CFP | 20th Anniversary Critical Geography Conference

Extended CfP: December 15th

cg20th20th Annual Cri­ti­cal Geo­gra­phy Con­fe­rence Uni­ver­sity of Colo­rado, Boul­der Febru­ary 21–23, 2014

»Dif­fe­rence, Diver­sity, Cri­ti­que: A Peo­p­les‹ Geo­gra­phy for the Future«

Three deca­des ago, David Har­vey cal­led upon geo­graph­ers to »build a popu­lar geo­gra­phy, free from pre­ju­dice but reflec­tive of real con­flicts and con­tra­dic­tions, capable also of opening new chan­nels for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­mon under­stan­ding.«  Harvey’s call cap­tures the sen­ti­ment and approach of much of the work done under the ban­ner of »cri­ti­cal geo­gra­phy« in the inter­ve­ning years.  That work has cer­tainly trans­for­med the disci­pline, dri­ving efforts to expand the range of topics and methods employed by geo­graph­ers.  And yet there remains, unde­nia­bly, con­side­ra­ble work to do.

How have cri­ti­cal geo­graph­ers‹ enga­ge­ments with social theory limited the scope of efforts to meet chal­len­ges posed by social move­ments and others outs­ide the aca­demy?  Can social move­ments gene­rate alter­na­tive means of theo­ri­zing, taking Geo­gra­phy beyond its Anglo­phone tradition?

How might geo­graph­ers engage that poten­tial? How might enga­ge­ment with these the­mes fur­ther reflec­tion on geography’s repu­ta­tion as a »white disci­pline«? What new methods and approa­ches to doing geo­gra­phy might this ent­ail both in the field and in the academy?

The con­fe­rence is orga­ni­zed around four the­mes descri­bed in the »Call for Papers« pos­ted online:

1) Geo­gra­phies Other­wise, 2) The Cri­ti­cal Tra­di­tion, Revi­si­ted, 3) Deco­lo­ni­zing Methods, and 4) Diver­si­fy­ing Geography.

We invite papers and panel sub­mis­si­ons as well as pro­po­sals for inter­ac­tive work­shops, round­ta­ble dis­cus­sions, and other per­for­man­ces addres­sing these the­mes.  The con­fe­rence will focus on »geo­gra­phy« but wel­co­mes par­ti­ci­pa­tion by people from a variety of per­spec­tives and disci­pli­nary backgrounds.

Abstracts are due Decem­ber 15, 2013 and can be sub­mit­ted online at

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