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Call for Abstracts
Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Special Issue, March 2019


The Annals of the American Association of Geographers is seeking contributions for a Special Issue on “Environmental Governance in a Populist/Authoritarian Era”.

The 2019 Special Issue of the Annals will address theoretical, methodological, and empirical questions regarding how environments are known and governed in an era substantially characterized by populist and/or authoritarian politics around much of the world. The issue will explore what differences it makes when environmental research, knowledge construction, and decision making occur in the context of such political formations. We understand each of those key terms broadly, and welcome contributions from across the full range of the discipline. We strongly encourage contributions that consider these questions and problematics in and from many locations and perspectives around the world, and with some historical depth.

Themes for the special issue could include, but are not limited to:

  • The funding, conduct, and communication of environmental research and analysis in a ‘post-truth’ era;
  • The relationships between ‘post-truth’ and populist and authoritarian politics;
  • The political implications of rural-urban linkages and disparities;
  • The place of populism in different political formations and implications for environmental governance (e.g., left- vs. right-wing populisms);
  • Contemporary politics of extraction, energy, and climate in populist and/or authoritarian formations;
  • Relationships among environmental governance, racialized landscapes, and decolonial politics;
  • Nationalism and resurgent tropes of bodies politic, contagion, and disease;
  • The roles, strategies, and tactics of social movements;
  • Efforts to theorize just, democratic environmental governance;
  • Links between environmental governance and identities, including generational differences and religious affiliations;
  • Changes in environmental conditions due to governance changes;

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by email to Jennifer Cassidento (jcassidento [at] aag [dot] org) by March 31, 2017. The Editor will consider all abstracts and then invite a selection to submit full papers for peer review by May 15, 2017.

Papers will have a target maximum length of 5,000 words (including main text, abstract, references, tables, figure captions, etc.). First draft papers will be due (via Manuscript Central) by December 1, 2017 and final papers will be due in October 2018 for publication in 2019.

For any questions about this Special Issue contact the Editor, James McCarthy (jamccarthy [at] clarku [dot] edu). For questions about the abstract submission process contact the Annals Managing Editor, Jennifer Cassidento (jcassidento [at] aag [dot] org).