AAG 2019 CFP: The Spatial Politics of Reaction: Austerity, Ressentiment, and the Urban

The election of Donald Trump alongside the rise of explicitly nationalistic political movements across Europe has impelled critical scholars to reevaluate the contours and content of reactionary ideologies—including nativism, (neo)fascism, protectionism, and xenophobia—at multiple scales. A recent call for papers points to the importance of thinking through the spatiality of these movements, calling upon scholars to “consider the persistent and resurgent histories of right-wing populisms” (IJURR, 2018) as part of a broader investigation into the articulation of right-wing politics and urban space. 

This session takes up the challenge of theorizing reactionary politics in urban space. Within the broader theme suggested above, we are particularly interested in work that engages the banality (Arendt, 1963/2006) of the forces of reaction in the racialized metropolis. Urban events such as Charlottesville suggest a hyper-visible and self-aware white nationalist populism is on the rise—how do we make sense of (and contest) less explicit, though also violent, manifestations of fascism, nationalism, and other forms of reactionary politics in urban space? How do these articulate with other violent regimes that reproduce and operate within the urban? In what ways do they respond to, grow out of, or otherwise relate to material conditions engendered by neoliberal and austerity urbanism?

With the foregoing in mind, we welcome papers that speak to such diverse themes as:

• Neoliberal failure, austerity urbanism, and the politics of reaction
• Revanchism, redevelopment, and policing
• The politics and aesthetics of whiteness
• Affect and the politics of ressentiment
• Urban & global crises of racial capitalism
• Democracy, liberalism, and fascism
• Immigrant and refugee spaces in the reactionary city

Please send a brief abstract of your project to Coleman Allums (coleman.allums@uga.edu) and Scott Markley (scott.markley@uga.edu) by October 12th.

Arendt, H. (2006). Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil. New York: 
Penguin Books. (Original work published 1963)
IJURR (2018). Right-wing populisms and the city. Retrieved from http://www.ijurr.org/wp-

Coleman Allums
AAG 2018 CFP: Race, capitalism, and metropolitan space under (late) neoliberalism

Last year’s presidential election breathed new life into—and shined new light onto—one of the more contentious and protracted themes to occupy left political praxis and theory in the last century: Race? Or class? Decades of critical scholarship tell us that this polarized construction fails both to explain the contemporary world and to produce emancipatory political possibilities to fundamentally change it (See, e.g., Hall 1980, Robinson, 2000, Roediger, 2017). Nevertheless, the power of this particular duality remains seductive.

As scholars of the urban—and especially as geographers—we are called to consider these thorny, interrelated problems as they mark and are marked by the urban landscape. Yet the constellation of issues which the race/class binary responds to, is produced with, or otherwise engages is made all the more difficult to contend against or otherwise resolve as the hegemonies of racial neoliberalism (Goldberg, 2009) and neoliberal urbanism (Brenner & Theodore, 2002) have ossified in recent decades.

With the foregoing in mind, this session aims to interrogate the interconnections between race and class, capitalism and white supremacy as they are manifest in metropolitan space in the era of (late) neoliberalism. Explicitly rejecting the race/class binary in favor of intersectional and synthetic analysis, while also welcoming the particular challenges and possibilities of theorizing race and class (and contesting interstitial injustice) under neoliberalism, we invite participants to speak to the following themes:

  • Racial and class struggles over sub/urban space
  • Racial neoliberalism and economic development
  • Race/class dimensions of housing finance or policy
  • Economic and racial inequality under (late) neoliberalism
  • Suburbanization of poverty and racial diversity (or segregation)
  • Spaces of concentrated poverty and bounded blackness
  • Commodification of diversity

Participants should submit abstracts to Coleman Allums (coleman.allums@uga.edu), Scott Markley (scott.markley@uga.edu), and Taylor Hafley (taylor.hafley@uga.edu) by the 20th of October. Notification of acceptance will be communicated to participants by the 22nd, and participants must be fully registered by the 25th.



Brenner, N. and Theodore, N. 2002. Cities and the geographies of ‘actually existing neoliberalism.’ Antipode. 34(3):349-379.
Goldberg, D. T. 2009. The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Hall, S. 1980. Race, articulation and societies structured in dominance. In Sociological Theories: Race and Colonialism (1980), pp. 305-345.
Roediger, D. R. 2017. Class, Race, and Marxism. London: Verso.
Robinson, C. J. 2000. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press.



Coleman Allums
Anti-Politics and the Impossibility of Race

My essay "Anti-Politics and the Impossibility of Race: Reflections on Urban Secession in Atlanta" was just published with Atlanta Studies. Check it out!

Anti-Politics and the Impossibility of Race:

Sam Rosen, in a recent essay in The Atlantic , tackles Metro Atlanta's "controversial" cityhood movement. In the piece, Rosen gives a compelling overview of some of the major themes and histories that inform cityhood, touching on white flight, tax revolts, and racial politics, as well as governance, corruption, and self-determination.

AAG 2017 CFP: Suburban Geographies of Crisis and Change

Suburban Geographies of Crisis and Change

The 2007–2008 subprime mortgage crisis brought widespread attention to the conditions of suburbs in the United States, triggering a proliferation of critical interventions from across disciplines. These interventions investigated issues such as the “suburbanization of poverty,” suburban redevelopment, and the suburban socioeconomic and demographic changes that transpired during the years leading up to the crisis. This work has contributed to a reassessment—in theory and praxis—of the ways in which scholars and activists engage with numerous social and economic questions, which, for a long period, were considered the exclusive domain of the urban.

Now a decade removed from the advent of what has been called the Great Recession, we are interested in the post-crisis developments that have begun to unfold on the political, social, economic, and racial/ethnic landscapes of US suburbs. This session seeks to reveal and untangle the interacting processes undergirding these recent developments. In doing so, it aims to lend insights into the changing—or in some cases, persistent or recurrent—character of the suburban patchwork.

Within this basic framework, we invite critical contributions that speak to the following themes:

  • Suburbanization of poverty
  • Suburban gentrification and redevelopment
  • Cityhood and annexation
  • Race and racialization
  • Spatial inequality and mobility
  • Neighborhood inequality and residential segregation
  • Housing construction and demolition
  • Suburban planning
  • Local political governance and economic development
  • Suburban neoliberalization and (sub)regional competition
  • Education & community resources

Potential session participants should submit abstracts (250 words maximum) to Coleman Allums (coleman.allums@uga.edu) and Scott Markley (scott.markley@uga.edu) by October 17th, 2016. Notification of acceptance into the session will be provided by October 21st. Participants will then be expected to register and submit their abstracts through the AAG website by October 27th.