Dear all - A CFP for AAG 2017 from Padraig Carmody and I.  Best wishes, Jim 
CFP: AAG Conference 2017 - Boston, MA - April 5-9, 2017
Economic geography and urban theory: Emerging directions
Organizers: Pádraig Carmody, Trinity College Dublin and Jim Murphy, Clark 
Urban research and theory have recently been sites of lively debate, around the 
planetary urbanization thesis, whether or not there is an "urban" economic 
sector, the need for non-Eurocentric epistemologies, comparative urbanism and 
the need to focus on "ordinary cities".  This literature has proposed new 
epistemologies of the urban, sought to conceptualize emergent urban formations 
and their spatialities, and advocated for comparative urban research (e.g., 
Koolhaas et al., 2000; Davis, 2005; Myers, 2011; Parnell and Pieterse, 2014; 
Brenner and Schmid, 2015; Nijman, 2015; Peck, 2015; Robinson, 2015).  While 
this work has raised important questions and provoked new debates and 
dialogues, some view recent theorizing as somewhat abstract or disconnected 
from the "urban reality," arguably better suited to single-city analyses rather 
than comparative research (Storper and Scott (2016:1114).  This CFP seeks 
papers which put economic geography in dialogue with recent urban theory, 
calling for papers that strive to advance our conceptual understandings and 
epistemological approaches to study of the natures, drivers, and spatialities 
of urban-economic geographies today.  A few questions/topics that could be 
explored through this (these) session(s) include:
*       How might we better conceptualize, understand, and study 
(comparatively) the socio-spatial dynamics of urban economies today?
*       What does the evolution and development of "Southern" cities mean for 
theories and
*       How can we categorise different types of cities beyond being world, 
global or ordinary cities? Does this depend on the nature of their economic 
*       How do cities' economic bases interact with, shape and effect other 
aspects of city structure and governance?
*       What is the relationship between globalization (e.g., ties to global 
production networks, migration, FDI) and the evolution of cities' morphology 
and socio-economic conditions and outputs?
We welcome papers which focus on different world regions and/or adopt a 
comparative approach. If you would like your paper to be considered please send 
your abstract to Pádraig Carmody<> and 
Jim Murphy<> by October 10th.

James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University
Editor-in-Chief, Economic Geography -<>

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