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 firstname.lastname@example.org by November 21, 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 https://radicalspacesblog.wordpress.com/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/radicalspaces.