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Architectural Theory Review
Deadline: Jun 1, 2017

Resist, Reclaim, Speculate 
Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City

In search of new forms of critical and creative resistance, the Editors 
of this issue of ATR call for situated, relational, and embodied 
perspectives in architectural scholarship rather than distant, 
autonomous, and authoritarian ones. In this we draw our inspiration 
from radical (feminist) thinkers including Donna Haraway, Isabelle 
Stengers, Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and 
Karen Barad. Whilst the relevance of these perspectives for 
architectural and urban studies—and more specifically Donna Haraway’s 
“situated viewpoints” and Isabelle Stengers’s “ecology of practices” 
and “cosmopolitics”—have now, arguably, become evident, this issue asks 
how such approaches as these can also inform new critical engagements 
with architecture and the city. Through slowing down, hesitation 
(Stengers, 2005), and “category work” (Haraway, 2006), scholars are 
invited to resist the taxonomies and conceptual categories through 
which they have become accustomed, or feel obliged, to think. The 
Editors invite scholars to reconnect with (hi)stories and (radical) 
imaginations that tell alternative stories; stories that went unnoticed 
because they were considered odd, unrealistic, or inconvenient. From 
the authors named above, we learn that by reclaiming and reconnecting 
with alternative stories, other forms and imaginations of engagement, 
of resistance, can emerge.

This issue of ATR articulates embodied-relational and feminist 
perspectives as a form of critical engagement that can be, but are not 
necessarily, intertwined with the feminist struggle. It contends that a 
wider scholarly openness to feminist epistemologies and situated 
perspectives suggests valuable approaches to addressing timely and 
urgent questions regarding the ethical, political and critical agency 
of architecture and urban design. We seek accounts of concrete 
situations that challenge the authority of theoretical taxonomies and 
analytical categories, or that offer alternative forms of resistance 
that are embodied, situated, experimental, risky, and probing. It also 
asks how embodied-relational perspectives can inform not just critical 
analysis, but how they can inform critical (design) practices. What is 
the transformative potential and what are possible “speculative 
gestures” (Stengers and Debaise, 2015) of relational perspectives, for 
research, for theory, and for design?

The Editors invite contributors to examine the potential of situated 
perspectives for the study of architecture and the city and to 
demonstrate the possibility of a critical engagement in research and 
design through the analysis of concrete practices and practices of 
thought: architectural and urban, contemporary and historical. We 
welcome contributions from architectural and urban studies, and from 
fields outside (but pertinent to) the study of architecture and the 
city. Contributions may include papers that recount stories that do not 
fit neatly into the current discourses and paradigms; present models of 
critical engagement; or discuss material instances of the realization 
of feminist perspectives in speculative design practice.

Guest Editors
Isabelle Doucet 
Hélène Frichot 
Chris L. Smith

Submission Instructions
The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 1 June 
2017. Please submit manuscripts to the journal’s website: 

When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are submitting 
to this special issue: vol. 22, no. 1 – Resist, Reclaim, Speculate. The 
Editors welcome expressions of interest prior to paper submissions and 
are available for discussing possible contributions.

Manuscript submission guidelines can be found on the Architectural 
Theory Review Website:
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