RGS-IBG CfP: Under the Sea: Geographies of the deep

Interesting call for papers for the next RGS-IBG conference, building on some ideas discussed at the Warwick political geography conference last year.

After discussing our ideas at the Warwick political geography conference, Cordelia Freeman and I are organising a session for the forthcoming RGS-IBG conference entitled ‘Under the Sea: geographies of the deep’. We are both really excited about the topic and hope that it might prompt further discussion in what has already become a lively field in geography and geopolitics. Please see the CfP below:

Recent geographical scholarship has fervently challenged the flat horizontalism that has long shaped understandings of space and the operation of power over territory (see Elden, 2013). However, in spite of moves to take seriously a world of verticality and volume (see also Adey, 2012), the sea (surface, water column and sea bottom) has been largely omitted in discussions that have moved geographies beyond aerial or surface dimensions. The inaccessibility of the sea, which often rationalises its exclusion from academic debate (Steinberg 1999), poses particular problems when…

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