CfP: Critical Planning Journal Issue on 'Resistance to Extraction'


*Critical Planning* calls for paper submissions on Resistance to
Extraction. Extraction evokes manifold meanings of spatial appropriation:
natural resource removal, deterritorialization, capital divestment,
community displacement, human trafficking, and even the colonial mentality.
The lens of extraction draws attention to (1) agents and institutions who
extract, (2) objects, resources, peoples, and cultures that are extracted,
and (3) practices, methods, and technologies of extraction. Often requiring
highly visible and contested practices, processes of extraction elicit
distinct subjective effects and interpretations on either side: at both the
sites of extraction and consumption.

   -   What are the different agents, objects, and practices of extraction?
   -    How does the study of extractive processes challenge political and
   economic boundaries, revealing ecological and regional scales?
   -   How have relations of extraction been central to the functioning of
   religion, power, and empire; how are they embedded in dynamics of
   (in)formality, labor, and alienation; and how have they impacted gender,
   bodies, and social life?

Communities resist many types of extraction around the world. Resistance
takes multiple forms that demonstrate the existence of alternative worlds,
which may range from uncoordinated but profound everyday acts, to
territorial and nationalist movements, and in other cases resistance may
challenge global capitalism by confronting western paradigms of development
and progress. Opposition to extraction can be place-based, culturally
specific, identity shifting, can entail the reconstitution of human-nature
relationships, but it can also consist of cross-national social movement
networks. Communities in resistance often counter absentee ownership and
embed practices to create new political imaginaries, autonomy, and commons.

   -   Under what conditions, and on which basis of solidarity, do particular
   actors resist extraction?
   -   What forms of resistance are available to groups that have and continue
   to oppose extractive processes?
   -    How do forms of resistance to extraction challenge our understanding of
   the urban condition and forms of urban practice?


We welcome submissions from activists, scholars, journalists, artists,
students, and professionals in the form of academic analysis, creative
writing, poetry, visual art, or film. We encourage submissions that
incorporate cross-disciplinary, multi-scalar, multi-sited, transnational,
fieldwork-based, or mixed-method approaches. Submissions will be selected
based on their intellectual contributions and the extent to which pieces
advance *Critical Planning*'s core focus on improving our understanding of
critical urban thought and practice.
*Please send submissions to <> by
January 31, 2016.*

The Edward W. Soja Prize is an annual award given to the best work
published in *Critical Planning*. The prize celebrates the lifetime
achievements of this important thinker whose work continues to open new
research directions for the theoretical and practical understanding of
contemporary cities and regions. Preference will be given to authors
speaking to critical issues outside the research agendas of traditional
funding agencies and institutional donors. A cash prize of $1,000 will be
awarded to the author of the winning article.