‘Why does political geography matter?’ CFP: RGS-IBG political geography workshop, 6-7 January 2011.

The RGS-IBG Political Geography Research Group are pleased to announce the political geography workshop 2011. It will take place at Newcastle University, 6-7th January, 2011. As agreed at the first workshop, at UCL in 2009, the topic this time will be, ‘Why does political geography matter?’ Formats will include invited plenary sessions, reading groups on recently-published papers, standard research paper sessions, and short presentations – with plenty of space for discussion at every stage.
Information on registration will be made available nearer the time: at this stage, please make a note in your diaries.
The organisers are inviting submissions for two sessions.

Teaching political geography.Does the way we teach political geography matter? The revival of political geography as a research theme is increasingly reflected in the provision of undergraduate courses. To assess the state of teaching in the field, and to share experience and good practice, short presentations are invited on any related theme. These may include: new technologies and innovative methods; fieldtrips; using print, film and on-line resources (including textbooks); postgraduate teaching/ demonstrating; lectures/seminars; course structures/progression through degree programme; dissemination of techniques; dissertations, etc.
Emerging research – postgraduate and postdoctoral research papers.To engage with the mushrooming of research in the field, abstracts for research papers by postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers are invited. Submissions on any topic germane to the field are welcome. The organisers would hope to be able to provide a certain number of travel bursaries.

(Supervisors/mentors: please pass this on to relevant students/mentees).
For ‘teaching political geography’ please submit abstracts to Alison Williams (Alison.williams@ncl.ac.uk) or Nick Megoran (nick.megoran@ncl.ac.uk). For ’emerging research’ please submit abstracts to Fiona McConnell (Fiona.mcconnell@ncl.ac.uk).