Archive: Novembre, 2014

• Nationalism and Human Geography

Call for Papers: 


Nationalism and Human Geography.

Analysis, Critique and Interventions


Session at German Congress for Geography

1-6 October 2015, Berlin (Germany)


Chairs: Bernd Belina (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) and Matthias Naumann (Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner)

The nexus of national territory, the exertion of power by the nation state and nationalist exclusions will be analysed and critiqued from the specific perspective of human geography.
During the German Congress of Geography in 2015 it will be 25 years since the GDR acceded to the FRG. Several studies show that German nationalism has changed significantly since 1990. Critical voices claim that a radicalisation took place, one leading to further exclusions and a hierarchisation of groups and states. The euphoria over Germany’s unification was paralleled by nationalist hate campaigns and pogroms. The 25th anniversary of German unification provides an opportunity to reflect on nationalism – its emergence, political realisation and media representations – as well as to consider critiques and potential counterstrategies.
The session presents and discusses human geographical perspectives on nationalism. The focus lies on the nexus of national territory, the exertion of power by the nation state and nationalist exclusions. Departing from an analysis of these dynamics, a critical human geography approach argues against the apparent “naturalness” of nations and national identities as well as against nationalist ideologies and their violent articulations.
We invite papers dealing, for example, with
–  nationalist spatial images and cartographies of the national (e.g. “map-as-logo”; B.Anderson) and their historical development,
–  discourses and practices of national territorialisation and the demarcation of borders (e.g. “Schengen Borders Code”)
–  everyday nationalisms, their codes and spatial representations (e.g. “banal nationalism”; M. Billig)
–  verbal as well as physical violence against the other of the nation (e.g. “hate speech”; J. Butler)
Furthermore, we welcome contributions on anti-national interventions and human geography approaches that go beyond the nation.
The session includes four papers of about 20 minutes each to be followed by a discussion. Results of completed research as well as first conceptual ideas and work in progress are welcome.


Please submit your abstract by January 11th, 2015, online: (webpage only in German) _____________________________________________________________

Dr. Matthias Naumann
Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung (IRS) Forschungsabteilung “Institutionenwandel und regionale Gemeinschaftsgüter”
Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) Research Department “Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods”
Flakenstraße 28-31
15537 Erkner (near Berlin)
Fon: +49 3362 793-187
Fax: +49 3362 793-111

• “Geographies of ‘Area’: politics, places and disciplines” workshop

“Geographies of ‘Area’: politics, places and disciplines” workshop
Monday 12 January 2015 (10.00- 17.30)
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY
Geography has long been ambivalent about the development of area specialisms. The ways in which areas are delimited, described and analysed has profoundly influenced academic practice, shaping both disciplinary boundaries and theoretical proclivities. Linking across political geography, historical geography, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, international relations and area studies, this one-day workshop offers a set of substantive papers from a group of leading interdisciplinary experts on different geographical regions. Participants are invited to reflect upon the construction of particular regions in intellectual thought and the political consequences of these interventions.
Richard Powell (Oxford) ‘Writing the North: the politics of Circumpolar depiction’
Mike Heffernan (Nottingham) ‘Inventing the Region: a 19th Century Franco-Russian Survey of “New Russia”’
Patricia Daley (Oxford) ‘The north/south divides in African area studies: what direction for radical scholarship?’
Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge) ‘Framing the new geographies of wealth and poverty in the Global South: re-ordering the spaces of development’
James D. Sidaway (NUS) ‘Comparative postcolonialisms’
Richard Phillips (Sheffield) ‘Serial Area Studies: Connections and Curiosities’
Roundtable with Discussants: Andrew Barry (UCL); Fiona McConnell (Oxford); Felix Ciută (UCL)
Organisers: Ian Klinke and Richard Powell Workshop supported by the ‘Transformations: Economy, Society and Place’, and ‘Technological Natures: Materialities, mobilities, politics’ research clusters, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required (please contact before 19 December 2014)

• Geopolitics in Europe: power, crisis and the return of territory

CFP: Geopolitics in Europe: power, crisis and the return of territory

Section at the European International Studies Association’s 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

23 – 26 September 2015, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy


Gonzalo Pozo (KCL) and Ian Klinke (Oxford)



European geopolitics has long enjoyed an intimate relationship with forms of political violence, from 19th century imperialism to 20th century territorial revanchism. Yet, post-Cold War Europe is often cast as a curiously post-geopolitical continent, a place where geopolitics no longer matters. Struggles over territorial space seem to happen elsewhere.


The Russian annexation of Crimea is only the most recent reminder that the politics of territory has not been banned from Europe. This comes as no surprise to those who have noted that whilst the European Union may have dissolved borders throughout the Schengen era, it has long hardened and militarised its outer border in attempt at keeping the global poor outside its fortress of wealth. Classical geopolitics may remain a taboo in the corridors of Brussels power, but it has made a revival in national capitals throughout the EU. Moreover, the Eurozone crisis has installed a new hierarchical geography of core and periphery in which the economies of the North limit the sovereignty of the South. As territorial conflict returns to haunt the continent, territorial borders are also being questioned by peaceful nationalisms, from Glasgow to Barcelona. In short, political power in Europe continues to be exercised over and resisted through territorial space. Perhaps more surprisingly, the recent uprising in Ukraine has also shown that street level violence can still be sparked in the name of ‘Europe’.


Bringing the fields of International Relations and Political Geography into dialogue, this section seeks to attract critically minded work from a whole range of theoretical backgrounds to reflect on the geopolitics of contemporary Europe.


Submissions will address issues such as:


–       Territorial conflict, separatism and centrifugal nationalism

–       The return of great power rivalry and the spectre of a new Cold War

–       The status of classical geopolitical thought in Europe

–       The political economy of crisis Europe

–       Geopolitical fantasies of the European Union as a global actor

–       The European border regime, economic migration and the current refugee crisis

–       The role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Europe


Submissions will be made through the conference website, but in the meanwhile please get in touch with a title and short (200w) abstract.

Ian Klinke ( and Gonzalo Pozo (

• Conference Program: Borders at the Interface

Please find here the program of the conference Borders at the Interface. Bordering Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Beer Sheva & Jerusalem, &-11 December 2014



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