[artinfo] CFP Journal of Peer Production #11 CITY

Felix Stalder felix at openflows.com
Fri Nov 18 21:17:05 CET 2016

Call for Papers - Journal of Peer Production #11 CITY
Editors: Penny Travlou, Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Panayotis Antoniadis


One of the welfare state's key jurisdictions was to tend to housing and
public space in benevolent ways. However, under the neoliberal dogma,
commodification and gentrification threaten both the right to housing
and the right to the city. In recent years, cities have become
increasingly militarized and surveyed, resembling battlegrounds where
freedom and democracy are under attack. At the same time, recent
economic, political, and social crises have activated many
counter-forces of resistance and creative alternatives for the
grassroots production of food, health services, housing, networking
infrastructures, and more.

The role of technology has been contradictory as well. On the one hand,
the Internet has enabled some of the most remarkable peer production
success stories at a global scale, such as Wikipedia and Free and Open
Source Software, among many others. On the other hand, it has empowered
huge corporations like Facebook and Google to fully observe and
manipulate our everyday activities, and oppressive governments to censor
and surveil their citizens.

At the city scale, technology offers opportunities for
self-organization, like wireless community networks and numerous
bottom-up techno-social initiatives, but also animates the top-down
narrative of the "smart city" and the commodification of the "sharing
economy" as a service provided by globally active platforms such as
Airbnb and Uber. In this situation, peer production in space emerges as
a vital bottom-up practice reclaiming citizen participation, and
inventing new forms of community.

In this context, some core challenges arise:
- If we choose not tÉÕ rely on global players to provide peer production
support at a local scale, how could different areas of peer production
in the city, digital and physical, interact and support each other?
- What types of governance models can adequately support peer production
in the city?

To address those challenges one needs to take into consideration the
- Lessons learned from the Internet and how they may be incorporated in
the context-specific realities of the city.
- Knowledge-transfer methodologies across different localities.
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations (urban studies,
media studies, sociology, architecture, cultural geography, informatics,
- Possible collaborations and synergies between activists that fight for
the "right to the city" and those that fight for the "right to the
-Knowedge/experience transfer between non-urban settings (i.e.
intentional communities, ecocommunities, the Transition movement, etc.)
and the urban movements.
- Inquiry into research methods and methodologies to be developed and
used for analysing ICT-mediated peer production in urban space.

This special issue of JoPP aims to explore a wide variety of alternative
and innovative peer practices, such as urban agriculture, food
sustainability, the solidarity economy, right to the city movements,
cooperative housing, community networks, P2P urbanism tactics, co-design
practices and more, that are directly reflected in the production of
urban space. We are particularly interested in novel combinations of
theory, methodologies, and practices that can contribute to peer
production in the city and enable new synergies between projects and

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Urban commons and peer production
- Case studies of innovative peer practices approached from different
- Comparative case studies on patterns of commoning and think-global /
act-local methodologies
- The regional dimension: examples from the Americas, Europe, Asia,
Africa, Australasia
- Political issues of autonomy, hegemony, labour, gender, geopolitical
and post-colonial perspectives
- Alternative forms of education and learning tools for promoting
self-organization and community
- Innovative governance tools for peer production in the city
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodological approaches
- Urban studies and the right to the (hybrid) city
- Open source urbanism/architecture
- Recycling/upcycling vs buying: making, consuming or prosuming the city?

Important dates
Abstract submission: 31 January 2017
Notification to authors: 15 February 2017
Submission of full paper: 15 May 2017
Reviews to authors: 15 July 2017
Revised papers: 15 September 2017
Signals due: 10 October 2017
Issue release: October/November 2017

Submission guidelines
Abstracts of 300-500 words are due by January 31, 2017 and should be
sent to <city at peerproduction.net>. All peer reviewed papers will be
reviewed according to Journal of Peer Production guidelines. See
http://peerproduction.net/peer-review/process/. Full papers and
materials are due by May 15, 2017 for review. Peer reviewed papers
should be around 8,000 words. We also welcome experimental, alternative
contributions, like testimonies, interviews and artistic treatments,
whose format will be discussed case by case with the editors.

*This special issue was initiated during the Hybrid City III (Athens)
conference and developed further during the IASC Urban Commons (Bologna)
and Habitat III (Quito) conferences.*

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