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(cfp) Contested Borderscapes – Transnational Geographies vis-à-vis Fortress Europe Janeiro 26, 2017

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Call for Papers

Contested Borderscapes

Transnational Geographies vis-à-vis Fortress Europe

September 28 – October 1, 2017

International Conference

Mytilene, Lesvos (Greece)

Urban Geography and Planning Laboratory,

“Invisible Cities” research team & Population Movements Laboratory

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean





European member states are signatories to the Geneva Convention Related to the Status of Refugees.

Human rights and dignity are respected in detention centres across Europe.

An electrified fence was built to protect the nation-state from illegal intruders.

Traffickers are responsible for deaths by drowning in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

Deportations are voluntary returns.

Turkey is a safe country.

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.


In 2016, Oxford English Dictionary declared “post-truth” the word of the year. In this Orwellian moment, the movement of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants across the increasingly militarised borders of Europe have instigated a socio-spatial debate about the limits of human rights, national sovereignties, continental values, precipitating and contributing to the ongoing condition of European crises. Although in the era of globalisation borders constitute porous passages for capital and commodities, at the same time they have hardened and ossified as “new enclosures” seeking to immobilise migrant and refugee populations. Fortress Europe emerges as a complex of new state control mechanisms, freshly erected border fences, newly built detention centres and improvised refugee camps; together, these technologies of migration management aim at the criminalisation, classification, stigmatisation, and biopolitical control of moving populations, fomented by xenophobic politics, and managed by humanitarian subcontractors. In this hostile climate, people on the move contest European border regimes, peripheries, and cityscapes by claiming spatial justice and political visibility while creating a nexus of emerging common spaces. They are joined by activists defending their right to movement, who are engaged in efforts to “welcome refugees” into a shrinking and contested public sphere, into alternative and self-organised social spaces, responding to the humanitarian crises wrought by militarism, violence, and structural adjustment with solidarity, stemming from a larger vision of sharing in each other’s struggles for survival and social transformation.

The island of Lesvos is a space of multiple histories of refugee passage, now reinvented as a “hot spot” in the contemporary European regime of migration management, but also reimagined by people who live there as a space of social solidarity with migrant struggles. It thus constitutes one epicentre, or “contested borderscape” of Fortress Europe, and a place where we might learn from local struggles and movements against its murderous politics. If, over the past year, the shores and seaways of Lesvos (“Lesbos”) gained international visibility as the backdrop to untold human suffering, loss, and survival, the purpose of gathering here is not to consume it as a spectacle; instead, we seek to learn from how people here have responded to, and organised in the urgency of what has became mediatised as “the refugee crisis.” The main aim of this international conference is to create a space of critical reflection in which academics, artists, and activists from different disciplines, backgrounds, and locations, can strategise, organise, and analyse the social landscapes of border-spaces such as this, and their reverberations for anti-border politics elsewhere.

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not limited to: presentations of formal academic papers falling under one of the following five themes; brief provocations leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework). We wish to emphasise multidirectional discussion and open debate of contested—rather than “settled”—issues, as opposed to unidirectional knowledge transmission by institutionally acknowledged academic experts. As such, the conference will open with a plenary of local activists, and will culminate in a general assembly of all participants, mapping possibilities for future collaboration and exchange across and beyond Fortress Europe.



Track 1: The notion of the border

  • Borderlands, borderscapes, borderlines, border regimes
  • Borders and nomadism, diaspora, travel, heterotopias, and otherness
  • In-between spaces, hybrid spaces, and threshold spaces vis-à-vis border fortification, militarisation, enclaves, ghettos, walling urbanism, state territories
  • Bridging political, social, national, gender, religion and identity borders, boundaries and communities
  • No borders, open borders, and border-crossing struggles, movements, and activism


Track 2: Migrants’ commoning practices

  • Autonomy of migration and transnationalism
  • Mobile common space; strategies and practices for survival, struggle, solidarity, networking, communication, mutual aid of the moving populations.
  • Collective and sharing practices in migrants’ informal settlements and camps
  • Social solidarity, connections between the social struggles of the locals and the migrants; social philanthropy, humanitarianism, volunteering and NGO’s industry
  • Migrants’ social centres, squatted buildings, and self-organised housing projects


Track 3: New intersectional enclosures

  • New enclosure policies, forced displacement, dispossession and grabbing of the means of production and reproduction, permanence of so-called primitive accumulation
  • Class aspects of immigration, cheap workforce, surplus reserved army of unemployment
  • Emergence of nationalistic-racist-fascist rhetoric and practice, (for instance, racist locals’ committees, the role of church and media)
  • Gendered aspects of immigration (women, lgbtq+, sexism, gendered violence, pregnancy)
  • Age aspects of immigration (children and elderly people)
  • Disability and immigration
  • Cultural re-appropriation of moving populations
  • Slavery, trafficking, human organs’ trafficking


Track 4: State and Hyperstate migrant policies

  • Fortress Europe, detention centers, hot spots, relocation policies, new border fences
  • Law geographies, divisions between refugees and immigrants, criminalization and illegalization of border crossing, the right to citizenship and asylum
  • Fear policies, xenophobia and biopolitics
  • Health geographies, biosecurity and border controls
  • Neocolonialism, geopolitics and war


Track 5: Representations and communication

  • Cultural representations of the Other
  • Landscape and representations of the Other
  • Newcomers – new ideas – new cultural relations
  • Art and multicultural representations
  • Newcomers and e-books, e-sharing, horizontal e-actions
  • Other history, other museum, oral history of newcomers


Submission Procedure

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not limited to: presentations of formal academic papers; brief provocations leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework).


Interested contributors are invited to submit by 1 March 2017 an abstract of maximum 500 words. Abstracts should include: title, keywords, track name, name of the author(s), name of the presenter, affiliation and full contact details (please fill the submission form, link). Authors will be notified by March 20, 2016, about the status of their proposals. There are no fees but we do not have funds to cover travel expenses. The organisers expect an edited volume to result from the gathering. Questions can be directed to contestborders@gmail.com.


Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: March 20, 2017

Conference: Mytilene, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, September 28 – October 1, 2017



Inquiries may be directed to: contestborders@gmail.com


(cfp) International Colloquium in Geohumanities: “Closing Circles, Open Horizons” Março 8, 2016

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International Colloquium in Geohumanities

“Closing Circles, Open Horizons”

Barcelona, October 19th-22nd


We invite postgraduate researchers, academics, activists, artists, and practitioners from across disciplines to contribute to the International Colloquium in Geohumanities, a three-day conference organized by the Association of Spanish Geographers, and the Catalan Geographic Society. We accept contributions in English and Spanish.

We invite to present papers from any of the wide aspects that could include the geohumanities . As a matter of orientation we suggest here a series of general topics that could include all kind of interpretations and a great diversity of interdisciplinary approaches.
Art and Cartography: Different forms of representation of spaces and places, form the use of the cartography to the visual arts and the their interactions.

Geography, creativity, experimentation and innovation: Creativity and experimentation forms linked to the uses, interpretations and emotions of anything geographic.  Spatial elements of the new forms of information acquisition and the new geographies derived of the Big Data.

History, Memory; Geographical aspects of the interpretation of the past and the construction of collective and individual memories.

Gender, bodies and sexualities: Realities, implications and agencies of the subject in the construction of spaces from the gender and sexuality perspective.

Geography, Media, and Social Networks: New forms of representation, dissemination and communication of geographical knowledge and its space-time relations.

Landscape, architecture: Different ways of reading, and understanding, environments, and geographic and non-geographic spaces. Cultural and phenomenological approaches to the analysis of landscapes.

Nature, Environment and Humanities: Different approaches to analyse the relationship among individuals, societies, and the natural environment.


For further information please check de colloquium website or contact geohumanidades@upf.edu

(cfp) Places That Progress?: creating better lives for sexual and gender minorities Dezembro 22, 2015

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Call for Participation (Uni of Brighton, UK):

Places That Progress?: creating better lives for sexual and gender minorities
Friday 18th March 2016, 11:00-17:00
Why should we consider geography when doing work on sex and sexualities? This unique one-day symposium aims to bring together activists, academics, charities and public and voluntary organisations, to explore geographies of sexualities and develop links within and across diverse sectors. This event aims to deepen understandings of sexualities to enable better provision for and engagement with marginalised groups, while also developing grounded and deeply involved research that is at the cutting edge of social science, critical theory, activism and public policymaking alike. We invite interested individuals or representatives of groups or organisations to take part by sharing their own ideas, or research or initiatives they have been involved in.

We now have decades of critical and sustained geographic research on sex and sexualities, culminating in the next year’s Ashgate Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities (Brown & Browne forthcoming). Key geographic interventions and explorations have included the multiple scales at which sexualities operate, from the ‘micro’ scale of the body to the ‘macro’ scale of global geopolitics; LGBTQ communities, villages and ‘ghettos’; sexuality-related imaginings of particular countries or cities; spaces of sex work; the ongoing heterosexualisation of everyday space; and global and transnational activisms for sexual minorities. However, links with research, policy and activism beyond the academy have remained relatively limited, and geography is not always considered relevant when addressing issues of sex and sexualities.

Mindful of this context, the symposium will bring together a diverse audience to share research, insights and experiences of sex and sexualities, highlighting the importance of geographical questions such as:

  • How does place matter when considering gender and sexual/LGBT equalities?
  • How are spaces of sexual liberation created, managed and used?
  • How are exclusions and marginalisations produced and organised spatially?
  • In what ways are place and space important in the regulation of sexual practices and identities?
  • In what ways are place and space important in the regulation and policing of sex work?

We encourage participants to present their research, work or ideas in whatever style feels best to them, including but not limited to presented papers, videos or short films, posters, workshops, discussion panels, activity sessions and so on. We are happy to discuss your presentation with you in advance.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please send a short abstract (around 200 words) to Suzanne Armsden (S.M.Armsden@brighton.ac.uk) by 31st January 2016.

Registration fee: £30 (waged) or £10 (unwaged/low wage/student/other concession). Travel bursaries and fee waivers are available.

This symposium is sponsored by the Society, Space and Environment Research Group at the University of Brighton and the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Organising Committee: Prof. Kath Browne, Dr Jason Lim, Dr Nick McGlynn, Dr Joseli Maria Silva and Dr Joe Hall.

(cfp) LES Online – Digital Journal on Lesbian Issues / Publicação digital sobre questões lésbicas Março 12, 2015

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CALL FOR PAPERS (in English and Portuguese)

LES Online – Digital Journal on Lesbian Issues / Publicação digital sobre questões lésbicas

LES Online is a digital journal that aims to contribute to the study of lesbian issues and to promote lesbian equal opportunities and civil rights.

LES Online welcomes academics, practitioners, and researchers interested in studies that incorporate lesbian issues to submit articles. This is a multi-language publication. Papers may be presented in Portuguese, Spanish, English or French.


Lesbian citizenship(s) 

Submissions deadline: 30 June 2015

Submit Your Article Online Using Online Submissions

Or send it by email to lesgrupo@gmail.com

Best regards,

Eduarda Ferreira

LES Online Editorial Team

LES Online é uma publicação digital que tem como objectivo contribuir para a reflexão sobre questões lésbicas e promover os direitos e a igualdade de oportunidade das mulheres lésbicas. Esta publicação internacional tem como objectivo divulgar estudos e investigações de carácter científico, assim como projectos de intervenção e artigos de opinião, relacionados com as diversas vertentes da temática lésbica.

A LES Online incentiva académicas/os, profissionais e investigadoras/es interessadas/os em estudos que incorporam questões lésbicas a submeter artigos. Esta publicação é multilingue, podendo conter artigos em Português, Espanhol, Inglês ou Francês.


Cidadania(s) lésbica

Data limite para submissões: 30 de Junho 2015

Pode submeter o seu artigo através de Submissões Online

Ou enviar por mail para lesgrupo@gmail.com

Com os melhores cumprimentos,

Eduarda Ferreira

Equipa Editorial da LES Online

(cfp) 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference (Sept. 25th–27th, ’15) Março 6, 2015

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(Uma nova aventura em que estou envolvido, como membro da Comissão Organizadora Local: a conferência “Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies”  Hoje pensar sobre a diversidade de formas de intimidade parece uma urgência objectiva de molde a que as múltiplas realidades relacionais se tornem vísiveis)


1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference (Sept. 25th–27th, ’15)

Call for Contributions – Deadline 18th May 2015

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Research in sociology, psychology, anthropology and contemporary history has shown that traditional concepts and practices regarding marriage, family, sexuality, and intimacy have been changing rapidly in recent decades. There have been radical revisions of thinking and practice not only related to sexuality but also involving gender roles, single-parenthood, family structures, contraception, abortion, and divorce. Many of these areas have been linked to transformations in broader social, economic and political constructs, such as same-sex marriage.

These changes are faced with mainstream negative representations of non-monogamy which describe it as “infidelity”, “serial monogamy”, or “failures” of the “normal” pattern of intimacy. Such perspectives assign a privileged role to the idealized couple, portrayed as intrinsically better. The dominant academic paradigm legitimates and strengthens monogamy’s normativity. At the same time, academia frequently fails to acknowledge the existence of open, consensual non-couple-based forms of relationships, and of a-romantic and/or asexual intimacies. Moreover, even the limited existing research on consensual non-monogamies focuses mostly on English-speaking and socio-economically privileged white groups and communities.

The rise in critical discourses regarding normative sexualities and intimacies (and the ways in which these two elements interact) calls into question the traditional paradigm of lifestyles that have been at the core of the sex-gender system, as well as hetero-mono-normative institutions and practices in general.

Topics: With this conference, we intend to bring together research, activism and other forms of social expression, focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Research around the lived experiences of non-monogamies, especially those considered consensual;
  • Ideological and representational changes in how intimacies are thought of;
  • Intersections with race, sex-gender, sexual orientation, kinship, kink, sex work, class, culture, religion, dis/ability, asexuality, a-romanticism;
  • Activism and community-building around non-monogamies;
  • Reproduction of normativities and resistances: polynormativity and relationship anarchy, neo-liberalism and political contestation;
  • Evolution of scientific discourses on non-monogamies;
  • Challenges to counseling, psychotherapy, (public) health and legal frameworks around non-monogamies;
  • The roles of mass media and new technologies around transformations of intimacy.

Our goal is community-building within and beyond academia in all its fields and disciplines, challenging traditional models of the hegemonic Global North system of knowledge production. Therefore, we encourage the submission not only of academic papers and thematic panels, but also round-table discussions, film screenings and debates, installations, activist-driven reflections and other modalities.

Language & accessibility: For logistic reasons, the conference’s common language will be English, and abstracts must be submitted in English. If you wish so, you can also send us your abstract in another language, provided that you also submit it in English. It is highly recommended (but not mandatory) that presentations during the conference are in English. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. If you require a Sign Language interpreter, please contact us via email; unfortunately we cannot guarantee that this will be provided.

To submit: Abstracts of up to 250 words for individual submissions and up to 500 words for panel submissions, by May 18th, using this platform. Before submitting, please read the instructions HERE. Any doubts or technical difficulties should be addressed to the following email: nmciconference@gmail.com

Venue: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) in Lisbon, Portugal

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International conference
6 and 7 October 2015, Instituto de História Contemporânea, New University of Lisbon
Organization: Will Boisseau (Loughborough University), Diogo Duarte (New University of Lisbon)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Erika Cudworth (University of East London)
  • Rhoda Wilkie (University of Aberdeen)
  • Richard Twine (Edge Hill University)


Until recently animals have been practically invisible in the social and human sciences. However, animals have evoked a growing interest to the point that today it is almost impossible to ignore their presence in many disciplinary fields. The rise in such scholarship over the last two decades has made it possible to talk about an “animal turn” which has brought about the consolidation of interdisciplinary fields such as “animal studies”, with a production that has been growing in quantity, quality and visibility. Many of these works not only show the difficulty in continuing to look at nonhuman animals in isolation, as objects deprived of autonomy or as strange beings alien to our condition, but also demonstrate that the understanding of human animals themselves – in their cultural and social relations, in their ideas, in their forms of organization and thought – is severely impoverished if we persist in ignoring the relationship to other species and their presence throughout history.

Studying the relationship between human and nonhuman animals has enabled scholars to view, in a new light, many of the underlying logics to the forms of discrimination between humans that prevailed throughout history and persist in the present. Such scholarship has led to an understanding of the establishment and development of certain mechanisms of power and authority; as well as allowing for a reassessment of the great cultural and social transformations seen in the last centuries. The “animal turn” has facilitated a reassessment of our understanding of the role that animals played in processes of social and cultural transformations, either by the way in which they conditioned those processes, or by their direct intervention. Ultimately, these works brought about recognition of animals as social and historic agents, leading us to re-evaluate the way in which they have been – and still are – treated, exploited and used by humans.

The Institute for Contemporary History (Instituto de História Contemporânea), New University of Lisbon, will be holding a conference between 6 and 7 of October 2015 to explore the recent developments in studies that reflect the intersection between human and nonhuman animals. The conference has three broad and intersecting themes – liberation, history and critical animal studies – and welcomes proposals dealing with any aspect of these thematic strands. We intend for one of the conductive axis of the works to be history and we aim to adopt the emancipatory approach of scholar activists working in the field of critical animal studies.

The conference aims to critically explore developments in the history of the animal condition, including the agency of nonhuman animals and the relationship between the exploitation of nonhuman animals and the oppression and marginalization of certain humans on the basis of categories such as class, race or gender. We are interested in scrutinizing activist assertions that ‘animal liberation is human liberation’ and examining slogans such as ‘one struggle, one fight: human freedom, animal rights’.

We encourage not only papers that continue the analysis and discussion about nonhuman animals in history and about their relationship with humans, but also papers that reflect upon the contributions and impact of “animal studies” for historiography and social theory. Papers that intend to explore or take stock of animal studies, in particular those that emerged in social and human sciences in the last decades, are also welcome.

We welcome proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines, including radical academics, independent researchers, students and community activists. Papers may focus on any aspect of the three stands, including but not limited to the following themes:

  • Anarchism and animal liberation
  • Marxism and animals
  • Social Justice and animals
  • Animals and social theory
  • Animals and agency
  • Animals and social classes
  • Animals and colonialism
  • Feminism and animals
  • History of animal liberation movements
  • History of vegetarianism/ veganism
  • Prison industrial complex and animals
  • Veganism as a social movement
  • The meaning of ‘liberation’

Please note that there will be a 30€ registration fee for the conference.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 500 words, and a brief biography including name, affiliation and contact details to: rduarte@fcsh.unl.pt and W.J.Boisseau@lboro.ac.uk

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18th April 2015

Decisions on abstracts: 4th May 2015

For more information about the conference, or to submit an abstract, please email the organising committee: rduarte@fcsh.unl.pt or W.J.Boisseau@lboro.ac.uk