[Iag-list] CfP for IAG 2021 sessions

Natalie Osborne n.osborne at griffith.edu.au
Tue Mar 2 05:56:08 UTC 2021

Hi all,

We’re delighted to announce 10 sessions that are sponsored by the Urban Geography Study Group for this year’s combined IAG-NZGS Conference, in Sydney, 6-9 July.<https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/news-and-events/events/iagnzgs2021-conference.html>

Titles and abstracts for each of those sessions are copied below. If you plan to submit a session, please contact the session organizer listed for that session with your abstract. Abstracts are due 5th April.

Best wishes,

Donna Houston, Nat Osborne and Ilan Wiesel

Urban Geography Study Group Convenors

Disrupting Housing: digitalization and innovations in housing

Sophia Maalsen (The University of Sydney) sophia.maalsen at sydney.edu.au<mailto:sophia.maalsen at sydney.edu.au>

Dallas Rogers

Housing is being ‘disrupted’ by digital technologies, automation, digital platforms, innovative housing models. These ‘disruptions’ promise increased ease, efficiency, affordability, flexibility and diversity of housing practices but they also present new opportunities for discrimination, extraction and inequality. For example, Fields (2019) refers to the ‘automated landlord’ to describe the role of digital innovations in property management including the automation of rent collection, maintenance and eviction, rendering digital technologies tools of financial accumulation and discrimination. This is fueled by a rise in ‘prop-tech’ which leverages the data generated by digital applications to generate wealth through new services and markets (Landau-Ward and Porter). Entrepreneurial logics are also being applied to disrupt housing (Maalsen 2018). The growth in alternative housing models such as co-living, share housing, and AirBnB, is illustrative of this shift in provision. Such models are responding to, yet complicit in perpetuating, the needs of a mobile and precarious workforce and an unaffordable housing market

Housing for human and non-human flourishing

Louise Crabtree (Western Sydney University) l.crabtree at westernsydney.edu.au<mailto:l.crabtree at westernsydney.edu.au>

Emma Power

Housing for human and non-human flourishing Associate Professor Louise Crabtree (Western Sydney University); Dr Emma Power (Western Sydney University) This session will explore the ways in which housing and home are embroiled in the ability of human and non-human life to flourish. The session recognises the intimate connections between human and non-human life and the diverse roles and functions that housing and home play in framing life. The session therefore invites papers and other interventions that explore how physical, financial, institutional, affective, policy, familial, and other factors and forces conceptualise, frame, enable, constrain, and otherwise shape the ability of life to flourish. Overall, the session seeks to explore how housing and home shape the interconnected nature of human and nonhuman life, and conceptual and methodological tools to help with such explorations. We welcome contributions that explore elements of this theme, including: • Conceptualising the value and purpose of housing • Valuing diverse housing outcomes • Caring for diverse lives in and through housing and home • Housing to support flourishing and wellbeing • Conceptualising housing and home as more-than-human • Housing, home and contagion • Housing, home, and planetary health Keywords: • Housing • Home • Flourishing • Wellbeing • Non-human

Urban soils – troubles, visibilities and opportunities

(co-sponsored with Nature Risk & Resilience Study Group)

Sarah Robertson (RMIT) sarah.robertson2 at rmit.edu.au<mailto:sarah.robertson2 at rmit.edu.au>

Cecily Maller, David Kelly, Samantha Grover

This session calls for papers that engage with the ways soils shape and trouble urban geographies and open responsive human-earth relations. Soils are a vital part of and vital to life on land, and significant in responding to socioecological challenges and injustices. Yet soils and their biodiversity are being degraded by human practices; sealed beneath human infrastructure and depleted of their potential, e.g. to support food production and store carbon. Soils are “easily appropriated” (Lay 2016) and their labouring is often taken-forgranted (Krzywoszynska 2020). Social scientists are beginning to explore (more-than- )human-soil relations, their “onto-political effects” (Krzywoszynska & Marchesi 2020) and the potential of soil for caring and regenerative relations (e.g. Puig de la Bellacasa 2017, 2019, Krzywoszynska 2019, Robertson 2020). Despite this interest, soils remain largely absent in critical research on cities. Cities and urban dwelling have both particular and less visible affects on soils and human-soil relations that call for further exploration. We encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary work and invite papers that respond to the following relations/topics: -Urban soils and Indigenous knowledge & practice -Urban soils, climate change & biodiversity -Urban soils, governance & (in)justice -(Dis)placements/visibilities of soils in critical urban discourse -More-than-human-soil materialities/mobilities -Urban soils & colonial practices -Urban soil care

Actually existing digital geographies in the antipodes (and elsewhere)

(co-sponsored with Cultural Geography Study Group)

Jess McLean (Macquarie University) jessica.mclean at mq.edu.au<mailto:jessica.mclean at mq.edu.au>

Soph Maalsen

Digital technologies are changing the co-production of people, place and space in multiple and uneven ways. The digital is not an overlay but a specific form of entanglement of technologies with humans and non-humans, in contexts ranging from the mundane to the spectacular. From challenging how we understand spatialities and materialities, to generating new methodologies and epistemologies, ‘the digital’ is affording rich opportunities for geographic research. The digital variously produces, augments and mediates our day-to-day, and we are interested in these daily encounters and the possibilities and challenges that they hold. The emerging subdiscipline or subfield of digital geographies is capturing our understanding of these changes (Kinsley et al 2020) and this call for papers invites contributions that speak to this moment. For this session, we invite scholarship that engages with critical, feminist, decolonial, more-than-human and generative readings of actually existing digital geographies (Shelton and Lodato, 2019). These may include analyses of smart cities, smart forests, the Internet of Things, digital sustainability, social media, digital methods, digital infrastructures, rural and urban digital geographies, prop tech, platform labour, Indigenous digital innovations, digital geographies of the Global South, and more.

Alternative Urban Imaginaries: Counter mapping and creative cartography

(co-sponsored with Cultural Geography Study Group)

Rachel Iampolski (RMIT University) rachel.iampolski at rmit.edu.au<mailto:rachel.iampolski at rmit.edu.au>

Alexandre Faustino, A/Prof Wendy Steele, Prof Libby Porter

In this session we seek papers that critically consider the potential of counter-mapping and creative cartography for re-imagining the contemporary city, and the possibilities for more empowering and emancipatory encounters with participants in research. Cartographic systems of categorising static and material heritage have historically served as tools of colonisation, ownership and exclusion, and more recently the surveillance and policing of public space. Important counter-narratives and imaginaries often go undocumented through more traditional research methods which can ignore or undervalue alternative modes of knowledge including emotions, memory and affect. Critical and creative forms of counter mapping aim to subvert the expert nature and authority of the researcher by appropriating the methods and aesthetics of mapmaking to engage communities through different systems of relationships. Activists and community organisers such as the ‘Counter Cartography Collective’ for example use these visual methods to ‘destabilize centred and exclusionary representations’ and ‘construct new imaginaries of collective struggle and alternative worlds’ (see https://www.countercartographies.org/<https://www.countercartographies.org/>). We invite papers that explore the diverse, creative ways geographers are seeking to subvert dominant urban narratives and cartographic practices through research that is deliberately attentive to alternative urban imaginaries, places, histories, stories, relationships, memories and rituals.

Alternative Urban Imaginaries 2: Storying Radically Interdependent Counter-Cities

(co-sponsored with Cultural Geography Study Group)

Ashraful Alam   ash.alam at otago.ac.nz<mailto:ash.alam at otago.ac.nz>

 Donna Houston, Michele Lobo

Cities play a crucial role in imagining hopeful post-pandemic and planetary futures if openness, radical interdependencies and justice that include and go beyond the human are considered. Imagining these futures are necessary, particularly when western colonial and capitalist (il)logics and promises have failed to deliver diverse, equitable and just cities. How can we come together to design and imagine cities otherwise? Urban geographers are at the forefront of accepting the urgent challenges of the present and seeking alternative imaginaries so that cities are places of radiant and plural becomings. This session is an invitation to conceptualise and think with the Counter-City. We call for storying that values collaboration, interdependencies and experimentation through ideas, performances and case studies that explore city living and collective urban futures. The agenda is to rewrite cities of the Global North/Global South beyond conventional, expert and elitist frames. These ethical-political inquiries might use a representational/more-than representational or human/more-than-human lens to focus on the urban/digital commons, urban infrastructures and undergrounds, social difference (gender, disability, ethnicity, race, sexuality, religion etc), animal/multispecies care/justice, food security/alternative food practices, viral/microbe mobilities, and so forth.

Regenerative, Resilient and Really Diverse, New Economic Geographies

(co-sponsored with Cultural Geography Study Group)

Stephen Healy (Western Sydney University) stephen.healy at westernsydney.edu.au<mailto:stephen.healy at westernsydney.edu.au>

Katharine McKinnon, Kelly Dombroski

Just as ecological diversity produces resilience, so too does economic diversity. This has become obvious in times of COVID-19. In a short time span we’ve learned about the vulnerabilities that come with over-reliance on single sectors—e.g. tourism, education. At the same time, we come to appreciate the remarkable capacity for mutual aid in some communities, and creative adaptation in others. Diversity enables resilience but in return it requires our care and attention. We need to think with and accommodate for difference, the multiplicity of ways that economies, ecologies, infrastructures and built environments work to sustain us (humans) and others (more than human) who are here, as well as those yet to come. Scholarship in the subfield of diverse economies explores the possibilities for regeneration and resilience that lie in diverse economic practices. For instance, The Handbook of Diverse Economies (Gibson-Graham and Dombroski 2020), Reimagining Livelihoods (Miller 2019), and Birthing Work (McKinnon 2020) share an insistence that effective responses to the most pressing challenges, including climate change, care delivery in the context of a pandemic, and the work of building more just and liveable cities, must take place by articulating and acting on common concerns in the context of cultural, and cosmological difference.

Roundtable on geography under ‘change plan’: experiencing, adapting to, and resisting university restructuring

(co-sponsored with Cultural Geography Study Group)

Ilan Wiesel (Melbourne University) ilan.wiesel at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:ilan.wiesel at unimelb.edu.au>

Natalie Osborne, Donna Houston

Universities across Australia are undergoing significant restructuring – including large scale forced redundancies – in response to the reduction in high-fee paying international students due to Covid19 border closures, and the exclusion of universities from government assistance programs such as JobKeeper. Concurrently, the Commonwealth Government’s higher education fees reform is driving further restructuring that will have significant implications for geography students and enrolments. The aim of this session is to facilitate an open, interactive, roundtable conversation about the impact of these ongoing events on Australian geography and geographers, including both academics and students. Participants are invited to share their experiences and insights on: how university ‘change plan’ and restructuring have impacted geographers; critical geographical perspectives on the drivers of such restructuring, including factors that long precede Covid19; and, examples of ways in which geography staff and students are resisting or adapting to restructuring, redundancies, and early retirements. Our goal is to support co-learning and relations of solidarity to help us imagine and prefigure better, more just ways of thinking and learning together within and beyond the university.

Rethinking Counterurbanisation: Explorations into Australian internal migration away from the cities

(co-sponsored with Cultural Geography and Rural Geography study groups)

Caitlin Buckle (University of Sydney) caitlin.buckle at sydney.edu.au<mailto:caitlin.buckle at sydney.edu.au>

 Nick Osbaldiston

There has been an upsurge in media interest in recent times on the idea that people are fleeing the cities for life in regional Australia. Across the world movement out of the cities has been discussed under the guise of counter-urbanisation, amenity migration, lifestyle migration and even voluntary simplicity. Such interest echoes earlier times in the early 2000s when the supposed ‘seachange’ phenomenon held national interest (Burnley and Murphy, 2004). However, despite the media attention there is skepticism over this supposed new wave of migration. As Bernard et al. (2020) have suggested in a recent report, internal migration will be influenced by local and national economic conditions. Furthermore, regional Australia is not a homogenous space with several pockets attracting significant population increase (such as the Gold Coast) while others find population turnaround a more difficult task. In this proposed session we seek to define and explore counter-urban migration further by investigating the past trends and what occurred, through to current movements of people before and during the pandemic lockdowns. We propose inviting contributions such as those that seek to: define and investigate ‘counter-urbanisation’ trends, explore motivations and lived experiences of counter-urbanisation, ask questions about whether the ideal of remote working will sustain this trend, and investigate the impacts of counter-urbanisation on climate and communities.

Settler-Colonial Urbanisms - Convergences, Divergences, Limits

Nathan McClintock (Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)) nathan.mcclintock at ucs.inrs.ca<mailto:nathan.mcclintock at ucs.inrs.ca>

David Hugill (Carleton University), Stéphane Guimont Marceau (INRS)

A growing body of scholarship has focused on the intersections of settler-colonialism and the production of urban space, demonstrating how urbanization and settler colonization have been and continue to be co-constitutive processes, both undergirding and undergirded by territorial theft, racial regimes of property and capitalist accumulation, and the attempted erasure of Indigenous lifeworlds and sovereignties. Rather than collapsing settler-colonial urbanism into a singular narrative, however, we are interested in understanding how processes of settler-urbanization unfold in a variety of geographic contexts and how it is unsettled. Bringing together voices from a range of settler-colonial societies, the goal of this series of panels is to reflect on the convergences and divergences of settler-colonial production of urban space, as well as on settler urbanism’s limits and possibilities, both as an analytical lens and as a means of re-imagining cities as sovereign Indigenous spaces.

Natalie Osborne
BUEP (Hons), PhD, GCert HigherEd
School of Environment and Science
Griffith University
Nathan, QLD 4111
ph: +61 07 3735 4795
e: n.osborne at griffith.edu.au
t: @DrNatOsborne

I pay my respects to the First Nations Peoples whose land I work and live on, particularly the Jagera, Turrbal, Yugarabul and Yuggera, and Yugambeh/Kombumerri Peoples, and their elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggle for justice continues.
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