Klinger Calls for Papers for Outer Space Conference


Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has issued a call for papers for an upcoming panel on geography in Outer Space.

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) will hold their second panel on the Geographies of Outer Space at their annual meeting in San Francisco in March 2016. Klinger and colleague Dan Bednar of Western University in Canada will organize the panel, and have requested scholars working on topics including law, resource extraction, and political economy as it applies to Outer Space issues.

From the text of the call for papers:

The purpose of this paper session is to bring together geographers and other social scientists working on outer space and related issues to critically appraise the evolving state of the field(s), and to discuss how Geographers, with their diverse skills, have and will continue to shape scholarship on the matter.

The organizers invite papers that contribute to the continuing maturation of the field, including but not limited to the potential sub-divisions and specializations in discreet aspects of non-Earth geographies.

Klinger and Bednar will select papers for a special session, panel, and reception held at the AAG conference.

For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG’s Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American GeographersThe Professional Geographer, the AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities), and the online AAG Newsletter.

Klinger specializes in development, environment, and security politics in Latin America and China in comparative and global perspective. She is currently completing a book project on the global geography of rare earth prospecting and mining, with a special emphasis on the development and geopolitics of resource frontiers in Brazil, China, and Outer Space. Learn more about her here.