International Benchmarking Review of Human Geography, Launch
On the 4th March
at 5.15 pm, the official report of the first ever
International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography will
be launched at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
the ESRC, in partnership with the AHRC and the Society, the
review was chaired by Professor David
Ley (University of British Columbia)
and undertaken by a panel of international experts drawn
from Europe, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
They examined a wide range of evidence with input from more
than 160 members of the Human Geography scholarly community,
university senior managers and users of research to evaluate
the international standing of UK Human Geography, including
consideration of its use beyond the academy.
Over wine, short presentations will
outline the main findings and recommendations of the review,
followed by time for questions and networking.
On behalf of the Society’s President,
Professor Judith Rees, I have pleasure in inviting you to
the launch and to the lecture that follows at 6.30pm by
Professor Paul Boyle, CEO of the ESRC. He will be giving a
lecture entitled: ‘Measured, recorded and then
what?’ in which he considers the uses that can be made
of routinely collected data to give new research insights in
the UKs changing society.
We do hope you will join us in
celebrating the discipline and the contribution that it
makes to the wider world.
I would be grateful if you could please
reply to Rachel Langley in the Director’s Office (email@example.com).
Annual International Conference
2013 in August 2013
- Location: Royal
Geographical Society (with IBG) and Imperial College
- Dates: Wednesday
28 to Friday 30 August 2013 (with an opening event on
Tuesday 27 August 2013)
- Theme: New
Rigg (Durham University)
The Chair of Conference,
Professor Jonathan Rigg (University of Durham), has
introduced the theme of the conference and the overlapping
areas of debate for delegates.
New geographical frontiers
The conference theme in 2013 is
‘New geographical frontiers’. This is one of those labels
that is fairly open and can, therefore, be interpreted in a
variety of ways. The frontier can be employed as a concept,
a metaphor or as a point of empirical focus – and while it
is a classic geographical preoccupation that has rightly
been problematised, it should still command our attention.
There is a set of underpinning questions which can be seen
to come, loosely, under the rubric of ‘new geographical
frontiers’: Where are the frontiers in geographical theory
and methods and what contributions and innovations is
geography making to wider debates and practices? Have we
fully come to terms with the continuing call to think and
research in inter-disciplinary ways, and can geography play
a leading role in that initiative? What is geography’s
impact and how can we further promote the role and place of
geography in society and economy? Where are we,
collectively, making a contribution but, equally
importantly, where should we be making a contribution?
These questions relate to three,
over-lapping areas of debate. First of all, to how we
theorise (think) and practice (do) our geography.
Occasionally gradual, incremental change can hide from view
quite fundamental transformations in methodological approach
or conceptual framing. The second area of debate concerns
geography’s contribution to addressing the challenges that
humanity faces, from climate change to international
development. And third, these questions highlight the
possibility, perhaps the need, to go beyond disciplinary
boundaries and geographical frontiers to research new topics
in innovative ways.