[Iag-list] Final CfP: Emotions and Practicing Everyday Urban Spaces (AAG 2017)

NICOLE MCNAMARA nicole.mcnamara at students.mq.edu.au
Tue Oct 4 14:20:41 AEDT 2016

[with apologies for cross-posting]

*Final Call for Papers – Emotions and Practicing Everyday Urban Spaces*

American Association of Geographers (AAG) AGM, Boston, April 5-9, 2017

*Session organisers: Ashraful Alam and Nicole McNamara (Macquarie
University, Australia)*

*Session Discussant: Dr. Laura Shillington (John Abbott College, Montréal)*

‘Emotions’ and ‘affect’ are significant research themes within cultural
geography. Emotions, in particular, have been understood as shaping
individual phenomenological experiences of place and space. This approach
is critiqued in terms of its capacity to mobilize broader political actions
and social change. Yet, emotions are mediated and expressed through bodies,
politics and spaces. One of the key issues for scholars interested in
emotions is the role that the ‘body’ plays in the processes of social,
cultural, historical, political, economic and other forms of change through
the appropriation of the body. The body is not the opposite of culture, but
rather the site where culture is played out. This turn towards emotion as
an embodied manifestation of everyday practices requires a new emphasis on
space as bodies are necessarily situated in space.

Through this session, we invite scholars to explore the central
question: ‘what differences do emotions make in our everyday practices as
we (re)negotiate urban forms/spaces?’

The session organisers are currently researching the everyday practices of
cycling and homemaking. This entails rethinking the role that emotions play
in intimate, everyday practices and in informing broader socio-ecological
changes in cities, urban governance, and sustainability praxis. Emotions
play a significant role in the everyday cycling routines of cycling
practitioners in Sydney and in the homemaking practices of the urban
homeless in Bangladesh. Thinking through these emotionally charged
corporeal performances unfolds the nuanced and non-elitist ways urban
spaces are negotiated by cycling minorities in Australian car-centric
society and the climate-induced migrants living in the shadows of coastal
cities in Bangladesh.

We call for greater critical attention to whether emotion can be an
effective agent of change, a tool to be utilised through the individual and
collective assemblage of bodies in urban space. More broadly, we invite
papers that think through how emotion and everyday practices inform
negotiations of, or struggles for, urban spaces at the intersection of the
body. Mathew Gandy, John Urry and Doreen Massey have long suggested that
cities or spaces are corporeal achievements, and if bodies make sense in
space, they might make sense of how spaces are socialized, appropriated and
how politics are played out to establish the marginalized narratives in a

The above questions and discussion are intended to stimulate ideas and
generate discussion but should not be viewed as limiting. We welcome both
theoretical and empirical contributions that seek to reimagine the terms of
this question to further our understandings of emotion and everyday
practices as agents of positive change in cities.


Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Ashraful Alam (
ashraful.alam at mq.edu.au) *and* Nicole McNamara (nicole.mcnamara at mq.edu.au)
by *Monday 10th October 2016.* Accepted submissions will be contacted
by *Monday
17th October 2016* and will be expected to register and submit their
abstracts online at the AAG website by *27th October 2016* which is the
earlybird registration deadline. Please note that conference registration
fees must be paid before the online submission of abstracts.


Blazek, M., and Kraftl, P. (2015) *Children’s Emotions in Policy and
Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood and Youth.* Basingstoke:
Gandy, M. (2005) Cyborg urbanization: complexity and monstrosity in the
contemporary city. *International Journal of Urban and Regional Research* 29,
Gandy, M. (2006) Urban nature and the ecological imaginary. In N. Heynen,
M. Kaika and E. Swyngedouw (eds.), *In the nature of cities: Urban
political ecology and the politics of urban metabolism*, Routledge, New
York, 63-74.
Letherby G and Reynolds G. (2009) *Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions*, London:
Ashgate Publishing.
Massey, D. (2005) *For Space*. London: Sage.
Sheller M. (2005) Automotive Emotions: Feeling the Car. In: Featherstone M,
Thrift N and Urry J (eds) *Automobilities.* London: Sage, 221-242.
Shillington, L. (2015) ‘Birds are for the girls’: children’s media
landscape and the emotional geographies of urban natures, in Skelton, T.,
Dwyer, C., & Worth, N. (eds). *Geographies of Children and Young People:
Volume 4: Geographies of Identities and Subjectivities*
Springer Reference.
Shillington, L. (2008) Being(s) in relation at Home: Corporealities,
Aesthetics, and Socialnatures in Managua, Nicaragua
. *Social and Cultural Geography *9(7): 755-776.
Simonsen K. (2010) Encountering O/other Bodies: Practice, Emotion and
Ethics. In: Anderson B and Harrison P (eds) *Taking-Place.* Farnham:
Urry, J. (2013) City Life and the Senses. *The New Blackwell Companion to
the City*, pp: 347-356.

*Nicole McNamara*
*PhD Candidate *
*Department of Geography and Planning | *W3A Building
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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