Call for Papers – Pervasive, Elusive: Violence, Toxicity, and Militarized Landscapes in Canada

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Call for Papers – Pervasive, Elusive: Violence, Toxicity, and Militarized Landscapes in Canada

Canadian Association Geographers Annual Meeting, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 14-18 August 2024

Session type: 15-Minute Presentations, In-Person

Organizers: Kirsten Greer (Nipissing University) and Matt Farish (University of Toronto)

Inspired by recent writing on slow violence, critical military geographies, anti-colonialism, and environmental injustice, in this session or sessions we hope to draw together scholarship on Canada’s myriad but little-discussed military and militarized landscapes.

We are concerned with the diversity of periods, places, peoples, and methods that might collectively constitute a critical military geography of Canada – a choice of scale that also reflects the significance of the Department of National Defence and its affiliates in shaping and contaminating communities and environments across and beyond national borders. We are also interested in contributions from those who are engaged in interdisciplinary work, including collaborations between human and physical geographers and with artists and community groups, as part of making visible and responding to military geographies.

Please send paper abstracts (max 250 words), including the title of the proposed contribution, name of author(s), affiliation (e.g., Memorial University), role (e.g., student, faculty, professional, or other), and contact information to Kirsten Greer ( and Matt Farish ( by Thursday, April 18th. We will notify participants by April 23rd (e.g., in advance of the CAG conference’s April 27th early bird deadline. Papers unable to be included in the special session are welcome for submission to the general conference call:

Feature Image: Manège Militaire – Military Drill Hall. Quebec. ca. 1900-1925. Credit: Albertype Company/Library and Archives Canada/PA-045984.
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Kirsten Greer is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geography and History at Nipissing University, and the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies. Her CRC program addresses specifically reparations “in place” from Northern Ontario to the Caribbean through interdisciplinary, integrative, and engaged (community-based) scholarship in global environmental change research. As a critical historical geographer, she is interested in human-environment relations in the past; the environmental histories and legacies of the British Empire; and the politics of biodiversity heritage in the global North Atlantic. Greer is the past chair of the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (2016-2019). She is of Scottish-Scandinavian descent, from the unceded lands of Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. She currently lives and works on the traditional territory of the Nbisiing Nishnaabeg, and the lands protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850.

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