Call for Participation
6th International Critical Geography Conference 2011
âCrisis â Causes, Dimensions, Reactionsâ
Frankfurt, Germany, 16-20 August 2011
We are thrilled to announce that the 6th International Critical Geography Conference will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, 16-20 August 2011. Following very successful conferences at Vancouver (1997), Taegu (2000), BÃ©kÃ©scsaba (2002), Mexico City (2005) and Mumbai (2007), we will be meeting at Goethe University Frankfurt to discuss âCrisis â causes, dimensions, reactionsâ. The focus will be on critical and emancipatory discussion aiming at radical explanation and change, organized in (but not confined to) eleven themes (see below). The format is designed to enhance debate beyond the confines of national traditions and academic hierarchies. While the main language will be English, there will be experiments with creative ways to deal with the multiplicity of languages spoken in theme 9 and some sessions in German in theme 11.
Call for Participation
Anyone who wants to participate is invited to do so. As it is our aim to minimize formal paper presentations and enhance all forms of critical discussion, please feel free to be creative when it comes to the form of your participation. Theme coordinators are asked to basically just coordinate articulated interests in active participation, and to create up to ten sessions of 90 minutes out of them. Please voice your interests in participation (by submitting an abstract or otherwise) by 1 December 2010 to one of the theme coordinators listed below:
Theme 1: Financial, economic and fiscal crisis
coordinators: Wendy Larner (Bristol)(tbc), JerÃ³nimo Montero (Durham)
keywords: globalization, neoliberalism, financialization, credit ranking agencies, overaccumulation, bank bail out, state debt â¦
Theme 2: Urban crisis
coordinators: Anders Lund Hansen (Lund)(tbc), Kanishka Goonewardena (Toronto)(tbc)
keywords: housing, infrastructure, right to the city, gentrification, (racialized) urban conflict, urban crime â¦
Theme 3: Ecological crisis
coordinators: Sybille Bauriedl (Kassel), Nik Heynen (Georgia)(tbc)
keywords: global warming, ânaturalâ disasters, hybridity, production of nature, âclimate wars/refugeesâ â¦
Theme 4: Subjectivities â in crisis?
coordinators: Anke StrÃ¼ver (Hamburg), Iris Dzudzek (MÃ¼nster)
keywords: sexuality, gender, age, race, class â¦
Theme 5: Oppositional struggles worldwide
coordinators: Andy Cumbers (Glasgow)(tbc), Dave Featherstone (Glasgow)(tbc)
keywords: identity, gender, labor, urban, migrantsâ struggles, organizing â¦
Theme 6: Geopolitics, war, terror
coordinator: Claudio Minca (Wageningen)
keywords: imperialism, biopolitics, âwar on terrorâ, securitization â¦
Theme 7: Mobilities in crisis
coordinator: Juanita Sundberg (UBC)
keywords: migration, migration policies/management, criminalization, illegalization, mobilitiesâ¦
Theme 8: Universities / geography in crisis
coordinators: Ulrich Best (York), Lawrence Berg (UBC)
keywords: economization and neoliberalisation of universities and (higher) education, âexcellenceâ, situation of critical and radical geographies, social movements and academia, radical teaching and pedagogy â¦
Theme 9: Babel-crisis â Critique through translation?
coordinators: MÃ©lina Germes (Erlangen), Shadia Husseini de AraÃºjo (Erlangen), Philippe Kersting (Mainz), JÃ¶rg Mose (MÃ¼nster)
keywords: science and the diversity of languages â problem or chance?, critical potential of translation, multilingual experimentation
Theme 10: Open sessions
coordinator: Luiza Bialasiewicz (Royal Holloway)
keywords: possibility for individuals and groups to organize sessions with special focuses
Theme 11: Forschungswerkstatt Kritische Geographie IV
coordinator: AK Kritische Geographie
keywords: sessions organized by and for German language students and everybody interested, building on and continuing discussions from previous meetings; language: German
About the Conference
The conference will include plenty of sessions on the themes listen above, local field trips (plus one to Berlin after the conference), keynote lectures (including some about the place of the conference), plenty of space to get together and a series of plenary session to discuss the future of the International Critical Geography Group.
Fees (including coffee/tea/water for breaks, four dinners/dinner receptions, one party) will range between 25 and 200 Euros, differentiated by high income economies / others, academic position and possibility to get funding.
A list of well located and affordable accommodations (hotels and hostels), to be booked individually, will be available soon.
For question, please contact Beth DeVolder [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Levi Gahman [email@example.com] at UBC.
The local organizing committee, the steering committee of the International Critical Geography Group and all people involved are looking forward to seeing you all in Frankfurt!