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. 
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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