Dimensions of dispossession 2: Spatialities, temporalities, and (im)materialities

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom B, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Joel Correia, Max Counter
Chairs: Max Counter


Dispossession is a central concept in the critical human geography lexicon with expansive use across various subfields that could almost certainly qualify it as one of Raymond Williams' famed "keywords"  (Williams 1976). The literature on dispossession and its relation to capital accumulation bears witness to its enduring theoretical and empirical significance (See, for example, Marx 1976 [1867]; Harvey 2003; Glassman 2006; Hart 2006; Li 2010a; 2010b; Ballvé 2012; Chakravartty and Fernando da Silva 2012; Perreault 2012; Levien 2015; inter alia). Post-colonial, feminist, and critical social theorists have provided further perspectives that center on the affective aspects of dispossession as a more-than-material process (See, for example, Fanon 1952; Agamben 2005; Casolo and Doshi 2013; Coulthard 2014; Bhandar and Toscano 2016). Building from recent scholarship (Butler and Anthanisou 2013; Gordillo 2014; Fernandez 2017; Counter 2017; Bryan 2017), this session invites papers that explore the multiplicity of dispossession, taking as its point of departure that dispossession is a spatial process shaped by capital accumulation, but also more-than-material, affective, and temporal. In sum, we are interested in work, that through both empirical rigor and theoretical sensitivity, explores the very idea of "dispossession" and how it is manifest through an array of different dimensions.

Relevant questions include, but are not limited to, the following:
•How are multiple facets of the concept dispossession effective for understanding current processes of dispossession as a lived experience?
•What are the limits to the various ways the term "dispossession" is understood and utilized in contemporary critical geographic scholarship? In what ways can those limits be overcome?
•What new aspects might the term further encapsulate?
•How is dispossession manifest vis-a-vis temporal, spatial, and (im)material geographies?
•And, importantly, how might geographers develop a sensitivity to illuminating these multiple dimensions of dispossession in their empirical work?
If interested, please email you 250 word abstract to Joel Correia (jcorreia@email.arizona.edu) or Max Counter (max.counter@colorado.edu) by October 9th. We will notify selected participants by October 15th 2017.

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Max Counter 2 1:20 PM
Presenter Natalia Perez*, Simon Fraser University, Land dispossession and property in the land restitution policy in Colombia: A legal geographical contribution 15 1:22 PM
Presenter Joel Correia*, University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies, Disrupting the patrón: Reworking spaces of dispossession and the politics of recognition in indigenous struggles for justice 15 1:37 PM
Presenter Lise Nelson*, Penn State University, Illegality as dispossession 15 1:52 PM
Presenter Jeffrey Banister*, University of Arizona, A State of Indolence: Drug Wars, Hydraulic Megaprojects, and Water Insecurity in Twenty-First Century Mexico 15 2:07 PM
Discussant Michael Levien Johns Hopkins University 20 2:22 PM

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