Exurban Studies: Methodologically and Theoretically Situating an Emerging Subfield
Innisfree McKinnon, University of Oregon
Seth Gustafson, University of Georgia
Despite the hopes of many planners and environmentalists, the 2008 economic crisis does not appear to have produced a long term shift away from sprawling development patterns in historically rural areas. The 2008 crisis, along with other social and environmental processes has, however, complicated the social, economic, and environmental legacies of decades of urban development in the countryside. Indeed, recent scholarship has illustrated exurbia as a spatial formation of dramatic upheaval and disjuncture, posing a litany of questions of governance, management, social equity, and environmental degradation.
We are looking to bring together human-, physical-, and techniques-based papers that approach the problems, contradictions, and conflicts of exurban development from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that bring new theoretical or methodological approaches to the study of exurbia. How can we, as academics, move beyond describing the dilemmas posed by exurbanization and instead move toward producing research useful to exurban communities, land holders, policymakers, activists, and especially to those paying the inevitable social costs of exurbanization? What seemingly divergent approaches to exurbia can be brought together to produce useful insights?
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- What are the political discourses of conservation in exurbia and how might they be mobilized differently by scholars and activists?
- What are the ecological, environmental, and physical landscape implications of exurbanization?
- How can studies of exurbanization inform broader discussions on climate change, including modeling future land use, the politics of climate change discourses, and adaptation to climate change?
- How is exurbia racialized and gendered? How do race and gender in exurbia relate to issues of environmental privilege and environmental justice?
- What is the role of capital investment and disinvestment in exurban development processes?
- What is exurbia’s place in recent discussions of planetary urbanization?
- How do global, regional, and national, political ecological processes impact local exurban sites? Which impacts persist across exurban sites?
- How are local and scientific knowledges produced in exurbia and through exurbanization processes?
- How do urban-centric and rural-centric perspectives inform our views of exurbanization processes? Is there any commensurability or productive tension between these two?
- What is the value and place of ‘exurban studies’ as a loosely organized body of scholarship and scholars?
- What is the future potential and current state of cross-cutting, interdisciplinary exurban scholarship?
- How does exurban growth in the global north compare with exurban growth in the global south?
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Innisfree McKinnon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Seth Gustafson (email@example.com) by Friday, November 8, 2013.
University of Oregon
Climate change is the major environmental challenge facing humankind today. Geographies of Climate Change, a featured theme for the upcoming AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa (April 8-12, 2014), highlights the complex spatial dimensions of climate change including the observed and anticipated geographical differentiation in potential impacts and vulnerability. The Presidential Plenary that opens the Annual Meeting will focus on this theme, and will feature Mike Hulme, author of Why We Disagree about Climate Change; Linda Mearns, project leader of the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program; Susanne Moser, co-author of the recently-published Successful Adaptation to Climate Change, and J. Marshall Shepherd, current president of the American Meteorological Society.
We invite you to organize sessions and develop papers around the Geographies of Climate Change theme. Contributions are particularly welcome that address the scientific complexity and uncertainty of climate change, its political and policy contextualization, the challenges of formulating adaptation and mitigation strategies, and the importance of effective communication strategies.
To participate in the Geographies of Climate Change sessions, please visit http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting/call_for_papers to submit your abstract or session. When you receive confirmation by email of a successful abstract submission, forward this confirmation to ClimateChangeTheme@aag.org. If you are pre-organizing a session, forward the session confirmation to ClimateChangeTheme@aag.org as well. Thank you!
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Landscape Research: Food and the Landscape Special Issue
The Editorial Team of Landscape Research is commissioning a special issue which aims to examine topics surrounding food and the landscape. There is a growing imperative for governments and thus researchers to examine issues such as food production, food risk, and food safety and there are considerable implications for landscape in terms of assessment, planning, design and management.
Research-based articles are invited from across the globe that address aspects of this theme and that will be of interest to our readers, so there must be a clear emphasis on the discussion of landscape issues. Landscape Research is an international cross-disciplinary peer-review journal. Submitted papers should be between 3,000-7,000 words in length and may be constructed as standard research papers, review papers, viewpoints or think pieces. Short, concise and punchy papers based on robust research are particularly welcomed. Possible subjects might include research relating to historical, contemporary or future landscapes on the following broad areas:
* Intensive/extensive food production and landscape impact
* Urban food production and public security
* Food species preservation/diversity and the landscape
* ‘Wild’ food and the landscape
* Food and identity in cultural landscapes
* Tourism and food in the landscape
* Participation in food growing in the landscape
* The aesthetics of food in the landscape
* Landscape sustainability and food production
* Food distribution and landscape impact
* The history of food and landscape change
Information about Landscape Research can be found at:
Submission guidelines for the journal are available at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=0142-6397&linktype=44
All submissions should be via the Manuscript Central system:
The deadline for first submissions is 30 June 2014. If you would like to submit, please contact the journal in the first instance with your suggested abstract before 1 December 2013. Provisional publication date for the special issue is Spring 2015.
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