2015 Symposium CFP Announcement: “Inhabiting Containment”

We are pleased to announce the theme of our 2015 symposium, “Inhabiting Containment,” which will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 27, 2015 and feature a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. Please find our call for papers below and feel free to circulate widely!:

Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life Symposium 2015 CFP
Inhabiting Containment

Seeking to address the ongoing state violence against bodies of color in Gaza and Ferguson, MO, the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life solicits abstracts for our 2015 symposium “Inhabiting Containment.” This symposium seeks work that addresses the spatiality of phenomena such as containment, racialization, and racialized-sexualized state aggression. The imprisonment and January release of CeCe McDonald, indigenous actions protesting the TransCanada Pipeline, the Israeli massacre of Gazans, the operationalization of racist policies to contain Ebola in West Africa, and the murders of black bodies in the U.S., such as Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, and Michael Brown, all demonstrate the ways that race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity are often experienced as forms of embodied violence in the everyday. With that in mind, this symposium seeks to engage dialogues of containment—from interrogations of the prison-industrial complex and Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison to current conversations in trans and feminist theory thinking through the body as container/space of containment.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

• Spatial analyses of intersectionality and racialized-sexualized state violence
• Spaces of protest—heterotopias, subtopias, and differential space
• Sensory experiences of race, gender, and containment/imprisonment
• The relationships between trans embodiment and the prison-industrial complex
• Explorations of non-places and/or abject space, such as sites of torture and detention
• Interrogations of geological intersections with geography and the anthropocene
• Ecologies of space
• The right to the city

Though we welcome submissions that deal generally with spatial theory, special consideration will be given to those abstracts specifically dealing with this year’s theme. We encourage abstracts from activists and academics at all stages of their research. This symposium is committed to producing sustained conversations and a collaborative environment for scholars and activists whose work engages our society’s specific interests in radical geography, spatial theory, and everyday life.

This year’s symposium will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 27, 2015 and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. Those interested may submit proposals of no more than 500 words to symposium co-organizers Tahereh Aghdasifar and Andrea Miller at radicalspaces@gmail.com by November 15, 2014. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by December 15, 2014. For more information on the symposium and the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life, see our website at http://radicalspacesblog.wordpress.com/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/radicalspaces.

Léopold Lambert on Gentrifying Fortresses

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In a recent post on The Funambulist, Léopold Lambert discusses “a particularly blatant example of the way architecture does not simply create real estate value on a given land, but also organizes space in a defensive and antagonistic manner. One of gentrification’s characteristics consists in the fantasy of danger that gentrifying bodies have for their gentrified counterparts — hence the need for them to accelerate the process — and therefore requires from architecture to provide a semiotics of security.”

Today Is the Day!: “Queering the Quotidian” at Georgia State in Atlanta!

We are pleased to welcome presenters, attendees, and keynote speaker, Jen Jack Gieseking of the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative at Bowdoin College, to Georgia State University in Atlanta today for the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life’s 2014 symposium, “Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism.” For those of you who live close to the Atlanta area and were unable to register online, there is free day-of registration at the event.  Morning reception and sessions begin at 10:00am in Troy Moore Library. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

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Last Day for Online Registration

Just a reminder to all that today is the last day to register online for “Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism” in Atlanta this Friday, March 07. We welcome those of you who would prefer to register on the day of symposium to do so at no cost, but we will be unable to provide lunch to attendees who do not register in advance. As an added incentive, check out this year’s fantastic line-up of presentations! And, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us at radicalspaces@gmail.com with any questions about this week’s event. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Georgia State this Friday!

One Week Left to Register Online for “Queering the Quotidian”

Just a reminder that there is one week left to register online for our 2014 symposium, “Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism.” Also, please be sure to check out the symposium schedule. We’ve got an exciting array of interdisciplinary presentations in addition to this year’s keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Jen Jack Gieseking of the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative of Bowdoin College, “Queering the Geographic Imagination: (Data) Visualizing the Invisibilized.” Let us know if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta on March 07!

2014 Symposium Schedule Now Available!

We’ve just posted the schedule for this year’s symposium, “Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism,” We’ve got an exciting line-up of presentations and can’t wait to see everyone in Atlanta on March 07! Also, don’t forget that online registration is open until Monday, March 03. Send any questions to radicalspaces@gmail.com.

Registration for 2014 Symposium Live!

Registration is now open for this year’s symposium, “Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested Spaces Within Neoliberalism.” You can register online until Monday, March 03. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days, including the symposium schedule. We’ve got a great line-up of presentations and are looking forward to seeing you all on March 07 in Atlanta!