Dear friends

We need your abstracts (150 words) for the following sessions to go ahead ! Would be delighted if you could upload it on the conference website by Monday 18 March 2019.

Title: ‘Abundant Futures’: The ethico-political potential of thinking with race
(Sponsored by the Cultural Geography and Urban Geography Study Groups)

Organisers: Michele Lobo, Ashraful Alam, Donna Houston, Andrew Burridge

In an increasingly mobile world cities are sites of difference, encounter and struggle - humans/nonhumans, nature/culture and the dominant/subaltern. Often the imperialist force of race, white politics and racial capitalism exacerbates the struggle while entangled with popular as well as state anxieties about indigenous recognition, immigration, asylum seeker-refugee policies, Islam and national security. Drawing on more-than-human perspectives this session asks: what are the possibilities for inhabiting our planetary home in ways that move beyond (eco-)apocalyptic futures? We welcome papers that seek ethico-political spaces of abundance in the Anthropocene through engagements with diverse traditions of thought from the Global North/South.


2) Decolonising the University: Theory and Praxis

(Sponsored by the Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and Rights Study Groups)

Organisers: Michele Lobo and Kaya Barry

‘Once upon a time scholars assumed that if you ‘come’ from Latin America you have to ‘talk about’ Latin America; that in such a case you have to be a token of your culture. Such expectation will not arise if the author ‘comes’ from Germany, France, England or the US’

(Walter D Mignolo, 2009)

In this session we ask: If decolonisation is about proliferating planetary imaginaries of being and becoming otherwise, what are the practices we must engage in to decolonise the university. Such a question is crucial when neoliberal pressures and the reproduction of academic practices of privilege have the unintended effect of keeping racial hierarchies intactWhile focusing on the university might render us vulnerable, it is this site of vulnerability that has the capacity to mutate ‘decolonisation’ as more than another academic buzzword. Themes are unlimited but could include:

  1. Struggle and activism –e.g. @Rhodes must fall, #WeAreTheUniversity,
  2. Academic practices, the mundane and everyday decolonisation
  3. Geography, Geographers and Decolonisation in Australia
  4. Academic freedom and the politics of knowledge production
  5. Southern theory and global knowledge hierarchies

Please feel free to contact session convenors.





(on behalf of session convenors)




Dr Michele Lobo

Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation

Convenor, IAG Cultural Geography Study Group

Editor, Social & Cultural Geography

              Twitter: SocCultGeog

Editor, Book Reviews/Critical Dialogues, Postcolonial Studies Journal


Twitter: @michelelobo29


Lobo M 2019. Encountering the City: Haptic Images of Suburban Darwin. Area







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