Jessa Loomis (University of Kentucky) and Daniel Cockayne (University of Waterloo)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA, May 18–20, 2017

In this session we invite papers that seek to challenge the accepted hegemony, exclusion, and discrimination within geographical disciplinary practice. This builds on a number of existing projects that highlight the continuing masculinism and whiteness of geographical thought, its Anglophone focus, and its dominance by a relatively narrow set of voices and approaches. Though geography and its sub-disciplines are often described as eclectic, broad schools of thought that embrace multiple perspectives, many have also contested this characterization to suggest that geography, while purporting variety, also remains a disciplinary space in which white, male, straight, and cisnormative bodies and voices remain privileged over others.

The scope of this project is broad, implicating (among other aspects of geographical work) conferences and meetings; departmental politics; hiring, promotion, and tenure review; publication, peer-review, and editorial processes; teaching and advising; writing, citation, and research; engagement beyond the academy; anti-work politics; mental health and cultures of academic anxiety, uncertainty, and precarity; and the establishment and reproduction of major disciplinary narratives and histories.

We seek to be in conversation about disciplinary practice and provide space to interrogate and recast the power dynamics therein. As such we welcome contributions from a range of perspectives on a variety of topics, which could include but are not limited to:

  • Disciplinary narratives and histories (Peake and Sheppard, 2014)
  • Collaboration beyond the academy (Nagar and Ali, 2003)
  • The politics of co-authorship and citation (The Feminist Geography Reading Group, 2000)
  • Unionization, collective action, and solidarity across academic hierarchy (Mountz et al., 2015; Purcell, 2006)
  • Responsibility to diverse publics and civic engagement (Derickson, 2016; Roy 2016)
  • Discrimination and hostility in disciplinary spaces (Ahmed, 2012)
  • The toxic maleness and whiteness of geography (Gilmore, 2002; Mahtani, 2014; Pulido, 2002; Shangrila, McCutcheon, and Sweet, 2015)

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to Jessa Loomis ( and Daniel Cockayne ( by Friday January 27th.


Ahmed, S. (2012) On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Durham: Duke University Press.

Derickson, K. D. (2016) Urban geography II: Urban geography in the age of Ferguson. Progress in Human Geography.

Gilmore, R. W. (2002) Fatal couplings of power and difference: Notes on racism and geography. The Professional Geographer54.1 (2002): 15-24.

Mahtani, M. (2014) Toxic geographies: Absences in critical race thought and practice in social and cultural geography.” Social & Cultural Geography 15.4 (2014): 359-367.

Mountz, A., Bonds, A., Mansfield, B., Loyd, J., Hyndman, J., Walton-Roberts, M., Basu, R., Whitson, R., Hawkins, R., Hamilton, T. and Curran, W. (2015) For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university. ACME: An International E-journal for Critical Geographies 14 (4): 1235-1259.

Peake, L., & Sheppard, E. (2014) The emergence of radical/critical geography within North America. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 13 (2): 305-327.

Pulido, L. (2002) Reflections on a white discipline. The Professional Geographer 54 (1): 42-49.

Purcell, M. (2007) “Skilled, Cheap, and Desperate”: Non‐tenure‐track Faculty and the Delusion of Meritocracy. Antipode 39 (1): 121-143.

Roy, A. (2016) Divesting from whiteness: The university in the age of Trumpism. Society & Space

Shangrila, J., McCutcheon P., and Sweet E. L. (2015) Visceral geographies of whiteness and invisible microaggressions. ACME: An International E-journal for Critical Geographies 14 (1): 298-323.

The Feminist Geography Reading Group. (2000) (Un)doing academic practice: notes from a feminist geography workshop.Gender, Place & Culture 7 (4): 435-439.