Anxious/Desiring Geographies

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Digital Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Jeremy Crampton, Mikko Joronen, Nicholas Robinson
Chairs: Jeremy Crampton


At this political moment we seem beset by anxieties from every direction. Automation is identified as an existential threat to jobs. Vulnerabilities from political violence increase anxieties of the subaltern. Climate change and the inauguration of the Anthropocene threaten our wellbeing. Nast (2017) credits the financial crisis with being “psychically traumatic.”
At least since Gregory’s identification of the inadequacy of representation, which he dubbed “cartographic anxiety” (Gregory, 1994), geographers have meaningfully contributed to understandings of the affective politics of anxiety. Attention has been paid to a geopolitics of fear that is experienced on both an everyday and global level (Pain and Smith, 2008), and to sexual desires and identities (Bell and Valentine, 1995). Brown and Knopp (2016) identified a biopolitics of the state’s anxieties in the governance of the gay bar.

This session aims to deepen our geographical understandings of anxiety, desire and/or the possible relationship(s) between them. Questions addressed include:-- Is anxiety a mental disease that can be diagnosed and treated (APA, 2013), founded on lack, or can it be deployed more positively (Robbins and Moore, 2012)? Is anxiety the only affect that does not deceive (Lacan, 2014)? What is the relation between anxiety, desire and place? What might a politics of locationally affective resistance look like (Griffiths, 2017)? How is desire productive of spaces? How do anxiety and desire circulate and relate to subjectivities and the material body? Are there particular places and spaces that are invested in anxiety or desire, and what is the lived experience there?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Pawan Singh*, Deakin UNiversity, Anxious to not be Identified in the Age of Social Media: Data Privacy and Visibility in Postcolonial India 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Keith Harris*, University of Washington, The schizo and the city: mapping desiring-geographies 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Banu Gokariksel*, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Anna Secor*, University of Kentucky, Ethical encounters, anxious antagonisms: The emergence of Alevi-Sunni difference in Turkey 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Laura McKinley*, York University, Canada 150 Discovery Pass; Anxiety, Desire and the Structure of Settler-Colonial Attachments to the Land 20 4:20 PM
Presenter David B. Clarke*, Swansea University, Marcus Doel*, University of Wales, Swansea, The Other is Not Enough: Becoming Afraid, Being Anxious, and Antiphilosophy in Book X of the Seminar of Jacques Lacan 20 4:40 PM

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