Antipode Foundation Awards 2012/13 – the results

We are delighted to announce the results of the Antipode Foundation Awards 2012/13.  The Antipode Foundation exists for the promotion and advancement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical and critical geography.  Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, among other places) and Antipode Foundation Regional Workshop Awards are to support radical/critical geographers holding regionally based events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings).

Both Awards aspire to further radical/critical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society.  We received over 160 applications from all around the world in our inaugural call for applications, many of which fitted both categories and some of which applied for both awards.  Making decisions was not easy!  Our approach was to ask the Antipode Foundation trustees to rank proposals on their individual merits and then we developed a composite short list.  Inevitably there were many worthy applications we were not able to support.  Unfortunately, we are not able to give individual feedback, but we wish all the unsuccessful applications best wishes in their future endeavors.

We are delighted that the 10 successful applications are as diverse as radical geography itself.  The successful applications range from established stalwarts who are planning to document the past of North American radical geography, to early career researchers and social movements developing alternatives for radical action in Southern Europe, to the Uniting Detroiters Project engaged in progressive social justice work in an ‘abandoned’ city and the Hyderabad Urban Lab’s ‘geography from below’ of waste.  Pedagogical initiatives include the activities of the SpaceTime Research Collective in New York who are developing Liberation Education for Geographic Inquiry and ambitions to reach out to rural Zimbabweans and South Africans through participatory video.  Canadian and US early-career feminist geographers in the Great Lakes regions will have the opportunity to meet, evidence of displacement in inner London estates will be gathered and used to develop community-led alternatives, a living map of Durban’s eco-social grievances will be constructed by the Dennis Brutus Community Scholars in South Africa, as will an indigenous system for mapping and monitoring the oil industry impacts in Peru.

All these projects will be featured in more detail on in coming months, allowing all of us to benefit from their efforts and experiences.  We will also announce the Antipode Foundation Awards 2013/14 as soon as possible and look forward to another great set of applications next year.  Many thanks to all who have contributed to helping make this initiative successful.

Regional Workshop Awards

Dimitra Spanou (Encounter Athens), Dimitra Siatitsa (INURA Athens), Marc Marti (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Pashalis Samarinis (National Technical University of Athens)

‘Crisis regimes and emerging urban social movements in the cities of Southern Europe’

Roberta Hawkins (University of Guelph), Alison Mountz (Wilfred Laurier University) and Alice Hovorka (University of Guelph)

‘Regional revolutions: Advancing radical geographical scholarship and practice through feminist geography across the Canada-US border’

Amanda Matles, David Spataro, Jen Gieseking, Jen Tang, Jesse Goldstein, Manissa McCleave Marhawal, Matthew Bissen and Zoltan Gluck (SpaceTime Research Collective), Caitlin Cahill and María Elena Torre (CUNY / Public Science Project), Cindi Katz (CUNY) and Tara Mack (Education for Liberation Network)

‘NYC Geographic Expedition and Institute: Liberation education for geographic inquiry’

Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Brij Maharaj (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

‘Mapping Durban’s eco-social grievances: The geography of ecological, economic and political problems and protests’

Trevor Barnes (UBC) and Eric Sheppard (UCLA)

‘A history of radical and critical geography’

Scholar-Activist Project Awards

Sara Safransky (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Linda Campbell (Building Movement-Detroit), Andrew Newman (Wayne State University) and Danielle Atkinson (Mothering Justice)

‘Uniting Detroiters: Coming together from the ground up’

Martí Orta (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Jordi Noè (AlterNativa Intercanvi amb Pobles Indígenes) and Yanet Cavallero (Programa de Defensa Indígena – Solsticio-Perú)

‘Science for indigenous activism: Mapping the impacts of oil companies’

Pamela Ngwenya (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Marianne Knuth (Kufunda Village) and Bongisipho Phewa (Durban Community Video Collective)

‘Visioning the future: Exploring youth participatory video and geographical imagination in Zimbabwe and South Africa’

Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Lab), Vamsi Vakulabharanam (University of Hyderabad), Siddharth Hande (Hyderabad Urban Lab) and Poornima Chikarmane (SNDT Women’s University / SWACCH – waste pickers union)

‘A spatial political economy of waste in Hyderabad, India: A “geography from below” approach’

Loretta Lees (King’s College London), London Tenants Federation, Richard Lee (Just Space), Urban Salon and Mara Ferreri (Southwark Notes Archive Group / Queen Mary University of London)

‘Challenging the “new urban renewal”: Gathering the tools necessary to halt the social cleansing of council estates and developing community-led alternatives for sustaining existing communities’