CFP: The Interdisciplinary Promise of Anarchist Geographies

Loughborough University, U.K. – 14-16 September 2016

The Interdisciplinary Promise of Anarchist Geographies

Panel Organisers

Richard J White (

Federico Ferretti (

and Ant Ince ( Geographers : Kropotkin and Reclus

Call for Papers

Such revolutionary ideas clearly have strong implications for the organization of a space-economy; in fact, their implementation requires the creation of an entirely new landscape.” (Myrna Breitbart 1975: 44)

At a time of unfolding intersectional crises – political, economic, social, and environmental crises – a vigorous and exciting resurgence of anarchist praxis within human geography continues to gain momentum and visibility. The positioning of anarchist geography/ers at the cutting edge(s) of critical praxis has been evident in many ways, not least with notable special issues dedicated to anarchist geographies, including Antipode (Springer et al. 2012); and ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (Anarchist and Autonomous Marxist Geographies). A significant trilogy dedicated to anarchist geography, focusing in particular on The Radicalization of Pedagogy (Springer et al, 2016); Theories of Resistance (Souza et al, 2016); The Practice of Freedom (White et al, 2016) will be published later this year.

Moving confidently and constructively toward new radical and “anarchist” spaces has allowed geographical imaginations and prefigurative spatial practices to flourish. In keeping with the spirit of the great anarchist geographers of yesteryear, most notably Élisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin, these contemporary anarchist lines of flight offer original value and perspective concerning both (i) ‘how’ we can more critically understand the intersectional natures of violence and oppression and (ii) how we can creatively envision and co-create a spatially emancipated society rooted in social justice for all.
Against this background the Panel is keen to support papers that critically reflect on the inter-disciplinary promise of anarchist geographies. For example what are particularly anarchist criticisms of disciplinary/ intellectual frontiers and boundaries? How can anarchist geographers better position themselves to recognise and embrace new possibilities for collaborative, multidisciplinary conversations, and expressions of solidarity across other disciplines, and activist communities? What excellent intersectional/ inter-disciplinary approaches and practice already exists “out there” that could be learned from, and with? Indeed, drawing careful attention toward the central conference themes of anarcho-feminism, exclusion and marginalisation, we would particularly welcome critical responses to the questions of ‘who gets to be an anarchist geographer’, and ‘who gets to do anarchist geography’ (interdisciplinary, or otherwise)?

Broader areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Intersectionality and anarchist geographies
• Interdisciplinary studies and anarchist geographies
• Anarcho-feminist geography/ies
• Anarchist spaces within higher education
• Anarchist anti-colonial and postcolonial geographies and anarchist cosmopolitanism
• Anarchist descriptions and analysis of the intersectional crisis of neoliberalism, and visions of post-capitalist worlds.
• Exploring the motivations of anarchists and the relations between affect, emotion and radical politics.
• Anarchist geographies and the politics of total liberation.
We welcome relevant papers, or alternative forms of presentation, from within geography and wider inter-disciplinary departments, as well as sources from beyond the academy (particularly activist communities and other grassroot organisations).

If you would like to contribute to this session please send abstracts (250 word limit) or ideas to Richard J White (, Federico Ferretti ( and Anthony Ince ( by Monday March 7th 2016.


Breitbart, M. (1975). Impressions of an Anarchist Landscape. Antipode, 7: 44–49.

Springer, S. Ince, A. Pickerill, J. Brown, G. and Barker, A.J. (2012) Reanimating Anarchist Geographies: A New Burst of Colour. Antipode Vol. 44(5), pp. 1501-1604

Springer, S., White R. J., Souza, M. L. de. eds. (2016). The Radicalization of Pedagogy: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Souza, M. L. de, White R. J., Springer, S. eds. (2016). Theories of Resistance: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

White R. J., Springer, S., Souza, M. L. de. eds. (2016). The Practice of Freedom: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

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About Richard J White

I am currently employed as a Reader in Human Geography. Having completed my doctoral thesis at The University of Leicester (Department of Geography) I worked as Research Assistant at The University of Warwick (Institute for Employment Research). I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in Economic Geography in 2006, and was the Course Leader for the B.A. (Hons) Human Geography degree between 2013-2015. Teaching Interests I have a broad interest in many radical approaches within both Human Geography, and other related social sciences. My particular expertise explores alternative/ post-capitalist forms of work and organization; anarchist and dissident geographies; geographies of activism and resistance; and critical animal geographies.
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