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 is a branch of human geography, that emerged in the Anglo-Saxon world in the late 1960s, it seeks to analyze how conflicts of power in capitalism reconfigured the space. It has since been emphasized that the deep spatial differences between and within geographic regions cannot be understood as natural orders but as the product of unequal power relations. Space is then assumed as socially produced and deeply political, that is, as a social construct that involves decoding the social relations that produce it. The critique of the production of space has also been key in discerning that unequal geographical development has effects on political relations both local and global, on the reconfiguration of urban spaces, on relations with nature, on institutional relationships, and generally, in everyday relationships. Critical geography presents several challenges: the commitment to critical social theory (post-colonialism, feminisms, Marxisms, queer theory); the researcher’s subjective positioning to unveil the mechanisms of power and inequity; and progressive praxis committed to social change.

In Latin America, this perspective has been developed in particular by the Brazilian Geographic School. A trend that was established in response to the positivist physical geography, which has been at the service of the consolidation of nation-states, based on the representation of space and the delimitation of borders. The "new geography", or Brazilian critical geography, which was in constant dialogue with the social movements of territorial claim and the political science, gave an explanation of spatial power relations from a multidimensional and multiscale perspective that defies the hegemony of the State as the unique producer of territory. In contrast, the new geography defines the territory as that where the dimension of space has been appropriated by different subjects and/or social groups through the establishment of symbolic relationships and material / functional relationships with the space.

In this context, analyzes have recently emerged that could be located within the human geography. The first, of Marxist roots, analyzes the uneven geographical development and the production of space from the focus of historical-geographical materialism and territorial autonomy. The second is nourished by postcolonial and indigenous geographies, where the policies that try to map the space in relation to political processes such as plurinationality are called into question; which is why it is necessary to promote greater reflection on the configuration, production, and articulation of the space from Latin America.

This dossier seeks to highlight the relevance and the up-to-date of the human geography with a critical perspective in the region through field studies, social cartography, and ethnographies that reveal how and why social and political relations are necessarily spatial relationships that reproduce historical and systemic inequities. Specifically, for this dossier, empirical investigations that present case studies on the following subjects are of interest:

• Proposals addressing critical geography and frameworks of coloniality (indigenous, postcolonial, decolonial geographies).

• Analysis of the inequality geography and the mobility control regime.

• Studies that promote the relationship between critical geography, territorial conceptualization and/or political ecology.

• Research that delves into feminist, queer, and sexuality geographies.

• Proposals that target geographies of migrations (translocals – transnationals).

Spanish, English and Portuguese contributions will be accepted, however selected papers will be published in Spanish. The Journal will clarify doubts or will contribute on the profile of proposals until the beginning of the submission period.

The articles submitted must conform to the editorial policies and the publication norms of the journal (available at www.revistaiconos.ec). A peer review evaluation system is used to select the publishing articles.



ISSN: 1390-8065