Call for Papers: Nordia Geographical Publications Yearbook 2020

Political ecologies of inertia: Legacies, limits and transitions


Ville Kellokumpu & Aapo Lunden (eds.)

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The Geographical Society of Northern Finland and the Geography Research Unit at the University of Oulu are inviting contributions to the 2020 Nordia Geographical Publications (NGP) Yearbook.

Today, humanity faces its past as systemic inertia. To deal with the contemporary ecological crisis and the ‘warming condition’ is to deal with history in the present. The carbon legacy of dead generations weighs heavy on the minds as well as the bodies of the living. To act politically in this situation is to face different modalities of inertia and seek to transform them towards life-affirming and socioecologically resilient alternatives.

This year's Call for Papers invites contributors to reflect what explanatory value the concept of ‘inertia’ might have in analyzing the contemporary conditions of environmental degradation. The figure of inertia offers a broad and multifaceted way to examine the historical, political, cultural and economic trajectories that have led to current ecological crises. ‘Inertic' thought has the potential to untangle the mess of the fossil economy and carbon epistemics and provide signals for political action in the Anthropocene.

Submit your preliminary title and abstract of maximum 300 words to the editors ( and by 1.3.2020

Submit your final manuscript through the system by 31.8.2020

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Biodiversity patterns in streams have been shown to be structured by direct physical properties of the local habitat and by proxy features on the catchment and regional scales, but one problem has been related to moderate explanatory power using such traditional environmental variables. This study investigates biodiversity patterns in northern streams by introducing the use of geographical proxy variables of environmental features (i.e. geodiversity) and dispersal (i.e. different geographical distances).

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