Abstracts due 2/8 for New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) 10th Anniversary

NYC Climate Change

This half-day Summit will bring together climate scientists with those who use the outcomes of their research, including city planners, industry experts, policymakers, and representatives of non-governmental organizations engaged in climate mitigation efforts. Topics covered will include the latest findings of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), and their implications for New York City and other cities seeking to identify and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. Building on the experience of the NPCC, our speakers and panelists will present examples of how research findings have been translated into resiliency policies that are shaping the future of the City, and go on to explore the larger role of cities, the private sector, and other key stakeholders in tackling this complex issue.

This event marks the 10-year anniversary of a successful partnership between the NPCC, the city of New York, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Established in 2008, the NPCC has pushed new boundaries of urban climate science, enabling New York City to set an example for all cities of how science-stakeholder partnerships can achieve science-based responses to climate change challenges. The recommendations of the NPCC—all published in special issues of the Academy’s scholarly journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences—have been incorporated into tangible resilience policies that are helping the City to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, and to withstand the impacts of a changing climate in the decades to come.

The half-day Summit will be followed by a Networking Reception and Award Ceremony celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this groundbreaking partnership.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for a poster session. For complete submission instructions, please visit our online portal. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, February 8, 2019.

#CfP: 25th Annual Critical Geography Conference, Abstract Deadline Extended to 9/17

The deadline to submit abstracts for presentations for the 25th Critical Geographies Mini-conference at Temple University in Philadelphia has been extended. Please submit your abstracts by Monday the 17th of September. You may do so here:  https://tucriticalgeography.wordpress.com
The conference will begin on the evening of Friday, October 19th, 2018, with a keynote by Dr. Carolyn Finney, as part of Temple’s 2018 Department of Geography and Urban Studies Benjamin H. Kohl Social Justice Lecture.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. 
Please visit  https://tucriticalgeography.wordpress.com for more information and reach out to to directly at  TUCriticalGeography@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Call for Participants Prelude to The Shed: Schema for a School

Application deadline: Mar 31, 2018

The Shed, New York’s new multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture will open in Spring 2019. Committed to commissioning new work by a range of artists, their building features versatile spaces for the broadest range of performance, music, visual art, multi-disciplinary work, events, and a free experimental lab for local artists and collectives. Before the building opens, The Shed is producing and presenting a series of new works and community engagement programs throughout New York City.

The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY is delighted to be working together with The Shed and with artist Asad Raza on a call for participants to collaborate on an artwork/experiment Schema for a School, an experimental school program that aims to enact new models for teaching and learning, available by individual application for CUNY Graduate Center students and others from institutions across the city region. For more information about this opportunity, program, and to apply, please click here. Deadline for completed online application is March, 31, 2018.

The organizers are looking to assemble a diverse group of motivated students. Students are expected to be absolutely reliable in their attendance: anyone unsure about their ability to commit to the times and dates stated on the application form should not apply. We are able to offer each successful CUNY Graduate Center student an additional stipend of $300 to help cover expenses, e.g. Metrocard, occasional meals, or to make up for missed tutoring sessions or other part-time work that might need to be put on hold while attending/supplementing Schema for a School. The capacity of the experimental school is approximately 22 students. If you are accepted to participate then please contact Cara Jordan at the Center for the Humanities to arrange reimbursement, or for questions or further information about this opportunity at: cjordan@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

The Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center, CUNY

AAG2018 EGSG Student Paper Competition Submissions due 3/10!

The Ethnic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) is pleased to announce its annual Student Paper Competition. Students who have completed a research paper to present at the 2018 AAG are eligible to submit their research paper for adjudication in this competition. The EGSG Student Paper Committee will evaluate all submissions based on written clarity, methodological rigor, and overall contribution to ethnic geography scholarship. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a certificate, a ticket to the AAG Awards Luncheon, and formal recognition at the banquet and in the EGSG Newsletter. If there is a tie between two papers/students, the prize may be equally distributed among the co-winners.

Paper submissions must be based on original research completed as an undergraduate or graduate student and must adhere to following:

  1. To be considered for the award, students must present their research at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AAG. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the EGSG business meeting, and become active in EGSG student committee activities.
  2. The topic must be on some aspect of Ethnic Geography.
  3. The text portion should be double-spaced and not exceed twenty pages – the total length should not exceed thirty pages.
  4. Papers co-authored with faculty will not be considered for the student paper award. Papers authored by multiple students, however, are acceptable. If a multi-students authored paper is declared the winner, the total prize award may be distributed among the co-authors.
  5. Paper submissions must be sent to Jay L. Newberry (Student Paper Award Committee Chair) by e-mail. If there are essential graphics which cannot be sent by e-mail, the author may send the graphic by mail.
  6. The paper must be received no later than March 10th, 2018.
  7. The paper will be judge by the committee members on: written clarity, methodological soundness, contribution to scholarship in ethnic geography, and overall effectiveness. The paper presentation at the conference will not be considered in the scoring.

For further information, please contact Jay L. Newberry by e-mail: jnewber@binghamton.edu .


Student Paper Competition Award Committee:

David Kaplan, 2016-2018 [dkaplan@kent.edu]
Kanika Verma, 2017-2019 [kanikaverma@outlook.com]
Jay Newberry, 2017-2019 [jnewber@binghamton.edu]

AAG2018 SXSSG Student Paper Competition Submissions due 1/15!

The Sexuality and Space Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 Sexuality and Space Student Paper Competition. Winners will be notified prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AAG in New Orleans. First-place winners receive a prize of $155 to cover early-bird conference registration costs, as well as a ticket for the Annual AAG Awards Luncheon, and second-place winners receive a prize of $75.

The submission deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018.

Potential topics may include:

  • Queer and trans political resistance
  • Community and political formations of queer and trans people of color in the Global North and the Global South
  • Black queer and trans cultures and political action
  • Intersections between heteronormativity and racism, colonialism, ableism, and poverty
  • The geographies of health and queer and trans communities
  • Queer culture and performance
  • LGBT and queer urbanisms
  • Indigenous queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities and movements
  • Heterosexualities and domesticities
  • Sexual landscapes
  • Queer ecology, queer nature, and queer more-than-humanisms
  • Queer historical geographies


Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degree program in Geography or a related discipline may submit a paper written in the past year. Papers are welcome from students at institutions in or outside of the United States. Students do not necessarily have to be presenting a paper at this year’s annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers to be eligible for an award.


We are seeking high-quality student papers that make an original contribution to the study of sexuality and space. Papers should be 4000-6000 words in length (including explanatory footnotes/endnotes, but excluding references), with an additional 100-200 word abstract. Figures and images should be included as separate pages rather than embedded within the text. Papers should be properly referenced, although students may choose the citation method they think appropriate. Papers should be in English.

Submission Procedure:

Submissions should be made electronically. Please email Rae Rosenberg (rae.d.rosenberg@gmail.com) with the paper attached as a PDF, Microsoft Word, or other standard word processing program file. All submissions will be acknowledged by email; if you do not receive an acknowledgment within 48 hours, please try sending again. Please be sure to include your name, postal address, telephone, and email address on the front cover of your paper, so that we can contact you if necessary.

CFP Political Ecologies of Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Events due 11/27.

CFP Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference 2018

Session title: Political Ecologies of Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Events
Organizers: Katinka Wijsman (New School for Social Research), Melissa Davidson (Arizona State University) and Erin Friedman (City University of New York).

Motivated by the actual and anticipated occurrence of weather related extreme events, a plethora of actors in urban areas are organizing and participating in planning and design efforts–as well as concrete action–aimed at increasing urban resilience and adapting to climatic change. These efforts focus on post-disaster recovery as well as on minimizing economic losses, deaths, and other negative impacts of future severe storms, flooding, and heat waves. In this session, we seek to interrogate the political ecology of extreme weather events in urban settings and of the plans, actions, and strategies dealing with them: What are the political ecologies that produce uneven vulnerability to severe storms, flooding, and heat waves across communities? What kinds of political work go into the creation and completion of these plans, actions, and strategies and what kinds of political work do they perform?

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to:
• How power and inequality informs whether and how urban communities are sustained amidst severe storms, flooding,  drought, and heat waves;
• How power and inequality informs and is refashioned through adaptation and resilience plans, actions, and strategies;
• How power and inequality shapes processes of science and activism around severe storms, flooding, drought, and heat waves in urban settings

We are open to theoretical and empirical papers that seek to contribute to a better understanding of the politics of urban resilience to extreme weather events through description, exploration, and theorization. If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Katinka Wijsman (Katinka.wijsman@newschool.edu) by November 27,
2017. Accepted papers will be notified by November 29 to ensure participants can register by the December 1 deadline.

CfP: Thinking and Organizing at the Margins of Traditional Housing. Travel assistance available!

CfP due 12/1. Conference 3/1-3/3 at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN USA

The margins of traditional housing, those precarious or makeshift spaces against which dominant models of property ownership and exclusion are constructed, have long been a powerful site from which to theorize, organize, and resist. Homelessness, eviction, squatters’ rights, and the right to land all find their way into fruitful interdisciplinary scholarship, much of which links these struggles to broader questions of citizenship, governance, and exclusion. Meanwhile many of the same root problems motivate housing activists around the globe. These community organizing struggles create a more grounded, pragmatic critiques and strategies, as activists deploy popular education to empower those immediately affected and often situate their movements within broader social justice movements, from labor struggles to fights for racial or caste justice.

We call this conference in the belief that much of the work around these intertwined topics from those within and outside of the academy runs along parallel tracks, and that we have as much to learn from each other’s investigations of these topics as we do from our own research and organizing practices. Our intention is to create a space in which the unique work done by organizers and academics can collide and expand in unpredictable and unexpected ways, fostered by the proximity that is rare across both divides both geographic and work-related in nature.

Instead of traditional paper sessions, participants will be grouped into thematic sessions based on their own expressed interests. We are also excited to receive proposed sessions or themes from participants as well!

To apply for “Thinking and Organizing at the Margins of Traditional Housing,” please send a brief (~300 words) summary of something you would like to talk about at the conference. Below are some themes which may provide fertile ground for reflection, but are not in any way intended to set boundaries on submissions or ideas:

  • Successes and struggles of doing praxis at the margins of traditional housing
  • Intersections between raced, gendered, and hetero-normative constructions of “home,” and struggles for alternative models, particularly among people living in poverty.
  • Intersections between policing practices, mass incarceration, and housing (in)justices
  • The role of practices such as social work, radical care, and harm reduction in housing
  • Dispossession, eviction, and forced migration
  • How different struggles over land claims and governance can enable or shape alternative modes of housing

To apply, please email (both) Eric Goldfischer (goldf056@umn.edu) and Teresa Gowan (tgowan@umn.edu) by December 1st, 2017, with your abstract/outline. In your email, please indicate your position (i.e. academic faculty, graduate student, activist) and any additional roles you’re interested in performing at the conference, such as chairing a session, being a discussant on a panel, or organizing a side activity.

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ACTIVISTS: We have a number of travel stipends to support graduate students, activists, and anyone else with limited means to attend the conference. If you are interested in applying for a stipend, please attach a document to your conference application which states the following:

  • Name
  • Institutional or organizational affiliation
  • Where you will be travelling from
  • A couple of paragraphs on how attending the conference will benefit your work

Call for proposals : Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration due 11/14

We are seeking proposals from community members, university researchers, independent scholars and students to actively participate in the conference!

• Proposals are due by November 14th, 2017
• Proposals should be submitted online at BlackCommunities.unc.edu/submissions
• Written proposals should be no more than 250 words
• Audio or short video proposals are welcome & should be no more than 5 minutes in length
• Multiple proposal submissions from an individual or group are acceptable
• All proposals should be accessible to a broad, diverse audience
• Selections and notifications will be made by mid-January

Types of Proposals

Oral Presentation about your work or research


Working Group for 6-12 people to explore a very specific, shared concern

Panel Discussion for you and others to discuss an important topic


Workshop on useful skills or knowledge


Pop-Up Presentation showcasing an academic poster, photography, artistic performance or video


Examples of Topics

  • Successful Researcher-Community Collaborations
  • Local Histories
  • Black Communities in the Era of Trump
  • The Black Church and the Role of Religion
  • Environmental Racism and Justice
  • Cultural Tourism and Destination Marketing in Historic Black Communities
  • Archiving Family Artifacts
  • Health, Nutrition and Health Disparities
  • Economic Revitalization and Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Black Beauty, Perceptions and Appropriations
  • Racial Violence and White Terror in the 21st Century
  • Soulfood and Black Foodways
  • Eliminating the Academic Achievement Gap
  • Cultural and Historical Memory
  • Social Movements and Activism
  • Why Black Communities Matter
  • Black Families
  • Gentrification, Ownership, and Community
  • Land-Trust
  • Negro Spirituals, Blues, Rock n Roll, Soul, Hip-Hop and the Future of Black music
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Self-care and Mental Health
  • Organizing for Community Change
  • Building Black Wealth

Please note that these are only examples.
We are relying on you to help define the most important topics and themes for the conference!

#CfP: Value-Based Praxis in Community-Based Participatory Research and Action for Social and Environmental Equity

Call for papers for AAG Annual Meeting

Value-Based Praxis in Community-Based Participatory Research and Action for Social and Environmental Equity

Type: Paper
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Reginald Archer
Chairs: Reginald Archer

Call for Papers

In an effort to further understand the nuances of Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR), this session aims to elucidate the role of value-based praxis in community-based research and action. That is, what are the values—e.g., social justice, self-determination, democratic participation, etc.— that inform and drive community-based research and action? To what extent are these values attended to equally? Who decides what the focus should be? Do these practices attend to culture, space, and place? How should the outcomes and processes of these projects be evaluated? What geospatial applications best support CBPAR? These are just a few of the questions we aim to address in this session. To begin to understand these nuances, we invite paper/panel proposals concerning a range of CBPAR and broader community-based projects, from youth participatory action to broader community-based research leading to actionable outcomes. Submission Procedure: Please submit your participation/registration fee and abstracts online through AAG’s website (www.aag.org), by October 17th, 2017. Interested contributors should submit their abstract and PIN to either of the co-organizers: Reginald S. Archer: rarcher@tnstate.edu Jason A. Douglas: jason.douglas@sjsu.edu Serena Alexander: Serena.alexander@sjsu.edu


Social and environmental inequities (e.g., inequitable access to resources in low-income communities and communities of color) present a pressing societal concern. However, intervention programs, particularly those involving public health and social welfare more broadly, frequently focus on individual level outcomes. Such interventions tend to ignore that many of the social and environmental inequities experienced at the community-level stem from systemic inequities that ultimately manifest in poor health and well-being outcomes, particularly in the low-income communities and communities of color. In response to this, grass-roots, community-level strategies have gained attention in the public discourse concerning community health and well-being. Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) is a promising approach to working in and with communities to collaboratively 1) identify community interests and concerns (reflection), 2) develop strategies for studying community identified concerns (planning), and 3) developing actionable strategies for redressing social and environmental inequities (social action). In an effort to further understand the nuances of CBPAR, we aim to elucidate the role of value-based praxis in community-based research and action.



Organized by:
Kean Birch (York University, Canada)
Callum Ward (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Christian Zeller (Universität Salzburg, Austria).

Unicorns stalk Silicon Valley (promising huge returns to investors), big pharma ramps up drug prices on the back of knowledge monopolies (buying back their shares with the profits), multinational corporations hide ‘their’ intellectual property in offshore shell companies (avoiding much-needed taxes), and governments turn the air we breathe into a financial asset (giving it away to polluters). Contemporary capitalism is different; it is increasingly dominated by forms of rentiership rather than entrepreneurship, by the extraction of economic rents rather than the creation of new products and services (Birch 2017a; Felli 2014; Sayer 2015; Swyngedouw, 2010; Ward & Aalbers, 2016). Economic rents can be defined as the value extracted from economic activity – broadly conceived – as the result of the ownership and control of a particular resource, primarily because of that resource’s inherent or constructed degree of productivity, scarcity, or quality. As geographers, it is necessary to unpack how we analyse and understand – theoretically, politically, and ethically – the diversity of modes of ownership and control of resources in contemporary capitalism, including sociotechnical platforms (e.g. Uber), business model sorcery (e.g. Google), prosumer productivity (e.g. Facebook), Big Data mining (e.g. consumption patterns), and financial warlockery (e.g. interchange fees). This unpacking opens up opportunities to return to some of the geographical classics (e.g. David Harvey, Neil Smith) on economic rent, as well as engage with more recent literatures pushing forward debate in this area (e.g. Andreucci et al. 2017; Birch 2017b, 2017c; Haila 2016; Langley & Leyshon 2016; Maurer 2017; Schwartz 2017; Slater 2017; Storper 2013; Tretter 2016; Ward & Aalbers, 2016; Zeller 2008).

In light of the apparent spread and prevalence of economic rents and rent-seeking in our economies and societies, this session’s aim is to understand the geographical dimensions of rentiership, defined as the practice and process of constructing economic rents and rent- seeking. This raises a number of questions we invite contributors to address (others are also welcome):
1. What are the intellectual histories of rentiership in human geography?
2. Are current conceptions of rentiership fit for purpose? Do we need to update them?
3. How does rentiership relate to geographical concepts like territory, place, space, and scale?
4. How are rentiers involved in the process of mobilizing various social goods as financial assets?
5. How do we take rent theory beyond land in order to analyze assets and resources like technoscientific knowledge, friendship and love, human bodies and living entities, etc.?
6. Does the concept of rentiership help us understand new sociotechnical configurations like social media platforms (e.g. Uber), business models (e.g. Google), Big Data, etc.?
7. What are the (geographical, biophysical, sociotechnical) materialities and/or technologies (accounting practices, legal assemblages, etc.) of rentiership?
8. What, if anything, is new about the prevalence of rentiership in contemporary capitalism? Do we need new analytical tools to understand it?

Abstract Submission
If you would like to participate in the session, please submit an abstract (250 words max) by 18 October 2017 to kean@yorku.ca, callum.ward@kuleuven.be, and christian.zeller@sbg.ac.at. If you would like to participate in other ways (e.g. discussant) then please feel free to contact us as well.

Please note: once you have submitted an abstract to us, you will also need to register AND submit an abstract on the AAG website. The AAG abstract deadline is 25 October 2017:



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Birch, K. (2017b) Rethinking value in the bio-economy: Finance, assetization and the management of value, Science, Technology and Human Values 42(3): 460-490.
Birch, K. (2017c) A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Felli, R. (2014) On climate rent, Historical Materialism 22(3-4): 251-280.
Haila, A. (2016), Urban Land Rent, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Langley, P. and A. Leyshon (2016), ‘Platform Capitalism: The Intermediation and Capitalisation of Digital Economic Circulation’, Finance and Society, early view.
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Schwartz, H.M. (2017) Club goods, intellectual property rights, and profitability in the information economy, Business and Politics 19(2): 191-214.
Slater, T. (2017) Planetary rent gaps, Antipode 49: 114–137.
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