Archive: Marzo, 2013

• Professor in Political Geography (Durham)

Professor in Political Geography (Borders & Boundaries)


Durham University is seeking to appoint a new Chair in Political Geography with expertise in the interdisciplinary study of borders and boundaries.
The post-holder will support and lead the Department of Geography’s International Boundaries Research Unit’s (IBRU’s) research agenda to study the drawing, regulation and governance of international land and maritime borders, and they will work in partnership with related researchers located across the Schools of Government & International Affairs and Law and other Schools and Departments as appropriate, to develop new interdisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly interested to receive applications from candidates with expertise and interest in coastal and maritime boundaries in the polar regions.


More information HERE

• PhD Studentships: Political Spaces

PAIS Studentship: Political Spaces


The Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick is pleased to announce a competition for two PhD studentships in the broad area of Political Spaces. These department-funded scholarships are aimed at candidates starting their PhD in PAIS in 2013, or possibly 2014.
This doctoral research will form part of PAIS’s programme to consolidate the study of political spaces, which is a growing research area in the department and across the University more broadly. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Stuart Elden, who is joining the department in September 2013, and another member of staff in PAIS. In addition to pursuing their own doctoral research, the holder of the Fellowship will be expected under Prof Elden’s direction to form part of a research team and provide assistance in a range of activities to promote research on political spaces.
Because women are under-represented in this field, female candidates in particular are encouraged to apply.
More information HERE

• Geopolitics and Great Powers

IPSA RC 41 Second Conference on Geopolitics




An International Workshop on Emerging Regional Contests and Contestants

‘Monday, 25 November – Wednesday, 27 November 2013






The contours of today’s evolving global system suggest two contradictory futures. The first predicts a “Great Convergence” of mankind, whereas the second foresees an emerging “G-Zero” leaderless planet Earth.


That the international system could go either way owes to the unprecedented economic and technological globalization shaping our world in one direction — even as a major reshuffling and circulation of power worldwide is leading us in the opposite direction.


Economic, domestic and regional uncertainties in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia further challenge students of international affairs to define the political superstructure of tomorrow’s world.


Call for papers

• Postmodern Cartographies

Postmodern Cartographies: epistemological and methodological issues in mapping power and social change


Organizer:  Edoardo Boria, Sapienza – University of Rome


Call for papers

There is no doubt that maps represent for the geographer a highly distinctive element of his professional profile. They have however recently undergone a deep epistemological rethinking, rising many questions that are still unanswered. The criticism by postmodernist currents has outlined how maps are inextricably at the center of power relations, thus undermining their presumed objectivity.

The present economical crisis and the deep social malaise call the geographer to answer for the new territorialisation processes, confirming at the same time a fundamental need, intrinsic to the geographical knowledge: to create convincing representations of the world we live in.

The challenges of our time thus require a new epistemological and methodological consideration of maps, which should be able to join the review of traditional concepts inherited by modernity with the unchanged cognitive needs of geography, also through a re-reading of the history of the way of thinking of the discipline. With this prospective, the session invites to present propositions on the following subjects:

–          cartography and power

–          mapping the State and its relations

–          mapping borders in contemporary politics

–          mapping new territorialisation processes

–          counter-cartography projects and radical cartography

–          participatory mapping

–          cartographies of inequalities

–          mapping the European Union project

–          mapping the Arab Spring and democratization processes

–          cartography and ethics

–          cartography and identity

–          cartography and history of geographical thought

–          post-Harleyan developments in cartography

–          epistemological and methodological issues in mapping and mapmaking


Session code: S25

If you are interested in participating please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling in THIS FORM and send it to the organizers before march 31st 2013 using this email:
No one may submit or take part in more than two presentations.

• Economic recession and Tourism

Economic recession: interpretations, performances and reifications in the tourism domain


Chiara Rabbiosi, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (Italy)
Valeria Pecorelli, University of Milan Bicocca (Italiy)

Call for papers

One of the most visible phenomena brought about by late capitalism is the increasingly pivotal role of tourism in the economic and cultural life of places. The global demand for tourism has been also consistently increasing. Assuming that tourism is one of the most sensitive sectors in terms of susceptibility to crises on the short and medium term, it is interesting to unveil how current global economic recession and tourism intersect and influence each other.

The session will particularly question how topics related to economic recession are interpreted, performed and reified by a variety of actors in the European tourism domain:

  • How do political and economic élites, policy-makers, intermediaries of any kind, tourists, etc. react to major, global, economical changes? E.g.: changes in the geography of holidays, in the length of journeys; changes in partnerships between public and private actors; changes in the awareness of the potentiality of the tourism domain as a sphere to attract exogenous economical/cultural/social resources; the repositioning of tour operators towards new tourist targets.
  • Is it possible to identify new or renewed themes in the tourism domain that become the object of material and discursive mobilization in order to answer problematic conditions brought about by the economic recession? E.g.: the promotion of innovative tourist destinations, itineraries, events, etc. as an answer to the need for sustainability; but also the promotion of luxury destinations that may attract consumerist élites.
  • How do the possible changing attitudes of political and economic élites, policy-makers, intermediaries of any kind, tourists, etc. influence the economic and cultural, social and spatial life of tourism destinations at micro-scale level? E.g.: in terms of “power relations”, “participative democracy”, “transition to a low carbon society”, “social innovation”, “socio-spatial segregation” just to quote but a few debated themes.
  • How are lock-ins dismantled or reproduced in tourism?

We particularly welcome papers that focus on fostering the renewal or the “(re)invention” of tourism destinations, tourism sites within cities, tourism itineraries, products, policies and even of particular categories of tourists as a possible solution or as a reaction to economic recession.

Priority will be given to the presentation of those case studies embedded in theoretical accounts or exploring emerging trends in tourism with the help of analytical categories.

Papers will be discussed either in English and French

Session code: S10

If you are interested in participating please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling in THIS FORM and send it to the organizers before march 31st 2013 using this email:
No one may submit or take part in more than two presentations.

• Geographies of TransformAction

Geographies of TransformAction: Spaces, processes, practices and tactics of reappropriation in contemporary activism


Network Geografi-A:
Margherita Ciervo, Economy Dept. University of Foggia (Italy)
Arturo Di Bella, Political and Social Science Dept., University of Catania (Italy)
Daniela Festa, Equipe Mosaïques, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, UMR LAVUE 7218 (France)
Valeria Pecorelli, Sociology Dept. University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy)
Massimiliano Tabusi, Università per Stranieri di Siena (Italy)

Call for papers

This session calls for papers that, through the lens of critical and active geography, focus on self-organized resistance and innovation practices performed by civil society and social movements at the present time.

New social movements, which seem capable to influence increasingly the contemporary powerscape of actors, integrate the critique to neoliberism with protest, constructive actions, and alternative territorial development models, adopting multiple tools and performing different repertoires (Ranciere, 1990; Castoriadis, 1998; Routledge, 2003; Amin, Thrift, 2005; Vanolo, Rossi, 2010).

Through the autonomous re-appropriation of tangible spaces (e.g.: territories, dismissed buildings, public places, empty areas, artistic labs etc.) and intangible spaces (e.g.: participation, citizenship, democracy, communication etc.), social movements and collective practices define new and immediate cooperative modalities of imaginaries, active engagement and innovative forms of government.

Despite possible destabilizing factors (Chatterton, 2005; Holloway, 2010), such as assimilation and cooptation by the established system (political parties, trade unions, elite etc.) and by hegemonic practices (Harvey, 2012), social movements remain key-actors in the reinvention of the contemporary political process.

The objectives of the session are summarized as follows:

  • questioning contemporary social movements role in the spatial requalification and democratic regeneration of territorial systems at different scale levels;
  • analyzing types of repossessed spaces, articulated practices and alternative participated models of government as well as achieved results, limits, contradictions;
  • identifying innovative potentials of civic activism practices in changing power and government relations;
  • discussing responsibilities of critical geography in investigating, supporting and nurturing the work and the practice of social movements;
  • collaborating at the ‘Manifesto for Geography of TrasformAction’.


Session code: S14

If you are interested in participating please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling in THIS FORM and send it to the organizers before march 31st 2013 using this email:
No one may submit or take part in more than two presentations.

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• EUGEO Congress – CFP

The fourth EUGEO Congress will take place in Rome, 5-7 September 2013.


Researchers and experts from all over the world are invited to submit proposals for the presentation of their research within one of the following sessions.


If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling in this form and send it to the session organizers using the corresponding email only before march 31st 2013.

No one may submit or take part in more than two presentations.


Call for papers

• New geo-graphies of exile

New gep-graphies of exile. Displacements, re-placements and literary reconstructions od belonging


Elena dell’Agnese, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)
Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai’I at Manoa (USA)

Call for papers

“…writers in my position, exiles or emigrants or expatriates, are haunted by some sense of loss, some urge to reclaim, to look back…but, .. physical alienation …almost inevitably means that we will not be capable of reclaiming precisely the thing that was lost; that we will, in short create fictions” With these words, the exiled writer Salman Rushdie introduces his collection of essays entitled “Imaginary Homelands”. Indeed, experiencing exile, that is being banished from a place considered as “Home”, often suggests to a writer the literary re-invention of that place.

The positionality of the displaced writer is influenced not only by the feeling of difference, but also by questions of gender, time, nation; and by his/her capacity of overcoming the “frontier” between Here and There, of re-placing him/herself and of re-inventing new geo-graphies of emotions. Beyond the rhetoric of displacement, the experience of exile can invite the displaced writer into a new aesthetic experience and reframe his/her sensible world. Other people’s bread can be salty, as objectively remembered by Dante (since in Florence, bread is salt-free), but one can also learn how to appreciate its different taste.

The three panellists (Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg, Giulia de Spuches, Michael J. Shapiro) will interrogate in this perspective the works of the exilic writers Charles Selasfield, Nuruddin Farah, and Ismet Prcic. The session is open to papers concerning other exiled authors, who, in different times and space settings, re-imagined their lost homelands, but also learned how to re-place themselves into the new spaces in between.

This session is linked to the IGU Commission on Political Geography Research Network

Session code:

If you are interested in participating please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by filling in THIS FORM and send it to the organizers before march 31st 2013 using this email:
No one may submit or take part in more than two presentations.

• Chair in Human Geography (Bristol)

Chair in Human Geography

University of Bristol -School of Geographical Sciences

Language:English (UK)

Region: South West

Country: United Kingdom

Job number: ACAD100270

Work Hours 35.0 Hours per Week

Job Type: Research and Teaching

Within the professorial salary range starting from £59,040 per annum

The School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol invites
applications for a new Chair in Human Geography. We are seeking an
internationally outstanding applicant with strong leadership and
collaborative experience, and an extensive track record of influential
scholarly publications. We seek applicants whose research broadens and
expands on the strengths of our existing research groups in Political
Economy, Historical and Cultural Geography, and Spatial Modelling.
Candidates from all areas of human geography are encouraged to apply, but
we particularly wish to build capacity in Spatial Modelling and/or in
environmental social science. The former would complement and strengthen
our existing expertise in quantitative geography, while the latter would
support the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, which serves as the
focal point for research at Bristol on global environmental change and
uncertainty ( Other potentially relevant
areas include gender and material embodiment; political ecology and
nature-society relations; resource geographies; geographies of urbanism and
technology; geopolitics and violence; health and well-being; race, religion
and social movements; and geographies of the global South.

This appointment builds on the international success of the School. We are
the only Geography department in the country to come in the top category
across every RAE that has been undertaken since 1986. Human geography
research at Bristol builds upon our long standing reputation for
theoretical and methodological innovation, moving into new areas such as
geographies of knowledge and political economic geographies, and providing
evidence for important policy impacts in finance, elections and health.
Physical geography research focuses on Earth system science, developing new
environmental data, producing novel numerical models used in academic and
applied contexts, and deploying expertise in evaluating models using
large-scale datasets.

The closing date is 15th April 2013 with an anticipated selection process
at the end of May 2013.

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