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RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2014

Loughborough University, 14th-15th April 2014

This conference is a great opportunity to present your research to fellow postgraduates in a supportive environment and this year has been extended in length to enable more postgraduates to present and more time for informal discussion.

Loughborough University is pleased to host the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference on 14th –15th April 2014. This is a supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work to the postgraduate community. We invite research ideas and findings from all geographical aspects, both physical and human, to be presented either orally or by poster. This meeting will provide a unique networking opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The two keynote speakers are confirmed to be Prof John Anderson and Dr Hilary Geoghegan.

The mid-term conference is open to all postgraduates, at any stage of their research. We particularly encourage first year students to attend, since the relaxed environment is perfect for those presenting for the first time.

Please go to http://store.lboro.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=70 to register.

Registration closes Friday 22nd February 2014.  For any enquiries please email: rgsmidterm@lboro.ac.uk

Call for papers: Educational Transitions: Changes, Contexts and Geographies

2014 RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014, London, 26-29 August 2014.

Sponsored by the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG).
Session organisers: Dr Mark Holton (University of Brighton, UK), Dr Mark Riley (University of Liverpool, UK), Prof. Barbara Pini (Griffith University, Australia).
There has been a burgeoning of research, in recent years, seeking to articulate how geographical insights might inform educational research. Geographers have approached education from a number of perspectives, including a discussion of changing educational policies and their underlying ideologies, the internationalization and transnationalisation of education, as well as socio-cultural analyses of the rising importance of alternative spaces of education, education experiences and the emotional geographies of education. Running through these discussions have been calls for an ‘outward looking’ and ‘de-centered’ geography of education (Hanson Theim, 2009; Holloway et al, 2010) which reaches out to wider conceptual debates within geography and beyond. This session hopes to bring together various strands of work on the geographies of education, encourage further critical exploration of future agendas for this work, and explore various educational transitions.
These might include, but are not limited to:
·         New and alternative spaces of education
·         The [re]placing and transitioning of educational institutions
·         Multiple scales and sites of educational experiences
·         Educational identities
·         Retheorising ‘education’
·         Educational futures. 
Please email a 250 word abstract to one of the convenors:
Deadline for submission Monday 10th February 2014.
For further inquiries or if you would like to discuss your papers before submitting, please contact any of the convenors.

CFP: Postgraduate Snapshots: Engagements in Social and Cultural Geography

CFP: Postgraduate Snapshots: Engagements in Social and Cultural Geography
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014.

Session convenors: Emma Spence (Cardiff University) and Richard Scriven (University College Cork, Ireland)

Sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group and the Postgraduate Forum

The aim of this session is to explore the different ways in which postgraduates are (co)producing social and cultural geographies through their research, collaborations, methods, and encounters. Postgraduate research is frequently at the forefront of changes and challenges in the discipline, with large research projects, funding agendas, and national and institutional policies fundamentally shaping the work undertaken by postgraduates, but this is largely unrecognized or lacks serious reflection and discussion. This session allows for considerations and explorations of how ‘co-production’ is manifest in this arena by engaging with the diversity of postgraduate research. 

We are seeking postgraduates to present a ‘
snapshot’ of their research and co-productions. In line with the title of the session, we seek contributions that focus on one element, such as new fields of inquiry, theoretical emphasis, emerging methods, collaborations, and innovations. We ask applicants to provide a snapshot (whether a photograph, a quotation, a field diary entry, an image of an object, or mini-video clip, for example) complete with an abstract (of max 150 words) that explains how the snapshot showcases both contemporary social and cultural geography research and elements of co-production.

It is envisaged that the ‘
snapshot’ will be the main artifact around which each contribution is orientated. In order to facilitate discussion, we encourage participants to consider presenting in innovative and engaging ways by fully utilizing their snapshots.

Please email prospective contributions to both session organisers Emma Spence (
spenceee@cardiff.ac.uk) and Richard Scriven (r.scriven@umail.ucc.ie). The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th February 2014. Please include:  

  • A title for your ‘Snapshot
  • The Snapshot
  • An abstract (max 150 words)
  • A short description of how your presentation will use your Snapshot (max 100 words)
  • Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address)

Call for Papers: How do we research on climate change?

Climate Change Research Group Open Meeting: How do we do research on climate change?

Wednesday 29 January 2014, King’s College London

You are cordially invited to the 2014 Open Meeting of the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG), to be hosted by King’s College London on Wednesday 29 January 2014.

The meeting is open to all academics working within the field of climate and climate change, but is particularly aimed at PhD students, and covers all disciplines within the context of climate change, including social, political and physical science.

The title of the meeting is “How do we do research on climate change?” and will cover issues such as whether our research addresses the same goals and tackles the same climate change agenda. The meeting will include short presentations from postgraduates (focusing on methods used rather than actual findings), as well as a number of short talks and a roundtable discussion with leading academics.

In the first instance, please email Charlie Williams (C.J.R.Williams@reading.ac.uk) for a registration form. You are also warmly invited (and indeed encouraged) to submit an abstract for a short presentation along the above themes. There will be a limited amount of funding for PhD students, to cover registration and travel expenses. If you would like to apply for this, please state your reasons along on your registration form.

Please note that spaces are limited, so please email as soon as possible and by 1 December 2013 at the latest.

Call for Conference Papers: Rurality – New perspectives and Themes

Bamberg, Germany, 15-16th November 2013

Deadline 31st May

Profound conceptual arguments about the status of the rural have been rare in German geography: is the rural concerned with economic, population or settlement structures of particularly typify able spaces – by way of a contrast to the urban? Do semantics, ideas or discourses stand as proxies for the good, harmonious or authentic, but also oppositional themes of life? Are localised practices or lifestyles what are meant? Is the rural a selective destination for stressed city-dwellers, or a synonym for emptied regions suffering under shrinking infrastructures, poverty and the changing realities of life?

The conference has two main emphases: firstly, rurality should be conceptually observed from differentiated social space relationships. How can the term conceptual be described? What does it mean to undertake geography(ies) of rurality (and rural space)? Through which indicators can rurality be described? How does the rural reflect the dialectic of the relationship between space and society?

Secondly, empirical themes and questions relating to rural research of a social- and cultural- geographical nature emerge: where and how does rurality reveal itself as a cultural constellation, as communicated and as practiced? What role does rurality play in the context of globalisation? Which future social and political-economy processes do rural spaces enhance in order to produce a diversity of ruralities? How does the composition of rural places change? Which contributions emanate from agriculture and land speculation in creating changes to the rural?

We welcome contributions from the following research spheres:

  • History of rural geographical space/history of scientific engagement with rurality
  • Rural theories
  • Communicated rurality
  • Rural practices
  • Rurality as a cultural constellation
  • Rurality in the global context/context of globalisation
  • Rurality of migrations, emigrations and isolation
  • The rural as a resource and subject of speculation

As an international conference, the language of presentation is considered to be English. Nonetheless it is possible to give talks in German (please note your possibilities of presentation in terms of language in the abstract).

Please send an abstract (about 300 words) by the 31st May to the following email: neuelaendlichkeit@uni-mainz.de. Each presentation should be no longer than 30 minutes in length. The time could, for example, be split into 15 minutes presentation and 15 minutes discussion or 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion. Email Dan Keech for any questions on UK contributions: mdk1g09@soton.ac.uk.



Call for Papers: Creating Transgressive Geographies

Creating Transgressive Geographies – Crossing Frontiers Between Nature-Culture & Practice-Theory.

Session at RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 28th-30th Aug.

Much of the import, richness and potential of ongoing performative life proliferates across inter-leaving registers, materials and processes. This is particularly so (but not exclusively) in relation to boundaries of emotion-memory-action; time; human-non-human; nature-culture.

Alternative, interdisciplinary insights are needed as a starting point for understanding perception, experience and agency that do justice to a “more whole” understanding of the world and humanness created from interaction with the environment. If the world is experienced as action possibilities (instead of single states of affairs), the content/target of knowledge is how to find a way to a desired situation with the action possibilities of the current situation. This means that valuation, social structures and emotions are embedded in all action, and as Dewey has put it, form the irreplaceable foundation of rationality.

What seems striking about contemporary (human) geographical frontiers are their permeability and almost furious dynamism. For example, economic globalisation (and oppositional local-ness), regional migrations and climate change challenge scale, place and political perceptions. The rate and frequency of ‘natural’ and ‘human-created’ environmental interactions – floods, fires, droughts, logging, land-grabs, urbanisation – mean that our interpretations of urgency, memory, belonging and landscape are shaken up and (repeatedly) reconfigured.

Do we need to design creative ways to understand, celebrate and make use of diversity and hybridity, to allow passage-ways to be carved through the frontiers between action, identity, expression and place?

We seek creative geography endeavours (theoretical and/or empirical) that generate new renditions or practice particularly (but not exclusively) those based upon pragmatist and non-representational procedures, which emphasise boundary transition as a source of energy and world purchase/impact; particularly (but not exclusively) those trying to make sense of our cultural negotiations with nature: in it, with it and against it.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 8th Feb 2013. Please send abstracts up to a maximum of 250 words and proposed titles (clearly stating name, institution, and contact details) to Owain Jones (ojones@glos.ac.uk), Daniel Keech (dkeech@glos.ac.uk) or Kaisa Schmidt-Thome (kaisa.schmidt-thome@aalto.fi).

Call for papers: Sustainable Transitions

RGS Planning Environment Research Group (PERG) Workshop: 25th – 26th April 2013, Exeter

This spring PERG workshop is designed to bring together those with research interests in the planning and environment field, particularly early career researchers. There is general agreement across the political divide that in the face of the important challenges of climate change and energy security, and the myriad associated economic, social, and political issues entwined with these challenges, there is a need to alter the trajectories of current sociotechnological development.

There is substantial differentiation however in relation to what particular ‘sustainable transitions’ would look like, and what policy frameworks, planning procedures, and political decisions will enable different ‘transitions’ to occur. These are central concerns for the PERG research group. Many different visions of sustainable transitions are discernible in the varied settings of the current policy landscape: in the UK context for example, there appears to be a centralisation of sustainable development policy through planning reforms such as the Planning Act 2008 and the development of National Policy Statement’s (NPS’s) as one example, whereas on the other hand, grassroots, community-led forms of transition such as Transition Towns, offer models based around different Geographical scales, technological choices, forms of public engagement, and actors involved in the transition process.

Themes for the workshop could include (but are not limited to):

• The uneven geographies of transition
• Energy choices and transition pathways
• Planning reform in a carbon constrained world
• Climate change negotiations/Geo-politics of climate change and planning
• Behavioural change and sustainable transitions
• Grassroots and community-led approaches to transition
• Sustainable development, climate change and the political
• STS and materialist approaches to sustainable transitions
• Public engagement and democratic accountability within sustainable transitions
• Household approaches to sustainable transitions
• Planning and sustainable transitions in the context of austerity.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to either Stewart Barr (S.W.Barr@exeter.ac.uk) or Philip Johnstone (P.Johnstone@exeter.ac.uk) no later than February 15th 2013. For more details download the full Call for Papers.


2nd CFP: Emerging Themes in Postgraduate Population Geography

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013, London 28-30 August 2013. Session sponsored by the Population Geography Research Group


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.


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)