Highlights the enduring significance of borders in the production of space and spatial knowledge. Particular emphasis is placed on the spatial relations that shape, order and police borders and their relationship to the politics of mobility and immobility. At stake here is a multi-scalar perspective that foregrounds the increasing securitization of migration management.
Foregrounds the constitutive role that various forms of cultural expression play in shaping the relationship between the social and the spatial. Provides a critical platform for investigating the nature of power, difference and oppression – how they are imagined and performed, opposed and subverted.
Writings that critically engage the ongoing conditions of coloniality and its effects. Entries in this section may also speculate on intellectual, political and organizational tactics that work to resist coloniality, colonization and colonialism’s effects in the present.
Investigates the spatial implications of the mass production, consumption, and disposal of digital media. Core areas of study include the environmental impacts, industrial landscapes, infrastructures, political transformations, social activities, and subjectivities particular to the digital age.
Explores the spatial implications of the creation, distribution, and use of material and symbolic resources. Focus is placed on the variable forms of value, and how embodied, environmental, institutional, and social differences mediate how value is geographically produced and circulated.
Examines the evolving social, ecological, cultural and geopolitical impacts of energy systems and resource extraction, with particular emphasis on the spatial relationships that structure the extraction, production, distribution and consumption of energy and other natural resources and raw materials
We can promote a more just future for all by dismantling the legacies of colonialism and promoting Indigenous geographies – only through this ongoing process of learning, engagement, and collaboration can we hope to build a more inclusive and equitable future.
The absence of statistics outlining the proportion of students based on race, who are admitted to and subsequently graduate from the university, permits the institution to avoid addressing the known but under researched realities concerning race-based violence and discrimination on campus.
The role of universities must not just be to confer degrees and produce employable graduates for the neoliberal market, but rather to become robustly oriented towards democracy, historical justice and decolonisation.
"Humanitarian Borders" offers us, in perhaps somewhat unexpected ways, the possibility to ‘think otherwise’ through consistently highlighting the inherent absurdity and obscenity of what Pallister-Wilkins terms the ‘humanitarianesque carnival.’
Reading Pallister-Wilkins’ observations about care, control and rescue as core manifestations of both humanitarian and bordering practice alongside Black and Indigenous feminist theories, we learn how care is instrumentalized to mask inequity and violence.
"Humanitarian Borders" is an expression of Pallister-Wilkins’ anger at the limits of a liberal politics of rescue and a caution against seeing “life-saving efforts as a panacea or as a sustainable and just ‘solution’ to the violence and harm caused by unequal mobility.”
Will new data technologies support oceans governance? Our work on bluefin & sea turtle tracking suggests they can be the grounds for debate over contested spaces & resources. #UNDecade must attend to how institutions will engage & navigate new data.
Academic and institutional geography’s long history of complicity in and service to capitalism and imperialism extends to our neoliberal moment, which has even seen attempts to appropriate the language of “diversity” from movements for racial and economic justice. The wide-ranging contributions to this forum both reckon with the contradictions of contemporary universities and point to powerful linked instances of radical geographical struggle, addressing aspects of university life ranging from housing to curriculum, from labor to security.
"Humanitarian Borders" is intended as a caution against seeing humanitarian life saving efforts at borders as a panacea or as a sustainable solution rooted in justice to the violence and harm caused by unequal mobility. Humanitarian borderwork, she argues, does quite the opposite. It allows border violence to continue.
This forum offers an alternative engagement with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) that moves the reader beyond the more frequent policy-centered analysis and attention to a multiplicitous set of provocations and perspectives, reflecting differently on the normative underscorings of power that shape UN agendas, and the ways such schemes are traditionally encountered academically.
After a small hiatus, we return in 2022 with a third and final set of contributions. These pieces bring the urgencies and anxieties of the last few years to the fore.
[W]e make solidarity when [we constitute] communities across boundaries and borders, engaging in radical placemaking to make new life-worlds.
Writing with care and fierce determination, and drawing on an archive of suicide notes, AIDS activist histories, surveillance tapes, and prison interviews as well as a wide array of anti-racist, anti-colonial, queer and trans scholarship, Stanley precisely and compellingly analyses the ways in which advances in LGBTQ rights in the US have perpetuated rather than ameliorated an ‘atmosphere of violence.’
How do nuclear materials produce and unsettle narrative itself? This forum reckons with the very nature of nuclear storytelling, examining complex relations of waste and memory, responsibility and repair.
Streets in Motion inventively combines archival and ethnographic methodologies to unpack the street in the Global South. Viewed through the dialectical interplay of motion and obstruction, the urban process structured by the drives of capital reveals an irreducibly contingent and historical aspect. This innovative motion-obstruction dyad forms the compelling framework for the book and the central concern of this book forum.
Rent is far more than an economic relation denoting the temporary use of property. Rent is also a social, political, and emotional relation woven together by caste, kinship, and community; as such, rent decides who lies inside and who lies outside registers of value. A brilliant book that is a must-read by urbanists of South Asia and beyond, Properties of Rent tells us first and foremost why vernacular theories of capitalism matter.
Being so many things at once allows Counterpoints to open a space for conversations that recognize the manifold histories, layers, and ongoing resistances to displacement while inviting multiple modes of engagement. It is through coming together and working through these conversations in practice that we will collectively find ways forward.
Fragments of the City practices what it advocates, the benefits to urban scholarship of working with the incomplete and the provisional, alongside multiple emerging situations and voices on the ground. In Colin’s hands, the city is many things at once, unsettled and always in the making, with a multitude of possibilities simultaneously in motion.