“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 gjhowert@uga.edu and leannekp@uga.edu 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 (gjhowert@uga.edu and leannekp@uga.edu ) 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. geography.uga.edu/directory/people/leanne-purdum

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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Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, “The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance,” Mexico City from June 9–15, 2019

XI Encuentro: The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance 

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español y portugués.June 9- 15, 2019
Mexico City
Deadline for Applications: October 29, 2018

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, in collaboration with the Department of Literature and Theatre of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, the University Center for Theatre, the Graduate Program in Art History, the Cátedra Bergman initiative, and the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), along with Ex Teresa Arte Actual, invite scholars, artists, and activists from all disciplines to present proposals around the theme of The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance for our 11th Encuentro, to be held in Mexico City from June 9–15, 2019. 

In the face of increasing inequality, rising authoritarianism and violence, and ongoing threats to democratic institutions, we seek to forge spaces of critical practice and creative inquiry to theorize and instrumentalize satire, humor, laughter, music, and noise in their broadest senses in order to make visible, unfold, denounce, fracture, and revert the assemblages of power behind these alarming processes. As we also celebrate liberatory and democratizing victories big and small, we propose to confront both our outrage and our collective hopes by mobilizing art, action, and critique that—through aesthetic inversion, mockery, critical pirouettes, noisy denunciation, and strident celebration—can reveal, disarm, and decolonize and, at the same time, give meaning to our desires for better futures.

Artists, scholars, activists: we invite your provocations, proposals, and irreverent manifestos to participate in work groups, performances, street-art actions, and cabaret. For all work group descriptions, and for details on how to apply, please visit: http://beta.hemisphericinstitute.org/en/enc19-homepage.html

Encuentro participation is by application only. You must fill out an online application form, where you will submit all required materials as outlined on our website and within the application form itself. Application deadline is October 29, 2018. All those who are interested in attending the Encuentro as general participants, even without proposing a project, must still apply using this application form and submit a personal Letter of Intent, and Individual Bio, and a CV/Résumé. If you would like to propose a performance, or if you would like to apply to participate in a work group, you will be able to submit the required materials for each.

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‘Geohumanities and climate change skepticism’ in political geography section of Geography Compass

Kolson Schlosser has a timely new article on Geohumanities and climate change skepticism in the political geography section of Geography Compass. We have recently assembled an updated editorial board for the political geography section of the journal, and we are looking ahead to an exciting series of publications in the coming months, including a virtual special issue with free access to a selection of articles from the past decade.

Kolson’s abstract is below.

Geohumanities and climate change skepticism

The voices of the climate “skeptics” or “deniers” are an unavoidable component of the current politics of climate change. Geographers have engaged with the politics of climate science, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and how the dominant discourse of climate science frames the debate as apolitical, but they have not directed much attention to climate skeptic literature itself. I suggest that despite this lacunae, geographers have developed the necessary tools to understand climate skeptic literature as neither simply ignorance nor intentionally deceitful—at least not always. I further suggest that the burgeoning literature on “geohumanities,” along with its intellectual predecessors in geography, is particularly adept at reading how the skeptic literature narrates the relationship between knowledge, power, and space. I focus my attention on several prominent texts in the climate skeptic literature—not to vindicate them but to understand their ideological premises.

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