CFP AAG 2016: Space available in session on science, activism, and policy through a postclassical lens

This session explores the prospect of radical social transformation by critically examining the praxis of science, activism, and policy through a postclassical lens. Four confirmed papers explore moving from quantum social theory to social practice; employing narrative analysis as a framework for understanding ontological security at the Arctic ice edge; identifying NJ boundary organizations focusing on climate change and feminist science studies; and rethinking agency through a propositional infraglobalization approach. We encourage papers that explicitly relate critical ontology approaches with agency and empirical studies.

 

From ontological shifts to action on the ground:

Enacting agency for transformation through post-classical praxis

This paper session explores emergent ways of thinking about social transformation in the face of apparently overwhelming and complex challenges in natural-human systems. Papers take up approaches that pay heed to the relationship between ontology and materiality. These approaches draw from post-classical worldviews that increasingly influence the social sciences in implicit and explicit ways, and highlight the importance of narrative, metaphor and subjective meaning in approaching risk and vulnerability, and enacting social transformation. While the ‘ontological turn’ has resulted in a rethinking of key classical concepts, especially binaries, this session is concerned with how ontological shifts affect and shape action on the ground and positive political outcomes.

A number of prospects for radical social change are examined, with agency understood through a post-classical social scientific lens, from approaches to climate change action to Arctic biodiversity to globalization alternatives. In so doing, the limits of classical approaches and the discounting of consciousness, intentionality and subjectivity are considered relative to the urgent need for complex transformations in shaping material realities. The papers explore how new approaches might succeed where classical approaches with modernist ontological commitments were lacking. The session papers are concerned with theorizations of both agency and ontology and how these might inform radical reconfigurations of ways of seeing, being and doing to meet the complex and uncertain challenges ahead.

Some questions to stimulate discussion and debate:

  • How does ontological innovation translate into material and behavioral change?
  • What are the prospects for post-classical paradigms and ways of knowing and how can they effectively translate into ways of doing in natural and human systems?
  • How does the entanglement of individual and collective action change when we question the classical underpinnings of social science?
  • What is the role of intersubjectivity, intentionality and subjective phenomena in enacting deliberate and deliberative social change?
  • What does a probabilistic rather than deterministic social science imply for the outcomes of scenarios for collaborations and negotiations?
  • How can alternative approaches do praxis differently in ways that are attentive to questions of justice, empowerment, power and violence?

Discussant: TBA depending on final cumber of presenters.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less along with your presenter PIN and affiliation by October 29, 2015 toann.elkhoury@mq.edu.au. Participants will be confirmed and their abstracts added to the session on October 29.

CORRUPT PLACES – Call for chapter proposals

CORRUPT PLACES: THE ILLICIT IN THE GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF
CITIES, REGIONS AND NETWORKS
Edited by Francesco Chiodelli (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy),
Tim Hall (University of Winchester, UK) and Ray Hudson (University of
Durham, UK)
[proposal to Routledge]

Call for chapter proposals for a volume which offers an innovative
multidisciplinary collection exploring the roles of illicit actors of
various kinds in processes of urban and regional governance and
development, and the effects of illicit networks on the spaces and
places in which they are grounded and to which they are connected.

*Deadline for chapter proposals: 30th November 2015

**Book outline, instructions for prospective authors, and timeline at:
www.gssi.infn.it/images/dottorati/scienze-sociali/Corrupt_Places_Book_Proposal_DEF.pdf

Last minute AAG CFP: Climate Politics in the Golden State

* Abstracts for this session due tomorrow to session organizers and AAG abstract portal

 

 

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Call for Proposals

Climate Politics in the Golden State

Organizers: Tracy Perkins (Howard University) and Michael Mendez (University of San Francisco)

Section sponsors: Cultural and Political Ecology, Energy and Environment

 

California is widely seen as a global innovator in subnational efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s annual meeting in San Francisco provides an opportunity to critically examine California’s climate history, politics, and possible roads ahead with an emphasis on social equity. Scholars have addressed the role of environmental justice activists in shaping the state’s landmark Climate Change Solutions Act of 2006 and the racialized neoliberal discourses underpinning the state’s resulting carbon market (London et al. 2013; Sze et al. 2009). Others have analyzed how climate politics are influenced between the linkages between public health and greenhouse gas emissions (Pastor et al. 2013; Shonkoff et al. 2011; Mendez, 2015). We seek to bring together scholars working on California climate issues to build on existing work and discuss themes such as the following:

– Multi-scalar efforts to address climate change at the local, regional, state, national and global levels

– Evaluations of the success of existing climate policy

– The raced, classed nature of the impacts of climate change, as well as the potential social impacts of climate change solutions

– Comparisons between California climate politics and climate politics in other states

– Linkages between California and international climate mitigation efforts through carbon markets and REDD programs

– Tensions between efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and to promote resiliency in the face of the projected impacts of climate change

– Tensions and opportunities in the convergence of ecological sustainability, human health and social justice in climate politics

– The contested meaning of ‘sustainability’ and its use in climate politics

– Electoral politics and social movement processes in the promotion of climate policies, as well as in opposition to them

 

Please send proposed titles and abstracts of approximately 250 words by October 29 to: Tracy Perkins (tracy.perkins@howard.edu) and Michael Mendez (mamendez5@usfca.edu). Keep in mind that due to the AAG’s abstract deadline, you will need to have already registered for the meeting and submitted your abstract through the AAG portal by 5pm EDT on the same day.

 

References

London, Jonathan et al. 2013. “Racing Climate Change: Collaboration and Conflict in California’s Global Climate Change Policy Arena.” Global Environmental Change 23(4):791–99.

Mendez, Michael. 2015. “Assessing Local Climate Action Plans for Public Health Co-Benefits in Environmental Justice Communities.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 20(6):637-663.

Pastor, Manuel, Rachel Morello-Frosch, James Sadd, and Justin Scoggins. 2013. “Risky Business: Cap-and-Trade, Public Health, and Environmental Justice.” Pp. 75–94 in Urbanization and Sustainability: Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change, edited by Christopher G. Boone and Michail Fragkias. New York, NY: Springer.

Shonkoff, Seth B., Rachel Morello-Frosch, Manuel Pastor, and James Sadd. 2011. “The Climate Gap: Environmental Health and Equity Implications of Climate Change and Mitigation Policies in California—A Review of the Literature.” Climatic Change 109(S1):S485–503.

Sze, Julie et al. 2009. “Best in Show? Climate and Environmental Justice Policy in California.” Environmental Justice 2(4):179–84.

CFP AAG 2016: “Towards a Political Ecology of Arctic space and place” – final extended CFP

Organisers : 
Michael J Laiho —m.j.laiho@durham.ac.uk
Department of Geography & Durham Energy Institute, Durham University.
Brice Perombelon — brice.perombelon@ouce.ox.ac.uk
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
Abstract :
Competition over resources, land and people in the Arctic have recently increased following  the effects of climate change on local, regional and national political systems. Resource multinational corporations, national States as well as regional and local socio-economic actors are now competing for the right to control the access to these ore-rich frozen landscapes. However, this is more than a simple contest for ownership of space. It is indeed the continuation of a historical phenomenon of neo-colonialisation which has seen the North’s indigenous peoples dispossessed of their land in order to facilitate the continuous accumulation of capital in the hands of external actors (Harvey, 2003).
Following this trend, it has been emphasised that Arctic States are now attempting to define the North’s identity solely in terms of potentialities for future economic development (Sejersen, 2015). This simply renders the indigenous interpretation of tradition, of the past as alive and ontologically part of Arctic space, obsolete. This is particularly true with regards to a shared view, among non-indigenous Arctic actors, of nature as subservient to the social world and to its economic and political needs. In practice, this has taken the form of Arctic geopolitical entities such as Canada or the EU actively seeking to claim and govern ‘their’ Arctic space. In order to do so, they have implemented sustainable development policies, which in effect aim to facilitate the exploration and exploitation of Arctic resources.
In line with indigenous interpretations, this project sees Arctic nature as (a) non-human being(s) endowed with multiple agencies and asks, rather provocatively, whether sustainable development in the Arctic is possible? Drawing from an innovative decolonial epistemological stance (Smith, 2012) the organisers of this session call for a collection of papers that can help understand the interplay between the State (and/or States), multinational resource exploitation corporations, indigenous peoples and non-human actors in the shaping, implementation and functioning of these sustainable development strategies and their effects on nature. We hope to better understand the nexus between the political economy, geography and ecology of the Arctic in the context of these co-occuring, sometimes opposing, often dominating material-semiotic systems. The main outcome of this session will be to develop a comprehensive account of power/knowledge dynamics related to environmental change in the Circumpolar North.
Different perceptions of Arctic environment, development and social movements (Peet and Watts 1996) as well as [sic] contextual, conflictual, consensual and messy spatialities of polar geopolitics are all relevant to the session (Powell and Dodds 2014). Theoretical and methodological approaches should therefore elaborate on the multiple epistemological groundings that give rise, in a post-colonial context, to various practices of governance via strategies of territorialisation and subjectivation (Elden, 2013; Foucault, 1980, 1993; Coulthard, 2014). We are particularly interested in the process that give rise to human and non-human materialities that inscribe the phenomenological development of resource frontiers in the historical emergence of State/corporate behaviour towards nature and Arctic space and place (Nuttall, 2010; Bridge and Le Billion, 2013; Bridge, 2009; Steinberg, 1995; Cronon, 1995; Mitchell, 2011).
Questions exploring Arctic space and place include but are not limited to the following :
  • What practices of governance control Arctic space and place?
  • How are practices conceived across time and space?
  • By whom or what are such practices conceived?
  • What values are at stake in the development of Arctic space and place?
  • How are subjectivities expressed and politicised in practices of governance?
  • What ‘other’ identities are apparent in practices of governance?
  • Has there always been an ‘Arctic’ space and place?
Please send all abstracts (including your name, affiliation and registration code) to session organisers by the 27th October 2015. For more information on the requirements of the AAG see: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers
References :  
Bridge, G. and Le Billon, P. (2013) Oil. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Bridge, G. (2009) ‘Material Worlds: Natural Resources, Resource Geography and the Material Economy.’ Geography Compass 3 (3) 1217-1244.
Coulthard, S.G. (2014). Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. Minneapolis. London: University of Minnesota Press.
Cronon, W. (1995) Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature. New York: W. W. Norton and Co.
Elden, S. (2013) The Birth of Territory. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
Foucault, M. (1993). ‘About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self: Two Lectures at Dartmouth.’ Political Theory 21 (2) 198-227.
Foucault, M. (1980) Power/Knowledge: selected interviews and other writings. London: The Harvester Press.
Harvey, D. (2003). The New Imperialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mitchell, T. (2011) Carbon Democracy. London and New York: Verso.
Nuttall, M. (2010) Pipeline Dreams: people, environment, and the Arctic energy frontier.Copenhagen: IWGIA.
Peet, R. and Watts, M. J. (1996) Liberation ecologies: environment, development, social movements. London: Routledge.
Powell, R. and Dodds, K. (2014) Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, resources and legal regimes. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Sejersen, F. (2015) Future-makers in the Arctic. A critical view on globalisation, urbanisation and change. Keynote, Aalborg, August 12-15, 2015 at Postgraduate summer school “Change and Continuation in the Arctic,” University of Aalborg.
Steinberg, P. E. (2001) The Social Construction of Oceans. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Smith, L.T. (2012). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. 2nd Edition. London: Zed Books.

CFP AAG 2016: “Geo-economics: geographer’s innovation in economics. Beyond the neoliberal economics”

Call for Papers: AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 29 – April 2, 2016

Session title: “Geo-economics: geographer’s innovation in economics. Beyond the neoliberal economics

Session Convenors: Balázs Forman (Department of Economic Geography and Future Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest)

In many regions of the World, very serious socio-territorial changes are currently happening in non-core areas. As in other parts of the world, most development in Latin America, in Central Europe, or in East Asia is. recently peripheral and differs from ‘classical’ economic development in North Atlantic countries.

One characteristic of recent economic development is the high dependency and/or interdependence on core countries and on world market.

As a result, previously peripherial and semi-peripherial countries in the vicinity of economic growth hubs are changing rapidly.

However, peripheries of world economy are not only affected by the geographical expansion of their role in spatial division of labour leading to dispersed forms of economic development in the core-periphery connection.

In a general sense, it seems that semi-peripherial countries are becoming a more central arena under neoliberal capitalism in World economy, leading to spatial reconfigurations as well as social, ecological and economic disruptions. But, the perpherial countries and/or regions are losing their ground in World economy.

However, up to now, much existing work has focused on economic development of North America and Europe, while systematized reflections on developments in Latin America, in Central Europe and etc. have been underrepresented.

Moreover, the developments in between the developed and undeveloped worlds may require a re-thinking of existing approaches to understand the role of the spatial in current modes of capital accumulation.

For instance, there has been interaction between economic geography, development geography and geography and economics of different world regions and those studying the political economy, while both could benefit from each other.

This panel brings together scholars to discuss the natures, causes, consequences, and politics of the dynamics taking place in peripheries and semi-peripheries of World economy, in order to enhance our understanding of the role of these spaces for current processes of neoliberal development.

We invite proposals for papers addressing (but not limited to) one or more of the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of current changes in the peripherial and semi-peripherial countries or regions, and (how) do they differ from processes of economic growth and development of core countries?
  • How do these changes relate to current modes of capital accumulation, such as the increasing power of finance capital?
  • What makes these spaces special and attractive for new forms of commodification?
  • What are the social, ecological and economic effects of the new spatial division of labour and/or configurations?
  • How does development in the periphery interrelate with technical change?
  • How is it linked to the commodification of nature and a re-distribution of access to natural resources and their benefits?
  • Are peripherial spaces also new arenas of resistance to neoliberal globalization?

The session is linked to an edited book we are planning to submit with a well-established international academic publisher that has shown keen interest in the project.

Please send your abstract of not more than 250 words to the session convenors, balazs.forman@uni-corvinus.hu by November 2nd, 2015.

2nd CFP AAG 2016: The post-post-Soviet space? Interrogating the region in the quarter century since communism’s end

Call for Papers: AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 29 March – 2 April 2016 – Deadline extended to 26 October 2015


Session Title: The post-post-Soviet space? Interrogating the region in the quarter century since communism’s end

Organizers: Ted Holland, Havighurst Postdoctoral Fellow, Miami University of Ohio, hollance@miamioh.edu <mailto:<mailto:and Matthew Derrick, Assistant Professor of Geography, Humboldt State University, Matthew.Derrick@humboldt.edu.

About a decade ago, scholars from across the social sciences were engaged in reflection on the wider resonance of systemic change in the Soviet Union. In geography, the region was foregrounded as the central analytic for understanding this process; drawing from work on the new regional geography, Lynn (1999: 839) argued that orthodox understandings of political and economic transition in the former Soviet Union discounted “social, historical, and institutional (local) contexts” (see also Bradshaw 1990; Mitchneck 2005). We seek to return to the region as analytic in light of recent domestic and interstate developments in the former Soviet states. Our central question is: to what extent does “post-Soviet”—a descriptor still commonly invoked in social scientific inquiry—remain salient as a geographic construct a quarter century after the collapse of the USSR? Put succinctly, have we moved beyond the “post-Soviet” as an organizing logic for this region?

We plan to organize two sessions around this question. The first is a panel session that reflects on defining and redefining Russia and its neighboring states through the regional analytic. We aim to stimulate a conversation that critically considers the continued aggregation of Russia and its neighboring states as a geographic region. The second is an associated paper session that brings together scholarship that evaluates recent political, economic, and societal developments in Russia and neighboring states. We are particularly interested in topics and/or geographic areas that have been less frequently considered in the social scientific literature. In turn, potential topics are varied and could include contributions from political, economic, social, cultural, and urban geography, among other subfields.

Co-sponsored by the Political Geography and Russian, Central Eurasian and East European Specialty Groups.

Submissions: Please send expressions of interest in the panel session and abstracts for the paper session to Ted Holland (hollanec@miamioh.edu<mailto:) by 26 October 2015.

Sources: Bradshaw, M. 1990. New regional geography, foreign-area studies and Perestroika. Area 22 (4): 315-322.

Lynn, N. 1999. Geography and Transition: Reconceptualizing Systemic Change in the Former Soviet Union. Slavic Review 58 (4): 824-840.

Mitchneck, B. 2005. Geography Matters: Discerning the Importance of Local Context. Slavic Review 64 (3): 491-516.

2nd CFP AAG 2016: Monitoring and Explaining the Geography and Spatiality of Political Violence and Conflict

Call for papers: Association of American Geographers Conference, San Francisco, California, 29 March – 2 April, 2016
Session title: Monitoring and Explaining the Geography and Spatiality of Political Violence and Conflict
Organizers: Andrew Linke, University of Utah; Jamon Van Den Hoek, Oregon State University
Session description: This session is designed to gather a diverse community of researchers using geographical conceptual frameworks and analyses to understand the spatial and temporal manifestation of political violence and conflict. Theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of conflict emerge from all corners of the scholarly community, from the pairing of urban architectural design and remote sensing analysis to understand battle timelines, to combining population attitudes measured using surveys with observed changes in landscapes across politically insecure and violent areas, to ‘conflict ecology’ approaches that gauge how socio-environmental patterns contribute to or result from conflict processes. We are especially interested in papers that cross (sub-) disciplinary boundaries in their examination of conflict and encourage researchers who undertake quantitative and qualitative research on violence or conflict to submit papers. Our goal is to group presentations by scale/level of analysis (global vis-à-vis local) to highlight the diversity and complementarity of scale-specific approaches rather than the more common methodology-based grouping.
Possible paper topics:
– Geospatial analysis of violent events
– Territoriality and conflict
– ‘Ground-truthing’ conflict data and analysis
– Scale effects in conflict research
– Identifying and defining contextual effects in conflict research
– Discriminating of climate, environment, and social influence on conflict
– Conflict cartographies
– The geographic diffusion of conflict
– Remote violence (e.g. drone strikes)
– Open source, web-scraped, or large volume data-driven conflict research
Those interested in participating should register at http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/register and submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and his/her PIN to andrew.linke@geog.utah.edu or vandenhj@oregonstate.edu by Friday, October 23, 2015. If unable to submit an abstract by Oct 21, please write the conveners stating your intent to submit. Participants must also formally submit their abstract by the AAG deadline, Oct. 29th.
Session sponsored by the Political Geography, Human Dimensions of Global Change, and Ethics, Justice and Human Rights specialty groups.  

CFP AAG 2016: Tourism, Militarization and Nation-Building

Panel Title: Tourism, Militarization and Nation-Building

The papers in this panel examine the intersection of tourism, militarization and nation-building in diverse geopolitical contexts. Specifically, papers explore the various ways in which narratives of tourism sites are frequently mediated by competing discourses perpetuated by the tourism industry, the military-industrial complex and the state. As such, papers in this panel will challenge what Teaiwa (1999) has referred to as “militourism” or “a phenomenon by which military or paramilitary force ensures the smooth running of a tourist industry, and that same tourist industry masks the military force behind it.”  Thus, papers in this panel will address Teaiwa’s observation that while the military and tourism industries provide opportunities of employment and social mobility, the impacts on land through environmental as well as sociocultural components of “host” communities have been decidedly contested (Teaiwa 1999). In a similar vein, Gonzalez (2013) pays attention to the mutual work of militarism and tourism in examining the “possibilities of American historical and contemporary dominance” in Asia and the Pacific region, indicating its wide implications of better understanding of tourism and military geography. Teaiwa and Gonzalez’s work, among others, paved the way for future examinations of the convergences of militarism and tourism. For example, emerging work in this field addresses processes in which militarization and tourism influence economic and cultural landscapes through nation-building projects as well as resistance to the development vis-a-vis social movement.  Ultimately, this panel aims to contribute to new understandings of how discourses and practices of tourism and militarism articulate with narratives of security, place and the state.

 

We welcome papers that engage with the topics related but not limited to occupation, memories of war, battlefield tours, gender/military/tourism, postcolonialism, demilitarization tours, activism and tourism, and social movement participation.

 

Please send your abstract of 200 words or less to Sayaka Sakuma at ss26@hawaii.edu and Kyle Kajihiro at kkajihir@hawaii.edu by October 25, 2015.

 

Sayaka Sakuma | Kyle Kajihiro

Unviersity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

ss26@hawaii.edu | kkajihir@hawaii.edu

CFP AAG 2016: New Geographies of Alienation: Getting Reacquainted with Estrangement

Call For Papers: American Association of Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. March 29th – April 2nd, 2016

 

New Geographies of Alienation: Getting Reacquainted with Estrangement

Organizers:
Alex Colucci, Kent State University
Stian Rice, Kent State University

 

Marx’s concept of alienation, first put forward in his 1844 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, links the structural organization of the modern labor process with its devastating effect on human beings, “on their physical and mental states and on the social processes of which they are a part” (Ollman 1976, 131). As a process of disconnecting and distancing humans from nature and from each other, it is somewhat surprising that alienation has received infrequent attention from geographers (see Evans, 1978; Peet 1978; Mitchell 2003; Olwig 2005). This session explores (1) whether alienation – in either new or classical interpretations – can be useful for emerging trends in geographic thought, and (2) how these trends might extend, expand, or contradict Marx’s original argument.

Marx identified four forms of alienation in the modern labor process. First, workers are alienated from the product of their labor. Second, workers are alienated from the act of production. Under capitalism, a worker must labor in order to survive, making the laboring act one of ‘deadening compulsion’ rather than free choice. Third, workers are alienated from species-being (Gattungswesen). Reduced by capital into exchangeable and expendable parts for the machinery of production, the labor process denies workers their essential ‘humanness.’ Finally, as a consequence of the first three, workers are alienated from other humans through the collective separation of humanity from its species-being, and the demands of a labor market that pits each person in direct competition for survival.

This session seeks geographic work related to the processes of disconnection, distancing, and estrangement complicit in alienation. Prospective abstracts need not focus solely on labor processes alone. Indeed, we encourage new or unconventional approaches and subjects, either theoretical or case-based. Possible areas of interest include (but certainly are not limited to):

  • Political geography, political ecology, radical geography, and cultural geography.
  • Critical race theory
  • Post- and non-human geography
  • Socio-nature studies
  • Landscape studies
  • Material geographies
  • Actor-networks
  • Migration and detainment studies
  • Literary geography

Interested participants should send their abstract (250 words max) to either Alex Colucci (acolucc3@kent.edu) or Stian Rice (srice14@kent.edu) by Oct 25, 2015.

References:

Evans, David M. 1978. “Alienation, Mental Illness and the Partioning of Space.” Antipode 10 (1): 13–23.

Mitchell, Don. 2003. “Cultural Landscapes: Just Landscapes or Landscapes of Justice?” Progress in Human Geography 27 (6): 787–96.

Marx, Karl. 2013. “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.” Start Publishing LLC.

Ollman, Bertell. 1976. Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society. Cambridge University Press.

Olwig, Kenneth R. 2005. “Representation and Alienation in the Political Land-Scape.” Cultural Geographies 12 (1): 19–40.

Peet, Richard. 1978. “The Geography of Human Liberation.” Antipode 10-11 (3-1): 119–134.

Deadline extension CFP AAG 2016: Transnationalizing Migration Management?

Deadline extension CFP AAG 2016: Transnationalizing Migration Management?   

AAG annual meeting, San Francisco, March 29 – April 2, 2016

Organizers

Malene H. Jacobsen and Leif Johnson (University of Kentucky)

 

Session Overview

Although international migration by its very nature involves flows across territorial borders, the geographical imagination of migration management remains thoroughly embedded within the nation-state. Building on the recent work of Mountz & Loyd (2014) and Collyer & King (2015), this session asks the question of what it means to theorize migration management through a transnational lens. This session is aimed broadly at scholars interested in spaces of bordering and migration management practices in the context of cross border governance. We invite submissions that explore the spatial aspects of migration management across different scales.

 

The session seeks to engage in the following questions but is also open to others: How do national/transnational understandings of migration management differ and/or converge? How is the concept of transnationalism related to other concepts in migration studies like the international, (im)mobility, flows, networks, globalization, extraterritoriality, offshoring, assemblage, etc.? To what extent is the transnationalization of migration management a historically novel trend/phenomenon? How is the phenomenon related to changes within the nation-state itself or other forces (market pressures, neoliberalization, etc.)? How can transnational migration management practices/strategies be studied empirically and unpacked conceptually? What kinds of political possibilities does the transnationalization of migration management enable or foreclose?

 

Possible empirical topics might include:

–          The spatiality of borders and migration management

–          Geographies of the institutions and agencies engaged in transnational migration management

–          The roles of international agencies and humanitarian organizations in controlling/facilitating mobility

–          Cross-border policing and policies

–          Bi- and multilateral agreements between countries

–          Socioeconomic development in border regions

–          The role of development aid in migration management

–          Migration management as an area of expertise, intervention, and specialist domain of knowledge, logics, personnel, methods, and politics

–          The humanitarian-migration management nexus

–          Managerial practices such as refugee resettlement, deterrence, confinement, deportation, and ‘voluntary’ return

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to Malene H. Jacobsen (malene.jacobsen@uky.edu) and Leif Johnson (leif.johnson@uky.edu) by Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. Selected abstracts will be accepted by October 24th. All participants must provide AAG PINs by October 28th.