The Geopolitics of Objects/Heritage/Memory/Aesthetics

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 18
Organizers: Jacob Miller, Sharon Wilson
Chairs: Jacob Miller


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, memorial, ruins, or other explicitly curated aesthetic spaces of life in the city. In other words, objects can be conceptualized as broader material and embodied geographies that are shaped by geopolitical processes. How are geopolitical subjectivities emergent with these material worlds? Where do they overlap, and where do they come apart?

We are hoping to attract work from diverse theoretical 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 welcome submissions that engage with theories of emotion and affect, (post-) phenomenology, new materialism, assemblage theories, psychoanalysis, and we want to 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.

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 Sharon Wilson*, Northumbria University, Putting “flesh on the Boneyard”. Memorial, Materialities, Aesthetics and Affect at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona. 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Sam Bowden*, Rutgers University, Neoliberal, multiculturalist memory-work in NOLA 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Timur Hammond*, Syracuse University, Between Coup, Earthquake, and Pandemic: Modes and Mechanisms of Remembering in Contemporary Turkey 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Ishan Ashutosh*, Indiana University, Frozen in Time: the lost geography of the US-India Ice Trade 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Eric Sarmiento*, Texas State University - San Marcos, Revitalization and ruination in the entrepreneurial city 15 9:00 AM

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