Anarchist Geographies and the Epistemologies of the State 1

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Geronimo Barrera
Chairs: Geronimo Barrera

Call for Submissions

This session aims to critically engage perspectives of the State in anarchist and radical geographies, as well as other anti-authoritarian epistemic approaches that can open up different paths to understanding, questioning, and confronting the state. The State has been one central question in anarchism(s), although the diverse, fluid and even contradictory conceptions and theories across different anarchist and anti-authoritarian traditions have been simplified by readings focused on Western notions of states and territories. At the same time, various critical approaches (indigenous epistemologies/ontologies, feminist approaches, decolonial thinking, etc.) have interrogated anarchism, seeking to open up the debate towards multiple understandings of anti-authoritarian endeavors, and have brought new insights to question the state, the constitution of authority and property. The session seeks to bring together both empirical and conceptual papers, from historical to contemporary examinations, that expand our understanding and interrogate states across geography and other related disciplines. Please send paper abstracts or ideas (max. 250 words) to Geronimo Barrera (gbarrera@utexas.edu) and Richard White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk) by Monday, October 20th, 2018. If you would like to participate in other ways (e.g. discussant) then please feel free to contact us as well


Description

Organisers: Geronimo Barrera de la Torre (University of Texas at Austin, USA); Federico Ferretti (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Richard White (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

A growing literature has sought to bring to the fore the epistemic and practical tools that anarchist thought offers to examine spatial phenomena and question the practice of geography (e.g. Springer, 2016; Barrera and Ince, 2016; Ferretti & García-Álvarez, 2017, and White, Springer and Souza, 2016).

The State has been one central question in anarchism(s), although the diverse, fluid and even contradictory conceptions and theories across different anarchist and anti-authoritarian traditions have been simplified by readings focused on Western notions of states and territories. At the same time, recent critical approaches have interrogated anarchism, seeking to open up the debate towards multiple understandings of anti-authoritarian endeavors. Indigenous epistemologies, decolonial thinking, feminist approaches, among others, have brought new insights to question the state, the constitution of authority and property (e.g. Aragorn!, 2009; Barrera-Bassols and Barrera, 2017; Breton, Jeppesen, Kruzynski, & Sarrasin, 2012; Daring, 2012; Hirsch and van der Walt, 2010; Rivera Cusicanqui, 2017; and Ramnath, 2011).

By increasingly recognizing states as operating in complex, fluid arrangements, far from reified notions as unitary entities or singular ruling rationalities, it becomes necessary to open up debates on new state configurations and territorial processes. Equally, this plurality and complexity of the state require us to reflect on both the limits and potentiality of anarchist and other radical approaches and how to respond to those limitations in relation to both theory and praxis, a link which was fundamental since the beginning of the anarchist tradition.

This session aims to critically engage perspectives of the State in anarchist and radical geographies, as well as other anti-authoritarian epistemic approaches that can open up different paths to understanding, questioning, and confronting the state. It seeks to bring together both empirical and conceptual papers, from historical to contemporary examinations, that expand our understanding and interrogate states across geography and other related disciplines. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:

- Post-statist geographies and non-territorial geopolitics

- Critical theory of frontiers and boundaries

- Migrations, international solidarity, and transnationalism

- Anarcha-feminist interrogation of the state

- Anarchisms’ theories of the state and constitution of authority

- Anthropologies and archaeologies beyond the state

- Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies, South Epistemologies and decolonization

- Colonialism, (post) neoliberalism and state-led decolonization

- Alternative organizational projects against the state (e.g. Zapatistas, Rojava)

We welcome proposals to present papers (15 -20 minutes). We also welcome presentations in non-traditional and participatory formats. If you would like to participate in other ways (e.g. discussant) then please feel free to contact us as well. Please send abstracts or ideas (max. 250 words) to Geronimo Barrera (gbarrera@utexas.edu) and Richard White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk) by Monday, October 22th, 2018.

References

Aragorn! (2009). Two Essays: A non-European Anarchism & Locating an Indigenous Anarchism. The Anarchist Library.

Barrera, G. and Ince, A. (2016). “Post-statist epistemology and the future of geographical knowledge production”. In Springer, S., Douza, M. L de, and White, R. J. (Eds.) The Radicalization of Pedagogy: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

Barrera-Bassols, N., and Barrera de la Torre, G. (2017). “On ‘ Other ’ geographies and anarchisms”. In Ferretti, F., Barrera, D. L. T. G., Ince, A., & Toro, F. (Eds.). Historical geographies of anarchism: early critical geographers and present-day scientific challenges. Routledge: UK, pp. 195-208

Breton, E., Jeppesen, S., Kruzynski, A., & Sarrasin, R. (2012). “Feminisms at the Heart of Contemporary Anarchism in Quebec”. Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de la Femme,29(3), 14.

Daring, C. B. (Ed.). (2012). Queering anarchism: addressing and undressing power and desire. Oakland, CA: AK Press.

Ferretti, F., & García-Álvarez, J. (2017). “Anarchist Geopolitics of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939): Gonzalo de Reparaz and the ‘Iberian Tragedy.’” Geopolitics, 0(0), 1–25.

Hirsch S. and L. Van der Walt (Eds) (2010), Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940: the Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution, Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Ramnath, Maia (2011) Decolonizing Anarchism. An antiauthoritarian history of Indi’s liberation struggle. USA: AK Press and Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Rivera Cusicanqui, S. (2017). “Comunalidades anarquistas. Una aproximación testimonial”. Unpublished [http://www.asociacionlatinoamericanadeantropologia.net/congreso2017/Rivera.%20Comunalidades%20anarquistas.pdf, accessed 9/20/2018]

Springer, S. (2016). The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Towards Spatial Emancipation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

White R.J, Springer, S., Souza, ML de. 2016 (eds.) The Practice of Freedom: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Geronimo Barrera 5 1:10 PM
Presenter Joshua Falcon*, Florida International University, Psychedelics, Cognitive Liberty, and the Decolonization of Consciousness 20 1:15 PM
Presenter Jacklyn Weier*, Pennsylvania State University, The Land of Michfest: Settler Rural Imaginaries and Womyn’s Separatism in the Settler State 20 1:35 PM
Presenter Francisco Toro*, Universidad de Granada - España, The green criticism of State by anarchist thought 20 1:55 PM
Presenter Geronimo Barrera*, , Anthony Ince, Cardiff University, Society Despite the State: An Experiment in ‘Counterfactual Statism’ 20 2:15 PM
Discussant Joshua Mullenite Wagner College 15 2:35 PM

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