Category Archives: RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Call for papers: Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers ‘Challenges & Connections’

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. 28-30th August, 2013. Session sponsored by the Postgraduate Forum

For a second year, the Postgraduate Forum is offering its ‘Challenges and Connections’ session in order to encourage an open and supportive research community at this year’s annual conference.

This year, in responding to the conference theme of New Geographical Frontiers, session participants are welcomed from Postgraduate and early career researchers who wish to discuss a particular issue or challenge they are currently facing in their research that they feel speaks to new frontiers in geographical research. This may include the use of newer methods, such as online and social media, researching across disciplines or exploring new and emerging themes within contemporary geography as well as those that raise theoretical, methodological and writing-up challenges.

Last year this session allowed postgraduate and early career researchers to come together in an innovative and exciting forum to discuss their research interests and to find others with similar interests, ideas and experience they can draw on.

In this problem focused session, some of the topics covered last year where various ethical issues being faced during research, questions of positionality and seeking more creative and personalised ways of presenting research findings.

Please send a title and short abstract (max. 250 words) by 10th February to the session organiser Sophie Yarker (s.k.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk). For further details please download the full call for papers .

 

 

Call for papers: Sessions sponsored by the Postgraduate Forum at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference

New Frontiers in Postgraduate Geography

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. 28-30th August, 2013.

Submissions are invited for paper presentations that cover new and emerging themes in postgraduate geography. Although not restricted to, presentations are welcomed that address the conference theme of New Geographical Frontiers. In particular this session welcomes presenters wishing to share ideas about making use of different media in research, different ways of presenting and disseminating research findings and new frontiers in interdisciplinary research. Presenters are particularly encouraged to raise theoretical or methodological challenges associated with their research as these sessions provide an unique opportunity for new researchers to present work-in-progress in an open and supportive environment and to gain individual feedback on their research from those with similar experiences.

This session provides a friendly and supportive space to present and explore the innovative and exciting geographical research being done by postgraduates and early career researchers. The format consists of a series of 15-minute presentations summarizing either a completed research project or research in progress followed by the opportunity for questions and a general discussion of new and emerging themes coming from the sessions. They also provide participants with a rapid and intensive update and overview of emerging postgraduate geographical research.

Please send a title and short abstract (max. 250 words) by 10th February 2013 to the session organiser Sophie Yarker (s.k.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk)

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013: Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Population Geography

Call for Papers: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013, London 28-30 August 2013. Sponsored by the Population Geography Research Group

Organisers: Suzanne Beech (Queen’s University Belfast), Stacey Balsdon (Loughborough University).

Population Geographies continue to develop theoretically, conceptually and empirically – building upon previous calls to refine the sub-discipline (e.g. Boyle and Graham, 2001). Postgraduates are often at the forefront of these ongoing debates, and this session aims to explore the diverse, yet inter-related, nature of studies within this sub-discipline. It is hoped that this session will be both stimulating and thought-provoking, while providing a friendly and supportive forum for postgraduates to present at a major international conference. We welcome submissions that are pushing the frontiers of postgraduate population geographies forward, and they can be variously theoretical, empirical and/or methodological in their orientation.

Please send abstracts (max 250 words) to sbeech01@qub.ac.uk and s.l.balsdon@lboro.ac.uk by Tuesday 5 February.

Paper presentations are intended to be 15 minutes in length, with 5 additional minutes for discussion.

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is pleased to announce that the Call for Sessions and Papers has opened for its Annual International Conference 2013 (AC2013). The conference, which will be chaired by Professor Jonathan Rigg (Durham University), will have as its theme New geographical frontiers.

The conference is returning to London in late August:

Date: Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2013

Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London

Websitewww.rgs.org/AC2013

Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose sessions and papers for the conference. Session organisers and delegates are invited to submit session and paper proposals to the conference, especially those which contribute to: how we theorise (think) and practise (do) geography; the contribution geography makes to addressing challenges that humanity faces and the need to go beyond inter-disciplinary boundaries and geographical frontiers to research new topics in innovative ways.

A timeline of important dates and deadlines can be found on the conference website: www.rgs.org/AC2013Timeline

If you have any questions, please start by checking the conference website, www.rgs.org/AC2013.  Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to get in contact by emailing AC2013@rgs.org or phoning +44 (0) 20 7591 3027.

Annual Conference in Edinburgh 2012: Postgraduate Sessions- call extended to 31st January!

The final call for sessions sponsored by the Postgraduate Forum at the Annual Conference this year has been extended to Tuesday 31st January.

This extension applies to both the New and Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Geography sessions as well as the new ‘Challenges & Connections’ session. This year postgraduates and early career researchers have the opportunity to contribute to the annual conference in two different ways. Details for both opportunities and how to submit your abstract are as follows;

Option 1: Call for papers: Sessions sponsored by the Postgraduate Forum

New and Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Geography
RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh. 3-5th July, 2012.

Submissions are invited for paper presentations that cover new and emerging themes in postgraduate geography. Presentations that address the conference theme of Security of Geography / Geography of  Security are particularly welcomed, but not restricted to, and those that make use of different media are especially encouraged. The format for the sessions is a series of 15-minute presentations summarising either a completed research project or research in progress followed by the opportunity for questions and a general discussion of new and emerging themes coming from the sessions. Presenters are particularly encouraged to raise theoretical or methodological challenges associated with their research as these sessions provide an unique opportunity for new researchers to present work-in-progress in an open and supportive environment and to gain individual feedback on their research from those with similar experiences. They also provide participants with a rapid and intensive update and overview of emerging postgraduate research.

Please send a title and short abstract (max. 250 words) by Tuesday 31st January 2012 to the session organisers, Keri Jenner (kaj204@exeter.ac.uk) and Sophie Yarker (s.k.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk)

Option 2: Call for papers: Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers ‘Challenges & Connections’

Session sponsored by the Postgraduate ForumNew and Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Geography
RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh. 3-5th July, 2012.

New to this year’s Annual Conference and in order to encourage an open and supportive research community at the conference, the postgraduate forum are proposing to run a “Challenges & Connections” session incorporating new and emerging themes within postgraduate geography. This type of session allows many postgraduates and early career researchers to come together in an innovative and exciting forum to discuss their research interests and to find others with similar interests, ideas and experience they can draw on.

How the session will run

Participants will initially be given the opportunity to raise a question or outline a challenge they are facing, via a post-it note board. Issues can be anything from a methodological issue to questions relating to theory or the PhD process. This will provide the basis for group discussion in the second part of the session. The convenor will open as many questions as possible to the floor to gain feedback and insight from the group as a whole.
Participants will then break into small groups with common research interests for an opportunity to introduce research and to raise any practical and methodological concerns. These groups will be pre-determined based on abstracts submitted. Please base your abstracts around a set of particular themes you would like to discuss in relation to your research so that common themes and crossovers can be identified with other participants.

It is hoped that this session will provide a space for research connectionsto be made between participants as well as reflexive thought and a broaderdiscussion of some of the challenges and connections within the postgraduate research community. It presents the opportunity to engage with and learn from the experience and interests of others in the community in a relaxed and supportive environment. Brief details about participants’ research interests and a contact email address will also be provided during this session to enable easy follow-up.

Please send a title and short outline of research interests and any theoretical, methodological and writing-up challenges you wish to raise (c200 words) by Tuesday 31st  2012 to the session organisers, Keri Jenner (kaj204@exeter.ac.uk) and Sophie Yarker (s.k.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk).

Edinburgh 2012: ‘Challenges & Connections’

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh. 3-5th July, 2012.Call for papers: Sessions sponsored by the Postgraduate ForumNew and Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Geography
Submissions are invited for paper presentations that cover new and emerging themes in postgraduate geography. Presentations that address the conference theme of Security of Geography / Geography of  Security are particularly welcomed, but not restricted to, and those that make use of different media are especially encouraged. The format for the sessions is a series of 15-minute presentations summarising either a completed research project or research in progress followed by the opportunity for questions and a general discussion of new and emerging themes coming from the sessions. Presenters are particularly encouraged to raise theoretical or methodological challenges associated with their research as these sessions provide an unique opportunity for new researchers to present work-in-progress in an open and supportive environment and to gain individual feedback on their research from those with similar experiences. They also provide participants with a rapid and intensive update and overview of emerging postgraduate research.
Please send a title and short abstract (max. 250 words) by Tuesday 31st January 2012 to the session organisers, Keri Jenner (kaj204@exeter.ac.uk) and Sophie Yarker (s.k.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk) 

Edinburgh 2012: New and Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Geography

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh. 3-5th July, 2012.Call for papers: Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers ‘Challenges & Connections’ Session sponsored by the Postgraduate ForumNew and Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Geography
New to this year’s Annual Conference and in order to encourage an open and supportive research community at the conference, the postgraduate forum are proposing to run a “Challenges & Connections” session incorporating new and emerging themes within postgraduate geography. This type of session allows many postgraduates and early career researchers to come together in an innovative and exciting forum to discuss their research interests and to find others with similar interests, ideas and experience they can draw on.
How the session will run
Participants will initially be given the opportunity to raise a question or outline a challenge they are facing, via a post-it note board. Issues can be anything from a methodological issue to questions relating to theory or the PhD process. This will provide the basis for group discussion in the second part of the session. The convenor will open as many questions as possible to the floor to gain feedback and insight from the group as a whole.
Participants will then break into small groups with common research interests for an opportunity to introduce research and to raise any practical and methodological concerns. These groups will be pre-determined based on abstracts submitted. Please base your abstracts around a set of particular themes you would like to discuss in relation to your research so that common themes and crossovers can be identified with other participants.
It is hoped that this session will provide a space for research connectionsto be made between participants as well as reflexive thought and a broaderdiscussion of some of the challenges and connections within the postgraduate research community. It presents the opportunity to engage with and learn from the experience and interests of others in the community in a relaxed and supportive environment. Brief details about participants’ research interests and a contact email address will also be provided during this session to enable easy follow-up.
Please send a title and short outline of research interests and any theoretical, methodological and writing-up challenges you wish to raise (c200 words) by Tuesday 31st January 2012 to the session organisers, Keri Jenner (kaj204@exeter.ac.uk) and Sophie Yarker (s.k.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk)

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012: Call for Sessions

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is pleased to announce that the Call for Sessions has opened for its Annual International Conference 2012 (AC2012). The conference, which will be chaired by Professor Chris Philo (University of Glasgow), has as its theme Security of geography/geography of security.
Please note the change of date and location for the conference:
Date: Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 July 2012Location: University of Edinburgh
Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012.  Information about the conference theme and a Call for Sessions are below.  An open Call for Papers for the conference will follow later in 2011. 
If you have any questions, please start by checking the conference website, www.rgs.org/AC2012.  Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to get in contact by emailing AC2012@rgs.org or phoning +44 (0) 20 7591 3027. 
  Stephanie Wyse Professional Officer, Conference & Research Groups
Conference theme
The theme is to explore the many intersections between geography and security: both the security of geography and the geography of security. The idea is to work between an ‘inward-looking’ concern for the well-being of geographical research, learning, teaching and communication, and an ‘outward-looking’ concern for how worldly geographies are deeply implicated in achieving or compromising the security of environments, peoples and communities.
Attention should be given to ways of securing the subject of geography in the face of educational restructuring at schools and financial restructuring of university teaching and research, as well as set against growing governmental (and even popular) demands to show impact, relevance and applicability. Success in this respect may then depend on demonstrating what a geographical perspective – spanning the sciences through to the humanities – can offer attempts at understanding and countering multiple sources of insecurity (environmental, climatic, economic, ‘national’, digital, personal).
A critical sensibility is needed, however, to ensure that the will to create security, whether for an academic subject or in real-world situations, does not descend into simplistic drawing and policing of boundaries around whatever is to be secured. The invitation to all geographers, physical and human, is to ask challenging questions about matters of geography and security which advance intellectual and practical agendas, addressing issues of major scientific and social significance, while also cultivating the institutional supports upon which our own ability to contribute as a subject necessarily depend.
Key dates
Session organisers are asked to take note of the following key dates and deadlines:

31 January 2012: Deadline for submitting sessions (with paper & author information, including abstracts) to the conference organisers.  Late submissions will not be accepted. 
February 2012: Conference organisers confirm acceptance of proposed sessions
9 March 2012: Deadline for submitting individual paper proposals to sessions organised by conference planning committee
From April 2012: Conference organisers publish provisional programme and timetable for feedback.  The programme is expected to reach “final” status in May 2012.

The AC2012 conference website has a full timeline of conference activities.
W: www.rgs.org/AC2012Timeline
Call for Sessions
Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops.  Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged.  Session organisers may wish to read some short guides on alternative session formats prepared by the conference organisers and the Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG). 
W: www.rgs.org/AC2012SessionFormats
New guidelines on participation have been introduced for the conference in 2012, which include:

Sessions timeslots are 1 hour 40 minutes long; there are now 15 timeslots of this length in the conference programme.
A session may not normally occupy more than two timeslots in the programme
 Individuals may not make more than two substantive contributions to the conference (where a substantive contribution is a paper/poster presentation of any length; panel discussion; discussant or other session contribution).  Acting as session organiser, chair or facilitator, and/or being a non-presenting co-author is excluded from this limit.

Session organisers should read the guidelines for participation before proposing a session for the conference, as they contain key information about session organisation and scheduling.  All sessions will be reviewed and approved by the Conference Planning Committee. 
W:www.rgs.org/AC2012Participation. 
More information about sessions, advice on how to advertise a Call for Papers on the conference website, information about arranging Research Group session sponsorship, and a form for submitting your session proposal to the conference organisers may be found on the conference website.
W: www.rgs.org/AC2012CallForSessions.   
Call for Papers
A Call for Papers to ‘open’ sessions (convened by the conference organisers) will be announced later in 2011.  Session organisers are encouraged to send a copy of their Call for Papers to the conference organisers in addition to distributing it via their own networks and mailing lists as soon as possible.  Email your Call for Papers to: AC2012@rgs.org. 
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Already registered for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference? It’s not too late to register for PGF-ACTS too! More places now available!

Due to overwhelming interest in PGF-ACTS we have secured a larger venue and can now accept further registrations for the event. Also, you can now register for PGF-ACTS even if you’ve already registered for conference. To do so is easy – just email AC2011@rgs.org and request that you want to register for PGF-ACTS.
Not seen the draft programme yet? Click here to download it.Any questions or queries? Please get in touch with the PGF by sending us a message via the contact form.