APP: Antipode’s Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) in Durban, South Africa


Antipode’s 4th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ)

Antipode’s 4th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) will take place in Durban, South Africa May 27th – June 1st, 2013.

With a pre-Institute day in Johannesburg for those interested in interacting with Achille Mbembe and his team at the Johannesburg Workshop on Theory and  Criticism.

After Antipode’s first three successful Institutes held in Athens, Georgia (2007), Manchester, UK (2009), and again in Athens, Georgia (2011) we are delighted to announce that the 4th Institute will be held in Durban, South Africa during the end of May/beginning of June 2013.  Antipode’s 4th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) will provide an exciting opportunity to engage leading edge theoretical, methodological, and research-practice issues in the field of radical geography and social justice (both broadly defined), along with a range of associated professional and career development matters. This international meeting will be specifically designed to meet the needs of new researchers, taking the form of an intensive, interactive workshop for 25 participants.

It will include facilitated discussion groups, debates and panels, training and skills development modules, and plenary sessions. Topics for the meeting will include: defining radical/critical geographies, models of engagement broadly/models of activist-scholarship specifically, interdisciplinary radical work, producing public geographies, locating the boundaries of “the geographies of justice,” the institutional cultures of radical geography, interdisciplinary dialogue and radical geography, how to teach radical geographies, publishing radical geographies and mapping the future of radical/critical geographies.

In addition to facilitated discussions, we will make the most of being in Durban and have “Reality Tours” of South Durban, Durban’s informal trading site, and immigrant/refugee sites in order to understand the geographies of struggle and social transformation.

Featured plenary contributors at the Durban (2013) IGJ will be:

Sharad Chari
Department of Geography and Environment
London School of Economics and Political Science


Gillian Hart
Department of Geography
University of California, Berkeley

Sam Moyo
Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS)
Harare, Zimbabwe

Jennifer Robinson
Department of Geography
University College London

Nik Theodore
Center for Urban Economic Development and Department of Urban Planning and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago

The key organizers of the meeting are: 

Patrick Bond
School of Development Studies and Centre for Civil Society
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa,4,35,4,0

Nik Heynen
Department of  Geography
University of Georgia

Other folks likely to be lurking, helping with organizing and around to participate in informal ways include:


Vinay Gidwani
Department of Geography and Institute for Global Studies
University of Minnesota

Meshack Khosa
PhD from Oxford in transport geography; expert on kombi taxis, and former UKZN geography lecturer

Wendy Larner
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol

Brij Maharaj
School of Environmental Sciences (SES)
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Who is Eligible and How to Apply?

The Institute for the Geographies of Justice is open to doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed junior faculty (normally within 3 years of appointment).

The Institute participation fee will be $200 for graduate students and $250 for faculty and postdoctoral researchers.   This fee will include your lodging for the week, a couple meals here and there and fund a reception at the end of the week.

See here for info about past IGJs:

All those wishing to attend the IGJ must complete a pre-registration form by January 31st, 2013. Pre-registration forms are available:

For the first time, limited travel funds will be made available for some (see pre-registration form) through the financial support of the Antipode Foundation.  Other financial support for the IGJ is also being provided by the Antipode Foundation:

Further information about the Institute for the Geographies of Justice can be obtained from Nik Heynen at