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Call for Papers - RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Cardiff, 28-31 August 2018
Austere justice and the politics of deliberation
The session is sponsored by Geographies of Justice Research Group
Convenors: Crispian Fuller, Gary Bridge and Geoff Deverteuil (Cardiff University)
This session examines the shifting articulations of justice presented in landscapes of austerity. Many countries since the 2008 financial crisis have witnessed the introduction and/or intensification of nation-state led austerity, yet the actual arbitration and mediation of such programmes is devolved down to subnational spaces. While many accounts recognise the critical role of austerity politics, they often subsume these under broader state and regime tendencies, such as ‘riding the wave’ (Warner and Clifton, 2013). In contrast, other austerity scholarship acknowledges the messy intersections between acquiescence and resistance, placing conceptions of agency, deliberation and practice at the forefront of analysis (Fuller 2017; Williams et al 2014). What is missing from these many austerity accounts is critical engagement with how justice is constructed, deployed, mediated and contested in deliberative governing landscapes. In so doing there is the possibility of engaging much broader theoretical perspectives on (in)justice from various perspectives both within and beyond human geography (e.g. Fraser, 2013; Swynedouw, 2011; Barnett, 2017).
This session focuses attention on how notions of justice come to be constructed and deliberatively enacted by diverse actors (public, private, voluntary sector, anti-austerity activists). We invite papers that examine different conceptions of justice and their relation to (anti-)austere logics, deliberations, practices and spaces. In particular, how are particular conceptions of justice being rationalised by and circulated amongst different urban and rural actors, and how do these produce divergent sets of politics of acquiescence, reworking and resistance through deliberative spaces? We invite papers that seek to address these issues.
Key themes include, but are not limited to:
Different theoretical and philosophical approaches to austerity;
Examining the neglected geographies and subjectivities of austerity (including marginalised groups, rural austerity, workplace);
Different philosophical, moral, religious and ideological conceptions of ‘justice’ and ‘austerity’
Spatialities of acquiescence and resistance, including ‘progressive localism’.
Please submit a 200 word abstract to Dr Crispian Fuller [log in to unmask] by 15th February 2018.
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