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2015 Call for Proposals

“There is nothing that is major or revolutionary except the minor.”
-- Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, 1986, Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature. University of Minnesota Press.

What political and theoretical possibilities inhere in the practices of critical geography today? What can critical geography do to appropriate languages, connect to politics, and form collective assemblages? These are the acts of what Deleuze and Guattari call  “a minor literature,” one that is charged with political immediacy and possibility.  Almost 20 years ago, Cindi Katz urged geographers towards the minor key of oppositional theory. The work of minor geography  -- in Katz’s words, “to mark and produce alternative subjectivities, spatialities, and temporalities” (1996: 490) – continues today. We invite you to join us for the 22nd Critical Geography Conference at the University of Kentucky, Oct. 23rd through 25th, 2015. Cindi Katz, Professor of Geography in Environmental Psychology and Women's Studies of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will be the keynote speaker.

Instead of a formal abstract, we invite submissions of a short description (<150 words) of your potential contributions towards any of the following topics or themes:

  • Displacement and mobilities
  • Renegade cartographies
  • Minor natures
  • Praxis
  • Rogue or informal economies
  • Queering critique
  • (Re)producing environments
  • Ethics, care, love
  • Disciplinary invisibility
  • Micro-politics and micro-power
  • Assemblage
  • Critical and minor theory
  • Difference
  • Materialisms
  • Bodies/embodiment
  • Precarity
  • [ Open ]


In the spirit of creating a minor space for the pursuit of critical social theory and progressive political praxis, we will review these expressions of potential contributions and organize participants into a range of different formats, to include conventional paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance. With an eye toward diversity of participants at different stages of career, we will work with participants to organize these sessions.

The deadline for submission of your proposed contribution is August 31st. The conference committee will then contact you regarding this contribution and its incorporation into our conference sessions by July 15th, so that you may plan accordingly. If you have questions, please email ukgeog@gmail.com.

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