Call for Papers

Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference,

Brisbane, Australia

July 11 – 14 2017



Cohabiting and Confronting Interstitial Spaces and Landscapes



Session organizers: Ashraful Alam & Donna Houston (Dept. of Geography & Planning, Macquarie University, Australia)

Session Theme: Urban Geography



Interstitial spaces are defined as spaces that are not deliberately planned but generated as the by-product of conscious human design. The term is used in a wide range of disciplines including architecture, planning, and urban and cultural geography. David Harvey and Doreen Massey use ‘interstitial’ to define the dynamic condition of unfolding creative resistance (and recalcitrance) to the dominant material logics of space, power and capital. Matthew Gandy uses 'interstitial' and 'unintentional' to highlight spontaneous 'unguarded spaces' where 'both ecological and socio-cultural diversity can flourish.' Similarly, Emma Power uses the term 'liminal' to emphasise the surprising and unintended encounters in the 'more-than-human' home. This session is open to scholars working with/or in interstitial, unintended and liminal spaces (or landscapes) and scholars currently exploring the potential of thinking with interstitial spaces as an emergent form of more-than-human co-becoming.



Abstract Submission Deadline:  Wednesday 5 April

Notification of Submission Outcome: Wednesday 26 April


Abstracts can be submitted here.



Link to abstracts submissions:

Kind regards,
Ashraful Alam and Donna Houston
Macquarie University