CfP American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2021 Annual Conference

CfP American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2021 Annual Conference 


Roads, bridges, dams and ports: what does the turn to infrastructure (both empirical and theoretical) mean for Latin American environmental geographies? 

Dr Jessica Hope & Prof Murat Arsel 

Latin America’s contested environmental geographies remain globally significant, in particular for the negotiation and analysis of predatory extractive frontiers and for fertile decolonising agendas that include claims for territory, plurality and ontological multiplicity. Yet, commitments to new infrastructure both connect and complicate extractive and decolonising agendas, with implications for Latin American political ecologies and their analysis. Plans for new infrastructure include new highways, waterways, railways, ports, dams, and power stations, including in the Amazon basin (Bebbington et al 2020). These plans extend a wider turn to infrastructure-led development (Dodson 2017), support the region’s extractive imperative (Arsel et al 2019) and are entangled with global agendas for sustainable development (Hope 2020).  

Within social science, an infrastructural turn has brought changes to contemporary conceptualisations of infrastructure that go beyond physical materiality to examine infrastructures as a manifestation of social and technological processes (Lemanski 2019:3; Larkin 2013; Von Schnitzler 2008), revealing how infrastructure is implicated in citizenship (Lemanski 2020), post-colonial politics (Cowen 2019; Enns & Bersaglio 2020), authoritarian developmentalism (Arsel et al. forthcoming), and political ecology (Anand 2017; Bebbington 2020; Hope forthcoming). In this session, we invite papers that examine what this turn to infrastructure means, both empirically and theoretically, for our understanding and analysis of Latin American environmental geographies.  

Authors are invited to address some of the following questions: 

  • What do new infrastructures mean for Latin American environmental geographies? 
  • How will they connect, complicate and challenge divergent socio-environmental projects in the region? 
  • How do geographical treatments of infrastructure extend contemporary work on Latin American environmental geographies, for example on sustainable development, extractivism or plurality? 
  • How do infrastructural projects and their contestation shape state-society relationships? 
  • How do the contestation of infrastructural projects shape political subjectivities and in which ways do these subjectivities differ in rural and urban spheres? 
  • To what extent Latin American infrastructural debates differ from similar dynamics observed elsewhere in the world, including in the Global North? 

Please send a 250 word abstract and brief bio to Jessica Hope ( by Monday October 26th 2020, so accepted abstracts can be submitted directly to the AAG by Oct 28th.  

Anand, N., (2017). Hydraulic city: Water and the infrastructures of citizenship in Mumbai. Duke University Press. 

Arsel, M., Adaman, F., Saad Filho, A. (forthcoming) Authoritarian developmentalism: Latest stage of 

neoliberalism? Geoforum. 

Arsel, M., Pellegrini, L., & Mena, C. (2019). Maria’s paradox: oil extraction and the misery of missing 

development alternatives in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In Shaffer, P., Kanbur, R., & Sandbrook, R. (Eds). (2019). Immiserizing Growth: When Growth Fails the Poor. Oxford University Press, pp. 203-225. 

Bebbington, A., Chicchon, A., Cuba, N., Greenspan, E., Hecht, S., Bebbington, D.H., Kandel, S., Osborne, T., Ray, R., Rogan, J. and Sauls, L., (2020). Opinion: Priorities for governing large-scale infrastructure in the tropics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences117(36), pp.21829-21833. 

Cowen, D., 2019. Following the infrastructures of empire: Notes on cities, settler colonialism, and method. Urban Geography, pp.1-18. 

Dodson, J., (2017). The global infrastructure turn and urban practice. Urban Policy and Research35(1), pp.87-92. 

Enns, C. and Bersaglio, B., (2020). On the Coloniality of “New” Mega‐Infrastructure Projects in East Africa. Antipode52(1), pp.101-123. 

Hope, J., (2020). The anti‐politics of sustainable development: Environmental critique from assemblage thinking in Bolivia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Hope, J. (forthcoming) Driving Development in the Amazon: extending infrastructural citizenship with political ecology in BoliviaEnvironment and Planning E 

Lemanski, C., (2019). Infrastructural citizenship: The everyday citizenships of adapting and/or destroying public infrastructure in Cape Town, South Africa. Transactions of the Institute of British geographers

Lemanski, C., (2020). Infrastructural citizenship:(de) constructing state–society relations. International Development Planning Review42(2). 

Masterclass in Critical Agrarian Studies – Amended start date and extended application deadline!

New application deadline: 20th of October, 2020.

Register on this link.

The online Masterclass Series on Critical Agrarian Studies offered by the School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi has a new start and finish date: 4th November to 4th December 2020. The Series brings together eminent academics and teachers who work on rural/ agrarian issues in the Global South.

This edition of the Materclass series consists of five lectures on the themes Rural Land, Agrarian
Markets, Water, Democracy and Rural Conflicts & Collective Action. The curators of the series are
Professor Asmita Kabra (School of Human Ecology), Dr. Mekhala Krishnamurthy (Ashoka University and
Centre for Policy Research) and Dr. Budhaditya Das (School of Human Ecology).

Masterclass in Critical Agrarian Studies – Apply now!

Deadline to apply: 15th of October, 2020

Apply through this link.

The POLLEN node at the School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi has launched of the online Masterclass Series on Critical Agrarian Studies this semester. The Series brings together eminent academics and teachers who work on rural/ agrarian issues in the Global South.

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Repost: Eco-Social Steps to Resilience

Authors: Rosa Martínez Rodríguez and Yayo Herrero

Original article posted in Green European Journal, and available at this link.

As the world reels from the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis, discussion turned to rebuilding Europe’s economy with the EU clinching a deal on a coronavirus recovery fund after marathon negotiations this July. In this interview, Rosa Martínez spoke to activist and anthropologist Yayo Herrero about how to approach reconstruction in an eco-social way. In forging societies that are resilient to shocks, whether caused by pandemics or climate change, the challenge will be breaking with capitalist logic to propose solutions that prioritise wellbeing while factoring in ecological limits.

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Second Edition – Online course: Herramientas teórico-conceptuales para el análisis de la crisis ambiental en América Latina [Theoretical-Conceptual Tools for the Analysis of the Socio-environmental Crisis in Latin America]

Duration: six weeks, started Monday, October 5th, but registration open until Monday, 12th of October.

Weekly live online lectures. Classes will be recorded and available after each session for all enrollees.

Language: Spanish

Professors: Marx José Gómez-Liendo and Raul Anthony Olmedo Nery (both are POLLEN members).

See the detailed description by visiting the course website.

Course Topics:

  • Ambiente, crisis y capitalismo. América Latina como escenario de conflictos socioambientales [Environment, Crisis, and Capitalism. Latin America as a scene of socio-environmental conflicts].
  • Ecología(s) Política(s) y Ecofeminismos(s) [Political Ecologies and Ecofeminisms].
  • ¿Es la crisis socioambiental una crisis del conocimiento? [Is the socio-environmental crisis a crisis of knowledge?].
  • Nueva ruralidad y nueva urbanidad. Crítica al desarrollo sostenible [New Rurality and New Urbanity. Criticism of Sustainable Development].
  • Megaproyectos: entre la regulación estatal y la protesta social. Las energías renovables: la paradoja del desarrollo [Megaprojects: Between state regulation and social protest. Renewable energies: the paradox of development].
  • Resistencias y re-existencias: un panorama de las alternativas civilizatorias [Resistance and (R)existence: An Overview of Civilizational Alternatives].

With this course, we hope every participant can expand their set of analytical tools to assess both public policies and development agendas, identifying and promoting participatory strategies and socially just and ecologically sustainable transitions.

Here you can find more information about costs, syllabus, and certification. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact

POLLEN September Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

This month we have a truly packed newsletter – the POLLEN20 conference last week;  the next POLLEN Secretariat hosts and their crowdfunding pledge; an introduction to EXALT; and the usual lists of publications, articles, vacancies, CfPs and more!  

Best wishes, 

POLLEN Secretariat

NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and content. To access the original with full content, as well as to see previous newsletters, follow this link:
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Call for Newsletter Input

Dear POLLEN friends, 

While POLLEN20 is going on with lots of exciting talks and sessions, we are also compiling input for this month’s newsletter. So if you have any new publications, articles, posts, CfPs, job announcements, and anything else that’s relevant, please send it to by the 30th of September.

Looking forward to reading your news!