We invite papers that include, but are not limited to:
-A focus on imagined spaces
-A focus on social and spatial imaginaries
-A focus on imagined place absent of western, colonial idealism
-A focus on the future of space/future spaces
-A focus on non-human, non-Anthropocentric space
-Space that challenges western conceptualization of space
-Space that envisions life after colonization, capitalism, or the Anthropocene
-Futures as Utopia
-A radical examination of futures
- Queer, Decolonial, and People of Color futurity
We would like to extend an invitation to any and all specialty groups who are interested in co-sponsoring this panel.
Imagined futures require remembered pasts. Michael Foucault once wrote in Of Other Spaces, “One could say, by way of retracing this history of space very roughly, that in the Middle Ages there was a hierarchic ensemble of places: sacred places and profane places; protected places and open, exposed places; urban places and rural places (all these concern the real life of men). In cosmological theory, there were the supercelestial places, as opposed to the celestial, and the celestial place was in its turn opposed to the terrestrial place. There were places where things had been put because they had been violently displaced, and then on the contrary places where things found their natural ground and stability.” But what lies between these dichotomous spaces? And what meaning is produced by the tension that exists there?
Just as recounting the past both historically and relationally in regards to place has importance, so too must the imagined and the future and the possibility of space and place. Imagined space allows for the consideration of what is possible of a world absent of injustice, otherness, and subjugation. In Envisioning Real Utopias, Erik Olin Wright asserts, “The idea of “real utopias” embraces the tension between dreams and practice.” It is this tension that we seek to explore: Utopia not as an idealized future but the means through which we embrace the tension between our dreams and the practice that moves us closer to their realization. This critical act of remembering rejects nostalgia for a time that likely never was, while at the same time moving beyond the stagnancy of imagining futures “whose arrival is continually belated” (Muñoz, 2009). Our memories are political, as are our visions for the future. How we embrace the tension is political, and it matters how we work and struggle to bring imagined futures into reality.
AAG and the field of geography have yet to take a critical approach to the futurity of space and place. This session is looking to begin conversations in the field of geography about future space, imagined place, and futurity within the discipline of geography.
|Introduction||Nicole Mayberry||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Nour Joudah*, UCLA, Palestinian Countermapping: Reclaiming Pasts and Futures via Archives and Design||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Ilse Helbrecht*, Humboldt University Berlin, Carolin Genz, Humboldt University Berlin, Geographical imaginations of globalization and home: the production of ontological (in)security in a cross-generational comparison||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Sarra Tekola*, Arizona State University, Climate Change and the Colonizer Mentality||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Sean McAllister*, Arizona State University, Forward is the Way Back: Politics in the Anthropocene||15||12:00 AM|
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