Dear Friends


We welcome your abstracts for the IAG 2017 Annual Conference, 11-14 July in Brisbane. Please also help us to reach out to doctoral students and others who may not be part of this IAG list


Difference And Affective Ecologies Of Place: Experimenting With Creative Knowledges Of Belonging And Coexistence  list of sessions appears here

Theme: Cultural Geography (Sponsored by Cultural Geography Study Group/Urban Geography Study Group)

Michele Lobo, Deakin University; Michelle Duffy, University of Newcastle and Kaya Barry, Deakin University

Given the limitations of western scientific policy responses to climate change, we ask what are the tensions and possibilities for integrating Indigenous, and non-western knowledges of belonging and ethical coexistence to transform our relationship to the earth? This place-based knowledge conceptualises the nonhuman as ‘materially constitutive of the possibilities of life’ on earth and is crucial to move thinking away from romantic or dehumanizing notions of ‘nature’ (Yusoff 2015: 5; Head 2016). It interrogates the nature/culture split, values diverse modes of existence and speaks back to top-down planning approaches underpinned by land-based imaginations and histories of imperialism (Steinberg 2011; Carter 2013; Mukherjee 2014). Co-creating alternative politics of belonging and co-existence involves multi-sensuous and often unexpected encounters that are fundamental to the constitution of place, identity and subjectivity. Within these moments, affective, emotional and bodily resonances draw attention to the multiplicity of place-based knowledges that are formed and re-formed through encounters. Given the vulnerability and fragility of human and nonhuman life is at the forefront of global policy agendas of inclusion, yet global leaders are rapidly denying anthropocentric climate change, it is necessary to explore the often overlooked diversity of our actions (Coaffee 2013; Gibson et al. 2015).

Presenters are invited to explore relevant themes that may include

We welcome papers or presentations of creative research methods that address these themes.

Please submit your abstracts of 200 words on the conference website by Wednesday 5 April. Please also send your abstracts to Michele Lobo and Kaya Barry

We look forward to hearing from you!


Kind Regards


Michele Lobo, Michelle Duffy and Kaya Barry

(Session Organisers)



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