CALL FOR PAPERS
Association of American Geographers 2007 - Call for papers
Relocating nationalism: Geography and the reproduction of the nation
Rhys Jones, University of Aberystwyth
Studies of the geography of the nation have been proliferated over recent years. Geographers, in
particular, have explored the significance of: territories as the spatial foundations of particular
nations, especially with regard to the idea of the national ‘homeland’; landscapes, as
representations of national essences, and; certain sites, such as statues, memorials and museums,
which act as symbolic centrepieces of nationalist commemoration. Although there are notable
exceptions (e.g., Agnew 1995; Paasi 1996), there has been a tendency within this work to examine
the ways in which nations are represented above all else or, in other words, how nationalist ideas
are communicated or transmitted through a variety of media. This session proposes to examine
the way in which a geographical perspective – emphasising themes such as space, place, scale,
territory, mobility, nature, spatialised performance and so on – can provide additional insights into
the complex ways in which nations are reproduced. In doing so, the session seeks to promote a
greater dialogue between geographers and scholars of the nation in other discplines, where there
have been numerous studies of the ways in which nations are reproduced.
At a general level, the notion of reproduction refers to the various individuals and institutions –
and related processes – that help to produce nations or alter the form that they take over time.
Possible, though not exclusive, foci of enquiry might include exploring how:
• the spatialised biographies or ‘lifepaths’ (Daniels and Nash 2004) of an elite influence them
to engage with a nationalist project;
• the mass membership of the nation consume, rework and even generate nationalist ideas
within particular localities and across different scales.
The more specific meanings ascribed to the term reproduction draw attention to certain themes
that may be of particular interest, namely how:
• nationalist ideas may be copied from one temporal and spatial context to another through
• processes of reproduction raise issues concerning the ‘authenticity’ of a nation as many
versions of the nation become serialised through a process of reproduction;
• geographies of the body, of the home and of the school are implicated in a generational
reproduction of nationalist ideas.
Papers are welcome, which address these themes in a variety of different temporal and spatial
contexts. If you are interested in presenting a paper in this session, please submit a title and
abstract (no more than 200 words) to Rhys Jones before 30 September 2006 ([log in to unmask]).