I posted in September about my proposal of a paper for the 2014 International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Chicago from May 21-24. I received word earlier tonight that my proposal for Tlatelolco, the event of history, and youth politics in Mexico City has been accepted for a promising session titled Youth in Rebellion: Youth Culture and Politics.
Before the LASA Congress in May, I will participate in the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa from April 8-12. (The registration deadline is December 3, 2013.) I will be a panelist for Going public? The ethics of sharing, visibility and recognition in participatory research with young people, and I will present my paper Youth political geography, inclusion, and young people’s politics (abstract below) in the session Youth and political action in the city.
Youth political geography, inclusion, and young people’s politics
Given that young people were long treated as marginal to capital-p Politics, youth political geographers understandably remain concerned with young people’s inclusion. With an eye to emerging Anglophone geographical literature on young people’s politics, as well as to field research in Mexico City through which I have documented debates about the boundaries of proper participation in politics, I suggest that calls for young people’s ‘inclusion’ in politics may paradoxically foreclose grasping the political potential of young people’s everyday practices. I follow Jacques Rancière to treat as ‘politics’ the disruption made possible by everyday practices that exist in tension with a governable ‘police’ order – that is, the sense of the world or social-spatial order assumed in, e.g., the urban governance strategies of Mexico City’s PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution). Against assuming a liberal-deliberative form of politics in advance and then asking how young people do or do not engage with it (an approach to young people’s participation in politics which I suggest persists in Anglophone youth political geography literature), I advocate foregrounding tensions with historically and geographically specific police orders to examine specific modes of politics.
The AAG meeting is annually preceded by the Political Geography Specialty Group (PGSG) Pre-Conference, this year held on April 7 at University of South Florida Tampa. (The registration deadline is February 1, 2014.) At the PGSG meeting, I plan to present a paper on what I call – after Deleuze and Guattari – ‘organized memory’ (see relevant posts on the group blog Becoming Poor, from the A Thousand Plateaus reading group in which I am participating). Of interest will be artistic and literary practices of ‘memory work’ which disrupt a genetic axis of organized memory, something I explore through the work of Thomas Glassford, Ximena Labra, and Roberto Bolaño. The relevance of this presentation to my ongoing analysis of young people’s politics in Mexico City is clarified here.