RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2020


Working at the edge: Performative and material bodies in mobile lives

Research Group Affiliation(s)
Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group
Feminist scholars have for long given attention to the importance of the body in geographical research. The body has been used as an epistemological tool to contest masculinist rationality in the discipline (Rose 1993). As a research object, it has been re-placed as a site of inscription of values and social norms (Longhurst 2001) as well as first scale of analysis, ‘geography closest in’ (Johnston and Longhurst 2010). A privileged site of identity formation, the body remains the core locus of experience while on the move. Through its gendered, racialised and sexualised dimensions, the role of the body in the production of space and place as well as borders and territories at different scales have been highlighted by feminist scholars (e.g. Silvey 2004; Smith and al. 2016). Drawing on the materialist turn in social sciences that focuses on the embodied dimension of the human subjectivity and the role of the material body in reproducing or contesting global power structures (Braidotti 2013; Coole and Frost 2010; Fanin et al. 2014), one can nevertheless argue that the fluid workings of mobile bodies need further questioning (see for instance: Väyrinen 2017).
This session seeks to question the corporeality and materiality of lived experiences and how this is triggered, influenced or provoked by mobility and migration. Focusing on re/de-bordering processes through entanglements of emotional, bodily or physical experiences at differents scales, this session aims to give space to new and emerging feminist research in geography focused on embodiments of migration, mobility or movement. We particularly seek papers, be they theoretical or empirical, that explore entanglements and assemblages between feminist, queer, postcolonial and radical geographies of the body, which intersect with transnational mobility, migration or movement between spaces. Specific attention to new materialisms will be appreciated. Papers may relate but are not limited to the following themes:
- Conceptualisations of the body during lived experiences of mobility and migration.
- Gender identities, social practices and behaviours in relation to place, movement or mobility
- Intimacies and bodily experiences during migration and mobility, which may also intersect with class, race and ethnicity, sexuality or privilege
- Performative, material and physical embodied experiences in relation with identities or subjectivities across spaces and scales
- Embodied practices of bordering during mobility and migration
Instructions for Authors
Please send your abstract (up to 250 words), title, affiliations and contact details to both Karine Duplan (karine.duplan@unige.ch) and Ailie Tam (a.tam@uea.ac.uk) by 5 Feb 2020. Notification of selected papers will be given by 12 Feb 2020.
Call For Papers Deadline
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