CfP: Politics of Space and Place, Brighton Sept.2009

CAPPE – Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
University of Brighton, UK

4th International Interdisciplinary Conference
The Politics of Space and Place

Wednesday 16 ? Friday 18 September 2009

Keynote speaker: Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, UK

First Call for Papers

In a world where inequality and poverty are growing remorselessly, where
you are, and where you happen to have been born, continue to determine
how, and in indeed whether, you live. From the urbanization of the human
species and the burgeoning of slums to the rise of the modern gated
community; from ʻFortress Europeʼ and the Israeli ʻsecurity
wallʼ to land reform in South Africa; questions of space and place
are central to some of todayʼs most bitterly contested political

What might an analysis of politics which focuses on the operation of power
through space and place, and on the spatial structuring of inequality,
tell us about the world we make for ourselves and others?

? How is power structured and brought to bear on people through space and
? How does power operate locally, nationally and globally and in both its
soft and hard forms?
? How does it operate through urban planning, architecture, housing
policy, immigration policy and national borders?
? How does it work to discipline and exclude some, while insulating others
from the excesses of inequality and degradation?
? How are space and place utilised as a means of dividing people into ?us?
and ?them??
? How and in whose interests do these divisions function as they pit
against each other not only people who live in different parts of the
world but also those who live just a few metres apart?
? What might an analysis of politics through questions of space and place
indicate about how power, injustice and inequality could be better
understood and more effectively contested?

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people
working in, among others, philosophy, ethics, political theory, politics,
sociology, social policy, globalisation, international relations, cultural
studies, history, architecture, photography, geography, planning, refugee
studies, migration studies, urban studies and area studies.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Nicola Clewer by
30 January 2009:
Decisions will be communicated by 6 February.

The conference fee is ?210. This includes refreshments, lunch on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on Thursday in a local
There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and
for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of
?105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these when
sending your abstract; or contact Nicola Clewer: as soon as possible.

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation.
Reasonably priced en-suite accommodation in student halls of residence
will be available on a first come, first served basis for a minimum of
three nights. (Further information regarding university accommodation will
provided at the registration stage.) Otherwise delegates are welcome to
make their own arrangements.

Please note: unfortunately we are unable to offer travel grants.

For updates and further information about the centre please visit the
CAPPE website:


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