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Postgraduate Forum Conference, Blog, and Social Media

For all our postgraduates, please see below for details of the Conference, the recently launched PhD Life Blog, and the Forum’s social media presence:

Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference, Newcastle University, 17/18 March 2016. Full details and the call for papers can be found at The deadline is 27 November 2015.

PhD Life Blog – The Postgraduate Forum have launched a new blog (PhD Life) section of their website, aimed at charting the day to day life of being a geography postgraduate student. They are also looking for PhD students from all across the discipline to act as guest bloggers for them; if you know of anyone who maybe interested in blogging, then please put them in touch.

The Postgraduate Forum are on Facebook and Twitter!

Agenda for the HPGRG AGM at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

13:10 to 14:25, Wednesday 2 September, Forum – Seminar Room 1, University of Exeter


  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of 2014 AGM
  1. HPGRG Sessions for 2015 (Paul Simpson)
  1. HPGRG Research Group Guests for 2015 (Paul Simpson)
  1. HPGRG Accounts (Sam Kinsley)
  1. HPGRG Dissertation Prize (Paul Simpson)
  1. HPGRG Website (Thomas Jellis)
  1. HPGRG Membership update (Julian Brigstocke)
  1. HPGRG Workshop for 2015 – update (Sam Kinsley)
  1. Discussion of future Research Group Activities (Paul Simpson)
  1. Call for Sessions for 2016 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (Paul Simpson)
  1. Committee Membership Terms and Elections (Paul Simpson)
  1. Any Other Business


Forthcoming AGM at the RGS-IBG

This year, our AGM will take place on Wednesday 2 September, at 13:10 in Forum – Seminar Room 1 at the University of Exeter (it’s also listed in the conference programme).

While we do not have any committee members with named roles coming to the end of their term we encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the committee and its activities to attend; we’d very much welcome people who want to become involved in – and expand on – the group’s activities.

The agenda will be posted on here in advance of the meeting.




Reminder: Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Entries are invited for the HPGRG undergraduate dissertation prize. The prize of £50 will be awarded for the best dissertation in the histories and/or philosophies of geography or associated fields.

Nominations are requested from Dissertation Supervisors or Heads of Department. The dissertation should have been completed within the past two years and be written in English. We welcome nominations not only from the UK but also from other countries. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, the prize may not be awarded every year. Details of prize winners from previous years are listed here.

Please direct all questions and submit an electronic copy of the dissertation (PDF format) with your letter of recommendation to Dr Pauline Couper (

The deadline is 12 July 2015.

Fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship

Fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship

International networks and cosmopolitan science: Geographical Societies and Greenland, c.1880 to 1939

Applications are invited for an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA), supervised jointly at the University of Oxford and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).  The project is full-time, funded for three years and begins in October 2015. It will be supervised by Associate Professors Richard Powell and Beth Greenhough (Oxford) and Dr Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG).

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2015.  Further details can be found here and at

HPGRG Dissertation Prize Winner 2014

The HPGRG committee are pleased to announce the winner of the annual dissertation prize.

First prize: Sebastian Koa (University of Oxford) “Propositions for a radically empirical geomorphology”

Commendation: Max Kirchner (University of Bristol) “Speaking truth to power: Theorising Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing through Michel Foucault’s concepts of parrhesia and the event”

A list of all the previous winners can be found here.


Call for Sessions: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

The History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) invites suggestions for 12 sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015 in Exeter from 2nd to 4th September 2015. The conference will focus on Geographies of the Anthropocene and be chaired by Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford).

We welcome suggestions for sessions across our remit, interpreted broadly, as the histories and/or philosophies of human geography, physical geography and associated fields. We particularly welcome session proposals that seek to engage with geography’s theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, past, present, and future.

HPGRG sponsorship can provide promotion for your session, help manage timetabling clashes, and enable bidding for funding for research group guests and awards for postgraduate presenters in your sessions.

Please send the following information to HPGRG Secretary Isla Forsyth and HPGRG Chair Paul Simpson by Wednesday, 19th December 2014:

– title of proposed session (up to 15 words), name and affiliation of organizers, and abstract of c. 200-300 words

– indication of proposed format (e.g. papers or panel discussion, number of papers, use of discussants; for possibilities of session formats, see here)

– number of 1h 40 minutes slots requested (note, sessions may not normally occupy more than two timeslots in the conference programme)

We will inform session organizers about HPGRG sponsorship and further procedures in early January. The deadline for submitting complete sessions to the Society is 20th February 2015. This would leave about six weeks for session organisers to send out a call for papers and finalise the session programme.

Please direct any questions to Isla Forsyth.

The HPGRG committee looks forward to your submissions!