CFP: Feminist Geographies in/during Troubled Times: Dialogues, Interventions and Praxis

August 4-6, 2018

Feminist Geography Conference

University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

(Pre-IGU & CAG Conference)

The Canadian Women and Geography (CWAG) specialty group of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) and the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Gender and Geography are pleased to announce a two-day feminist geography conference to be held at the University of Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Taking place before the IGU Regional Conference and the Annual Meeting of the CAG in Québec City, the pre-conference will promote intergenerational and intersectional dialogues among feminist scholars, researchers and activists around the theme of practicing feminist geography in times that are troubled by recent ecological and societal changes such as the rise of white supremacy and homophobia, neoliberal politics, authoritarianism and climate change. We seek to create a space to examine solidarities and connections among feminist and other fields of critical geography such as queer and anti-racist geographies, political ecology, and non-human geographies. The pre-conference also aims to encourage discussion across linguistic differences by creating space for feminist geographers working in non-Anglo-American contexts. Proposals may be submitted in Spanish, French, and English however, presentations will be in French or English.


Possible Themes

How do feminist geographers understand and address troubled times at all scales from the body to the globe and in contexts such as the home, workplace, and public spaces? How do we address various and messy tensions and contradictions of feminist geographies in and during troubled times? How are tensions contested? What does it mean for various bodies to move through spaces of contradiction and tension? What kinds of tools do we have to dismantle these tensions for opening up spaces for marginalized subjectivities? How can we learn to listen to each other and move forward during these troubled times? What kinds of actions that we can take collectively?  We invite proposals to address these tensions and contradictions to open up spaces for conversation and dialogue that includes but not limited to:

  •       Place and space for/by feminist  and other critical geographers in/during troubled times
  •       Knowledges, methodologies and tools in/during troubled times
  •       Talking across and through diverse feminist geography traditions and generations
  •       Connecting feminist geographies and geographers in/during troubled times
  •       Feminist next steps for better times (what action and praxis?)
  •       Art(istic) and performative  responses to troubled times


Sessions, Panels, and Paper Submission

In the submission, include the name of the session, panel or paper, the names and contact information for all participants and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Abstracts and presentations can be in either English or French.

Sessions & Panels: October 31, 2017

Papers: November 30, 2017

Adress for submission :



Details about registration will be announced shortly.

A modest registration fee that will be reduced for graduate students will be charged

Tentative Schedule

Registration and Welcoming Event – Saturday, August 4, 2018

Paper sessions and keynote  –  Sunday, August 5, 2018

Paper sessions and panels  –  Monday, August 6, 2018 (morning)

Depart for IGU in Quebec City –  Monday, August 6, 2018 (afternoon)


IGU Commission on Gender and Geography, Canadian Women and Geography (CWAG), and Département de géografie, Université de Montréal.

Organizing Team

Marianne Blidon (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), Caroline Desbiens (Université Laval), Patricia Martin (Université de Montréal), Tiffany Muller Myrdahl (Simon Fraser University), Julie Podmore (John Abbott College), Valerie Preston (York University), Laura Shillington (John Abbott college), Laurence Simard-Gagnon (Queen’s University) and Ebru Ustundag (Brock University)