Call for Papers: the PolGRG Biannual workshop on The spatial politics of solidarity and transnationalism

The Political Geography Research Group Biannual Workshop

University of Glasgow, 2 & 3 May 2019

university of glasgow

At a time where our news is flooded with Britain’s Brexit woes and Donald Trump’s tweets, it is clear that the political climate is fraught with tensions and is, at times, incomprehensible. However, we have also seen a rise in political activity and a heightened political consciousness that challenges the current state of affairs. It is timely, then, for Political Geographers to (re)envisage and renew the ways in which we understand and theorise the spatial politics of solidarity and transnational movements within and in response to a myriad of shifting political landscapes.

This workshop offers an opportunity to think collaboratively about such productive politics in both contemporary and historical contexts and to critically examine their geographies. Bringing together the empirical and theoretical, the institutional and grassroot, the near and far, the past and present, can open up new ways of thinking about, writing with, and perhaps even enacting the political. It also offers the possibility to draw on the depth of research around these themes in Glasgow to think about different and potentially new methodological and theoretical ways of approaching transnationalism and solidarity. This will be enabled by having hands-on sessions around these themes as part of the workshop.

Two keynote speakers, Sumita Mukherjee and Óscar García Agustín, will be opening the workshop. Sumita Mukherjee is senior lecturer in history at the University of Bristol. Her most recent book, Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks, was published in 2018. Óscar García Agustín is an Associate Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is co-author of Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Europe and co-editor of Podemos and the New Political Cycle: Left Wing Populism and Anti-Establishment Politics and Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances.

The Political Geography Research Group will also hold its annual general meeting at the workshop, which you are welcome to attend.

The event is open to all political geographers, but we especially encourage PhD students and early career scholars to attend.

We invite paper presentations (20 minutes) and other creative contributions of alternative formats to submit abstracts of no more than 250-words to Viktoria Noka ( and David Featherstone ( by 25th of February 2019.


Attendance to the workshop is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days. There will be a £10 charge for the optional workshop dinner on Thursday evening (2 May) to be paid on the day. Four bursaries of £50 are available for PhD students to help with travel and accommodation costs, with priority being given to unfunded students and those giving presentations.


Please visit to register by the 29th of March 2019.