Feminist Geography 2017: insides and outsides of feminism

May 18-20, 2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Proposed sessions accepting abstracts are available here. Please contact session organizers to submit your abstract. We will also accept abstracts not committed to a particular session. If you have proposed a session but it is not listed here, please contact neubertc@live.unc.edu.

Muslim women’s geographies – decolonizing discourses, re-writing everyday lives

The migrant crisis, the war on terror, and the rise of Islamophobia in Western countries have once again brought the question of Muslim women at the forefront of public attention. Research has repeatedly challenged the caricatured and orientalist representations predominant in Western discourses. Geographers have specifically seized upon religion to highlight how Muslim women shape new configurations of religion, politics and public life… Read the full CFP

Women building territory: rural, black and indigenous corpo-realities and the defense of place in Colombia and Ecuador

Intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw reminds us , is a strategy to name problems for which we don’t have frames of representation. Intersectionality prompts both recognizing the ways in which social life is structured and divided by multiple forces (e.g., sexism, racism, classism) and creating alternative narratives to communicate the stories and struggles of racialized and gendered bodies. In this panel, we combine the analytical and action-oriented contributions of intersectionality with recent attention to embodied indigeneity… Read the full CFP

Challenging Embodied Authority and Academic Privilege in Geographical Thought

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… Read the full CFP

Feminist geographic scholarship and the global turn to the right

The present global political moment seems to give license and free reign to xenophobia, misogyny, racism, and increasingly open discrimination and disdain for those who fall outside narrow definitions of national identity and belonging. This session will critically explore the role of feminist geography in this uncertain time, with the goal of fostering discussion, reflection, and perhaps individual clarity regarding agendas for feminist geographic scholarship. This session will complement the session proposed by Sara Smith and Banu Gökarıksel (“Strategy session: Teaching against the global turn to the right”) by focusing on scholarship rather than on teaching… Read the full CFP

University Geopolitics and the Production of Global Citizenship

Universities are discussed as sites of encounter and centers of a forward-looking and often neoliberal form of subject-making. Today, “diversity”, “multi-culturalism”, and the production of “global citizens” are buzzwords central to the maintenance of institutional prestige. In practice, the institutional embrace of a veneer of progressive engagement for its students disguises or mistakes the realities of systemic racism, inequality, and marginalization. Faculty and student composition, as well as the content of syllabi, have all been the target of activists from within and without, pointing out the relatively anemic landscape of academia. We argue for attention to the ways that universities are geopolitical in nature… Read the full CFP

Demographic fantasies and fever dreams: taco trucks, burkini bans, and the “basket of deplorables”

In September 2016, we sent out a call for papers to explore the role of demographic fever dreams and fantasies in political life. This was sparked by the odd specificity of some of the US campaign rhetoric – an imaginary that called to life a deluge of dreams and fantasies: that migration would result in an epidemic of “taco trucks on every corner” and that an Obama-sponsored invasion of lesbian farmers would undermine red state agricultural strongholds, as well as Clinton’s description of a “basket of deplorables” containing half of all Trump voters. We discussed these as fever dreams because of their vivid specificity and seeming detachment from demographic data with a simultaneous obsession with demography… Read the full CFP

Strategy session: Teaching against the global turn to the right

As teachers, scholars, students, and members of vibrant and vulnerable places, we find ourselves struggling with crucial questions, both new and old, about the role of the university and the role of the teacher. In this session, we would like to bring together students, teachers, activists, and others invested in education, in order to develop strategies and tactics to teach in ways that support students who may likewise feel under siege… Read the full CFP


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