CFP: The American South

FEATURED THEME

The American South

Organized by Derek Alderman and Rebecca Dobbs

With the annual meeting located in Tampa, Florida, this year, the nation of geographers has an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the US region that is the American South. A region with both painful legacies and vibrant social justice movements, with both distinct sub-regional cultures and a broad overall flavor, with many geographic patterns simultaneously both similar to and different from those in the US as a whole, the American South is deserving of scholarly attention from a wide range of perspectives. The study of the American South has long been of importance to geographers. Yet, the region has received increased attention as of late, leading to the founding of an AAG specialtygroup on the South and the expansion of the Southeastern Geographer to a quarterly journal. Underlying this renaissance and remaking of Southern Studies is a critical engagement with current theoretical and methodological debates and changes in geography, a valuing of the environmental as well as the cultural and political dimensions of the region, and a consideration of previously marginalized voices and perspectives within traditional conceptions of southern identity.

We welcome paper, session, field trip, and workshop proposals that (a) demonstrate scholarship on the social, political, cultural, economic, environmental/physical geographic, and ecological aspects of the American South; (b) engage in critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape the region and its landscapes; (c) utilize innovative techniques and methods in exploring aspects of the US Southeast; (d) provide venues for the exchange of research and teaching ideas among scholars of the American South; or (e) build greater ties between geographers and the larger, cross-disciplinary Southern Studies community. Geographers from all subfields of the discipline are encouraged to participate in some aspect of this Emerging Theme; we also encourage participation from scholars outside of geography.
Sessions on a number of important topics are already being organized including:

  • Water
  • Race
  • Migration
  • American Indians
  • Tourism broadly, and also plantation tourism specifically
  • The legacy of the Civil Rights struggle

Expressions of interest in the above are welcomed. In addition, we encourage proposals or abstracts across the breadth of geographic inquiry, including but not limited to the following:

  • Mapping the South-cartographically or conceptually
  • The Changing South –the tension between tradition and transition
  • Role of food, music, and sports in (re)defining southern landscapes
  • Social class, privilege, and inequality in the South
  • Feminist perspectives of the region along with use of critical race and queer approaches The South in literature, film, television, and other media (including Internet)
  • Southern politics, political struggles, and uneven electoral geographies
  • Neo-liberalization of the American South
  • Public memory, commemoration and heritage in the South
  • Human-environment interaction, sustainability, and environmental (in)justice Southern environmental geographies and natural resource issues
  • Economic and labor geographies of present or past
  • Mobilities and movement in southern history and culture
  • Southern studies: theoretical and methodological issues and concerns
  • Urbanization, rurality, and shifting development geographies
  • Historical geographies of the South and southerners
  • Applied GIS, digital humanities, and other innovations

To participate in The American South 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 toAmericanSouthTheme@aag.org. If you are pre-organizing a session, forward the session confirmation to AmericanSouthTheme@aag.org as well. Thank you!

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Oscar Larson
Association of American Geographers
olarson@aag.org

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CFP: Rebel Landscapes

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELISTS: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Tampa, April 8-12, 2014

  Rebel Landscapes

Sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology, Geographic Perspectives on Women, and Socialist and Critical GeographySpecialty Groups

Resistance has long been a central concern of critical geographers of many stripes, and yet certain forms of overt, often urban-centric, opposition tend to dominate our understanding of who (or what) is rebellious, and how. Eclipsed in the process are less immediately recognizable forms of rebellion: those that fall outside the cosmopolitan gaze, that trouble given social categories of dissent, that are a product of collective performance more than individual intent. These rebel forms are alive in the landscape, they matter to workings of power, but what theoretical and methodological tools do we need to make them legible?

This session invites theoretically informed and empirically driven papers that creatively engage uncooperative spaces and the transgressive practices that produce them. We seek to bring work on the Right to the City and spatial politics into conversation with feminist, queer, posthumanist and other relational frameworks in geography and cognate disciplines. We welcome participants with diverse approaches to the following common questions:

  • Where does rebellion take place, and what forms of space does it produce?
  • How do different kinds of actors collaborate to rebel? These collaborative formations may include:
    – diverse human beings
    – nonhuman organisms
    – objects
    – built environments
    – biophysical/climatological processes
  • How might attending to the messiness of landscapes reveal new openings for resistance and change?

Please send proposed titles and abstracts of up to 250 wordsbefore November 8th to: Emma Gaalaas Mullaney (egm133@psu.edu). Anyone interested in serving as a panelist is also encouraged to contact the organizer with a brief statement of interest.

Remember, early registration ends October 23rd, though registration and abstract submission will still be available until December 3rd, 2013.

About GFASG

The purpose of the GFASG is to bring together AAG members who have mutual interests In the geography of food and agriculture. 

The mission of the GFASG is to be instrumental in creating networking opportunities for students and faculty who study food and agricultural geographies but may be spread across disparate subdisciplines of geography. This specialty group will also provide an intellectual home for the multiplicity of exciting studies being conducted surrounding issues of food and agriculture in every type of space: rural, urban, exurban, and wild. The group will also facilitate the sharing of ideas and relevant information among its members and others; stimulate research and intradisciplinary partnerships; and provide awards to facilitate research In the geographies of food and agriculture. The GFASG will also encourage, facilitate, and sponsor the organization of paper sessions and discussion panels at the annual meeting of the AAG. 

Dues:
Regular $5
Student $1

Chair
Danny Block
Chicago State University
dblock@csu.edu