Launch event in Mexico City for ‘Ejercicios de resistencia’

The artist David Hernández has organized a book project (Ejercicios de resistencia) and a convergence of artists whose work in 2018 is, in part, commemorating the events of 1968 in Mexico City. The Centro Cultural Universitario in Tlatelolco is hosting the launch event tomorrow. I have an essay in the book, ‘Fantasmas, la memoria de 1968 y la forma de la política en medio de la violencia generalizada,’ and I will be present at tomorrow’s event by way of a recorded comments about my contribution. More information is available on the flier, below.

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Editorial: An active role for political geography in our current conjuncture


Wiley has released the early view of our co-authored statement of an editorial direction for the political geography section of Geography Compass. In the essay, An active role for political geography in our current conjuncture, Kevin Grove and I describe the contours of a situation of ascendant illiberalism within which political geographers might, as we have it,

“[map] the social relations and historical processes that have come together to form our current conjuncture, and from out of which practical solutions to concrete problems might reasonably be sought” (p. 1).

Our discussion of ascendant illiberalism situates particular instances in more widespread tendencies, as we see in other commentary. For example, in this Democracy Now report on the recent election in Brazil, Brazilian history scholar James Green characterizes the Jair Bolsonaro victory in Brazil as part of “an international trend.” Our argument about political strategy also echoes recent arguments (e.g., of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva in a new issue of the journal Social Currents) that, “the fight for democracy in [our present] cannot be equated with an effort to return to ‘politics as usual’.” As we have it,

“a[n] inattention to how our conjuncture has in fact emerged upon a terrain defined in part by ubiquitous rituals of neo/liberal politicking will likely function as an obstacle for any efforts to elaborate and enact strategic challenges to these regimes” (p. 1).

We accordingly propose to shape the political geography section of Geography Compass as

“an outlet for political‐geographical scholarship that is opened to the world and engaged, both in mapping the processes that come together in our current conjuncture and also thoughtfully reconfiguring the ground on which we enact politics” (p. 3).

The essay can be found here.

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“Una mirada desde otras disciplinas” — a discussion of new work by Annabel Castro in Cuernavaca, Morelos

I will present some comments this Saturday at a discussion of Annabel Castro’s new video installation, Outside in: exile at home, which is currently showing in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. As Castro puts it, “The installation evokes the condition of being robbed of your right to be in the place you belong to. It is the result of reflecting on a specific historic event, occurring from 1942 to 1945. During this period, the former hacienda of Temixco in Morelos, Mexico functioned as a seclusion camp.” Readers can take a look at the work on Annabel’s website, here.

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Call for Chapter Proposals – Volume on Youth, Law and Politics

This call for chapters may be of interest to readers of the blog. It dovetails nicely with the focus on categories and their facilitation of governance which animates some of the more exciting work on political geographies of young people. (My own take on this informs a chapter in the Protest Camps in International Context collection published last year.) See below for more details.


We are seeking chapter proposals for an edited volume analyzing the intersections of youth, law and politics. The volume is to be published as part of The West Virginia University Press’ Gender, Feminism, and Geography series. Our contract with The West Virginia University Press lists a completed manuscript date of Dec. 31, 2019. Please find a general overview of the book below, as well as details for submitting material. Please contact us at and with any questions.

Book overview

This edited volume will present a collection of work from scholars and activists exploring the intersections of youth with politics and law in the United States. The need for a collection of critical analyses of youth is evident in current events. We argue that the categories circumscribing young people represent an underutilized tool for examining the ways in which legal and political systems function and develop. We are especially interested in who is represented (or targeted, or excluded) in these systems, how they push back, and how lawmakers will respond to the empowerment of youth.

This book seeks to answer a rich set of questions that we believe are timely and important: How are youth framed legally and politically in the U.S.? What ideas about different youth categorizations are propagated to support or undermine policy and legislation? What are the very real consequences, lived-realities, and experiences that we can understand as we examine these categorizations? Feminist geographers urge us toward research that continuously interrogates and tears apart the categorizations that are taken for granted in the legal system, and to foreground the bodies of those “at the sharp end” of the legal and social processes (Dixon and Marston, 2011; 44; Hyndman, 2004). We argue that the understudied category of “youth” wields enormous social power and merits a collection of scholarship dedicated to the ways “youth” is categorized and understood in the context of legal and political landscapes of the U.S. The book will break down into three sections: 1) The constructions and categorizations of youth through law in policy; 2) The mobilization of narratives about young people to advance political agendas; and 3) Youth resistance.

If you are interested in contributing, please take note of the following:

  • An abstract of roughly 300 words should be submitted to the editors by email ( and ) preferably by November 15, 2018. Abstracts should feature the working title of the proposed chapter, the author or authors responsible for it, along with institutional affiliations.
  • We encourage chapters written specifically for the volume. However, it is also possible to draw on already published work adapted to the book’s themes. Copyright clearance for work that has already been published is entirely the responsibility of the contributing authors.
  • Prospective authors will be informed of our editorial decision by December 15, 2018.
  • The first draft of the chapter is to reach the editors by March 31, 2019.
  • Chapters will fall within the range of 3,000 to 5,000 words, and may include black and white images. The style sheet for references and bibliography will be forwarded to all authors whose abstract has been selected for the volume.

We hope to hear from you soon. If you have any further questions concerning the volume, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Gloria Howerton and Leanne Purdum

University of Georgia

October 2018

Leanne Purdum is a PhD Candidate who utilizes critical approaches to human rights, humanitarianism, and law to think through U.S. immigration policies and the violence of detention and deportation. Her dissertation work focuses on a detention center in South Texas that holds mothers and children.

Gloria Howerton is a PhD Candidate at the University of Georgia. Her current work centers on the interplays between race and national identity, and how ideas about both are (re)produced and challenged through the public school system and education policy.

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Los años 68: política, sociedad y cultura

I will be participating remotely in this conference later this month in Mexico City. More information can be found here.

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Teaching ‘Cultural Geography’ this semester

I am teaching Cultural Geography again this semester after making some fairly significant revisions to my syllabus. Among other things, I have revised the course to situate the sub-discipline within some related tendencies in cognate fields, and developed a scaffolded writing assignment that culminates in a midterm essay. The syllabus can be found here.

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“(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis” workshop in Baltimore

Willie Wright, Adam Bledsoe, and Yousuf Al-Bulushi have organized a timely workshop, scheduled to happen in Baltimore, November 2-3 (flier below, and registration here). See the Urban Geography blog for more information. (Thanks, Camilla Hawthorne, for spreading the word.)

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