RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2011: Last chance to register!

This is a final call for non-presenting delegates for the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference, to be hosted over the weekend of 1st-3rd April 2011 at the Department of Geography, Durham University. The aim of the conference is to provide a welcoming, relaxed and supportive environment for postgraduates to present any aspect of their research to their peers. The conference provides a good opportunity to network with postgraduates undertaking research in similar debates, to engage with a wide array of geographical research, to partake in workshops led by Durham academics, and to enjoy the social events.
This is an excellent opportunity to attend a major UK conference, become involved in research and social networks outside of your home institution, and do so in the supportive but academically stimulating environment of postgraduate research.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Geographical Futures’. Fundamentally, all postgraduate work requires some sort of orientation towards a future goal, namely the PhD thesis. Many postgraduates may also be hoping to develop future careers as geographers. How does an orientation towards these two futures affect the work of postgraduates and the research that they do? Presenters might also want to consider how their research might open up future paths of investigation within geography or their sub-discipline, what futures geography as a whole moving in and what futures are being neglected. We particularly encourage delegates to address the issue of originality in their papers and posters, in recognition of this central facet of postgraduate scholarship, and to reflect upon the original contribution of their research and the futures that this presents. Thus, papers and posters may vary from, but are not limited to, explicit theorisations of future and futurity to considerations about how postgraduate scholarship is aligned and shaped but also moulds and enacts future trends in the discipline.
This broad theme is designed to appeal to postgraduates at any stage of their degree working in or on geographical topics, from both the physical and human domains of geography, and to all related disciplines.
It should be noted that we have a very limited amount of spare capacity in our current conference programme, but any individual who has a real urge to present a paper should forward an abstract (maximum 250 words) to Robert Shaw (robert.shaw@dur.ac.uk) AND Sean Knox (s.d.knox@dur.ac.uk) today. This is good opportunity to ‘test’ presentations that you intend to make at the AAG conference that follows shortly after or the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in the summer.
We are delighted to announce that Sarah Whatmore (Professor of Environment and Public Policy, Oxford University) will present the pre-conference plenary to the conference theme of ‘Geographical Futures’ on the evening of Friday 1st April. This event has been kindly sponsored by Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study. Postgraduate presentations will take place on Saturday 2nd April, followed by the opportunity to take part in workshops led by academic members of Durham’s Geography Department. The conference will conclude with a conference dinner on the evening of April 2nd. This will be held in the shadow of Durham Cathedral at St. Chad’s College.
ALL DELEGATES MUST REGISTER TODAY. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND BUT ARE UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT TODAY, PLEASE EMAIL SEAN KNOX (s.d.knox@dur.ac.uk) AND ROBERT SHAW (robert.shaw@dur.ac.uk) WHO CAN HOLD A PLACE FOR YOU.
Registration forms, along with a host of other relevant information, can be found on our conference website: please see:-
http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/conferences/rgs_ibg_midterm/registration/
If you require any other/further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Sean Knox (s.d.knox@dur.ac.uk)
Robert Shaw (robert.shaw@dur.ac.uk)