A Radical Geography Community
The Antipode Foundation is a company (no. 7604241) and charity (no. 1142784) registered in England and Wales.
Registered in July 2011, it exists specifically for public benefit and the promotion and advancement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical and critical geography.
The Foundation has two main activities:
The Foundation currently has eight trustees – Noel Castree (University of Manchester), Paul Chatterton (University of Leeds), Vinay Gidwani (University of Minnesota), Nik Heynen (University of Georgia), Wendy Larner (University of Bristol), Jamie Peck (University of British Columbia), Jane Wills (Queen Mary, University of London) and Melissa W. Wright (Pennsylvania State University) – and is managed by its secretary, Andrew Kent (email@example.com).
In its first year, 2011/12, the Foundation published the 43rd volume of Antipode (the journal’s ‘impact factor’ increased from 1.284 in 2010 to 2.150 in 2011 – this means a move up the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports ranking of geography journals from 26 of 67 to 10 of 73) as well as two titles in the Antipode Book Series (Dan Brockington and Rosaleen Duffy’s Capitalism and Conservation and Peter Newell, Max Boykoff and Emily Boyd’s The New Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance, and Contestation).
There were 44 applications for the 2011/12 Graduate Student Scholarship, and it was awarded to Oliver Belcher, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Oliver received his award in May 2011 and in June 2011 presented his research, ‘Best-Laid Schemes: Postcolonialism, Military Social Science, and the Making of US Counterinsurgency Doctrine, 1940-2009’, to the conference ‘New Ways of War? Insurgencies, “Small Wars”, and the Past and Future of Conflict’ at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin. In January 2012 he also presented his research in a ‘video abstract’ on AntipodeFoundation.org and an open-access essay in volume 44, issue 1 of Antipode. Oliver is currently completing his PhD at UBC and is a visiting scholar at the University of Oulu in Finland.
The steering committee of the International Critical Geography Group distributed £5,000, donated by the Antipode Foundation, among 12 graduate students, early-career researchers and independent scholars, enabling them to attend the 6th International Conference of Critical Geography which took place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in August 2011. There were 28 applications for travel bursaries. Seven applicants from countries classified ‘lower-’ or ‘upper-middle-income’ by the World Banki shared £4,300 (Karen Itzel Flores Barojas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico / Jitesh Malik, independent scholar, India / Patricia Oliveira, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico / Andre Pasti, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil / Madisson Yojan Carmona Rojas, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico / Irene Vélez-Torres, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia / Gonzalo Julián Yurkievich, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina) with five applicants from North America and Europe sharing the remainder (Verónica Tapia Barría, independent scholar, Spain / Stacy Douglas, University of Kent, UK / Lisa Myers, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Canada / Laura Pitkanen, University of Toronto, Canada / Michaela Pixová, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic).
The Foundation spent a further £5,000 sponsoring four lectures: at the 2011 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Seattle, 12th-16th April, Lynn Staeheli – Professor of Geography at Durham University, UK – presented ‘Whose Responsibility Is It?’; at the 2012 AAG annual meeting in New York, 24th-28th February, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, USA – presented ‘A Conversation with Gayatri Spivak’; at the 2011 annual international conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG) in London, 31st August-2nd September, Jamie Peck – trustee of the Antipode Foundation and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada – presented ‘Beyond the Neoliberal Zombieland’; and at the 2012 RGS-IBG annual international conference in Edinburgh, 3rd-5th July, Katherine Gibson – Professor of Geography at the University of Western Sydney, Australia – presented ‘Take Back the Economy, Any Time, Any Place: Pedagogies for Securing Community Economies’. The lectures were well attended with approximately 250 delegates at the 2011 AAG, a capacity audience of 500 at the 2012 annual meeting, and approximately 150 delegates at the 2011 RGS-IBG annual international conference. The videos of the lectures were also popular.
The 2011 Institute for the Geographies of Justice was organised by Nik Heynen and took place in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA) between 30th May and 3rd June. Nik was joined by two other trustees, Vinay Gidwani and Wendy Larner, as well as Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Laura Pulido (University of Southern California) and Wendy Wolford (Cornell University) in facilitating/leading an intensive, interactive week of discussion, debate, training and skills-development. 28 doctoral student, postdoctoral researcher, and recently appointed junior faculty delegates engaged contentious issues including defining and mapping the future of radical/critical geography, models of engagement/activist-scholarship, interdisciplinary work, public geographies, the geographies of justice, the institutional cultures of radical geography, how to teach radical geographies, and publishing radical geographies. As one of the delegates put it, the group came together “…to discuss and mobilise around silences, under-examined stakes, unanswered questions, and urgent needs for research and organising actions”. The Foundation contributed over £6,000 toward the costs of the 2011 IGJ, making an institutional grant to the University of Georgia. Travel bursaries weren’t available for the 2011 IGJ, but we hope they will open up the 2013 IGJ – which will be organised by Nik and Patrick Bond and take place in the School of Development Studies and Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) between 27th May and 1st June – to a wider range of delegates: only one of the delegates at the 2011 IGJ came from a university in a country not classified ‘high-income’ by the World Bank.
Finally, this website – AntipodeFoundation.org – was launched in January 2012 and thus far has been a success. In its first six months it received just under 9,500 page views per month (a very respectable figure, so we’re told!) and has hosted all manner of material complementing both Antipode the journal and the wider work of the Foundation. As well as advertising the 2012/13 Graduate Student Scholarship and Regional Workshop and Scholar-Activist Project Awards , the ongoing lecture series, and the 2013 Institute for the Geographies of Justice, and disseminating sponsored research, it has hosted video abstracts and interviews introducing readers to an author’s forthcoming work and making links between it and the concerns of our times; open access ‘virtual issues’ of the journal which explore the digital archive and highlight groups of papers speaking to issues both timely and ‘timeless’; symposia consisting of critical responses to Antipode papers and authors’ replies; and reports on current affairs from graduate students which demonstrate the value of a geographical imagination by suggesting how the work of radical geographers (and their fellow travellers) might cast light on them. All material on AntipodeFoundation.org can be downloaded, free of charge, and shared with others as long as producers are credited and work is neither changed in any way nor used commercially.