Call for Papers: Nordic Geographers Meeting – Stockholm, Sweden – 18th – 21st June 2017

Call for Papers: Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM2017)

There are four call for papers for the Nordic Geographers Meeting (please see below for more details).

  • ‘Youth and inequality: perceptions, experiences and aspirations’
  • ‘Inequalities and the geographies of children and young people: new approaches and debates’
  • ‘Young People’s Counter-Politics in Urban Space’
  • ‘Austerities, economic crises and neoliberalisms: experiences of children, young people and families’

The Nordic Geographers Meeting (NGM) is an international geography conference organized every second year. The 7th Meeting will be in Stockholm, Sweden, June 18th–21st 2017. The conference theme is “Geographies of inequalities”.

‘Youth and inequality: perceptions, experiences and aspirations’
Conveners:
Prof Katherine Gough, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, UK
Dr Thilde Langevang, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Rising unemployment and sluggish economic growth are widely predicted to further widen income and wealth inequality worldwide. Young people in particular are being disproportionately affected with the OECD claiming that youth have replaced the elderly as the group experiencing the greatest risk of income poverty. This has widespread implications for the opportunities and constraints young people face as well as impacting on their aspirations for the future.

This session will bring together papers which explore how young people’s lives and aspirations are being influenced by the inequality they experience and imagine both in situ and in far-away places. Papers are welcome from societies across the globe where young people are being affected by real or perceived high levels of inequality. Topics which may be explored in the session include, but are not restricted to, the implications of rising inequality at a range of scales for young people’ perceptions, experiences and aspirations of:

·         Mobility and immobility
·         Education and skills training
·         Work experiences and job prospects
·         Housing and home

Please submit proposed paper abstracts to Prof Katherine Gough k.v.gough@lboro.ac.uk by 15.12.16. Abstracts should have a maximum length of 250 words, in plain text, and be saved in Word format.
Please adhere to the following format:
Name of the session
Title of the paper (lowercase letters)
Author’s name and e-mail
Author’s institutional affiliation
Body of the paper abstract

In accordance with the conference organisers’ instructions, the selection of papers will be made by the session conveners. Paper authors will be notified by 15 January and accepted abstracts will then be published on the conference webpage.

 

‘Inequalities and the geographies of children and young people: new approaches and debates’
Convenors:
Dr Sarah Mills, Loughborough University, UK (s.mills@lboro.ac.uk)
Professor Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham, UK (p.kraftl@bham.ac.uk)
Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill, University of Birmingham, UK (s.a.hadfield-hill@bham.ac.uk)

This session seeks to explore geographical approaches and debates on ‘inequalities’ in the context of research on children and young people’s lives. It aims to encourage both a re-visitation of older approaches to the study of inequality (and related terms – poverty, injustice, marginalisation, discrimination, exclusion), as well as hosting discussions around new theoretical languages to examine inequality in relation to the geographies of children and young people.

The session will encourage debate around a series of key questions. How has the study of inequality been approached, enriched or challenged by a consideration of children and young people’s lives? How might geographers (re)theorise inequalities and what can be garnered from older and newer approaches? What are the key contemporary challenges for those working on inequality (and related debates) in children’s geographies? What can a focus on the (unequal) lives of children and young people contribute to broader scholarship on the ‘geographies of inequalities’ across the wider discipline?

This session aims to host papers that engage with any of these provocative starting points and related debates through either a theoretical, empirical, or methodological/ethical focus. Papers may attend to any issues surrounding inequalities and the geographies of children and young people; however, the organisers particular encourage papers on the following themes:

  • socio-spatial inequalities
  • educational inequalities
  • the interplay between emotions and inequalities
  • participation, citizenship and in/equalities
  • in/equalities across human-nonhuman ‘boundaries’.

Please submit abstracts to all three of the session organisers (s.mills@lboro.ac.uk, p.kraftl@bham.ac.uk, s.a.hadfield-hill@bham.ac.uk) by 15th December 2016.

 

‘Young People’s Counter-Politics in Urban Space’
Convenors:
Associate Professor: Tracey Skelton, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore;
Professor Sirpa Tani, Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki;
Dr. Noora Pyyry Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki

In this paper session, we approach young people’s everyday lives in urban space with a focus on their participation in matters of equality/inequality. How do young people challenge, negotiate and engage with questions of inequality? How do they respond to discriminatory or restrictive policies and practices? What are their everyday political understandings of inequality? How do young people perceive inequality – some may concur with its practice, others dispute its inevitability?

We are interested in hearing about young people’s counter-politics in urban space. This includes young people’s social-material practices and emotional/affectual geographies, but also their involvement with inequality debates in the city. What role does social media play in these practices and urban youth-based initiatives? How does what they do affect and change the city? We want to hear about everyday political practices that are spatial-embodied, playful and often more-than-representational.

This session will generate discussion on how young people’s participation carves space for alternative forms of expression and how this relates to making more inclusive cities that allow for diversity, unplanned encounters and surprises.

We welcome papers that address the following themes:

  • young people’s political agency in urban space
  • multiculturalism and how it is lived
  • processes of migration and mobilities
  • young people’s approaches to difference and inequality in the city
  • feminist geographies dealing with inequalities

Abstracts of 200 to 250 words should be submitted which include: title, name and affiliation of the presenters and their email addresses. Please send to these two co-organisers for submission by December 9th 2016  (note this is earlier than the generic information for the whole conference)

Associate Professor: Tracey Skelton, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore Email: geost@nus.edu.sg
Professor Sirpa Tani, Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki Email: sirpa.tani@helsinki.fi

 

‘Austerities, economic crises and neoliberalisms: experiences of children, young people and families’

Convenors:
John Horton (University of Northampton, UK),
Helena Pimlott-Wilson (Loughborough University, UK),
Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester, UK)

Call for papers:
This paper session will explore ways in which diverse, challenging geographies of ‘austerity’, ‘economic crisis’ and ‘neoliberalism’ have affected the lives of children, young people and families in international contexts over the last decade. There is mounting evidence that these social, political and economic contexts are substantially transforming contemporary geographies of childhood, youth and family and constituting new or intensified forms of inequality. In this context, the session will bring together new empirical and conceptual papers in three thematic areas.

First, we invite submissions of research papers – including qualitative, quantitative and multi-methods projects – evidencing experiences of children, young people and families in diverse contexts of austerity, economic crisis and neoliberalism. The session will explore the geographically-differentiated, regionally-distinctive and personally-provoking nature of these experiences, via case studies from different states, regions, localities, cities and communities. We particularly seek papers which consider intersections between local/family geographies of austerity, economic crisis and neoliberalism and wider spatial/social inequalities (e.g. around age, gender, ethnicity, disability, social class) or contemporary geographical issues (e.g. mobilities, migrations, debt, finance, use of public space).

Second, we invite papers which provide new conceptual and methodological reflections relating to the session themes. We particularly seek papers which critically consider discourses of ‘austerity’, ‘economic crisis’ and ‘neoliberalism’ in relation to contemporary ideas of ‘childhood’, ‘youth’ and ‘family’, or which showcase new, interdisciplinary methodological tools for exploring and analysing new geographies and inequalities in this context.

Third, the session we invite papers exploring the involvement of children, young people and families in practices which contest, or offer alternatives to, geographies of ‘austerity’, ‘economic crisis’ and ‘neoliberalism’.

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) by December 10th 2016 to:
John Horton (john.horton@northampton.ac.uk)
Helena Pimlott-Wilson (H.Pimlott-wilson@lboro.ac.uk) and
Sarah Marie Hall (sarah.m.hall@manchester.ac.uk)

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