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15 November 2016

Call for Papers: Monsoon Assembly Air

Call for Abstracts:
Monsoon Assembly Air
21 April 2017
University of Westminster, London, UK

CfP deadline: 15 January 2017

Contributions are invited to Monsoon Assembly Air, the first of three annual symposia to be convened by Monsoon Assemblages, ERC Starting Grant no. 679873 at the University of Westminster in London.


Monsoon Assembly Air
21 April 2017, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS, UK.

Monsoon Assembly Air will interrogate questions of monsoon atmospheres, depressions, winds, cyclones, clouds, onsets, temporalities and forecasts; of birds, seed dispersal, dust, aerosols and fragrances; of monsoon sounds and music; of monsoon wind driven trading systems; of monsoons on the air and in the media; of the many systems and technologies through which knowledge of monsoon air is produced – religious, cultural, political, scientific, everyday. We also wish to address questions of urban monsoon airs - heat islands, the micro-politics of life performed by air, bodily airs, air-conditioning, air-pollution, air-ports and air architecture.

Contributions are invited in response to this provocation. They should take the form of 150 – 200 word abstracts for either papers or creative, practice based contributions such as performances, musical compositions, photography or video.

These should be sent to Zahra Mohamed Saleh at by 15 January 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Monsoon Assemblages project team and authors will be notified by 15 February 2017 whether their contributions will be included in a round table or not.

After the assembly, contributors will be asked to submit their work as 3,000 - 5,000 word working papers, photo essays or other materials for publication in the online proceedings of the event. These could be developed for the culminating Monsoon Assemblages conference and exhibition, to take place at the University of Westminster in 2020 and will result in refereed conference proceedings. For further information, contact Lindsay Bremner, PI of Monsoon Assemblages at

Full CfP is here.

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