Revolutionary Methodologies Revisited

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Gallier B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Margath Walker
Chairs: Margath Walker


Following last year’s lively and successful series of sessions on “revolutionary methodologies”, (a provocative if contested term) and building upon recent discussions across the discipline related to decolonizing geographies, this session seeks papers critical of hegemonic approaches to knowledge production.
While the theme is purposefully broad, we are particularly interested in methodological interventions seeking to dislodge conventional ways of valuing and knowing the world. Significant strides have been made to question or destabilize dominant representations across nearly all sub-fields of Geography. These include but are certainly not limited to: alternative mapping and feminist cartography (e.g. Kwan 2002); the ontological aspects of the co-production of knowledge (e.g. Jazeel and MacFarlane 2010); “lopsided” digital and real geographies (e.g. Wilson 2015); the politics of citation (e.g. Mott and Cockayne 2017); the prevalence of masculinist and white geographies (e.g. Faria and Mollett 2016; Ahmed 2007); and the politics of representation (e.g. Bourdieu and Wacquant 1999).
Fundamental to this work is the dual move of incorporating theoretical critiques and moving beyond debates to include alternative methodological tools and practices in the production of geographic knowledge. Equally pressing is the need to bring these sometimes disparate discussions into conversation with one another. This session hopes to offer such a forum.
We will consider both exploratory and pragmatic contributions which treat opportunities for resistance and/or present distinctive optics or re-mappings seeking to disrupt conventional methods and epistemologies of knowledge production. We also welcome any of the following topics:

Metrics to resist cooptation
Grass-roots methods
Embodied counter-performativities
Methodological intersectionality
Gathering and presenting data in more equitable ways
Defining decolonization with methods
Critical reflexivity during data collection
Relationality and visual representation of in-betweenness
The political economy of academic publishing
The construction of indicators which reflect social justice
Alternative measurements of intellectual labor
Academic capitalism and value


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Amber Bosse*, University of Kentucky, The Look of (Participatory) Maps 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Ipsita Chatterjee*, University of North Texas, Waquar Ahmed, University of North Texas, Dialectical materialism: Marx's method in human geography? 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Nihal Perera*, Ball State University, People's Spaces: From Coping with Abstract Spaces to Creating Lived Spaces 20 4:00 PM
Discussant Sarah De Nardi Western Sydney University 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Margath Walker*, University of Louisville, Emmanuel Frimpong, SUNY Buffalo, Knowledge Production and the Gendered Power Nexus 20 4:40 PM

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