PGSG Current Events Roundtable at AAG

Mark your calendars : PGSG will be sponsoring a current events roundtable about the recent protests in Hong Kong!

The Occupy Central/Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong (Panel 3675, Session 23813)

TIME/PLACE: Thursday, April 23, 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM, Lucerne 3, Swissôtel, Lucerne Level

ORGANIZERS: George C. S. Lin (University of Hong Kong) and Alexander B. Murphy (University of Oregon)

CHAIR: Alexander B. Murphy

Yue-Man Yeung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Cindy Fan (University of California, Los Angeles)
Roger Chan (University of Hong Kong)
Wing Shing Tang (Hong Kong Baptist University)
George C. S. Lin (University of Hong Kong)

This session focuses on Hong Kong’s uneasy current status in the face of the much publicized Occupy Central/Umbrella Movement protests that rocked the city in recent months.  Why did the protests emerge and what do they portend for Hong Kong’s future?  What can they tell us about the issues and challenges facing a rising and increasingly assertive China?  How can geographers and other social scientists contribute to understanding Hong Kong’s changing socio-political environment?   These and related questions will be explored by a group of geographers who have lived in and studied one of Asia’s most dynamic, important cities.

AAG CFP: Geographies of Citizenship and Dissent

AAG CFP: Geographies of Citizenship and Dissent

This is an interactive paper session designed to encourage discussion and dialogue around how citizenship and dissent plays out in and between a diverse array of material and mediated spaces: from traditional public squares, to social media platforms, to commercial centers or workplaces.

Potential issues may include:

  • Occupy/ Culture Jamming
  • Ferguson/ Policing/ Riots
  • Squatting
  • Surveillance
  • E-Graffiti/Hacktivism
  • Social Movements
  • Border Militia

Session will be sponsored by the Cultural Geography and Communications Geography specialty groups.

If interested, please contact Bruce D’Arcus (

AAG CFP: Everyday geographies of global, urban infrastructures of energy

Annual Meeting of the AAG, April 21-25, 2015, Chicago, IL

CFP: Everyday geographies of global, urban infrastructures of energy
Session Organizers: Jonathan Silver (Durham University), Anthony Levenda (Portland State University)

Energy forms a crucial support system for the everyday reproduction of urban life in all its forms (Gandy 2005; Swyngedouw 2006). The planetary scale infrastructures that produce and distribute energy for towns and cities are actively being reconfigured across various geographies in response to a range of ongoing global-local pressures, processes and imperatives (Swyngedouw 1997) including climate change and low carbon agendas (Bulkeley & Newell 2010; Hodson & Marvin 2010), securitization (Graham 2010), financial crisis and ongoing forms of political contestation (McFarlane & Rutherford 2008). Such material transformations are shaping new geographies both within and beyond urban regions (Graham & Marvin 2001) that suggest new considerations about politics, inequality and everyday life across energy infrastructures.

This session is interested in the everyday geographies of planetary (urban) infrastructures of energy relating to extraction, distribution, supply and consumption. Such geographies suggest the need to pay close attention to the ways in which these global, urban infrastructures of energy are shifted and intervened across by various social interests (Hughes 1983).  This call for papers seeks contributions from scholars interested in these everyday transformations of energy infrastructures from a micro scale setting of the household through to the vast pipelines that transport oil across politicized landscapes. We invite papers focused both on the global North and South, or sensitive comparative analyses (Ward 2008; Robinson 2011), including topics such as:

  • The daily operations of planetary scale infrastructures
  • Geographies of informality and incrementalism
  • The struggles around energy poverty, precarity, and security
  • The politics of knowledge and energy technology in everyday settings
  • Contestations and resistances across various forms of energy infrastructure

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by email to both and by November 3rd. Notifications of inclusion in the session will be made by November 5th.

Bulkeley, H., & Newell, P. (2010). Governing climate change. Routledge.
Gandy, M. (2005) Cyborg Urbanization; Complexity and Monstrosity in the Contemporary City in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 29 (1) 26-49
Graham, S. (2010). Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism. London: Verso.
Graham, S., and Marvin, S. (2001). Splintered Urbanism. New York: Routledge.
Hodson, M., and Marvin, S. (2010). World Cities and Climate Change. Milton Keynes:Open University Press.
Hughes, T. (1983) Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880‐1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
McFarlane, C., and Rutherford, J. (2008) ‘Political infrastructures: Governing and experiencing the fabric of the city’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 32(2), pp363–74.
Robinson, J. (2011) Cities in a world of cities. The comparative gesture. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol 25, pp1-11.
Swyngedouw, E. (1997) ‘Neither Global nor Local: Glocalization’ and the Politics of Scale’, in Cox, K. (1997) (ed.) Spaces of Globalization. New York: Guilford Press, pp137–66.
Swyngedouw, E. (2006) ‘Circulations and Metabolisms: (Hybrid) Natures and (Cyborg) Cities’, Science and Culture, 15 (2), pp105-121.
Ward, K. (2008) Towards a comparative (re)turn in urban studies? Some reflections. Urban Geography, 29, pp405-410.

AAG CFP: Urbanization on the Chinese Frontier

Urbanization on the Chinese Frontier: The Political Stakes of “Progress”

AAG CFP: Chicago 2015
In China’s national minority populated frontier regions, development in general, and urbanization in particular, is often viewed through one of two lenses: positively, as a process that allows for material and social development that contributes to increasing living standards and opportunities; or cynically, as a calculated state strategy to weaken ethno-national identities, spread contemporary Han culture to minority regions, and lock minorities into an urban world that structurally disadvantages them. Paradoxically, the city potentially could allow for any and all of these possibilities.

Because the city invokes such a complex web of factors potentially positive and negative, it is apt to ask what is at stake in frontier urbanization: On whose terms is urbanization enacted? What does it mean to benefit from urbanization? Will urbanization really bring the homogenization both desired and feared by different stakeholders?

This paper panel seeks to analyze these questions and their greater social, political, and geo-political repercussions in China’s urbanizing border regions.

I am hoping to draw together perspectives based around different theoretical and methodological approaches, for instance but not limited to:
·      Cross-ethnic research
·      Studies on migrants
·      Ethnographic research
·      Demographic analysis
·      Discourse analysis
·      Household or workplace surveys
·      Theoretical problems of studying the Chinese city
·      Theory concerning minority affairs and classification

Please send paper abstracts to Andrew Grant at through October 31st.

AAG CFP: Articulating discourse analysis in geography

CFP AAG 2015, Chicago, IL, April 21-25

Articulating discourse analysis in geography: method, practice and process
Organizers: Chad Steacy, Dept. of Geography, University of Georgia
Christian Pettersen, Dept. of Geography, University of Georgia

Discourse analysis has achieved mainstream acceptance in geographic research (Waitt 2010).   Over the past two decades, it has proved itself a powerful and versatile research tool, informing a diverse body of study, from Tim Cresswell’s (1992) early reevaluation of urban graffiti narratives to Steven Pile’s (2005) psychoanalytically-informed exhibition of urban fantasy ‘dream-work’.  Beyond a mere variety of subject matter, discourse analysis has additionally informed work spanning wide theoretical breadth, from realist-oriented ideology critique (i.e. Linnros & Hallin 2001) to the radical (de)constructionism of post-structural genealogy (as performed by Cooke & Jenkins 2001).

But despite its popularity and adaptability, discourse analysis is too often left underexplored, under-theorized as method and under-elaborated as practice (Antaki, C. et al. 2003; Lees 2004).  It is quite common for articles using discourse analysis as their primary methodology to leave their ‘findings’ to speak for themselves, as though the mechanics of analysis and the theoretical challenges that arise are extraneous to – or in any case implicitly expressed within – the research results.

This session endeavors to open the ‘black box’ and articulate discourse analysis by way of case-study or through direct theoretical consideration of discourse analysis as method, practice, and/or process.  Distinctively qualitative perspectives are preferred.

Please send statements of interest or titles and abstracts to Chad Steacy at and/or Christian Pettersen at by November 1.

AAG CFP: Geographies of Citizenship and Dissent

CFP: Geographies of Citizenship and Dissent

This is an interactive paper session designed to encourage discussion and dialogue around how citizenship and dissent plays out in and between a diverse array of material and mediated spaces: from traditional public squares, to social media platforms, to commercial centers or workplaces.

Potential issues may include:

  • Occupy/ Culture Jamming
  • Ferguson/ Policing/ Riots
  • Squatting
  • Surveillance
  • E-Graffiti/Hacktivism
  • Social Movements
  • Border Militia

Session will be sponsored by the Cultural Geography and Communications Geography specialty groups.

If interested, please contact Bruce D’Arcus ( by October 24 (though obviously, the sooner the better!).

AAG CFP: Geographies of Media

AAG 2015 AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 21 – 25, 2015

Geographies of Media
Sponsored by:
Communication Geography Specialty Group
Aether: The Journal of Media Geography

We are seeking papers for several sessions that examine geographies of media, including (but not limited to) film, television, music, art, advertising, the Internet, social media, newspapers and magazines, radio, video and animation etc. These sessions should include contributions to current issues surrounding these media, whether theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, etc.

We hope to present a wide range of both topics and contexts, and we seek participants interested in the geographical implications—social, political, cultural, and economic—that are often contained within the spaces and places of different forms of media. Importantly, media often extend beyond their original form, so papers that also envision these media geographies as part of a broader industrial, cultural, and political complex are welcomed, as are papers that consider the broad linkages between media and our daily lived experiences, from our cities to streets to living rooms to imaginations. These contexts invite inquiries into the production, distribution, exhibition, and consumption of all types of media, and we encourage critical, theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, and discursive contributions. We also welcome inquiries from anyone wishing to assemble a special themed session or act as a discussant in a session.

Priority deadline is October 29, 2013 (Wednesday). Final deadline is November 5, 2013 (Wednesday).
1. Compose an abstract following the AAG guidelines.
2.  Register online with the AAG to obtain a PIN.
3.  Email Presenter Identification Number (PIN) and abstract to Johnny Finn (

For further information please contact:
Johnny Finn, Christopher Newport University (
Joseph Palis, North Carolina State University (
Laura Sharp, University of Arizona (

AAG CFP: Logistics and Power

CFP AAG Chicago, April 21–25, 2015

Logistics and Power
Sponsored by Political Geography Specialty Group

Martin Danyluk, University of Toronto
Kyle Loewen, University of British Columbia

Since the mid-twentieth century, the rise of logistics has played an important but underappreciated role in reconfiguring global socio-spatial relations. Emerging from military and imperialist origins, logistical developments like the intermodal shipping container, just-in-time production, and supply-chain management have been vital to both globalizing production and reorganizing forms of power. After being confined to business and management schools for several decades, logistics has only recently been taken up as an object of critical study (Bernes 2013; Bonacich and Wilson 2008; Cowen 2014; Hall and Hesse 2012; Hesse and Rodrigue 2004; Neilson 2012; Sekula 2002). Yet despite a growing body of research into the spatialities of global logistical systems, there is a need for further geographical reflection on the modes and structures of power at work within them.

This session therefore seeks to build wide-ranging critical conversations around the entanglements of logistics and power. For example, firms’ and states’ efforts to make commodity flows more efficient, flexible, and reliable are part of violent and contested processes rather than seamless, purely technical, or inherently beneficial operations. Cheap goods movement depends on increased worker exploitation and acts of dispossession throughout planetary distribution networks. In another sense, supply systems shape economic and political possibilities through the distribution of material resources and wastes, enabling certain ways of life while hindering others. Lastly, by  organizing infrastructures of supply, logistics affects processes of social reproduction, with gendered implications for consumption and labor practices.

Yet while global supply chains create new mechanisms of exploitation and control, they also present new opportunities for political resistance and struggle (Herod 2000; Reifer 2004; Tsing 2009). In this spirit, we invite papers from a range of disciplinary, methodological, and conceptual orientations—including feminist, Marxist, queer, de-colonial, assemblage, and anti-racist theory—that foreground the power-laden geographies of logistics. Examples include but are encouraged to exceed:

  • uneven geographies of race and commodity flow
  • politics within the supply chain
  • labor and the logistics revolution
  • logistics, urbanization, and infrastructure
  • the entanglement of war and trade
  • logistics, imperialism, and territory
  • gendered dynamics of logistics and social reproduction
  • logistics and biopolitics
  • ways of being and becoming that are made possible and foreclosed through supply infrastructure
  • enclosure and dispossession within logistical systems

Please e-mail abstracts of up to 250 words to Martin Danyluk ( and Kyle Loewen ( by Friday, October 17, 2014. Be sure to include a title and contact information.

  • Bernes, Jasper. 2013. “Logistics, Counterlogistics and the Communist Prospect.” Endnotes, September.
  • Bonacich, Edna, and Jake B. Wilson. 2008. Getting the Goods: Ports, Labor, and the Logistics Revolution. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Cowen, Deborah. 2014. The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Hall, Peter, and Markus Hesse, eds. 2012. Cities, Regions and Flows. London: Routledge.
  • Herod, Andrew. 2000. “Implications of Just-in-Time Production for Union Strategy: Lessons from the 1998 General Motors-United Auto Workers Dispute.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90 (3): 521–47.
  • Hesse, Markus, and Jean-Paul Rodrigue. 2004. “The Transport Geography of Logistics and Freight Distribution.” Journal of Transport Geography 12 (3): 171–84.
  • Neilson, Brett. 2012. “Five Theses on Understanding Logistics as Power.” Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 13 (3): 322–39.
  • Reifer, Thomas Ehrlich. 2004. “Labor, Race, and Empire: Transport Workers and Transnational Empires of Trade, Production, and Finance.” In Labor versus Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration, edited by Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Raul A. Fernandez, Vivian Price, David Smith, and Linda Trinh Võ, 17–35. New York: Routledge.
  • Sekula, Allan. 2002. Fish Story. 2nd ed. Düsseldorf: Richter Verlag.
  • Tsing, Anna. 2009. “Supply Chains and the Human Condition.” Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture and Society 21 (2): 148–76.

AAG CFP: Non-profits, Governance, and the Welfare State

Call for Papers: AAG Conference, Chicago, Il. April 2015

Non-profits, Governance, and the Welfare State in the Post-Economic Crisis Period

The welfare state in the United States has been marked by a set of transitions in the last 30 years. This includes, most notably: the decline in cash assistance to the poor; the rescaling of the governance of the welfare state down to state and local levels; and the contracting out of basic public sector goods and services to private (for-profit and not-for-profit) corporations.  These processes are both well-established in practice, and well understood in geography and the social sciences more generally.  And there is some convergence towards the American framework of welfare state governance in other parts of the north Atlantic (most notably Canada and the United Kingdom).

Importantly, it was this welfare state that had to confront the economic crisis of 2007-2009 and that crisis’s very long shadow.  And it is this welfare state that we have for the foreseeable future.  As we continue to make sense of the crisis, and what it has wrought, it is important that we understand the ways in which the welfare state is able, or not able, to withstand such crises and how we should interpret the character of the welfare state moving forward.  In this session we will be addressing the governance and performance of the welfare state in the economic crisis and in the period since the worst of the crisis ended.

Papers in this session can address any number of issues related to this theme (and can be about the US or any other country) including:

  • The role of non-profits in the post-crisis welfare state
  • The fiscal crisis of states and municipalities and its aftermath
  • The capacity of non-profits to withstand the crisis
  • The continued privatization of the welfare state
  • The changing character of American federalism in the contemporary political economy
  • The implications of the current character of the welfare state for our understandings of state theory
  • The spatial variability in the character and capacity of the welfare state
  • The Big Society and the evolving inter-relationships between the state and non-profits in the UK

This session is being organized by James DeFilippis, Rutgers University (; Phil Ashton, University of Illinois-Chicago (; and Emily Rosenman, University of British Columbia ( If you are interested in participating in the session, or if you have any questions, please email James by October 30.