Call for papers – Piracy as activism

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Online journal Re-public invites contributions for its upcoming special issue titled “Piracy as activism”. In spite of its long and intense presence in the popular imagery, piracy is a concept that has only scarcely and timidly been linked to forms of political activism. Mostly seen through the lens of criminalisation and policing (including also the transgression of the existing order by the heroic pirates) piracy has rarely been analysed in relation to its influence in shaping the everyday life of contemporary communities.

Piracy, in the seas or lands or digital networks, encompasses a wide array of practices that shape, and often transform, these spaces and networks. Apart from this constitutive power, pirate practices also challenge the formal organisation of spaces and networks, by projecting and instituting alternative mobilities, hierarchies, boundaries, and social relations.

This special issue aims to explore pirate practices and subjectivities in terms of their resistance to the dominant organisations of everyday life. Possible topics might include:

  • Piracy and the control of digital networks
  • Pirate networks, pirate markets and the transformation of urban space
  • Production, labour and the pirating of copyright, patents, and trademarks
  • Piracy and the administration of space
  • Pirate economies and the globalisation of capitalism

Essays should be approximately 1,500 – 1,800 words.

Please submit contributions in any electronic format to


Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2010

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