Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers: Militarization beyond the Battlefield
Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Annual Conference
May 29 - June 2, 2017
York University, Toronto
Call for Papers: Militarization beyond the Battlefield
Organized by Libby Lunstrum (York University) & Emily Gilbert (University of Toronto)
We are currently witnessing the militarization and broader securitization of areas of life not typically considered to fall within the purview of military intervention. More precisely, military actors, logics, techniques, and practices are moving into nominally civilian spheres, or have been there all along resting beneath the proverbial radar. These sites range from humanitarianism (Fassin and Pandolfi, 2011; Weizman, 2012; Zehfuss, 2012), development (Duffield, 2007), disease (McCoy, 2016; Annas, 2016), urban space (Graham, 2012; Katz, 2007), and international borders (Rosas, 2016; Slack et al., 2016) to nature conservation (Duffy, 2016; Lunstrum, 2014), responses to climate change (Gilbert, 2012; Dunlap and Fairhead, 2014), and the transformation of nature itself (Russell, 2001; Kosek, 2010). In this panel, we seek to place a comparative spotlight on these transformations with an aim of better understanding the broader militarization of society unfolding around us.
Possible paper topics include:
- the various spaces of militarization and securitization beyond the battlefield (including and/or moving beyond the spheres listed above)
- the various actors and interests behind these processes of militarization/securitization
- the discourses used to authorize military and military-like intervention within nominally civilian areas of life
- the connections across these practices and/or their salient differences
- the impacts of these practices in general
- how these impacts articulate with questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, indigeneity, etc.
- the forms of resistance and creative reinvention used to reject and rethink these spaces and practices
- and other factors that disrupt militarization or leave it an incomplete project.
We invite rich empirical studies of individual sites or topics, comparative investigations across different cases or themes, novel theoretical frameworks, and/or innovative methodologies!
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