Resources for making sense of the unrest in Nicaragua

A video from Democracy Now and a NACLA article by Lori Hanson and Miguel Gomez help us make sense of the political process in Nicaragua and the challenges faced by the Ortega government. Hanson and Gomez promote strategic analysis and intervention as they describe an incoherent political opposition that must organize for emancipation or, in their terms, “risk getting absorbed by the politics and patriarchal norms of capitalist opportunists eager to offer it a direction.”

“The autoconvocados [the self-convened] have bravely defined themselves as a political force in Nicaragua and put their bodies on the line. But if they are to radically transform the political landscape, they will need to strategize to fight the government in ways that do not play into the hands of the national right wing or ideological potpourris. They must also name and confront the current contradictions within their ranks.”

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“The end” of the state of emergency one month after Erdoğan victory in Turkey

We are less than one month out after Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s victory in a snap election he called, in order to “end uncertainty,” amidst economic troubles and political restlessness. After more than two years of anti-democratic repression of freedom of expression in media, in education, and in government, Erdoğan’s slim electoral majority is far from impressive. In the wake of the election, “illiberal” though it may be judged, Erdoğan will command unprecedented executive power on the familiar model of the charismatic leader. In the parliament, Erdoğan’s authoritarian, development-first, Islamist brand of politics under the mantle of the AK Party is bolstered by his alliance with the far-right, nationalist MHP and his affinity with the mass politics of nationalist gangs.

Commentators have been preoccupied by making sense of potential continuities and discontinuities in the wake of the election, for example, of whether Erdoğan will interpret his slim victory as a sufficient mandate to deepen his authoritarian repression of dissent (e.g., the detention of peaceful anti-war protestors as “terrorists”) or to continue rejecting traditional allies in international policy.

This week sees the long-anticipated end of a “state of emergency” that was declared in, and has been consistency extended since the attempted coup in July 2016. The end of emergency rule on July 19 is, however, complemented by proposed legislation that would criminalize dissent without the promise of a democratic horizon after an ill-defined normalcy has been achieved (here’s a story on Al-Monitor and another through The Times). Regardless of how Erdoğan and his allies decide, it is clear that Erdoğan’s paranoid style is shaping how Turks relate to one another in everyday and institutional life. Commentators on this and other such right-wing populist, ethno-nationalist, and authoritarian politicians and platforms must therefore not limit themselves to formal electoral politics or the actions of individuals who speak in the name of or explicitly identify with the state.

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The Dis/Appeared

As I work on my project with Oliver Hernández Lara on ‘landscapes of disappearance,’ I find this helpful resource — a video essay by Ian Alan Paul, linked trough Derek Gregory’s Geographical Imaginations blog: The Dis/Appeared

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Call for Applications – Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Latin American Geography

Call for Applications – Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Latin American Geography

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) is opening a search for an Editor-in-Chief of its flagship publication the Journal of Latin American Geography (JLAG).

JLAG is the leading academic journal in the field of Latin American Geography and currently publishes three volumes per year. JLAG has a global readership, publishes articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, andpromotes an inclusive and progressive approach towards Latin Americanist Geography. In recent years, JLAG has seen tremendous growth in readership, the number and quality of submissions, and the kinds of material published in its pages. As the chief steward of the most important publication of a 50-year-old academic community, the Editor-in-Chief of JLAG will bring passionate and creative engagement to the organization and to themanagement of the Journal.

JLAG’s Editor-in-Chief is responsible for setting editorial policy, promoting submissions, recruiting reviewers, guiding articles through the editorial process, and working with copyeditors, production professionals, and printers.The Editor-in-Chief is also responsible for liaising with academic institutions, scholars, and policy makers throughout the Americas and beyond. The incoming editor should have broad experience in writing and editing academicjournals, have an academic-level proficiency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and be able to articulate a clear vision and action plan for the coming years.

The explicit qualifications of the editor require knowledge of the academic publishing industry, experience negotiating multiple workflows and stakeholders, an ability to work with a team of Associate Editors, Copy Editors, and Designers, and to possess a broad knowledge of geographic (and other) literatures relevant to emerging and historical scholarship in the Americas.

This is a four year term with a transition phase that begins August 2018 and runs through December 2022. We invite applications from interested candidates with a PhD in geography or a related discipline, who have a trackrecord of publishing and research in issues related to Latin America, have demonstrable editorial experience, and possess an academic affiliation. The Editor-in-Chief reports to and is part of the CLAG Board of Directors. TheEditorship is a key position of intellectual leadership in the organization and provides an annual stipend of US$ 6000.

The incoming editor will work closely with the current Editor-in-Chief, Christopher Gaffney, on the third issue of 2018 in order to facilitate the transition process and will be responsible for recruiting one Associate Editor and two members of the International Review Board to join the current editorial team.

Please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae highlighting editorial experience, and a statement outlining a vision for the editorship to jseemann@bsu.edu. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.

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Essay: The Idea of Racial Progress and the Ongoing Racialization of American Landscapes

Michael Crutcher delivered the Cultural Geography Specialty Group marquee address at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in New Orleans, and I have co-authored a short essay with Joe Moose (a MA student at University of Wyoming) on what it is to re-read Crutcher’s 2010 book Tremé in 2018. The essay can be found here, as part of the Cultural Geography Specialty Group’s 2018 newsletter.) Our discussion of Tremé is influenced by reading we have been doing throughout the semester for an independent study course titled ‘Race, Place, and Sports’ that I am facilitating as Joe’s committee chair to support his innovative MA thesis research on racialization in and through professional baseball in the United States.

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Highlights from the new issue of NACLA

The new issue of NACLA (the North American Congress on Latin America) includes some worthwhile reading. Geoff Boyce makes the case for divestment in his analysis of border patrol, Angus McNelly and Jeffery Webber offer an interpretation of the ongoing labor politics of pensions in the UK in trans-Atlantic context (contribute to the strike fund here), and Claire Branigan sits with Cecilia Palmeiro for an interview on transnational feminist organizing and the tactic of striking.

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1968, Contingency, and the Political Geography of Latin America

I am giving a talk today as part of the Department of Geography Lunch Speaker Series at the University of Wyoming. The talk will inform my short article in preparation for the Journal of Latin American Geography.

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