University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
November 16th and 17th, 2012
The seventh annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference will be held at the University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus. Our emphasis is on creating a fun, engaging, and friendly atmosphere and embraces unsettling of the ‘traditional’ conference structure. We welcome a wide range of spatially-oriented critical scholarship and encourage creative media on various themes from geography and other disciplines. There is no fee to attend the conference and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.
Responding to conversations at previous mini-conferences, the plenary keynote discussion will centre on decolonization. Our speakers will lead a dialogue through which we will critically engage with (neo)colonial practices in knowledge production, pedagogies, academic institutions, and regionalisms. We are excited to announce that Dr. Margo Greenwood and Dr. Sarah de Leeuw will give our keynote address, sharing their work on decolonization and the ‘new’ settler colonial identity in various institutions such as the university. Dr. Glen Coulthard, Sarah Hunt, and Harsha Walia will contribute their thoughts during a plenary response panel.