“Space, Agency and Contestation” at the International Conference of Historical Geographers

This session looks likely to be of interest to readers of this blog. The suggested topics for papers certainly resonate with some of my own research trajectories (e.g., on practices and spaces of solidarity, and on making usable pasts). The deadline for abstracts is August 29.


International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015, London, 5-10 July 2015

Space, Agency and Contestation: Towards a Conversation between Labour History and Labour Geography

Convenors: Dave Featherstone, Paul  Griffin and Diarmaid Kelliher, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.

While there have been many productive engagements between labour geographies, labour history and work by historical geographers there has been little explicit discussion of the relations between them. This session seeks to explore convergences of key debates in these sub-fields eg around the terms of debate of labour agency, on the diverse histories and geographies of the left and on the increased recognition of the spaces of transnational labour organizing in both past and present.  This intersects with a resurgence of interest in protest by both social historians and geographers and in both rural and urban contexts. The debates prompted by the 50th anniversary of EP Thompson’s Making of the English Working Class and the impact of Selina Todd’s The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 speak to the continued resonance and force of histories from below and also to the persistence  and renewal of debates on class.

This session seeks to provide space for a sustained discussion on the relations between work on labour history and labour geography. It also seeks to engage with work in historical geography positioned in relation to such sub-fields. We invite papers that both engage with theoretical debates and engage with detailed empirical work on diverse geographical and temporal contexts.

We are particularly interested in papers that seek to engage with the following questions:

  • The geographies of different articulations of history from below
  • Transnational labour geographies and histories
  • Different approaches to labour agency
  • Spaces of solidarity and the left
  • The racialised, classed and gendered dynamics of labour organizing and protest
  • The diverse spatial practices of class formation and subaltern politics
  • The construction of usable pasts
  • Accounts of place-based militancy
  • Discussions of methodological contributions, convergences and differences between labour geography and labour history.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to both convenors by 29 August. In a separate paragraph, please provide details of any special audio-visual requirements or mobility requirements.

David Featherstone, David.Featherstone@glasgow.ac.uk,  Diarmaid Kelliher, d.kelliher.1@research.gla.ac.uk, Paul Griffin, P.Griffin.1@research.gla.ac.uk, all School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK

Further details on the ICHG Conference are available at: http://www.ichg2015.org/

Details of conference fees are available at: http://www.ichg2015.org/registration/


About nicholasjoncrane

Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Wyoming
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