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Call for sessions, papers and posters

Submissions have now closed for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017. If you have any queries about your submitted session or paper proposal, please contact the conference organisers by emailing AC2017@rgs.org.

Chair's theme: Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world

The chair's plenary speakers have been announced for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017. More information about other programme highlights will be published shortly.

Decolonizing geographical knowledges aims to query implicitly universal claims to knowledges associated with the west, and further interrogate how such knowledges continue to marginalize and discount places, people and knowledges across the world. Debates around decolonizing geographical knowledges have become increasingly important during the past decade among teachers, activists and academics, and draw upon postcolonial, indigenous studies and other critical perspectives. The challenge is to re-think scholarly epistemic and institutional forms of knowledge production that  privilege predominantly western over 'southern' knowledges and ways of seeing. Such debates in turn influence how geographers and geographical knowledge engage with schools, students, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The 2017 Annual Conference offers an opportunity to take these debates forward in the context of research on socio-natures, the Anthropocene, and multi-scalar inequalities but also, more widely, by demonstrating the power of decolonial geographical thinking to work relationally across disciplinary boundaries and to expand the scope of decolonial practice in research. The conference aims to encourage debate about these issues including potential contributions from decolonizing geographical knowledges to existing approaches and methodologies in human and physical geography.

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