We live in a rapidly shifting world. Economic, social, cultural, political, environmental, and earth surface systems are undergoing profound change, the roots and repercussions of which are geographically specific and uneven. In this moment of seemingly endless local and global crises, there are growing calls within and beyond Geography for urgent shifts in how we live in and with our wider world. At the same time, as it grapples with the challenges of its history and its present, the discipline of Geography is experiencing its own shifts in the ways in which it understands and intervenes in local and global change.
This year’s Mid-Term Conference invites proposals for presentations and postgraduate-led workshops which trace and analyse the causes, consequences, and complexities of shifting geographies and/or shifts in Geography, in both historical and contemporary perspective. The Conference seeks to showcase theoretically rich and empirically informed research that advances our understanding of the important shifts in and of geography across different spaces, places, and times. Beyond that, it makes space for delegates to think imaginatively and collaboratively about the sorts of disciplinary, societal, and political shifts that Geography and geographers might need to effect now and into the future.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Shifting geographies of economies, societies, cultures, environments, and landscapes
- Dynamics of environment-society relations
- Social and environmental justice, activism, and political movements
- Everyday lived experiences of crises and change
- Engagements between geography, policy, and civil society
- Research paradigms, approaches, ethics, methods, and methodologies
- The nature(s), scope, and priorities of Geography
- Spatialities, temporalities, and conditions of (decolonial) geographical knowledge production
- Shifting experiences of, and prospects for postgraduate geographers
Preparing your abstract
Presentations may be on any topic with a connection to your own postgraduate research, but those that engage thoughtfully with the theme of Shifting Geographies are particularly encouraged.
- Abstracts may be submitted by any postgraduate student based at a UK or overseas institution.
We are also inviting proposals from RGS-IBG Research Groups/Working Groups to organise themed workshops. Workshops should relate to the broad theme of Shifting Geographies and will be delivered, subject to scheduling arrangements, in parallel with other sessions. Innovative or imaginative formats are encouraged.
- Workshop proposals should only be made by RGS-IBG Research/Working Groups.
- Note: we will have very limited space to schedule workshops. Depending on the number of proposals received, we may not be able to facilitate all workshops that are proposed.
Submitting your abstract
Submissions have now closed.
Register for the Mid-Term
Registration to attend the Mid-Term Conference will open in early 2023.
A registration fee of £70 will apply. The covers the cost of facilitating the conference and includes lunch and refreshments on both days.