CFP: [International] The Politics of Space and Place

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Nicola Clewer

Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton, UK

Fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference: The politics of Space and Place

16 - 18 September 2009

Keynote speaker: Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, UK

In a world where inequality and poverty are growing remorselessly, where you are, and where
you happen to have been born, continue to determine, how, and in indeed whether, you live.
>From the urbanization of the human species and the burgeoning of slums to the rise of the
modern gated community; from ‘Fortress Europe’ and the Israeli ‘security wall’ to land reform in
South Africa; questions of space and place are central to some of today’s most bitterly contested
political issues.

What might an analysis of politics which focuses on the operation of power through space and
place, and on the spatial structuring of inequality, tell us about the world we make for ourselves
and others?

• How is power structured and brought to bear on people through space and place?
• How does power operate locally, nationally and globally and in both its soft and hard forms?
• How does it operate through urban planning, architecture, housing policy, immigration
policy and national borders?
• How does it work to discipline and exclude some, while insulating others from the excesses
of inequality and degradation?
• How are space and place utilised as a means of dividing people into “us” and “them”?
• How and in whose interests do these divisions function as they pit against each other not
only people who live in different parts of the world but also those who live just a few metres
• What might an analysis of politics through questions of space and place indicate about how
power, injustice and inequality could be better understood and more effectively contested?

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people working in, among
others, philosophy, ethics, political theory, politics, sociology, social policy, globalisation,
international relations, cultural studies, history, architecture, photography, geography, planning,
refugee studies, migration studies, urban studies and area studies.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Nicola Clewer by 30 January 2009:

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