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HPGRG Workshop: ‘Using the RGS-IBG Collections and Archives for Research and Teaching’

11.00-16.00, Friday 30th January 2009

RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London

Following investment by RGS-IBG in ‘Opening the Archives’, HPGRG and HGRG are pleased to announce a workshop event designed for academic staff wishing to learn more about the collections and archives of the RGS-IBG on Friday 30 January 2009.

The workshop is intended to encourage further use of the RGS-IBG collections and archives, which include manuscript archives, prints and photographs, film, artefacts, maps and other holdings. It is envisaged the workshop will act as a stimulus for future research by academic staff, graduate students and undergraduates. As well as material for historians of geographical knowledge, the collections will support possible research across the entire range of geographical activities.

Interested individuals are requested to REGISTER with Catherine Souch by Monday 12 January 2009. If expressions of interest exceed capacity (twenty), efforts will be made to ensure equitable representation of HE institutions at the event, with the request that participants feed back to interested colleagues and students. A number of modest bursaries will be provided by RGS-IBG to support attendance by those with the highest travel costs.

Flows, Doings, Edges: writing a ‘relational’ PhD

HPGRG Postgraduate symposium, 28 August 2007

Cultural geography, and in particular the study of nature/society interactions, has undergone something of a ‘relational turn’ in recent years. Although there has been much theoretical innovation and growing empirical diversity, rather less attention has been paid to the implications of ‘relationality’, in its many guises, to research practice.

In August 2007, the Geography Department at Kings College London hosted a postgraduate symposium entitled Flows, Doings, Edges: writing a ‘relational’ PhD. The morning discussion focused on the general challenges of relational thinking to traditional research design, and was facilitated by Jeannette Pols, from the University of Amsterdam. In the afternoon attendees shared some of their own particular challenges and ideas.

The symposium had a strong inter-disciplinary flavour, with 35 attendees from Sociology, Management Studies, Environment Studies and Geography departments across the UK and Europe. Overall the day was a success in cultivating the beginnings of a relational PhD research community, and a larger follow-up event is planned for late 2008.

Flows, doings, edges was jointly organised by Uli Beisel (Open University), Franklin Ginn (Kings Collge London) and Michaela Spencer (Lancaster University). It was funded by the Kings College Roberts Skills Fund and the RGS-IBG History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group.