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Call for Sessions: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019

The History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) invites suggestions for sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019 in London from Wednesday, 28 to Friday, 30 August 2019. The conference will focus on Geographies of trouble / geographies of hope and be chaired by Professor Hester Parr (University of Glasgow).

We welcome suggestions for sessions across our remit, interpreted broadly, as the histories and/or philosophies of human geography, physical geography and associated fields.

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 Federico Ferretti, Secretary of HPGRG by Tuesday, 18 December 2019:

 – title of proposed session, name of organizers, and abstract of c. 200-250 words

– indication of proposed format, e.g. papers or panel discussion, number of papers, use of discussants; for possibilities of session formats, see https://www.rgs.org/research/annual-international-conference/programme-(1)/guidance-for-session-organisers/

– number of 1h 40 minutes slots requested

– possible co-sponsorship with other research groups

 We will inform session organizers about HPGRG sponsorship and further procedures by Monday, 7 January 2019. The deadline for submitting complete sessions to HPGRG is Friday, 8 February 2019 for submission to the Society by Friday, 15 February 2019. This would leave about one month for session organisers to send out a call for papers and finalise the session programme. 

Please direct any questions to Federico Ferretti.

The HPGRG committee looks forward to your submissions!

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Committee changes

At our most recent AGM, held in Cardiff, we had a number of out-going committee members. Our Chair, Paul Simpson, and Secretary, Isla Forsyth, came to the end of their extended term (2014-2018); our Communications Officer, Vanessa Schofield, reached the end of her term (2015-2018), and our Postgraduate Liaison Officer, Diana Beljaars, stepped down due to no longer being a postgraduate (2016-2018). We thank them for all their work on the committee.

We now welcome our in-coming committee members. Our Chair will be Heike Jöns, who has had a long-standing involvement with the Research Group. In addition, we welcome Federico Ferretti as Secretary, and Michiel Van Meeteren as Communications Officer. We hope to appoint a Postgraduate Liaison Officer in the near future.

HPGRG Dissertation Prize 2018 Announced

We are delighted to announce that Sophie Buckle (University of Bristol)  has won the dissertation prize for 2018. The prize panel noted that the dissertation is “a highly impressive, ambitious and thoughtful piece” that speaks to debates in Geography and beyond; the “interweaving of theory and praxis through poetry is particularly impressive”.

Sophie has allowed us to reproduce her dissertation – “Writing Between Worlds: An Audiencing of Leanne Simpson’s Stories as Theory for Decolonising Academic Writing Practices”” – on our website.

Two new committee roles

The HPGRG AGM will take place in Cardiff at this year’s RGS-IBG Annual Conference (provisionally) on Wednesday 29th August 13.10-14.25. In advance of that we are now inviting individuals to express their interest in two committee roles that will become available at the AGM as the current role holders’ terms come to an end. We are looking for a new Chair and a new Secretary for the committee. These positions are both three-year appointments in the first instance, with the possibility of standing for a further three years at the end of that term. Please note, for the positions of Chair and Secretary candidates must be Fellows of the RGS-IBG.

Nominations for election should be made via e-mail to the current Secretary Isla Forsyth and include details of two nominators (which will be verified prior to the AGM). Nominators need not be Fellows/Members of the RGS-IBG or be existing HPGRG committee members.

Nominations must be made by Monday 13th August 2018.

If you have any questions about either role please contact Paul Simpson (current Chair) and / or Isla Forsyth (current Secretary).

Best wishes,
Paul Simpson
Chair HPGRG

 

Submissions for Dissertation Prize 2018

The History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group, in conjunction with SAGE Geography, is pleased to offer an Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in the histories and/or philosophies of geography. We welcome nominations addressing the history of the discipline, philosophy of the discipline, and/or geographical knowledge, discourses and practices across academic, public and/or private spheres. The winner will receive a prize of £50 and a year’s free subscription to their choice of Progress in Human Geography or Progress in Physical Geography, and have their dissertation published on the HPGRG website. 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. Please direct all questions and submit an electronic copy of the dissertation (PDF format) with your letter of recommendation and the candidate’s contact details to Dr Pauline Couper. As far as possible, please provide a non-university email account for the candidate as contact will likely happen after their graduation.

Deadline: 13 July

Past winners can be found here.

Call for Sessions: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2018

The History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) invites suggestions for 12 sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 in Cardiff. The conference theme is “Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography” and will be chaired by Professor Paul Milbourne.

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 Chair Paul Simpson by 15 January 2018:

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 and co-sponsorship with other research groups will only be offered where there is a compelling case for such an arrangement.

We will inform session organizers about HPGRG sponsorship and further procedures by the end of January. The deadline for submitting complete sessions to the Society is 16 February 2018.

Please note that any sessions sponsored by the HPGRG will require the session organizers to provide a short (200-300 word) summary of what happened in their sessions for inclusion in the HPGRG Autumn 2018 newsletter.

The HPGRG committee looks forward to your submissions.