Call for Papers: Forbidden Geographies: How to Conduct Research Beyond Embargoes, Travel Bans and Blockades.

Call for Papers:The American Association of Geographers 2018 MeetingNew Orleans, Louisiana.  April 10 - 14, 2018
Session Title:Forbidden Geographies:  How to Conduct Research Beyond Embargoes, Travel Bans and Blockades.
Abstract:
Travel bans, embargoes, and blockades are used as punitive measures against peoples and governments.  Aside from the humanitarian and civil liberty violations, when states prohibit the movement of peoples, so too do they hinder the creation of ideas and knowledge.  In some cases, it is so difficult to access certain places, that almost no scholarly knowledge can emerge. Should researchers ignore such places, or find ways in? 
This panel consists of researchers who choose to conduct their work in technically “forbidden places”.  How do researchers themselves work around restrictive travel regulations from their home governments and surveillance from their host governments? What are the long-term consequences of forbidding geographers from studying a particular place?  This panel will explore how researchers cope with travel restrictions abroad in collecting data, mitigating risk, and publishing their results.  
Featured panelists, including experts on Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela, will discuss their own methods, and provide advice on how to access forbidden geographies. 
Contact:
This panel welcomes scholars and students as panelists who face, or who have faced, travel restrictions, surveillance, or government intimidation in their pursuit of foreign research.  
Interested panelists are welcome to contact: 
Dr. Robert Huish International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 
huish@dal.ca
or Twitter: @ProfessorHuish