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Call for Papers: 24th Annual Critical Geography Conference

September 15, 2017

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The 24th Annual Critical Geography Conference will be held at Pennsylvania State University from October 27-28, 2017.

Recent developments in U.S. politics, culture and government – occurring alongside political upsurges and reconfigurations in several other countries and world regions – force us to take pause and consider the meaning of our work as critical geographers. While this contemporary moment is marked by the increasing precarity of both critical scholarly research and the lives of the communities with whom we work, it is also an opportunity to reimagine the work we do, how we do it, and why we do it.

It is in the context of this uncertain political present that we ask the geographic and larger academic community: What futures can we imagine for critical geographies? How can we leverage the intellectual and institutional infrastructures of critical geographies to address contemporary social issues and contribute to struggles for social justice? What conceptual and methodological tools do we possess, and what critical capacities have we yet to realize? What new questions, perspectives, and critical concepts – and more centrally, what new worlds – can critical geographies bring into being?

We invite perspectives from all subfields of geography and related fields and welcome approaches drawing on feminist, queer, post-colonial, political ecology, Marxist, anarchist, critical GIS and cartography, critical geography, settler studies, and critical race perspectives among others. We invite papers addressing the following themes and topics: https://pennstatecritcon.wordpress.com/. 

Submission of Abstracts:

The conference will be composed of paper sessions as well as organized panel discussions.  The format for papers will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes for Q&A. Please submit an abstract (200 words or less) to: geog [dot] crit [dot] con [at] gmail [dot] com

The abstract should include this information: Title, Organizer, Contact Information, Participants (if proposing a panel), Theme, and Abstract.

Panels are also encouraged. If you would like to organize a panel, please send an abstract and list of likely participants to: geog [dot] crit [dot] con [at] gmail [dot] com

We will also be organizing an art exhibit to display creative works (e.g. photography, film, visual arts, sculpture, etc.) engaging these themes. See this page for more details.

Abstracts are due by 5 pm September 15, 2017.


September 15, 2017
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