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1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers (ICAGG) – Geography, social change and antiauthoritarian practices

Reggio Emilia (Italy) – Centro Studi Cucine del Popolo, via Beethoven 78/e, 21-23 September 2017 –

In the last years, an outstanding international and multilingual rediscovery of anarchist geographers has occurred at the level both of academics and of grassroots movements, drawing at the same time on a renewed interest for historical figures like Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921) and Elisée Reclus (1830-1905), and on the contributions of anarchist and antiauthoritarian ideas and practices to present-day struggles for social liberation worldwide. Special issues on anarchism and geography have been published by outstanding international journals, such as Antipode and ACME, leading to a flourishing of recent papers and books on these topics, including the organisation of successful sessions on anarchist geographies at the most widely attended geographic international conferences, such as the RGS-IBG, the AAG and the IGU, and for the international conferences of the Anarchist Studies Network. An international mailing list of anarchist geographies has also been inaugurated.

In the French-speaking circuits, a flourishing of grassroots initiatives and scholarly research has likewise taken place, leading to the foundation of a network of anarchist geographers (Réseau de géographes libertaires), which organises a number of periodic conferences and workshops in France and Switzerland, and contributes to two important annual festivals targeting the communication between scholars and wider publics in France. The first, Les Reclusiennes, takes place in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, the town of origin of Elisée Reclus, and the second, the Festival International de la Géographie in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, includes an anarchist-driven Forum of Critical Geographies. In South America, conferences and public courses on anarchist geographies are periodically organised, mainly in Brazil, by the networks of ReKro-Rede Reclus-Kropotkin de Estudos Libertários and the Anarchist Library Terra Livre, in collaboration with universities like UFRJ and USP. This list could continue, but it is just a sample of the rich and cosmopolite field in which the present-day debates in anarchist geographies are developing.

In light of the flourishing of anarchist geographies, we propose to organize an independent international conference, to be repeated in different countries every 2 or 3 years, to create a space for scholars and militants interested in these topics to enjoy a deep and fruitful exchange, and present an opportunity for those interested in anarchist geographies and rooted in broader social movements internationally to exchange ideas and make meaningful connections’. The choice of doing the first conference in an Italian small town like Reggio Emilia, where an established local anarchist movement already promoted events and publications on anarchist geographers is instrumental to the capital tasks of continuing a discussion among scholars and militants from different linguistic and cultural areas, and ensuring discussions involve grassroots movements and militant situations outside the academy.

This conference is not only for “card-carrying” anarchists. We welcome contributions dealing critically with anarchist geographies, histories, concepts, and interventions from grassroots movements, militants, and academics.

We invite especially, but not exclusively, critical anarchic geographical contributions on:

      • What are anarchist geographies and what are their tasks?

        Which relations between anarchism and the most current critical/theoretical approaches used in geographical scholarship, i.e. postmodernism and post-structuralism, critical modernities, post-colonialism, more-than-human geographies, actor-network theory, non-representational theories, feminism, gender and queer theories, Marxism, critical race theory, intersectionality, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.?

    • Problematizing the relations between anarchism, rationalism, Enlightenment and modernity.

  • Anarchist geographies and counter-cartography. Maps and spaces of liberation.

  • Anarchist geographies and Indigenous movements.

  • Anarchism and the environment: mesology, natural philosophies and the idea of progress.

  • Anarchist geographies in practice: experiences from grassroots movements, local and international struggles, histories and geographies of resistance.

  • Anti-statist, post-statist and not statist geographies: anarchism and the idea of territory.

  • Anarchism, federalism and the concept of geographical scale: cities, regions and the global.

  • Anti-racist, anti-colonial and internationalist geographies.

  • Anarchist geographies, cosmopolitanism and multilingualism: which challenges to nationalist and parochial academies?

  • Anarchism and geographies of war and peace.

  • Anarchism and geographies of violence and non-violence.

  • Anarchist geographies of education and de-schooling.

  • Geographies of secularisation and free-thinking.

  • Anarchist geopolitics.

  • Historical geographies of anarchism.

  • Anarchist geographies and geographers in the history and philosophy of geography.

  • Historical figures of anarchist geographers and their interdisciplinary connections: histories of transnational anarchism, anarchist anthropologies, political theory and political philosophy.

To attend the conference, please send an abstract of maximum 250 words at the address by February 1st 2017. The preferred conference’s language is English: if you feel especially uncomfortable with presenting in this language, please write to the organisers in order to arrange some specific solution. Further information will be provided by e-mail and through the site

Practical information: For information on travel, accommodation and any other practical query (need for childcare, dietary requirements etc.), please write to

Scientific and Promoting Committee:

Gerónimo Barrera

Béatrice Collignon

Amir El-Hakim

Fabrizio Eva

Federico Ferretti

Anthony Ince

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

Patrick Minder

Joanne Norcup

Philippe Pelletier

Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg

Adriano Skoda

Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Simon Springer

Francisco Toro

Gian Maria Valent

Richard White

Patricia Wood

Local organisation committee:

Eliana Bartoli

Arturo Bertoldi

Lorenzo Coniglione

Fabio Dolci

Andrea Ferrari

Simone Ruini

Gian Maria Valent

Practical Information and Conference Fees

Conference fees:

  • Fully funded academics and supporters: 100 €
  • Non-tenured, activists and partially funded: 50€
  • Unwaged: free (with possibility of a voluntary contribution during the conference)

The bank account and the deadline for payment and registration will be communicated at the moment of abstracts’ acceptance (February-March 2017)


Please register by 15 May 2017 with a bank transfer at the following account, stating as reason “Register ICAGG 2017“:

IBAN  IT36M0538712800000002133449


Circolo Arci Cucine del Popolo, Via Ludwig van Beethoven 78, 42122 Massenzatico, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Bank branch address: Banca popolare dell’Emilia Romagna Soc. Coop., Via San Carlo, 8/20
41121, Modena, Italy

If you are unwaged and can’t pay, just confirm your attendance sending an e-mail to


There will be possibility of (basic) free accommodation with sleeping bag for those who request it (with precedence for presenters), and a list of solutions for different economic possibilities, from the bed in dorm at the local youth hostel to more comfortable hotels, as follows:

Youth Hostel

Hotel Ariosto–133014942868/

Hotel Cristallo

Bus connection from centre town: 

BUS 12

From Reggio Centre Town (Caserma Zucchi) to Massenzatico (20 min.)

07:45 08:20 09:20 10:20 11:20 12:20 13:15 14:15 15:25 16:35 17:35 18:35 19:35

From Massenzatico  to Reggio Centre

07:03 07:16 07:58 09:08 10:08 11:08 12:08 13:08 13:58 15:08 16:23 17:23 18:23 19:23

Solidary taxi in the evening!

Please refer to the e-mail for any practical query.

Conference Programme

ICAGG 2017 – 1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers (ICAGG) – Geography, social change and antiauthoritarian practices Reggio Emilia (Italy) – Centro Studi Cucine del Popolo, via Beethoven 78/e, 21-23 September 2017

Day 1 – Thursday 21/09

Session 1 – 9.30/11.10

Anarchist theories 1 – CHAIR: Federico Ferretti
Anthony Ince Univ. of Cardiff Anti-fascism and spaces of liberation: towards an anarchist agenda for anti-fascist geographies.
Fabian Laute Universität zu Köln One possible perspective on

the methodological basement of the anthropogeographical discipline.

Mariza Ferreira da Silva Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) From anarchist philosophies to decolonial theories – a history that transcends Marxist radical critical geographies and post-structuralist.
Sarah Gelbard McGill “Fuck gentrification” is the new “fuck the man”: the desirability of undesirable punk space.

Session 2 – 11.30/13.10

Anarchist theories 2 – CHAIR: Simon Springer
Patrick W. Huff Birckbeck Anarchism, Territory and the Radical Geography of Democratic Confederalism.
Geronimo Barrera and Alejandro de la Torre Univ. of Austin Texas Deterritorializing anarchism: an approach to the libertarian geography.
Richard White Sheffield Hallam 21st Century Anarchist Geographies and the Purity of Rebellion.
Frédérique Blot Univ. of Albi For a relational approach of sciences-societies-environment interactions.

Session 3 – 14.30/16.10

Topics: Historical Geographies of Anarchism – CHAIR: Teresa Vicente
Jose Luis Oyon Univ. of Barcelona La ciudad en el joven Reclus, 1830-1871: hacia la fusión naturaleza-ciudad.
Federico Ferretti UCD Evolution and Revolution: science, agency and more-than human intersectionality in the works of early anarchist geographers.
Ruth Kinna Univ. of Loughborough ‘The Coming Anarchy’ and the anarchy that materialised: Peter Kropotkin’s geography of anti-statecraft.
Fabrizio Eva University Cà Foscari Venice, Treviso campus Looking for a debate: which ones are the characters of an anarchist approach in Geopolitics?

Session 4 – 16.30/18.10

Anarchists and the city – CHAIR: Richard White
Tewfik Hammoudi ENSA Nantes The Geddes civics in digital post capitalistic society.
Javier Ruiz-Tagle; Labbé Gricel; Martín Alvarez; Martín Montes; Matías Aninat PUC – Chile Urban marginality and institutional effects: An alternative perspective to the ‘neighbourhood effects’ thesis from the study of three neighbourhoods in Santiago de Chile.
Ophélie Véron Univ. Catholique de Louvain Exploring the Anarchist City:

Autonomy, Mutual Aid and Self-Management in la Baraque.

Stefano Portelli Univ. of Rome “La Sapienza” The horizontal city: an implicit counter-power in the periphery of Barcelona
Federico Venturini Independent researcher/Activist Militant Direct Action and Trabalho de Base as Innovative Practices of Resistance, the case of Rio de Janeiro.

Day 2 – Friday 22/09

Session 1 – 9.30/11.10

Grassroots Movements – Housing – CHAIR: Simon Springer
Olivier T. Kramsch & Gordon Dustin Radboud Universitet From Café Terecht to the Just People collective: reflections on/from the borders of geography, social change and antiauthoritarian practices in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Francisca Cancino Contreras Universidad de Chile A Rupture within Chilean Neoliberalism: The Movimiento de Pobladores en Lucha and the reconquest of the popular territories.
Pierpaolo Mudu & Andrea Aureli Univ. of Washington & St. Johns No place like “home”: emptying space and surplus humanity in Italy context.
Rowan Tallis Milligan Vienna – Independent researcher Better to squat than let homes rot: the politics of occupation in the neoliberal city

Session 2 – 11.30/13.10

Topics: Grassroots Movements – Housing CHAIR: José Luis Oyon
Ines Morales Bernardos Univ. of Cordoba The socio-spatiality of radical struggles for food autonomy in the city of Athens
Giovanni Lupieri, Federico Venturini Univ. of Bologna Networks, libertarian practices and social centre in the experience of Udine’s Student Movement.
Leslie Parraguez Sanchez PUC The Chilean Student Movement and the Crisis of Equity in Large Cities: A Socio-Spatial Approach to the Formation of Resistance in a Post-Dictatorial Country.
Mark Purcell & Branden Born Univ. of Washington Planning, Deleuze & Guattari, and Alternative Food Movements in Oaxaca.
Ferdinand Stenglein University of Muenster Connact-in-Difference: Lessons from the Commune

Session 3 – 14.30/16.10

Borders – Migrant identities and cosmopolitanism – CHAIR: Anthony Ince
James Ellison Loughborough Freedom of movement struggles and the abolition of borders:

borderwork, anarchist politics, and decolonising solidarity.

Valeria Raimondi GSSI – L’Aquila Countering the European border regime: refugees’ strategies of resistance. The case of self-organized reception in Athens, Greece.
Charalampos Tsavdaroglou Univ. of Thessaloniki “You cannot evict a movement”

No Border Actions and Emerging Common Spaces in Athens, Idomeni and Thessaloniki.

Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg, Stefano Malatesta, Enrico Squarcina Univ. Milano Bicocca Ocean citizenship in B. Traven and Aldous Huxley.
Raymond Craib Cornell University Exile, escape, and libertarian enclosures.

Session 4 – 16.30/18.10

Topics: Ecology, Mesology, Environment CHAIR: Richard White
Jaroslav Biolek Univ. of Brno Psychogeography, ANT methodology and Guerrilla Permaculture Gardening: Inspiration for ‘Political Deep Green Epistemology’?
Philippe Pelletier Univ. Lyon 2 Anarchism and geography: ecology or mesology?
Etienne Delay & Simon Maraud Univ. of Limoges Questioning capitalistic power structures: a way to reconnect stakeholders with the land?
Remi Benos Univ. of Albi For a political approach of the attachment of places. Anarchism, ecologism, regionalism.
Julien Dupoux Univ. of Clermont-Ferrand Peasants in libertarian Millevaches culture

Day 3 – Saturday 23/09

Session 1 – 9.30/11.10

Counter-mappings CHAIR: Fabrizio Eva
Nicolas Maestripieri Univ. Tolouse 2 Future as a space of liberation?
Julia Udall Sheffield Hallam Co-designing a trans-European pedagogical mapping tool for solidarity economies
Richard Bower Univ. Central Lancashire Arcadian Counter-Cartographies of lost UK Plotlanders.
Luis Fernando Pérez Macias GeoComunes GeoComunes: Collaborative cartography for the defence of common goods.

Session 2 – 11.30/13.10

Counter-mappings CHAIR: Teresa Vicente
Diego Cervantes Ruiz UFF – Rio Anti-metrology: notes for a revolutionary program of time (and space).
Susana Isabel Velázquez Quesada UNAM The Merida Initiative: the territorial deployment of state’s forces and the

development of capital circulation circuits in neoliberal Mexico.

Nadia Lausselet & Ismaël Zosso-Francolini Federal Institute Lausanne Pendio e democrazia: percorsi in montagna di formazione pratica alla democrazia radicale.
Dario Antonelli & Giacomo Sini Activists The space of anarchist action.

Session 3 – 14.30/16.10

Autonomy and cultural identities – CHAIR: Anthony Ince
Dalel Benbabaali Oxford Indigenous movements in tribal India: Fighting for Adivasi autonomy.
Engin Sustam Univ. of Geneva Rojava experience and Social Ecology

between violence, insurrection and emancipation in Kurdish area.

Gianmaria Valent Univ. of Padova Solving housing needs through direct action: the autonomous settlements of Sinti citizens in Reggio Emilia (Italy).
Christine Donovan Independent researcher / activist The Dale Farm Traveller Site as an Anarchist Community.

Session 4 – 16.30/18.10

Feminisms CHAIR: Teresa Vicente
Desirée Enlund Univ. of Umea Place, gender and the defense of health care services.
Tina Bopp & Stefanie Meier Univ. of Basel Socio-spatial aspects of an eviction and the resulting neighborhood struggle. An anarchist perspective on gentrification and old age
Simon Springer Univ. of Victoria Anarcha-Feminist Geographies:

Intersectionality, Emotion, and the Death of Patriarchy.

Caroline Kaltefleiter State University of New York at Cortland Embrace the Gap: Liminality, Riot Grrrls, Anarcha-Feminism and (Trans)locution.

Conclusion: discussion on the next steps of the ICAGG

Evening Programme