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*Call for Papers: *American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG) 2020, April 6-10, Denver, CO, USA.

*Session Title: *Emerging technologies and firms in catching-up economies: State, market, and space

*Session Organizers:* Daniel Schiller (University of Greifswald, Germany), Wenying Fu (Northumbria University, UK)

*Session Sponsorship:* Economic Geography Specialty Group, China Specialty Group

The emergence of new technologies, paths, and regimes has gained its traction both within evolutionary economic geography (EEG) and socio-technical transition studies. While EEG studies contribute substantially to this debate from the perspective of regional capacities both in structural and institutional terms (McKinnon and Cumbers 2019), the transition literature complements it with a stronger focus on co-evolutionary processes between agent-led niche novelty, meso-level sets of institutions constituting the socio-technical regime, and the macro-level socio-technical landscape (Geels and Kemp, 2012). In this sense, entrepreneurship and start-up firms not only constitute the fundamental means through which novelty is introduced, but also intertwines with larger-scale forces in a dialectical manner.

The new millennium has witnessed the rise of Neo-Techno-Nationalism (NTN), especially in such catching-up economies as the BRICS countries, which is characterized by nationalistic efforts to boost indigenous capabilities. Unlike older forms of techno-nationalism, the standard strategy of the NTN paradigm often includes adherence to international norms, cooperation with foreign partners, and a recognition of the need for new forms of public-private accommodation. More prominently, China’ Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) could be regarded as a geopolitical strategy to challenge the existing social-technical system centred around the Western neoliberalism. The role of the state, along with the market through their integration into the neoliberal globalization processes, has come into an interdependent play with one another, and manifests itself through varied spaces and between scales.

With the foregoing in mind, the session seeks papers, both theoretically and empirically, that address the ways through which markets are created by and/or mediated through the state to foster the emerging technologies and firms, and how space is manifested and reconfigured in a manner that allow novelty to cast influence on existing socio-technical regimes. In addition, we welcome participants to engage with the structuration of emerging technologies in catching-up economies as wider expressions of geographical forces beyond regions and localities.

Please submit your abstract (250 words max) plus AAG PIN (Personal Identification Number, obtained after registration for the conference at the AAG website) to daniel.schil...@uni-greifswald.de and wenying...@northumbria.ac.uk by October 25, 2019. We also welcome other ways of participating in this session, e.g. discussant, and would be happy to discuss it with you if you are interested.


Prof. Dr. Daniel Schiller

University of Greifswald
Chair of Economic and Social Geography
Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Str. 17a
17487 Greifswald, Germany
Tel. +49 3834 420-4524
Fax. +49 3834 420-4481
E-Mail: daniel.schil...@uni-greifswald.de

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