Profiling, b/ordering, and the political work of pedagogy – panel for AAG in San Francisco

Sutapa Chattopadhyay and I are organizing a set of panels for the 2016 AAG meeting in San Francisco. I cut and paste a description of the panels below. Confirmed participants include Maegan Miller, Serin Houston, Paul Routledge, Jack Norton, Brian Jefferson, Pierpaolo Mudu, Farhang Rouhani, Laurel Mei-Singh, Symon James-Wilson, Jim Tyner, Gavin Brown, Emily Mitchell-Eaton, and Zoe Pearson.


Call for Panelists: Profiling, b/ordering, and the political work of pedagogy

Co-organizers: Sutapa Chattopadhyay (University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Masstricht University, School of Governance –, and Nicholas Jon Crane (Ohio Wesleyan University, Department of Geology and Geography –

Our point of departure is an analysis of diverse practices (e.g., ‘redlining,’ ‘fortressing,’ ‘disappearing,’ and ‘human blacklisting’) that create spaces of state intervention, instantiate a distinction between state and civil society, and naturalize domination by the state of its subjects and non-citizens alike. With an eye to disparate examples – from ‘harden the border’ responses to the swell of migrants in Europe and North America to the policing of people of color in the United States, to decades of forced disappearances in Mexico, and so on – we ask, how does profiling secure a social-spatial order that facilitates the exercise of repressive state power and corresponding cycles of capital accumulation?

We also ask, how might social justice organizers interrupt and elaborate alternatives to contemporary b/ordering practices? Here, we suggest a need for further reflection on the refusal of profiles or ‘subjectification’ made possible through radical pedagogy. We are particularly interested in processes of political education (in e.g., action research) that remobilize the apparent invariants of social reproduction and generate productive tension in the social field. We invite reflections on radical pedagogy within movements for social justice and organizations, as well as in our classroom: cracks amidst a crisis of academic social reproduction.

We expect a panel format to facilitate a lively conversation of these important issues, not only among panelists but also among audience members. Topics for panel comments may include but certainly are not limited to the following.

  • The relationship between profiling and policing
  • Historical geographies of (racial) profiling
  • Solidarity movements and profiling
  • Pedagogical practices for cultivating group-centered leadership
  • Human (Migrant) Blacklisting
  • Political education in movements for ecological and social justice
  • Action research and political education
  • Solidarity, Horizontality, and/or Autonomy

Please send expressions of interest in participation to Nick ( and Sutapa ( by October 20, 2015. Please also feel free to contact panel organizers for more information.

About nicholasjoncrane

Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies at the University of Wyoming
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