Call for Papers: Creating Transgressive Geographies

Creating Transgressive Geographies – Crossing Frontiers Between Nature-Culture & Practice-Theory.

Session at RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 28th-30th Aug.

Much of the import, richness and potential of ongoing performative life proliferates across inter-leaving registers, materials and processes. This is particularly so (but not exclusively) in relation to boundaries of emotion-memory-action; time; human-non-human; nature-culture.

Alternative, interdisciplinary insights are needed as a starting point for understanding perception, experience and agency that do justice to a “more whole” understanding of the world and humanness created from interaction with the environment. If the world is experienced as action possibilities (instead of single states of affairs), the content/target of knowledge is how to find a way to a desired situation with the action possibilities of the current situation. This means that valuation, social structures and emotions are embedded in all action, and as Dewey has put it, form the irreplaceable foundation of rationality.

What seems striking about contemporary (human) geographical frontiers are their permeability and almost furious dynamism. For example, economic globalisation (and oppositional local-ness), regional migrations and climate change challenge scale, place and political perceptions. The rate and frequency of ‘natural’ and ‘human-created’ environmental interactions – floods, fires, droughts, logging, land-grabs, urbanisation – mean that our interpretations of urgency, memory, belonging and landscape are shaken up and (repeatedly) reconfigured.

Do we need to design creative ways to understand, celebrate and make use of diversity and hybridity, to allow passage-ways to be carved through the frontiers between action, identity, expression and place?

We seek creative geography endeavours (theoretical and/or empirical) that generate new renditions or practice particularly (but not exclusively) those based upon pragmatist and non-representational procedures, which emphasise boundary transition as a source of energy and world purchase/impact; particularly (but not exclusively) those trying to make sense of our cultural negotiations with nature: in it, with it and against it.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 8th Feb 2013. Please send abstracts up to a maximum of 250 words and proposed titles (clearly stating name, institution, and contact details) to Owain Jones (ojones@glos.ac.uk), Daniel Keech (dkeech@glos.ac.uk) or Kaisa Schmidt-Thome (kaisa.schmidt-thome@aalto.fi).