[Iag-list] CFP IAG 2019: Disruption, transformation and innovation in the peripheries

Kirsten Martinus kirsten.martinus at uwa.edu.au
Thu Jan 24 15:09:13 AEDT 2019

Call for Papers:
Institute of Australian Geographers
Hobart, July 9-13, 2019

"Disruption, transformation and innovation in the peripheries"

Kirsten Martinus (The University of Western Australia)
Phillip O'Neill (Western Sydney University)

Economic geography has long been concerned with the distribution of resources and emanating geographies of emergence, divergence and convergence. Defined broadly, convergence or globalising forces move towards some equilibrium; divergence or localising forces generate persistent differences; and emergence is the creation of new growth paths. As such, the three concepts are widely drawn on to explain various phenomena in economic geography, implying the existence of a core and a periphery as either a location or actor position. For example, regional development theories apply them to explain the persistent uneven development and spatial processes occurring between an urban core and its outer metropolitan or regional peripheries. Evolutionary economics uses them to describe industry paths of new growth, stagnation or decline - such as when differentiated or related knowledge bases are combined. Yet again, political economy discourse employs them to understand how social values (re)shape sustainable outcomes to generate new opportunities and markets.
Nonetheless, whilst the concepts of emergence, divergence and divergence have led to significant theoretical advances in understanding of various processes associated with climate change, the economy, society and politics, there continues to be widening inequality and (dis)advantage between and within all spatial levels. Recent research has found binary notions of the Global North/South, developing/developed (and so on), no longer to hold true - with inequality becoming greater within nations than between them. Some have suggested that part of the issue has been an over-focus on the locational or positional core in research, funding and policies, and do not take into account or understand the unique attribute or dynamics of processes in the peripheries. Research has found that this has led to the unintended consequences of exacerbating core-periphery inequalities, compounding issues of system divergence rather than convergence.
As a result, some scholars now argue that peripheries must be understood as distinct 'spaces' in their own right. This call for papers focuses on generating a special session to understanding how disruption, transformation and innovation in peripheries (a location or an actor position) are altering previous processes of emergence, divergence and convergence.
We welcome papers related, but not limited, to the following questions on a variety of subject matters (e.g. social, political, spatial, economic, environmental):

*         Is there an emergence of new models or actors disrupting traditional systems of practice and 'ways of knowing'? Examples include green finance, and the sharing economy.

*         How are alternative or indigenous knowledges transforming the futures of 'peripheries'?

*         What and how are innovations creating a more equal playing field between peripheries and core areas (i.e. convergence in a given spatial system)? What are the dynamics or processes facilitating this? Examples include use of drone or sensory technologies, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, or other applications.

*         How does knowledge and innovation thrive differently in peripheries compared to the economic core?

*         How should policy mechanisms be changed to better support convergence between the core and the periphery?

To submit to our session, please submit your paper title and abstract through the IAG conference website by selecting our session<https://cdesign.eventsair.com/PresentationPortal/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FPresentationPortal%2F2019-iag%2Fpresentation-portal> (deadline 28th February 2019). In addition, please send your paper title and abstract to Kirsten Martinus (kirsten.martinus at uwa.edu.au<mailto:kirsten.martinus at uwa.edu.au> ) and Phillip O'Neill (P.ONeill at westernsydney.edu.au<mailto:P.ONeill at westernsydney.edu.au> ).

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