[Iag-list] CFP IAG2019 - Critical Development Study Group Sessions

Fiona Miller fiona.miller at mq.edu.au
Tue Jan 29 13:12:16 AEDT 2019

Dear All,

IAG Critical Development Study Group Sessions
Call for papers are now open for the IAG’s Annual Conference in Hobart from 9-13 July 2019! Please consider submitting an abstract to one of the sessions (co-)sponsored by the IAG Critical Development Study Group. Further details about how to submit your abstract are available at: https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/abstracts

Kind regards,

Fiona Miller, Sarah Wright and Andrew Deuchar


Geographies of Energy Access, Poverty, and Justice
Session convenor: Jonathan Balls (University Of Melbourne)
This session will focus on new geographies of energy access, poverty, and justice in places where energy access initiatives and renewable energy transitions are changing energy landscapes. A rich body of geographical work considers energy poverty and justice (Munro et al., 2017; Yenneti et al. 2016; Castán Broto et al., 2018; Salazar and Adams, 2014) as well as energy transitions and the spread of renewables (Power et al., 2016). This session will include theoretical and empirical contributions that build on this work and take forward geographical theory in these fields.

Geographies of participation: practices, publics, power, and politics
Session convenors: Brian Cook (The University Of Melbourne), Matthew Kearnes (UNSW), Tim Neale (Deakin University), and Noel Castree (The University of Manchester)
Co-sponsored by the Critical Development and Nature, Risk & Resilience Study Groups
Publics are made. They emerge when researchers, practitioners, and innumerable factors come together with purpose. Like the societies from which they emerge, publics are not necessarily ‘good’ or ‘progressive’, and even when purportedly altruistic there are always power hierarchies that exclude and advantage some publics over other publics (Chilvers & Kearnes, 2016). There are winners and there are losers, and the aspiration of ‘win-win’, while noble, is rarely realised. What then of the long sought-after promise of participation?

In general, the turn towards participation has prompted significant and effective critique of existing knowledge-power and associated practices. The discourse has also criticised itself, attacking technocratic versions of participation that focus on methods and techniques designed to realise expert- or elite-determined objectives (Chilvers & Kearnes, in review). Critics of participation have also demonstrated how economic calculations impose boundaries that protect existing practices (Lane, Landström, & Whatmore, 2011), while others have shown that an emphasis on technologies and ‘apps’ more often entrench existing power than challenge it (Swyngedouw, 2005). Despite its many faults and compelling critiques, participation remains a promising and tantalisingly-close alternative to prevailing practices. Furthermore, the emergence and entrenchment of populism and post-truth politics mean that opportunities for collaboration are especially important.

The proposed session(s) and panel on the geographies of participation call for researchers (and others) who remain optimistic. We propose an opportunity for those working in the context of participation to, themselves, converge with the aim of presenting and debating a renewed promise of participation. Contributions are sought from across the geographical discipline from those using and analysing participation, including theoretical, methodological, and case-based contributions. We are seeking presentations that explore the practices and pathways that can be built upon, especially those that combine reconceptualisations that advance the promise of participation or that challenge prevailing practices (Cook & Overpeck, accepted). We envision those drawing upon citizen science, citizen juries, theories of ‘opening/closing’ and/or ‘upstream/downstream’ conceptualisations, but are open to all who associate with participation.

In addition to standard paper presentations, we will attempt to produce a commentary for The Conversation that explores the lingering promise of participation in the context of emerging populism, nationalism, the (purported) polarisation of society, increased inequality, and democracy. If there is interest, we will also develop a proposal for a special issue.

Granular Geographies: sensing the materiality of stone, sand and soil
Uma Kothari and Vanessa Lamb (University of Melbourne)
Co-sponsored by the Critical Development and Cultural Geography Study Groups
Stone, sand and soil are composed of small grains, yet we rarely think of their singularity, instead focusing on the discrete objects that they collectively constitute. In this session, we explore the sensory, affective and productive capacities of these substances, and seek to better conceptualize how these granular entities are integral to the material world. We aim to investigate how their excavation, accumulation and circulation produces human and non-human entanglements, and connects people and places to create granular geographies. We also examine how political tensions around these processes are intensifying, their growing demand and scarcity impacting upon construction projects.

Thinking Intersectionality in Critical Feminist Development Studies
Session convenor: Kuntala Lahiri-dutt (The Australian National University)
Co-sponsored by the Critical Development and Cultural Geography Study Groups
This session invites short presentations that discuss the complex challenges arising from the possibilities to translate feminist theoretical insights into one or more analytical frameworks for applied use to carry out gender analysis for development projects.
‘Intersectionality’ implies ‘the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power’ (Davis 2008, p. 68). It offers an analytical framework to consider the interconnections among various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability and gender to understand the ways they combine to create disadvantages for women (hooks 2000). Intersectionality has been described as a ‘The greatest contribution [of feminist theorists] to social science as a whole’ (Belkhir, 2009:3), yet others consider it as a ‘buzzword’ that is conceptually meaningful, yet extremely difficult to apply in measurable ways (May 2015). Yet, such is the popularity of the term that it has become, arguably, the new theoretical darling for feminists; a growing body of gender studies literature in developing country contexts attempts to break the prevalent sex-based binary to marry feminist theories with GAD practices.
In this context, the session aims to query: is it at all possible to develop a gender analytical framework that is based on the concept of intersectionality? Could such efforts ultimately depolicise feminist insights? How does one detach themselves from the culture of indicators and quantitative metrices in applying the concept of intersectionality in their GAD work? How can such a framework be possibly applied by gender professionals and at what scales? Finally, what could  be the political implications for turning an advanced conceptualisation of gender identities into a replicable and measurable analytical tool?
Additional questions addressed or challenges analysed are welcomed.

Co-producing Critical Development Geographies
Session convenors: Fiona Miller (Macquarie University), Sarah Wright (University of Newcastle), Andrew Deuchar (University of Melbourne)
This session invites papers that address contemporary themes in critical development geography through the lens of co-production recognising that critical development research is constantly subject to negotiation, interpretation and theorisation.  Critical development geography research is shaped by the relations researchers have with peers, supervisors, scholars, partners, places and non-humans in particular places and cultures at particular times. These relations are contextual, subjective, emotional and political. We welcome papers that engage critically with what it means to do development research, engaging with the ethics, politics and emotions associated with working in cross-cultural contexts.

How does the tension between hopeful and critical perspectives on development constrain or enable particular understandings and approaches to development? How are different knowledges and perspectives negotiated and mediated?
Papers may include topics such as:

  *   Emancipatory methodologies in and pedagogies of development
  *   Indigenous-led geographies of development
  *   Affect and emotions as post-development practice
  *   Development policies and interventions
  *   Migration, displacement and development
  *   The Sustainable Development Goals
  *   Gender dimensions and development
  *   Activism and development
  *   Marginality, exclusion, empowerment and development
  *   Justice and development
  *   Hopeful and strengths-based approaches in development


Dr Fiona Miller
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