Let's think and work together on a concept of neo-provincialism.
In order to define this term, we might start by bringing together seemingly disparate projects that seek to ameliorate the supposed problems of the urban life by way of implementing something of a pre-industrial provincialism within the urban pysche and/or urban fabric.
On an individual level, this term could characterize the urban-dweller's particular (often naive) nostalgia for pre-neoliberal or even pre-capitalist ways of living in "community" and in relation to nature.
At the same time, and in relation to this, we could identify neo-provincialism as a framework within which to situate arguments against the modernist distinction between nature and culture and develop an understanding of the broader significance of recent attempts at reconnecting the social and natural worlds.
The objective here would be to see if there is anything significant that we can grasp by locating a certain "neo-provincial" tendency within various areas of engagement. There is no intention to make value judgements or ethical claims by labeling things as neo-provincial, or to just develop some term that we can then come to a consensus on as being simply derogatory. And on the other hand, this is not an attempt to "make a case" for this erstwhile nonexistent concept as a solution or viable intellectual project. I'm just seeing this as a sort of tendency and would like to think within the context of The Public School on how this may, or may not, be significant.
Tentative outline on the meetings pages to the right.