[Iag-list] CFP: Rural Geography Sessions, IAG conference, Brisbane 11-14 July 2017

Sonia Graham sonia.graham1 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 15:28:01 AEDT 2017

The Rural Geography Study Group is involved in four sessions at the 2017
IAG Conference in Brisbane. Abstracts are due by 5th April and the
Conference website is open for submissions.

If you are planning to submit an abstract for any of the sessions below
please submit it at:
<https://kaigi.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/iag2015/iag2015>*. *

The session topics include:

*1) Collective action in rural Australia*

*Rural Geography*

Many challenging environmental problems are transboundary in nature and
require the cooperation of diverse actors. In rural and regional areas this
includes the fair distribution of scarce water resources, the creation of
wildlife corridors, the control of invasive plants and animals, among
others. The aim of this session is to explore the social dynamics of such
transboundary problems, with an emphasis on opportunities and challenges to
collective action.

This session welcomes contributions that consider transboundary challenges
in rural and regional Australia and New Zealand. While there is an emphasis
on environmental challenges, the organisers welcome contributions that
consider other types of transboundary challenges that speak to the nature
of rural collective action.

*2) Technology and the likely transformation of rural space*

*Rural Geography*

Emerging and prospective technologies present significant impacts and
opportunities for the rural economy, society, environment and polity. These
include, but are not limited to: instrumentation for the measurement of
farm performance in real time; big data and its analysis; robotics and
artificial intelligence; new equipment and machinery (including 3-D and 4-D
printers); the driverless trucks ; alternative energy supply and storage;
genetic engineering (animals and crops); use of light and sound barriers to
replace some on-farm fencing; automated construction techniques; and
chemical cuisine.

This session welcomes contributions that analyse the potential impacts that
such technologies may have in rural and regional Australia and New Zealand.

*3) Risks of the rural-urban interface*

*Hazards, Risks and Disasters and Rural Georgraphy*

Escalating risks such as bushfires and injustices such as industrial
pollution demand that scholars direct increased attention to the
rural-urban interface. But in relooking at this troubled zone, more than a
visit to the city limit is required. For one thing, the location of the
interface and its characteristics are rapidly shifting. Where exactly is
the urban-rural interface to be found? Just as the urban is “moving into”
the rural, elements of the rural are infusing into the urban, and what
either means or how it is valued flips and changes. The difference is
clearly more than a matter of counting buildings or bodies. Secondly, above
and beyond horizontal movements, we need to understand the rural-urban
interface less in terms of a defined spatial zone or topographical space
and more in terms of the tight topological linkages that exist between
seemingly disconnected urban and rural places, as exemplified by climate
change and corporate power. Thirdly, the political use and abuse of the
categories “rural” and “urban” also demands attention, especially as the
rural is increasingly presented as a problematic site of or even shorthand
for political conservatism relative to enlightened city folk. Situated
between all of these developments, the rural-urban interface and its risks
and disasters are far from straightforward or contained to the peri-urban

This session calls for papers that help explore how conceptual and “real”
risks of the rural-urban interface are intersecting. It welcomes both
empirical and theoretical papers, particularly those that examine past or
potential environmental or sociotechnical disasters. It also welcomes
geographers from all areas of the discipline, notably urban as well as
rural geography, in recognition of the way that a more expansive,
sophisticated understanding of the rural-urban interface requires dialogue
across our own boundaries.

*4) Rural and legal geographies of energy and mining resources*

*Legal and Rural Geography *

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained regulatory ground this
century as corporate-responsible disasters have resulted in negative
impacts on the natural and built environments, human quality of life and
fatality. CSR has, however, been criticised for its 'soft law' approach,
where the self-regulatory system itself is the major criticism. Importantly
and perhaps less researched, is when large corporations withdraw their
interests altogether, particularly in energy production and primary

While there are legal standards for these companies, hard laws focus on
pollution and environmental impacts. An interdisciplinary approach means
that rural and legal geographers can contribute powerfully to these
relevant issues.
This session calls for:

   - case study research, providing inspiration for other geographers
   - legal perspectives on corporate responsibility beyond extraction or
   industry viability
   - rural perspectives on similar issues as a result of corporate

We look forward to hearing your papers in Brisbane!

Kind regards,

sonia.graham at unsw.edu.au
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