The three-day RGS-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 1,800 geographers from around the world.
The chair's theme for the 2018 Annual International Conference is Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography. We welcome sessions and papers which engage directly with this theme, as well as others focusing on all areas of geography.
The theme provides an opportunity to explore ideas of landscape within geographical scholarship, the popularity of landscape beyond the academy, and the shifting landscapes of geography as an academic discipline.
Landscape has long been a central concept within geography. The conference will offer critical reflection on the position of landscape within contemporary geography. It will also seek to develop dialogue between human and physical geographers, and with researchers from other cognate disciplines working on landscape. The conference will provide a broad perspective on geographical landscapes, with the inclusion of the following sub-themes:
Historical, contemporary and future landscapes
Rural, urban and post-industrial landscapes
Landscapes of power, oppression and conflict
Colonial and post-colonial landscapes
Landscapes of justice and the ‘right to landscape’
Landscapes of community and care
Landscape representations, belongings and identities
Bodily engagements with landscape
Beyond the land: virtual landscapes, seascapes, foodscapes and soundscapes
Ordinary, mundane and everyday landscapes
Landscapes of austerity and Brexit
Beyond academic scholarship, landscape has emerged as one of the key public faces of geography through the publication of numerous popular books and broadcasts of television shows and radio programmes on seeing, moving through and engaging with landscape. This has provided geography with a greater sense of recognition and relevance, even though the ‘g’ word is often absent from these texts. The conference will explore this popular interest in landscape from the perspectives of those within and beyond the academy.
The landscapes of geography are also changing. The conference will encourage critical discussion of the shifting contours of geography as an academic discipline. It will also engage with the changing external landscapes within which geography is positioned. Brexit and recent rounds of restructuring of the (higher) education sector in the UK are presenting new challenges for the discipline in relation to internationalism, marketisation, and understandings of excellence in the context of research, impact and teaching. How are these changes impacting on geography and geographers in the UK, and to what extent are such shifting external landscapes evident in other countries?
3 January 2020
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