2011: Durham

Website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/conferences/rgs_ibg_midterm/Date: Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd April 2011Abstract Deadline: 1st February 2011Hosted by and located at: Department of Geography and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University.
Conference Theme
This year’s theme is ‘Geographical Futures’. This incorporates concerns about how postgraduates deal with the future or futures in their work. This could include: how postgraduates attempt to ensure that research proposals made at the start of a PhD will generate data which is still relevant upto four years later; what future for geography as a discipline is suggested by the current work done by postgraduates; how postgraduates go about anticipating research impacts of their work; what methodological futures might emerge from postgraduate research; how the future is theorised or researched by postgraduates; or what the relationship is between originality, one of the key requirements of a PhD, and the future. We feel that such concerns should chime with most, if not all, postgraduates’ work. However, postgraduates should feel comfortable completely ignoring this theme if they want, or giving it only a light touch. The central aim of the conference is to provide a useful opportunity for you!
We welcome contributions to this conference from postgraduates from across the UK and beyond. Be it a first year literary review, a second year methodological paper, a third year exploration of data or a fourth year summary of findings, it is hoped that the conference will provide an opportunity to test and float ideas amongst an environment of peers, as well as foster interaction between postgraduates working on similar topics in different departments and disciplines. The guidelines for submission are as follows:
Papers should be no more than 10 minutes in length with 5 minutes allocated for discussion afterwards. Abstracts of no more than 200 words can be submitted to Robert Shaw (robert.shaw@dur.ac.uk) and/or Sean Knox (s.d.knox@dur.ac.uk)
The deadline for abstract submissions is 1st February 2011.
Posters should be A0 in size. They will be mounted on display boards throughout the day and presenters will be allocated a 15 minute slot in which to answer questions. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to Robert Shaw (robert.shaw@dur.ac.uk) and/or Sean Knox (s.d.knox@dur.ac.uk).
The deadline for abstract submissions is 1st February 2011.
Delegate Fees and Options
The delegate fee for the conference is £20. This includes a drinks reception, buffet lunch and refreshments. We have also negotiated a special accommodation rate of £50 pp for 2 nights B&B in St. Chad’s College, Durham (see conference website for details). Furthermore, as is traditional we will hold a Conference Dinner on the evening of 2nd April. The dinner will be held at St. Chad’s College, in the shadow of Durham Cathedral, and will include a 3 course meal, coffee and wine for the sum of £17.50. Thus, the following fee options are available:

Conference Delegate Only: £20
Conference Delegate + Dinner Only: £37.50
Conference Delegate + Dinner + Accommodation: £87.50

Please visit the conference website (http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/conferences/rgs_ibg_midterm/) for further details, the call for papers and the registration form.
Any further queries should be directed to:

Robert Shaw (robert.shaw@dur.ac.uk) – queries regarding paper and poster presentations.
Sean Knox (s.d.knox@dur.ac.uk) – queries regarding registration, conference fee’s and logistics.

Alternatively, we are contactable by phone: 0191 334 1817 (0900-1700 Monday to Friday).