Call for Proposals – Drugs (Counter) Mapping: A collective book project on alternative maps about drugs.

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Drugs (Counter) Mapping. A collective book project on alternative maps about drugs.

Call for proposals of maps and texts (open until September 30, 2021).

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We are pleased to spread this call for proposal for a book project (complete call for proposals (PDF) and further information on the project webpage), for which we aim to reach a large variety of disciplines and a diversity of actors.

This collective book project will share alternative knowledge about drugs in gathering (counter) mappings from all over the world. From production to consumption, from local to global, from 19th to 21st centuries, from pleasure to pain, from prohibition to prescription, drug practices and discourses are spatialized and contribute to shape our worlds. Maps are powerful representations of the social, political, historical and economic constructions around psychoactive substances. Counter mapping opens up new ways of how we see and make sense of this often contentious phenomenon. Experimenting with new visualisations and new graphic languages, critically reflecting on existing drug maps, it will challenge common imaginations and understandings of drug practices and cultures.

The book project aims to cover a wide range of topics, disciplines, approaches, spaces and epochs, and also a broad diversity of visualizations.  It will offer critical perspectives on the spatializations of drug-related economics, politics and cultures.

We welcome all kinds of proposals, visual sketches and texts (max. 500 words), in English, French or Spanish. Co-working processes between text 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 who have a tax number - in the limit of the budget.

Best wishes from the editorial team,

Mélina Germes (CNRS PASSAGES, Bordeaux, France)

Stefan Höhne (Cultural Studies Institute, Essen and Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Germany)

Luise Klaus (University of Frankfurt, Germany)