CFP AAG: Geographies of gender-based harassment and violence within and beyond the workplace
The MeToo movement has shed light on how misogyny and gender-based harassment and violence are ubiquitous in numerous industries and fields of work from Hollywood to restaurants to sports to higher education. The discipline of geography is not immune to this and instance of harassment often take place at the AAG’s Annual Conference, but also year-round at bars, offices, and others paces. In response, a recent article in Human Geography (Mansfield et al) powerfully calls on geographers not to see harassment as the product of a few malignant individuals, but rather as integral to systemic power that limits who can and cannot participate within the field. Spurred by Mansfield et al and the coming forward of survivors, this session aims to bring a geographical perspective to what many on-going discussions have made clear: gender-based harassment and violence are structural, rather than individual; the abuses are ubiquitous because they maintain and are constitutive of uneven dynamics of power and control. We invite papers that explore historical and contemporary examples of gender-based harassment and violence within and beyond the workplace. We are especially interested in papers that document the workings and purpose of this violence. By geographical perspectives we are interested in both issues within the discipline and what a geographical analysis can lend to understanding harassment within and beyond the workplace.