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The Geopolitics of Objects/Heritage/Memory/Aesthetics 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Jacob Miller, Sharon Wilson
Chairs: Sharon Wilson


Everyday objects are not innocent. They often contain within them secret powers to invoke, remind, affect, act, impress and otherwise disturb in ways that are often linked to their broader contexts. The geopolitics of objects are often richly networked in spaces of heritage, tourism, ruins, memorial or other explicitly curated aesthetic spaces. In other words, objects can be conceptualized as part of broader material and embodied geographies that are shaped by geopolitical processes. How are geopolitical subjectivities emergent with these material and embodied worlds? Where do these overlap, and where do they come apart?

We hope to attract work from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, as long as they relate to these themes somehow. Some topical areas might include:

Everyday militarization
Popular and feminist geopolitics
Geopolitics of tourism and leisure
Post-conflict studies
Aesthetics of power and resistance
Artistic and creative geographies
Public space
Consumption, trash and waste
Infrastructure, architecture and design
Historical geographies and ruins
Hauntology and spectral geographies

We especially encourage contributions that engage with queer, feminist and black geographies, and other critical approaches to race, ethnicity, nation, sex, gender, sexuality, class, capitalism and imperialism, and we welcome submissions that engage with theories of emotion and affect, (post-)phenomenology, new materialism, assemblage theories and psychoanalysis.

We also encourage graduate students and early career academics especially. We will chair the session to ensure it is a safe space for all; aggressive and belligerent behaviour will not be tolerated and offenders will be asked to leave and their behaviour will be reported to the AAG.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Eric Sarmiento*, Texas State University - San Marcos, Revitalization and ruination in the entrepreneurial city 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Friederike Landau*, Postdoctoral Researcher, Spatializing Radical Museums – A Post-Foundational Approach 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Jacob Miller*, Northumbria University, Putting “Flesh on the Boneyard”. Memorial, Materialities, Aesthetics and Affect at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Jason Dittmer*, University College London, Tourism and Imperial Heritage in Gibraltar 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Keith Woodward University of Wisconsin 15 12:00 AM

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