The Department of Geography and the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University will host the 10th Annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference for those who live and/or work in our region (which we very loosely consider to be BC, WA, OR and vicinity). This one-day conference will take place at PSU’s campus in downtown Portland, Oregon on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. As in the past, we are emphasizing the creation of an open, engaging, and fun space for critical geographers, especially – but by no means only – graduate students. Critical geography is not homogenous in its composition and we welcome papers from across the discipline (human, physical, methods) on any topic as well as from spatially oriented scholars working in other disciplines engaged with the project of critical geography. The mini-conference is open to students, faculty, and members of the public. There is no fee for attending or participating, but registration is required.
In addition to the paper sessions, we will be organizing this year’s panels to address two themes: “Doing Critical Geography” and “Critical Sustainabilities”. To honor a decade of Critical Geography Mini-Conferences, we first wish to explore and celebrate the diversity of methods we employ, identify new frontiers of practice, and speak candidly about the challenges and possibilities of engaging such approaches. The second theme is particularly germane to living and working in a region often heralded as a progressive ecotopia that sets the bar for what it means to be sustainable. We hope to discuss how critical geographers might queer, decolonize, decenter, rethink, reinterpret, and/or reclaim the all-too-fuzzy concept of “sustainability” to better embody critical geography’s emancipatory goals.
For more information and to register or submit an abstract, please visit the conference website: critgeogminicon.org