Agenda for the AGM at RGS-IBG 2019

13:10 to 14:25, Friday, 30  August,  Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Lowther Room

  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of 2018 AGM (HJ)
  1. HPGRG Sessions for 2019 (FF)
  1. HPGRG Research Group Guests for 2019 (HJ)
  1. HPGRG Accounts (JB)
  1. HPGRG Dissertation Prize (PC)
  1. HPGRG Membership (FG)
  1. HPGRG Website (TJ)
  1. HPGRG Communications and Newsletter (MvM)
  1. Committee Membership Terms and Elections (HJ)
  1. HPGRG Information Sheet on Job Roles (HJ)
  1. 35th HPGRG anniversary in 2020 (HJ)
  1. Possible Research Group Activities (ALL)
  1. Call for Sessions for 2020 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (HJ)
  1. Any Other Business

Newsletter 2019 #2 out now

The latest issue of our newsletter is now out!

This newsletter contains, among other things, the agenda of our HPGRG Annual General Meeting at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in London next week and a list of HPGRG-sponsored sessions during this event. You are cordially invited to attend the HPGRG AGM and the HPGRG-sponsored sessions, but the latter require official conference registration, while the former could be attended with an AGM visitor pass only (please see message from the HPGRG chair in the newsletter).

We hope that you will find this second HPGRG newsletter of interest and look forward to your contributions to future editions – the third HPGRG newsletter of this year is due to be published in the autumn of 2019.

You can see all our newsletters here.

Newsletter 2019 #1 now out!

Our HPGRG committee has decided to relaunch a regular HPGRG email newsletter three times a year, which will be edited by our new HPGRG Communications Officer, Dr Michiel van Meeteren (Loughborough University) in January/February, May/June and September/October.

If you wish to communicate publications, events or other information of interest to the HPGRG membership via the next HPGRG newsletter, which will be sent in June, please email Michiel van Meeteren.

We hope that you will find our HPGRG Newsletter informative and look forward to your contributions to future editions.

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

– 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!

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


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