Following three successful conferences between 1997 and 2002,
the Fourth International Conference of Critical Geography
will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, 8-13 January 2005. The
aim of the conference is to stimulate debate among critical
geographers from around the world and to promote the
development of critical geography.
There will be time allocated for discussion and debate by
reducing the duration for formal paper presentations. In
addition, following much debate during the Bekescsaba
Conference of 2002, there will be more support for speakers
and listeners whose native languages are not those officially
chosen for the conference. To meet these requests we have
developed a new format for the Fourth Conference.
The conference will feature the following nine themes:
We might probably include more. Each theme will involve one
or two convenors. Most sessions will be panel debates,
roundtable discussions, workshops and other participatory
activities. If written papers are presented they should be
short (no more than four-five pages), written in plain, clear
Spanish, English, or French, and circulated in advance.
Formal spoken presentations will be limited to 5-10 minutes.
Papers focusing on isolated case studies will not be accepted
in the conference so as to favour the development of a wider
analysis of subjects relevant to the above themes. At the
same time, other forms of participation, such as photo
exhibits emphasising critical topics, will be given
opportunity for presentation. It will also be possible to
table a paper (that is, to present a paper in written form
only, without a spoken presentation). The organisers will
provide written confirmation of participation, if required.
The official conference languages will be Spanish, English,
and French. Presenters are expected to speak slowly and
clearly, since not everyone will have fluency in those
languages. Efforts to present papers in Spanish will be
highly appreciated. For some of the main panels and events,
depending on available funds, simultaneous translations will
be provided in order to solve the language problems that have
frustrated some participants in the past. We beseech all
multilingual participants to volunteer in the task of
translating, especially if they are fluent in Chinese,
Japanese, and/or Korean.
Deadline for submitting abstracts
Final date for submission of the 10th of May, 2004.
A separate deadline will be subsequently announced
regarding the submission of final paper versions. 2nd call
will include mails of theme coordinators in order to send
them the abstracts. The 2nd call for papers will be issued by
the end of march 2004.
Conference information and fees
The registration for the conference will occur on Saturday
evening, the 8th of January 2005. A field trip will be conducted
to the shantytowns near Mexico City on the 9th of January.
The conference will open with a Welcoming Reception and
Keynote Address on the evening of Sunday, the 9th of January 2005
and will close after dinner on Thursday, the 13th of January 2005.
There will also be other opportunities to participate in
field trips during the week of the conference. Field trips
and special translation apparatus will incur additional fees
beyond the registration fee.
Conference venue and accommodations
The conference is hosted by Universidad Autonoma
Metropolitana-Xochimilco and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de
Mexico in Downtown Mexico City.
Residential accommodation will be provided at nearby hotels
and youth hostels. Meals and coffee breaks will be included
as part of registration costs, except breakfast. Due to the
high demand for lodging generated by tourism, it is
imperative that participants indicate their preference for a
youth hostel accommodation no later than the 10th of May, 2004.
Otherwise the organisers will not be able to guarantee the
provision of hostel lodging for those participants.
Those preferring hotel option will be expected to reserve
rooms on their own, with a registration fee reduction
negotiated in advance. The organisers will only help in
obtaining special rates for the conference participants, but
each of them will have to make their own reservations.
For More Information and Registration
Contact: Branca R. Ramirez at email@example.com