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This chapter considers the implications of recent developments around object-oriented philosophy, the ontological turn and new materialism for the study of maps. Drawing a line from critical cartography to contemporary debates of non-representational and performative mapping, it argues for an approach that goes beyond textual or representational readings to think about how maps invent, affect and perform. With regards to time, this means an examination not of its representation, but of how maps themselves produce particular temporalities. A case study of the PathoMap describes how digital visualisations in the ‘smart city’ help to produce a regime of preparedness. As ‘device’, the map establishes a rhythm with the city, from emergence, to detection, to intervention; closing down the horizon of possible futures. In contrast to this pre-emptive elimination of uncertainty, it is suggested that a critical object-oriented cartography can point to the potential of maps to prompt the speculative provocation of possibility.

in Time for mapping
Reading Tim Robinson through Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta

 talking about, exactly? To a great extent I am referring to people who expressed the idealism of the late 1960s by leaving behind big cities and moving to marginal areas as part of a widespread rejection of materialism and careerism. Desmond Fennell, a political journalist who served as a kind of ‘staff intellectual’ for Gluaiseacht, wrote about the phenomenon in his book Beyond Nationalism, as he recalled his own move to the Connemara Gaeltacht in the late 1960s: Years later we discovered that in 1968, in West European countries and the USA, a trickle of families and

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson

(eds), Postcolonial Green:  Environmental Politics and World Narratives (Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, 2010). 20 Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley, ‘Introduction: Towards an Aesthetics of the Earth’, in Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B.  Handley (eds), Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 4. 21 DeLoughrey and Handley, ‘Introduction’, 4. 22 See, for example, John Bellamy Foster, Marx’s Ecology:  Materialism and Nature (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2000). 23 See Jason Moore

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
The case for practice theory

practice theory moves beyond the moment of enactment, the actants involved, moments of translation or the assembled network. Instead, the focus lies on historically informed human action (practices not practice) – what people do – with the practices carried out as constitutive of social order (Giddens, 1984) – and not the individuals or maps directly. Extending practice theory, Swidler’s (2001) proposal for a focus on bodilyinscribed (embodied) action is a useful addition. She avoids idealism-­materialism dualisms to focus on practices simultaneously in two directions

in Time for mapping

(such as bio-technology), they are able to subvert, and benefit from, its use. Bob (McSpotlight) argued that environmentalists need to participate in the internet in order to determine how it is used and to help maintain the freedom of the medium from corporate control. Using CMC, Mary (Peace Action14) asserted, activists were able to ‘have a voice in a place amidst all this materialism and worshipping of technology’. Furthermore, some interviewees attempted to avoid aspects of the technology with which they disagreed by customising PCs to make their use less like

in Cyberprotest