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The Geopolitics of Objects/Heritage/Memory/Aesthetics 3

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


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ishan Ashutosh*, Indiana University, Frozen in Time: the lost geography of the US-India Ice Trade 15 12:00 AM
Presenter John Paul Jones III*, University of Arizona, Deborah P. Dixon, University of Glasgow, From Fissures to the Skies 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Andrea Pavoni*, ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon, Phantom Limb. Lineaments of an archaeological ethnography of the future 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Klaus Dodds Royal Holloway, University of London 15 12:00 AM

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