Relations of rule: (Post)colonialism, nature, governmentality
AAG 2006 CALL FOR PAPERS
Chicago 7th-11th March 2006
The production of nature as a strategy for the government of populations has been a topic of academic investigation within a variety of related sub-disciplines; postcolonial geographies, urban geographies, historical geographies, and contemporary critical geographies have examined how relations of rule work through the production of rural resource landscapes and/or urban environments. Recently, scholars have focused on the ways in which the co-production of resources and populations (both materially and discursively) is deployed as a means of delineating concepts of citizenship, development, and modernity.
This session seeks to expand and extend current discussions around the relations of power and natures in postcolonial environments of both the North and South. Emphasis will be given to how (post)colonial 'relations of rule' embedded within 'nature' inform current strategies of 'government' in ways that continue to differentiate populations, spatialize access to resources, and legitimate inequitable patterns of development. This is not only true for rural areas; differentiations and divisions between denizens of contemporary post-colonial cities are mediated through the production of urban natures often with significant continuities between colonial and postcolonial governmentalities.
The following topics are of particular interest:
The articulation of colonial and post-colonial relations of rule
Analysis of international development projects and policies, and particularly how they rescript relations of rule within urban and/or rural environment
Case studies with particular emphasis on the co-production of resource landscapes and urban spaces
Theoretical papers which explore links (and creative tensions between) postcolonial governmentality, 'green governmentality' and the production and social construction of nature
Contested 'natures': how relations of rule are contested and
become visibly contradictory through the project of producing
Relations between citizenship, identity, and nature in colonial and contemporary cities
Potential session participants are invited to contact Dr.K.Bakker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Kooy (email@example.com). Please send abstracts (maximum 250 words) and paper title by September 15, 2005. Abstracts and registration numbers for the AAG will be due mid-October.
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