9th East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography (EARCAG) Call for Papers

10th Feb 2018

For Spatial Justice: Rethinking Socio-spatial Issues from East Asian Perspectives

Daegu University (10 December) and Daegu Exco (11-13 December), South Korea. Organised by Korean Association of Space and Environment Research (KASER) and Seoul National University Centre for Asian Cities (SNU CAC).


The issue of ‘spatial justice’ appears again. In the first East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography held in January 1999 in Gyeongju and Daegu South Korea, the main concern was spatial justice. The theme of the conference was ‘Socio-Spatial Issues for East Asian Countries in the 21st century,’ and twenty scholars assembled to discuss those issues. Since then, a growing number of scholars within the network have witnessed increasing precarity and complexity in producing and constituting inequalities and injustices in East Asian society. Out of necessity and concern, they have explored critical interpretations of socio-spatial issues from East Asian perspectives.

Twenty years after the first conference in the same location, EARCAG now propose rethinking socio-spatial issues from East Asian perspectives in the hopes of promoting spatial justice. The East Asian perspectives refer to the awareness and understanding of the intertwined relations between the East Asian context and the nature of the methods in which spatial dynamics are organized and constituted.

The aim of EARCAG is to provide a platform for critical geographers and other social scientists to debate social and spatial issues in East Asia. Critical Social scientists have observed increasing complexities, interdependence and inequalities in the development of capitalism and geopolitics over the world. The tradition of strong nation-states and the geopolitical tension particularly in East Asia have produced convergent social and spatial concerns. What are the socio-spatial issues that challenge spatial justice especially in the East Asian region? How are the issues approached in relation to Asian capitalism, politics, and the affects thereof?


Potential session topics include but are not limited to:

• Embedded developmentalism and spatial justice in post-developmental-state society; post-territorial dynamics of spatial justice

• Right to the cities and urban commons

• Geography of precarity; increasing precarity and the precariat’s spatial dynamics and precarious spaces

• Gender, Space and Justice; Gendered migration within and from East Asia

• Alternative spaces for spatial justice; critical geopolitics for spatial justice

• Mobilities as threats to and possibilities for spatial justice; Mobilities promoted and mobilized under the post-developmental state

• Challenge of climate change and risk governance in East Asia

• Environmental justice; critical geography for nature and the environment

• Technology development and spatial justice in a smart era

• Urban alienation and just city in East Asia

• Uneven regional development and spatial justice

• Equity issues in cities and regions under Neo-liberalism; Planning and policy issues for social justice from East Asian perspective


Submission of Abstracts

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send an abstract, no more than 500 words, to [email protected] by 28 February, 2018. The organizing committee will review the abstracts and contact you with the result by 30 April, 2018.


Organised Sessions

If you plan to organise a session, please send the title and description of the session and your papers in it to [email protected] by 28 February, 2018.


Registration Fee

• Participants from the OECD member countries, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong US$150 (faculty), US$70 (students)

• Participants elsewhere US$70 (faculty), US$35 (students)



Hotel Inter-Burgo Exco (http://eng.hotel-interburgo-daegu.com/)


Please direct any inquires to Young A Lee or HaeRan Shin at [email protected]

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