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Critical Geography Conference Nov 2-4

UNC Chapel Hill Department of Geography will be hosting the next Mini Critical Geographies conference this coming Fall, Nov 2-4.

The entire call can be found at this link: http://www.criticalgeography.org/. Geographers and non-geographers, local and not so local, are welcome. If you would like to get involved in organizing sessions, hosting speakers, or other matters conference-related, please send us an e-mail.

The theme this year is: “The Near Future: Volatility, Opportunity, and Critique.”

Abstract: The Geography Department at UNC Chapel Hill invites you to join us in a discussion about the future of the political. As struggles around the world capture our collective imaginations, the legitimacy of existing social orders and previously acceptable avenues of political action have been called into question. What comes next? What connections between body and world, knowledge and practice, and reclamation and revolt are working through and beyond the limits of the current moment? What future worlds are emerging from the conflicts, contradictions, and movements that characterize the now? While informed by our mutual commitment to developing new knowledge and practice that responds to these struggles, our task is to commit focus to the discordant realities that inform our research and political engagements with the world. We invite a wide range of academics, non-academics, activists, and artists to present on these volatile times and the possibilities they portend.

This year, the conference will be organized around four main themes that foster inquiries into the near future: (1) Occupation and decolonization in the current crisis; (2) living and dying in a material world; (3) embodied knowledge as practice; and (4) territories of resistance.

Deadline for panel submissions is August 31st, 2012. We encourage paper presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, collaborative roundtables, visual presentations of film, dance and art, and alternative offerings that generate new theory, practice and opportunities for future work. Abstracts or proposals should be 250 words. Please include contact information, titles, and institutional/organizational affiliations. Also include information on which of the themes above (1 through 4) your panel addresses. We strongly encourage you to think about how your proposal can build better connections between research and practice, particularly with non-academic audiences.

Send questions and proposals to criticalgeography@unc.edu.

The UNC Geography Department and the Human Geography journal are supporting this effort.

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