During the past decade the development of open source digital technologies has for the first time put the means of mapping in the hands of ordinary citizens. They can now create maps that tell their own story; they can use GPS to plan their journeys by land or sea, they can go ‘geo-caching’ and adventure into new and unfamiliar environments in search of buried treasure…
In practice, however, the outcome has been far from empowering. These developments have occurred in the context of processes of globalization which have hollowed out the resources of locally-situated knowledge and marginalised many of its communities of interest and affiliation. As a result there is a growing tension between the enlarged scale of social networking through virtual media and the narrowing scope of social ambition and economic opportunity navigated within the urban public realm.
Against this background this series aims to bring together geographers and ethnographers, environmentalists and computer scientists, artists and writers, in a shared conversation around the possibilities of challenging panoptic and forensic cartographies which marginalize or pathologise populations perceived to be obstacles to ‘progress’,‘modernity’ or ‘public order’. It will also explore alternative strategies of ‘counter-mapping’. Each session combines theoretical and practical presentations around a specific theme. The series is organised by the Living Maps Network as part of a programme of initiatives designed to produce a re-mapping of East London’s past, present and future.
The next event is ‘Hidden Histories’ and will take place on Feb 11th at The Building Exploratory in Farringdon, London. For more details and the full programme of events please have a look at the flyer.
RGS-IBG ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014 London, 27 – 29 August 2014
The Postgraduate Forum invites poster contributions from postgraduate and early-career researchers interested in presenting any aspect of their research in progress in a visual and interactive way. 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. It also provides participants with a rapid and intensive update and overview of emerging postgraduate geographical research. A specific session within the Conference will be provided for participants to explain and discuss their poster.
Posters may be individually or co-authored, but at least one poster author is expected to attend the conference on the day that their poster is exhibited (a session will be allocated in the conference timetable for this purpose), in order to explain their poster to, and discuss their research with, other delegates.
The conference is able to accept posters up to the following sizes: size A1 in portrait or landscape format, or size A0 in portrait format only. Contributors are advised to consider the design of their posters carefully — prepare the best material (visually appealing and succinct) that effectively communicates your research problem, techniques, results, and what is novel and important about your work. Further guidance will be provided to authors of accepted posters.
To propose a poster for this session, please send the following information to the session organiser Richard Scriven (email@example.com) before Friday 14th February 2014:
- A title for your poster
- An abstract for your poster’s research (max 150 words)
- A short description of how you will make your poster visually interesting, and who the target audience is (max 100 words)
- Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address)
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 still available, so the deadline for registrations has been extended to 1 January 2014
The provisional programme for the RGS Annual Conference is now online and searchable by session and by presenter. This really is a conference with something for everyone, with all of the research groups involved in running sessions on everything from Affordable Housing to Open Data to Climate Change and Resource Conflict. The earlybird booking deadline is the 14th June, and you can register here. The conference will be held at the RGS and Imperial College, London, from the 28th-30th August.
If you need any more tempting the postgraduate forum will be running our annual training workshop on the 27th. The symposium is a half-day networking and training event led by established geographers and other professionals and hosted by the Society’s Postgraduate Forum, covering such topics as publishing, career planning, and an opportunity to get advice from recent graduates, early-career scholars and senior academics across a range of topics. The £15 fee includes lunch, workshop costs and an evening drinks reception.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group is holding a 2-day conference at King’s College London at the end of November on the topic of ‘Mobile Urbanisms’.
The conference will focus on the mobile, circulatory and fluid characteristics of cities and urbanisation. The conference seeks to explore how urban spaces and places are produced, reproduced and contested by travelling policies, investment, architectural forms, aesthetic cultures and social norms. It will consider the range of flows, networks, modes and practices of people migrating and moving between and within cities.
Papers and suggestions for the conference are welcomed from researchers at any stage of their careers. We are also planning a session of shorter 4 min presentations if you would like an opportunity to share your research and research interests to the conference.
The deadline for 200 word abstracts for full paper presentations is Friday 21 September 2012, and the registration deadline is 5pm, Friday 26 October 2012. Conference fees are £75 waged, £35 student/unwaged.
For more information see the conference website.