Transgression: Body and Space

Vol.2, issue 3

This special issue will explore the wasy in which the notion of transgression allow us to explore the relationship between the body and space. From Edgar Allen Poe to Georges Bataille, the history of transgression is intimately bound up with ideas of the body, psychology, identity and society. If, as Lefebvre argues, space is a social production, then what role might transgression play? How can understandings of the body (what it is; its relationship with mind, psyche and identity; the manner in which it can enhanced, changed and adapted) affect our understanding and interpretation of space? How can the relationship between the body and space be (re)considered?

Call for Papers for this Issue

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To transgress is to break, violate, infringe, or go beyond the bounds of accepted norms or limits; such limits may be behavioural or cultural (embedded in law, moral principle, taboo or other codified standards) or spatial.

We would like to invite you to submit work for consideration for publication in a special issue of the AHRA journal Architecture and Culture on the theme of “Transgression: body and space”. This issue will draw from the 10th AHRA international conference on the subject of Transgression which took place at the University of the West of England, Bristol UK, 21-23 November 2014. However, submissions are also very welcome from contributors who did not attend the conference. This journal will be guest edited by David Littlefield and Rachel Sara, who will work closely with the permanent editorial team of Igea Troiani, Suzanne Ewing and Diana Periton.

Architecture and Culture welcomes explorations that are rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating. It solicits essays, critical reviews, interviews, fictional narratives both in words and images, art and building projects, and design hypotheses.

Papers should be submitted electronically via Editorial Manager at: by the 27th January 2014. Notes for contributors can also be found on this site. Contributors will be informed of the result of the peer review process by Friday 7 March. Papers, accepted subject to revisions, must be completed by Monday 24 March.  


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