9th Annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference

Thank you for all who attended and participated in the Mini-Conference. It was a wonderful event!

We are pleased to announce that the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University will be hosting next year’s Mini-Conference.
See you next year!

The Mini-Conference Steering Committee


We acknowledge that the Critical Geographies Mini-Conference will be taking place in Vancouver on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Critical geographers view the spaces of our world with a mixture of anger and hope. We believe that society and nature do not represent themselves: we must analyze them, map them, and thus involve ourselves in their remaking. The world does not exist in order to verify our theories: it is there to be comprehended and changed. It is not to be accepted at face value: appearances deceive and space hides things from us. The earth is not flat and smooth, but scarred by power and structured by hierarchy. Reality is not immutable or inevitable, but open to change. The earth is not disposable: this is the only world we have. Ours is not the best of all possible worlds: better worlds, latent in the present, must be sought and fought for. 

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University will host the Ninth Annual Mini-Conference for Critical Geographers who live and/or work in our region. It will take place at SFU Woodward’s on Saturday November 22, 2014. Our emphasis is to create a friendly, engaging, and fun space for critical geographers, especially – but by no means only – graduate students. We welcome papers from across the field of geography (human, physical, GIS), and from spatially oriented scholars in other disciplines, that seek to engage with and contribute to the critical geography project. The mini-conference is open to students, faculty members, and members of the public. There is no fee for attending or participating.

All space is political. The location for the conference - SFU Woodwards - is an example. Occupying unceded indigenous lands, within the contested space of the Downtown Eastside, the building itself has been a touchstone in a brave and enduring struggle against exclusion and for social justice. While there is no pure position free from contradiction, we hope that we may use this space in ways that sustain the progressive potential of such struggles, and related geographies of possibility and freedom. 

If you would like to present and/or attend, please email minicon@sfu.ca before November 1. We have also reserved space for lunch (vegetarian) at Lebanese Restaurant Nuba in Gastown and dinner at the Heartwood Café in Mount Pleasant. Please email minicon@sfu.ca if you would like to join us for dinner. See the “Lunch and Dinner Locations” page for more details.

We thank the following for their generous support: Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University; Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University; Institute of Humanities, Simon Fraser University; Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement; Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

Previous Hosts of the Mini-Conference:

  • 2013: Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA
  • 2012: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • 2011: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 2010: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • 2009: University of British Columbia, Okanagan, BC
  • 2008: University of Washington, Tacoma, WA
  • 2007: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
  • 2006: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC