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*Apologies for cross posting* Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2012 New York, 24-28th February Geographies of Love Organizers: Dr Eleanor Wilkinson, University of Leeds, & Associate Professor Lynda Johnston, University of Waikato Despite the geographic turn to emotion and affect, geographers remain surprisingly quiet about love. Love still seems to be a strictly private affair, seemingly too personal, or too frivolous to become an object of 'proper' academic enquiry. We offer this session in order to critique this absence and suggest that it is time for geographers to begin to take love seriously. We argue for the importance of reflecting upon love in its own right, without having to translate it into other terms, such as friendship, solidarity or care. This session focuses on the forms, spaces and politics of love and the manner in which love constitutes people, places and subjectivities. The session seeks to trace some of the contours of love and explore love in its complex and multiple guises. There are many kinds of love, just as there are many objects and spaces of love, for example: romantic love; love between a parent and child; love of a sibling or friend; love of an animal or pet; a spiritual relationship; love of a particular object or activity; love of one's country, kin or place; charitable love; love of the planet and so on. These types of love are distinctive in character, being politicised and performed in a variety of ways and spaces, yet can of course intersect in numerous ways. This session seeks to critically examine the geographies of love, exploring what love does, what love means and how love shapes us as individuals, and as communities. Papers might want to examine the politics of love: for example, how are some 'loves' deemed to be 'in place' while others are 'out of place'? What are the utopian dimensions of love, and could love help open up spaces of hospitality and encounter? Yet, might love have some deeply negative connotations? For example, could love be seen as a distinctly territorial emotion, marking difference and creating boundaries? We encourage papers that consider the multiple scales through which love operates, from the body to the global. Papers could consider - but are by no means limited to - some of the following areas: * Love outside the constraints, and within the contradictions, of heteronormativity * Queering love * Love, globalization, and care-chains * Love and commodity culture * The relation between love, ethics, justice and responsibility * The feminization of love / the feminization of the ethical * The transformative / utopian potential of love * The reactionary /dystopian aspects of love * The relation between spaces of love and spaces of hate * The materiality of love: carnality / embodiment * Love, the mundane and the everyday * Love affairs / the geographies of infidelity Please submit a 200 word abstract by Wednesday 7th September 2011 to Eleanor Wilkinson (email@example.com) and Lynda Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any questions please contact us.