CfP RGS 2016: Ice, water, rock, sand, and silt: ‘Unearthing’ a Subterranean Geopolitics

Klaus Dodds and I are co-convening a session at this years RGS conference. We’re hoping for some interesting discussions and welcome papers from a range of disciplines that speak to some of the questions and ideas outlined below in the call for papers:

Ice, water, rock, sand, and silt: ‘Unearthing’ a Subterranean Geopolitics

Sponsored by the RGS Political Geography Research Group.

Convenors: Rachael Squire (Royal Holloway University of London) and Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway University of London)

Amidst a growing interest in the materialities agenda and ideas pertaining to ‘volume’ (Elden 2013), this session seeks to ‘unearth’ some of the subsurface spaces that have remained recalcitrant to the (critical) geopolitical gaze. Whilst it is now acknowledged that materials such as air, ice, water, rock, sand, and silt ‘matter’ to geopolitical discourse (Adey 2015, Bakker 201), the call to take seriously the subterranean within critical geopolitics arguably still ‘comes across as a…

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