Archive: Calls

• CFP Eugeo 2019 – The end of endism?

Session Title: The end of endism? The Revival of the Nation State in Global Geopolitics


Session Convenors: Elena Dell’Agnese, Virginie Mamadouh, Università di Milano-Bicocca / Universiteit van Amsterdam 




While (political) geographers have long questioned the end of the nation-state and the end of state borders narratives, their sudden dismissal around the world has bewildered them equally. This dismissal has been unexpected and highly contagious: a wave ending endist narratives and bringing nationalism and sovereignty back to fore of political debates. Such narratives have been articulated by (new or refurbished) political parties and broader movements that met unexpected electoral success in Hungary, Poland, and more recently in the US, Austria, Italy, Brazil. They take the form of populist discourses suggesting the existence of a monolith “people” with an essentialist identity and a clear national interest that has to take back control from a cosmopolitan elite thanks to a charismatic leader. These new frames echo nationalist narratives in Russia, China, India or the Philippines where autocratic leaders are in fashion too. Whether targeting globalization and free-trade, international migration and multiculturalism, Europeanization and international governance, or all of the above at the same time, new nationalist sovereignty narratives have emerged in places as varied as England and Italy, with one resulting in Brexit, the other in defiance of EU budgetary rules. Catchy mottos such as America First have a direct and deep impact on inclusion and exclusion processes, affecting social cohesion, identities, and power relations. They also guide foreign policy and affect international relations (border disputes, trade agreements), global governance (asylum, climate change) and regional collaborative efforts such as the EU. The Commission on Political Geography of the IGU sponsors a session for papers that analyze and theorize the political geography of this revival of nationalism and sovereignty in Europe and beyond. Papers may focus on domestic political geographies, on international relations or the interaction between populism, identities and geopolitical visions. Case studies, comparative studies and conceptual papers are welcome.


Please send your abstracts (maximum 250 words) to Virginie Mamadouh ( and Elena Dell’Agnese (  by January 21st 2019.

• CFP Eugeo 2019 – Borders of Populism

Session Title: Borders of populism in the European Union


Session Convenors: Anna Casaglia, Raffaella Coletti, University of Trento; Sapienza University of Rome, Dept. Memotef


Research on populism is animating academic debates in light of the growing relevance of this trend, which is indeed a rising global phenomenon. Populist movements differ a lot across space and time; however, in its very basic definition, populism is the movement of the ‘pure people’ and their will against the ‘elites’; or, more precisely, a struggle between a reified ‘will of the people’ and a conspiring elite.

Populism is diffusing widely in the European Union and a common feature of these movements is their anti-EU positions, or the inclusion of European institutions and European representatives in the list of “corrupted” elites to be confronted by the new generation of “people” in power. As such, the diffusion of populism challenges the present and future of EU structure and integration.


The contribution of geography to the study of populism has been limited so far, even if borders, globalisation, inequalities, sovereignty, which are crucial variables in the current populist wave, are also traditional topics for geographers. In this frame, and in the case of the European Union specifically, the role of borders looks particularly important.
Indeed, (territorial and relational) borders are crucial sites  in understanding processes of EU integration, and political geographers have widely explored the ‘nature of the beast’, interrogating the role of bordering practices and imaginaries in the making of the European Union. Consequently, EU borders and bordering processes are pivotal to exploring and understanding the rationale and the implications of the current shifting political landscape of the EU, and potential mechanisms of EU (dis)integration.

Moreover, borders are central in populist discourse and ideology, not only as ‘containers’ of national identity, but as crucial markers of sovereignty against supranational regulations. Populist parties all over Europe have been exploiting borders and the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ to securitise migration and human mobility and to promote the defence of national identity in the face of cultural invasion. In most countries where populism has been politically successful, like Hungary, Belgium, and Italy, the ‘pure people’s’ claims have soon met racist, homophobic and islamophobic politics invoking the closure of borders, the defence of traditional Christian values, and the strengthening of national bonds. The imaginary power of the nation-state seems to have risen again with a chauvinist revival and a strong feeling that Our security is threatened by Others.


This session aims to collect theoretical or case-study based contributions that explore the link between populism and borders in the European Union in two main directions: on the one hand, to understand if and how European bordering processes can be used as key variables in exploring the emergence and the features of populism; on the other hand, to analyse how European populism affects border practices, imaginaries and regimes at European internal and external borders.


Please send your abstracts (maximum 250 words) to Raffaella Coletti ( and Anna Casaglia ( by January 28th 2019.

• 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting

Deadline for abstracts 10 December 2018 (See

Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability

The 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Trondheim, Norway, June 16 – 19 2019

The term ‘sustainable development’ has become part of our everyday vocabulary, especially after the World Commission on Environment and Development published its report Our Common Future in 1987. As a result of the Commission’s report, the consequences of economic reason for all living systems, was explicitly put on the agenda. Thus, through sustainable development economic growth and long term environmental concerns were configured as compatible and in fact complementary with securing a sustainable common future. While the notions of sustainable development and sustainability have received widespread criticism for being all-encompassing, apolitical and elitist, they are still very much part of the rhetoric ‘weaponry’ mobilized, now often in combination with the terms green economy and green growth, to describe and prescribe why and how to deal with contemporary and future global challenges.
Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability provide opportunities to engage with ideas of sustainability within geographical scholarship, the politics of sustainability beyond the academy and the shifting discipline of geography itself. At the 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Trondheim we ask: What are the emerging challenges across the world and what role should or could the discipline of geography play in addressing and solving them, both within and beyond the academy? What emotions, behaviours, moralities, powers, transformations, hopes, grieves and responsibilities at different scales are implicated in thinking and acting sustainably? To what extent are our conceptual and methodological toolkits attuned to the shifting geographies of sustainability of the world today? Resources are distributed based on historically unmatched levels of inequality. Are we, then, at a point in time where ‘our uncommon future’ is becoming an increasingly apt diagnosis? What alternative agendas and concepts are emerging that challenge or complement sustainability as a problem formulation and agenda for the future?
See for details

• CIGAL, Conférence Internationale de Géographie Anarchiste et Libertaire

Cher.e.s collègues,

Vous trouverez ci-joint un appel à communication pour la 2ème CIGAL, Conférence Internationale de Géographie Anarchiste et Libertaire qui aura lieu du 12 au 16 juin 2019 à Rabastens dans le Tarn (France) sur le thème de le thème “Se réapproprier le territoire, lutter contre les dominations”. Nous vous invitons à diffuser l’information très largement.

Les propositions sont attendues pour le 21 décembre 2018.

Dans l’attente de vos propositions, nous vous souhaitons une belle journée à toutes et à tous.

Le comité scientifique

Barrera Gerónimo, Baudoin Julien, Bénos Rémi, Blot Frédérique, Cantagrel Cécile, Cecillon Martine, Courcelle
Thibault, Diegx, Dietrich Judicaelle, Ferretti Federico, Fossier Gilles, Ince Anthony, Lamarche Karine, Berdjouh
Majid, Maestripieri Nicolas, Malaterre Nathalie, Maraud Simon, Massé Pauline, Matuzesky Guillaume, Minder
Patrick, Palome Manue, Pélenc Jérôme, Pelletier Philippe, Springer Simon, Poirrier Suzie, Tillous Marion,
Tomassi Isabella, White Richard, Zanetti Thomas.
Dear colleagues,

You will find attached a call for papers for the 2nd ICALG, International Conference of Anarchist and Libertarian Geography, which will take place from June 12th to 16th, 2019 in Rabastens (Tarn-France) on the theme of “Reclaiming the territory, fight against dominations “. We invite you to spread the information very widely.

The proposals are expected until the 21 December 2018.

Looking forward to your proposals, we wish you a nice day.

The scientific committee
Estimado.a.s colegas,

Encontraron adjunta una convocatoria de ponencias para la 2da CIGAL, Conferencia Internacional de Geografía Anarquista y Libertaria, que tendrá lugar del 12 al 16 de junio de 2019 en Rabastens (Tarn-Francia) sobre el tema “Reapropriarse el territorio, lucha contra dominaciones”. Le invitamos a difundir la información muy ampliamente.

Las propuestas estan esperadas hasta el 21 de diciembre de 2018.

Esperando sus propuestas, les deseamos un buen día.

El comité científico

• PGSG Preconference at the AAG 2019

For those planning to attend the AAG Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Here is the call for the traditional preconference organized but the AAG Political Geography Specialty Group (PGSG):

Please mark your calendars for the Political Geography Specialty Group preconference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The event will be hosted by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University. Details are now available on the PGSG website at:

Abstracts are not due until the end of January (the end of February for posters), but if you want to submit early while you are in an abstract-submitting-mood for the AAG, please do so!

• Security dynamics in Asia, Maghreb and Europe

International conference titled “The impact of rivalry between China, Russia and the United States on security dynamics in Asia, Maghreb and Europe”.

The conference will take place in Krakow, Poland, on November 22-23 (2018) at the Jagiellonian University.


• 2019 Regional Studies Association Annual Conference

The theme of the 2019 Regional Studies Association Annual Conference is „Pushing Regions beyond their border“

Deadline Abstract Submission : 28February 2019

• Making the map

Making the map: cross-border and intercultural representations from Ancient history to today
Mulhouse – 20, 21, 22 May 2019
Université de Haute-Alsace

The conference aims to reflect on and debate the cartography of transboundary and intercultural phenomena. Through an international lens, and drawing from multiple disciplines, it ought to contribute to the conceptualisation of maps independent of political borders by inviting us to think about them across three axes: time (How compatible have intercultural phenomena and cartographic enterprises been throughout history?), space (what are the possible approaches when mapping intercultural or cross-border phenomena depending on the area of study, of creation and of diffusion of maps?), and method (how/why can making maps show such phenomena?).

Deadline 30 November 2018
See details in the Calls in German, French and English in the attachments and on the site du CRESAT

• The Arab World Geographer


3rd International Conference of The Arab World Geographer (AWG)

Topic: The Arab Encounter with Africa: Past, Present and Future

In Zanzibar, Tanzania, January 8-10, 2019

The AWG will host its third International Conference from the 8th to 10th of January 2019 in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. Social science scholars and other interested persons are welcome to submit abstracts for a 20-25 minute presentation and participate in field trips in this fascinating island where Arabs and Moslems contributed to culture and society for many centuries in the past and continue to do so today. The organizers of the conference are aware of this short notice and somewhat more unusual location in the Indian Ocean. However, we are hoping that the choice of time and place will be compensated for attendees by the fact that it will be the summer season in Zanzibar in January, and for those coming from the Northern Hemisphere it will also be a chance to escape the winter and enjoy a memorable break, combining an academic conference with a stay in a uniquely intriguing tropical environment of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The conference venue will be in Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for “old town”) which is the old part of Zanzibar City. The AWG wishes to offer this opportunity to explore an important research topic for geographers and other interested individuals supporting and contributing to our journal. Select conference papers will be considered for a special double issue of the AWG.

Those interested can submit a 250-word abstract by 25 November 2018 to the Editor-in-Chief of the AWG (Ghazi-Walid Falah) at Abstracts will be reviewed and once accepted, authors will be asked to pay a registration fee of US$250 (Early-bird registration ends November 30, 2018). Registration after November 30th is US$450. Guest registration: US$15. [Guest registration is designed for the spouse, partner, or family members of the registrant]. Participants will be responsible for their own expenses (flight and hotel).

• Societies and Spaces in Contact

Enclosed please find the information and call for papers for a
Conference on Societies and Spaces in Contact

that will be held in Portorož-Portorose (Slovenia) 16-20 September 2019
It is organized by Milan Bufon , Scien and research Centre Koper, Slovenia.

Papers should consider the following main Conference Themes:
– European national and regional minorities: from territorialities of exclusion to territorialities of inclusion
– Policies for cultural diversity and social integration within a multilevel decisional context
– Migrants and “new minorities”: factor of conflict or development potential?
– Spatial and social transformations in contact areas: towards an integrated approach
– Cross-border cooperation and planning: past experiences and future trends
– The perception of the “other”: mental maps and narratives
– Cultural diversity, multiculturalism and education: language policies and societal building

Two excursions in the Istrian region and in Trieste-Trst (Italy)
Keynote speakers are Tove H. Malloy (Europa-Universität Flensburg) and Colin H. Williams (Cardiff University)

Abstract submission between 1 November 2018 and 30 April 2019

See pdf for more information.

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