials. I examine four ﬁlms from the 1970s—Deliverance, The Wicker Man, Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, and Stalker—as examples of richly heterotopic ﬁlms that elicited utopian as well as dystopian affects in their audiences, and I discuss some ways in which American environmentalists, British Pagans, Europe’s ‘generation of ’68’, and Soviet citizens worked with these affects to imagine change in their respective societies.
More Info: Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 5.2 (2011)
The article examines the discursive and ultimately conservative function of a high school retreat. Utilizing Critical Geography Studies as a lens for examining heterotopic spaces, the author addresses the ways in which the Kairos trip, as a retreat from a familiar space, allows briefly for the transgression of gendered and masculine norms encoded in the building-place of the school. In the process, issues of the manipulation of time and the confessional trope in Catholicism come to the fore for the author himself as well as for the students engaged in retreating. But retreating from what? It is a retreat from tightly ordered and limited embodied possibilities offered for young men in a single-sex, Catholic environment. Ultimately, however, the retreat through its clandestine approach to time and space ghettoizes alternative masculine and religious manifestations of self, effectively preserving the conservative theological and gendered views maintained in the space of the school.
More Info: Burke, K. (2012). A space apart: Kairos and masculine possibility in retreats of adolescents. Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, 6(2), 77-93.
This article explores the first British university-associated women’s colleges at the turn of the nineteenth century. Drawing on Foucault, the article looks into the dualistic opposition between private and public, as well as women’s attempts to transcend this dichotomy. In theorising women’s colleges as Foucauldian heterotopias, spaces in the interstices of power relations and dominant social structures, the author focuses on the interplay of contradicting discourses and strong power relations within these women’s colleges.
Journal Name: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
Over the last 15 years, feminist theorists have sought to redefine female subjectivity. Amongst a wide range of critical notions of the female self, this paper focuses on what Foucault has defined as heterotopias, ‘different places’ which disrupt the dominance of the one single ‘real’ social place, offering shelter to subjects in crisis. I will argue that this Foucauldian notion is a useful tool for the exploration of the multifarious ways that some women educators attempted to define and describe themselves at the turn of the nineteenth century in Greece, particularly focusing on the writings of Alexandra Papadopoulou.
“In this article I look into the letters and paintings of the expatriate Welsh artist Gwen John, tracing her spatial practices in the urban spaces of modernity. Drawing on Foucault’s, Deleuze’s and Guattari’s analytics, I argue that John’s spatial narratives chart heterotopias and holey spaces that challenge the hegemonic spaces of modernity, temporarily giving shelter to what Braidotti has theorized as female nomadic subjects. John’s fluid spatiality is thus conceived as an event that interrogates static conceptualizations of spaces and identities and foregrounds difference, movement and forces of desire as constitutive of the real.
This article explores how the imaginative use of the landscape in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008) intersects with the fantasy of Australianness that the film constructs. We argue the fictional Never-Never Land through which the film’s characters travel is an, albeit problematic, ‘indigenizing’ space that can be entered imaginatively through cultural texts including poetry, literature and film, or through cultural practices including touristic pilgrimages to landmarks such as Uluru and Kakadu National Park. These actual and virtual journeys to the Never-Never have broader implications in terms of fostering a sense of belonging and legitimating white presence in the land through affect, nostalgia and the invocation of an imagined sense of solidarity and community. The heterotopic concept of the Never-Never functions to create an ahistorical, inclusive space that grounds diverse conceptions of Australianness in a shared sense of belonging and home that is as mythical, contradictory and wondrous as the idea of the Never-Never itself. The representations of this landscape and the story of the characters that traverse it self-consciously construct a relationship to past events and to film history, as well as constructing a comfortable subject position for contemporary Australians to occupy in relation to the land, the colonial past, and the present.
Journal Name: Studies in Australasian Cinema 4.2 (2010): 173–87.
Publication Date: 2010
“”This article takes issue with Victor Turner’s influential, yet essentialist, category
of the limen. While acknowledging Turner’s continuing significance in the
analysis of public events, I draw upon detailed ethnography of one of Australia’s
contemporary pilgrimage centres, the alternative lifestyle event ConFest, to
reconfigure his project. Although ConFest may prove to be an exemplary field of
liminality, as a decidedly contested and sensuous landscape, it demands reevaluation
of the implicitly consensual and non-carnal limen. I offer the concepts
of alternative cultural heterotopia and liminoid embodiment, with the purpose of
fashioning new directions in the study of alternative lifestyle, and other public
events. Attending to contemporary pilgrimage research, spatial analysis and
applying the ideas of Michel Maffesoli and Hakim Bey, this is a post-structuralist
contribution to the anthropology of public events.””
Journal Name: The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 12:1, 47-66
Download copy: Knight, k