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Date Sent: 10 Dec 2008 Forwarded by: Stephen Legg [Stephen.Legg@nottingham.ac.uk] CALL FOR PAPERS Enclosure: Bounding Space, Creating Subjects RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 26-28 August, 2009 Sponsored by the Political Geography Research Group Organized by Dr. Alex Jeffrey (Newcastle University), Dr. Colin McFarlane (Durham University), Dr. Alex Vasudevan (University of Nottingham) This session will explore recent work across geography and urban studies exploring processes of 'enclosure'. If a growing body of scholarship has drawn attention to the proliferation of walls as a response to the perceived failure of nation-state sovereignty, we are interested in linking new forms of walling to wider apparatuses of division, separation, and exclusion. In particular, we seek to draw attention to the various histories and geographies of enclosure and how they may serve as critical a lens through which the relationship between neoliberalism and violence may be brought into sharper focus. Through the session we will look to develop this interdisciplinary conversation through new empirical and theoretical papers examining the social and political effects of enclosure. In particular we are interested in papers that address the three core session themes: 1) Materialities: We are interested in charting the myriad assemblages of enclosure - the technologies through which 'walls' or 'partitions' are stabilised, regulated and policed. We seek to remain alert to the 'social life of walls' but we also wish to reflect on their intrinsic elasticity and porosity. Do such processes, we ask, create new kinds of geopolitical topologies? 2) Subjectivities: We wish to develop historico-geographical approaches that explore the practices of enclosure as technologies of discipline and subjectification. To use Eyal Weizman's term, we are keen to encourage work that explores the 'biopolitical artefacts' that shape and regulate mobility and citizenship. This prompts the broader question: how does enclosure shape human agency? 3) Resistances: We are keen to explore the question of how individuals resist/reformulate practices of enclosure. What forms of insurgent citizenship/subjectivity are prominent in practices of enclosure? To what extent can we identify a recognisable counter measure (a process of 'commonsisation')? Please forward abstracts of 200 words to the organisers by January 20, 2009. Alex Jeffrey ( <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org) Alex Vasudevan ( <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org) Colin McFarlane ( <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org) Dr. Alex Vasudevan Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Geography School of Geography University of Nottingham