We’re still recovering here at the Centre from the lengthy process of getting the Foucault issue (TCS 26.6, Nov 2009, edited by Couze Venn and Tiziana Terranova) all together, and still reeling from its success. Quite a few people have contacted us to let us know how important they think the issue is, which is really good to hear and which makes all the hard work seem worthwhile.
We’re anticipating a similar response for our next issue, a double special issue on Changing Climates (TCS 27.2/3, March-May 2010, edited by Bronislaw Szerszynski and John Urry). The issue addresses climate change, the way climate science is produced, and the relationship between the environment and society, from a social theory perspective, and we’re confident that it will quickly become a set text on many of the issues raised. In addition to those by the editors, the issue features articles from Ulrich Beck, Mike Hulme, Sheila Jasanoff, Elizabeth Shove and Brian E. Wynne, amongst others. New York-based artist, Joy Garnett, has allowed us to use one of the paintings from her Strange Weather series as the front cover of the issue, as well as a selection of other works from the series which we’re featuring on the TCS Website. We’re hoping to offer much more material to accompany the publication of the issue throughout the coming months, so keep an eye out for additions to the Extra Material section of our website.
Body & Society, our sister journal, has also been on impressive form recently, with the special issue on Affect (B&S 16.1, March 2010, edited by Lisa Blackman and Couze Venn) finally out, focusing on the significance for body-studies of the ‘turn to affect’ that has taken place across the humanities and the social sciences. The ‘Affect’ issue also doubles as the relaunch issue of the journal, following the appointment of Lisa Blackman as the new Editor (with Mike Featherstone exchanging that hat for that of Editor-in-Chief), and a new Editorial Board, made up of Roger Burrows, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Nick Crossley and Chris Shilling, as well as Mike, Lisa and Couze, while Tomoko Tamari steps into the shoes of managing editor.
We’ve also been concentrating our efforts of late on this website, which thanks to the late-night work of Souvik Mukherjee, the website manager, is really starting to take shape. We hope to be filling its pages from now on with additional material (images, videos, podcasts, links, further information and some exclusive texts) to accompany our journal articles, so stay tuned and feel free to join us by posting a comment on our blog.
The other highlights of the past year for me have been working on the B&S special issue on Blood Donation, Bioeconomy, Culture: Ethnographic Approaches (B&S 15.2, June 2009, edited by Jacob Copeman), and the TCS special issue on Ubiquitous Media (TCS 26.2/3, May 2009, edited by Mike Featherstone and Shunya Yoshimi). The ‘Blood’ issue was amazingly well organised by Copeman, who also provided a strong introduction and an impressive article of his own on blood donation in India, while the ‘Media’ issue was drawn from papers given at the Ubiquitous Media: Asian Transformations Conference held at the University of Tokyo in 2007 (just before my time, unfortunately!) to mark TCS’s 25th Anniversary. It features work from Friedrich Kittler, Bernard Stiegler, N. Katherine Hayles, Mark Hansen and Luciana Parisi, and a copy of it takes pride of place on a shelf above my laptop at home.
In the pipeline are articles by Gregor McLennan on ‘The Postsecular Turn’ and Ayelet Zohar on ‘The Paintings Of Ibrahim Nubani: Camouflage, Schizophrenia and Ambivalence’ that I really enjoyed reading, and TCS special issues on Georg Simmel and Beyond Societies of Risk and Control: Codes and Codings; the latter of which, judging by the articles we’ve so far received, is so cutting-edge it reads like science-fiction, so another one to watch out for, I’m sure.