25th Annual Critical Geography Conference

deadline for submissions: 
September 17, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
David J. Organ

Call for Papers and Sessions


25th Annual Critical Geography Conference: A Quarter Century of Critical Geography

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, October 19-20, 2018


Hosted by Temple University’s department of Geography and Urban Studies, the 25th  Annual Conference on Critical Geography seeks to reflect on the last 25 years of Critical Geography – as an organized conference and a field of inquiry – and to explore where we are headed. In light of this broad theme, the conference seeks to advance six key micro-themes through which we hope to advance the conference’s capacity to build collaborative ties among scholars in the region, as well as between local scholars and activists. These themes are: Provincializing Geographic Theory; Black Geographies; Critical Human-Environment Geographies; Critical Methodologies; Bodies; and Carceral Geographies. Keyword descriptions of these micro-themes are included below.


The conference will begin on the evening of Friday, October 19th, 2018, Temple’s 2018 Department of Geography and Urban Studies Benjamin H. Kohl Social Justice Lecture by Dr. Carolyn Finney. The main conference program, with paper and panel sessions, will be held on Saturday, October 20th. An optional workshop will be held on Sunday, October 21st for students and faculty who want to extend the attainments of the conference into active collaborations – e.g. publications and project writing, capacity building, coalition building, methods sharing, conceptual mapping, and regional resource exchange.


Registration is free. We invite you to submit abstracts for papers to be grouped into sessions by the conference organizers. You may also submit descriptions for already-organized paper sessions, panels, or sessions with alternative formats. The deadline has been extended to September 17th.. Abstracts or session descriptions should be 250 words in length, and we ask that you include contact information and any titles or affiliations you would like placed in the program. Also please note if your paper or session falls into one or more of our micro-themes. If you would like to submit an already-organized session, please include the names of the contributors, and if applicable the titles/abstracts of their talks. To register to attend and submit your abstract, please visit our website at https://tucriticalgeography.wordpress.com. Follow us on Facebook by liking “Critical Geography Conference 2018.”


Further information on the conference, including accommodations, program, and conference events will be updated on the conference web site as the information becomes available, https://tucriticalgeography.wordpress.com. Please feel free to email any further questions to the conference planning committee at TUCriticalGeography@gmail.com.


We look forward to seeing you in the fall!




Provincializing Geographic Theory: including all kinds of critical interdisciplinary and geographic research on global South-North Dialogue, postcolonial urbanism, Politics of scale (scale of South), urban epistemological futures.


Black Geographies: including Black cultural productions as coherent critiques of white supremacy and racial capitalism; Black bodies, and/or experiences--histories, presents and futures; Blackness as produced by and productive of space; ongoing activism that exposes or transforms geographic knowledge that excludes Blackness; collaborations between scholars, or scholars and activists on these topics.


Critical Human-Environment Geographies: critical analyses of interactions between people and the environment; including environmental justice theory and practice, food justice theory and practice, political ecology, abolition ecology, critical analysis of sustainability and other environmental policy, environmental social movements, climate change, human-animal interactions.


Critical Methodologies: broadly coveringa wide variety of critical methods that are being used in geographical research, including physical geography, human geography, and GIScience.


Bodies: critical research that addresses or foregrounds the body, including health, wellbeing, treatment, disease, bio-social, political ecology of bodies, STS & medicine, embodiment, corporeal, mind/body, experience, visceral geography


Carceral Geographies:  geographic and/or interdisciplinary research on carceral governance and logics; spaces of incarceration and migrant detention; feminist and corporeal carceral geographies; carceral devolution and diffusion; neoliberal reform; abolitionist praxis.