[Iag-list] CfP AAG 2018: Climate Change Nationalisms - Biopolitics and Political Ecologies

Lauren Rickards lauren.rickards at rmit.edu.au
Sat Sep 30 16:10:46 AEST 2017

*Climate Change Nationalisms: Biopolitics and Political Ecologies*

AAG Conference 2018, New Orleans, April 10-14

Call for Papers

*Session organizers: *Lauren Rickards (RMIT University, Melbourne) and
Gregory Simon (University of Colorado Denver)

*Discussant: *Kevin Grove (Florida International University, Miami)

*Sponsored by CAPE-AAG*: the Cultural and Political Ecology specialty group
of the American Association of Geographers

*Abstracts due Oct 15th*.


Generally gathered under the concepts of resilience, adaptation, mitigation
and carbon sequestration, biopolitical state responses to climate change
are folding into broader efforts to govern and rearticulate national
territories, populations and human and more-than-human bodies (Grove 2014).
The influence of nationalistic imaginaries, ideals and agendas includes but
is far from limited to ‘carbon nationalism’ (*cf* Bettini et al. 2016) and
nation state geopolitics. Yet the influence of diverse nationalistic
formulations on climate change responses and vice versa has been largely
overlooked in the framing of climate change as a global or local issue.

In this session our aim is to explore the two-way relationship between
climate change and nationalist sensibilities and tendencies. On the one
hand we are interested in how problem and solution frames structured around
the themes of impacts, vulnerability, adaptation, resilience, mitigation
and carbon sequestration (Smit and Wandel 2006) are being (re)formulated in
ways that reflect and advance nationalist cultures, subjectivities and
sensibilities as part of a broader biopolitics of climate change (Taylor
2014). On the other hand, we are interested in how nationalist affects and
nation-building agendas are being reworked in light of climate change,
associated disasters and responses to them.

Examples of paper topics include:

·       Research illustrating how nationalist imaginaries and
nation-building efforts are being invoked and reworked in representations
of certain climate change impacts and ideal or actual responses (e.g.
Mercer et al. 2014)

·       Examples describing how climate discourse and action is being
leveraged, instrumentalized and weaponized to further particular
(eco-)nationalist and nativist ideologies and policies

·       Exploration of how representations of resilience and adaptive
capacity are drawing upon indigenous subjectivities (e.g. Lindroth and

·       Examination of how the idea of ‘migration as adaptation’ (Bettini
et al. 2016) is amplifying and attenuating nationalist performances

·       Studies showing how labels of climate change vulnerability and
associated responses are being integrated within attempts to regulate,
alienate, or “other” certain social groups (eg. Turhan et al. 2015)

·       Descriptions of how climate change-based reassessments of land is
intersecting  with concerns about, strategic representations of and
performances of national territory (e.g. McCarthy and Thatcher 2017)

·       Cases illustrating how climate change discourse is being folded
into diverse national-scale policy arenas, including (critical)
infrastructure development, economic productivity and national security
(e.g. Turhan 2016)

·       Instances where the remaking of natures under climate change is
reshaping and being shaped by specific nationalistic ideas about nature(s)
and climates (e.g. Rickards 2016, Rickards et al. 2017)

·       Exploration of how climate change is encouraging inter-national
comparisons based on certain forms of environmental determinism, Darwinism
and teleological imaginaries

·       Reflections on how climate change is undermining or altering the
notion of nationalism in general, such as the interplay between nations and
globalized climate change policy responses (e.g. Weisser et al. 2014) and
the adaptation of politics itself (Wainwright and Mann 2015).

Please send an *abstract of approx. 200 words* to Lauren Rickards,(
lauren.rickards at rmit.edu.au) and Gregory Simon (gregory.simon at ucdenver.edu) *by
October 15th*. We will get back to you as promptly as possible to allow
formal submission to the AAG conference website.


Bettini, G., S. L. Nash and G. Gioli (2016). "One step forward, two steps
back? The fading contours of (in)justice in competing discourses on climate
migration." *The Geographical Journal*, Online first

Grove, K. (2014). "Biopolitics and Adaptation: Governing Socio‐Ecological
Contingency Through Climate Change and Disaster Studies." *Geography
Compass* *8*(3): 198-210.

Lindroth, M. and H. Sinevaara-Niskanen (2016). "The biopolitics of
resilient indigeneity and the radical gamble of resistance." *Resilience*
*4*(2): 130-145.

McCarthy, J. and J. Thatcher (2017) "Visualizing new political ecologies: A
critical data studies analysis of the World Bank’s renewable energy
resource mapping initiative." *Geoforum*, Online first

Mercer, J., I. Kelman, F. do Rosario, A. de Deus de Jesus Lima, A. da
Silva, A. M. Beloff and A. McClean (2014). "Nation‐building policies in
Timor‐Leste: disaster risk reduction, including climate change adaptation."
*Disasters* *38*(4): 690-718.

Rickards, L. (2016). "Goodbye Gondwana? Questioning disaster triage and
fire resilience in Australia." *Australian Geographer* *47*(2): 127-137.

Rickards, L., T. Neale and M. Kearnes "Australia's national climate:
learning to adapt?" *Geographical Research*, Online first

Smit B, Wandel J. Adaptation, adaptive capacity, and vulnerability. Global

Change 2006, 16:282-292.

Turhan, E., C. Zografos and G. Kallis (2015). "Adaptation as biopolitics:
Why state policies in Turkey do not reduce the vulnerability of seasonal
agricultural workers to climate change." *Global Environmental Change*
C): 296-306.

Turhan, E. (2016). "Value-based adaptation to climate change and divergent
developmentalisms in Turkish agriculture." *Ecological Economics* *121*:

Wainwright, J. and G. Mann (2015). "Climate Change and the Adaptation of
the Political." *Annals of the Association of American Geographers* *105*(2):

Weisser, F., M. Bollig, M. Doevenspeck and D. Müller-Mahn (2014).
"Translating the ‘adaptation to climate change’ paradigm: the politics of a
travelling idea in Africa." *The Geographical Journal* *180*(2): 111-119.

Dr Lauren Rickards

Senior Lecturer, Sustainability & Urban Planning
Co-leader, Climate Change & Resilience Research Prog., Centre for Urban
Leader, RMIT Regional Futures Network,
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Co-Convenor, Hazards, Risk and Disasters Study Group, Institute of
Australian Geographers
Steering Committee Member, AusMob Research Network,
Book Review Editor, Dialogues in Human Geography, http://dhg.sagepub.com/
ph. 0427 679 043

*Some recent publications*
Rickards, L., Neale, T., and Kearnes, M., Australia's national climate:
learning to adapt? Geographical Research
Online first
Kearnes, M. and L. Rickards "Earthly graves for environmental futures:
Techno-burial practices." Futures.
<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328716301707> Online
Rickards L, Gleeson B, Boyle M, O'Callaghan, C. (2016) Urban studies after
the age of the city. Urban Studies, 53(8): 1523-1541.
Rickards L. (2016) Goodbye Gondwana? Questioning disaster triage and fire
resilience in Australia. Australian Geographer 47(2): 127-137.
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