CALL FOR PAPERS - ÍCONOS 61

CRITICAL GEOGRAPHY IN LATIN AMERICA

Coordination: Sofía Zaragocín (Universidad de Cuenca), Melissa Moreano y Soledad Álvarez Velasco (Kings College London)

Papers submission period: from May 15th until September 4th, 2017

Publication date: May 2018

Papers reception: Through the online platform of Íconos, journal of FLACSO Ecuador, www.revistaiconos.ec

 

Critical geography, a branch of human geography, emerged in the Anglophone world in the late 1960s, seeking to analyze how conflicts of power in capitalism reconfigured space. It has since emphasized that spatial differences between geographic regions cannot be understood as natural orders but as product of unequal power relations. Space is then assumed as socially produced and profoundly political, as a social construct that involves decoding social relations that produce and reproduce it. The production of space critique has been key in discerning that unequal geographical development affects political relations at multiple scales. As such, critical geography embeds a commitment to critical social theory (post-colonialism, feminism, marxism, queer theory); adopting a researcher’s subjective positioning for the purpose of unveiling the mechanisms of power and inequity; and a progressive praxis committed to social change.

In Latin America, critical geography has been mainly developed by the Brazilian Geography intellectual tradition, established in response to positivist physical geography, which as elsewhere, had been at the service of the consolidation of nation-states. The "new geography", or Brazilian critical geography, in constant dialogue with the social movements concerned with territorial disputes, provoked a multi-dimensional and multi-scalar analysis defying the hegemony of the State as the unique producer of territory. In contrast, the new geography of the Brazilian tradition defines territory as the dimension of space, appropriated by different subjects and/or social groups through the embedding of symbolic relationships as well as material / functional relationships on space.

In Latin American, recent critical human geography analysis have emerged. Marxist geographies have analyzed uneven geographical development and the production of space from historical-geographical materialism and territorial autonomy. Meanwhile, postcolonial and indigenous geographies are challenging political processes that are mapping out difference such as plurinationalism. It is within this context, that we seek to provoke and make visible the production, articulation and reproduction of space in Latin America.

This dossier seeks to highlight the relevance of critical geography for Latin America, while updating the field from empirical studies that emphasize social cartography, ethnographies and other spatial methodologies that reveal unequal power structures that are both spatially sustained and reproduced. This dossier seeks research based on empirical evidence on the following topics:

• Critical geography and colonial frameworks (indigenous, postcolonial, decolonial geographies).

• Geographies of Inequality, Mobility and Global Border Regime

• Critical geography, territorial conceptualization and/or political ecology.

• Feminist, Queer, and Sexuality geographies.

• Geographies of Migration (translocal – transnational).

Contributions will be accepted in Spanish, English and Portuguese, however selected papers will only be published in Spanish. The journal will clarify doubts until the beginning of the submission period.

The articles submitted must conform to the journal’s peer review rules, editorial policies and publication norms (available at www.revistaiconos.ec).



ISSN: 1390-8065