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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s South Regional Committee.

General enquiries: email south@rgs.org

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Planet Earth II: Cities Fredi Devas

 Thursday 28 September at 8.00pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Southampton)

Cities are growing at a faster rate than any other habitat on Earth. They may seem an unlikely place for animals to thrive, but they can be a world of surprising opportunity. Leopards prowl the streets of Mumbai, langurs are revered as religious deities in Jodhpur, and locals live in harmony with wild hyenas in Harar. Many animals, however, struggle to cope in the urban jungle.

As the architects of this environment, can humans choose to build cities that are homes for both them and wildlife? Fredi Devas, Producer of BBC Planet Earth II: Cities, takes us behind the scenes of this ground-breaking documentary series.

Venue: Turner Sims, University of Southampton, Highfield Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Places: Prices vary, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) £13 each (quote membership number). telephone 023 8059 5151 www.turnersims.co.uk

Kashmir: 70 years of conflict - Victoria Schofield

 Tuesday 10 October 7.00pm-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
 Lecture (Southampton)

In this 70th anniversary year of the independence of India and Pakistan, historian and journalist Victoria Schofield will look back at the reasons why the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, geographically located between the two countries, became a major flashpoint. Drawing on her research in the region as well as a range of historical sources, she will analyse critically the actions of the key players who have contributed to the militarization of the state, famed for its beauty and tranquility.

Schofield, who has travelled widely in the region, is the author of Kashmir in the Crossfire (1996), and Kashmir in Conflict (2000, 2003 and 2010). During her 30 year career she has also written numerous articles on the subject and contributed to a variety of news outlets, including BBC World Service and BBC World TV. Her biography, Wavell - Soldier and Statesman (2006, 2012), examines the complexities of the partition of the subcontinent which led directly to the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir.

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Shackleton Building, Department of Geography, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free.

Contact Joanna Lowis joannajlowis@gmail.com

Searching for the source of the Nile - Eugene Rae

 Tuesday 24 October 5.00pm-6.30pm
 Lecture with Collections display (Bournemouth)

If you look a map of Africa from the first decades of the 19th century, you will see that although the coast of the continent and other early colonial enterprises are fairly well delineated, the interior of Africa remains largely unmapped. Follow the course of the Nile towards its source and you will find a series of unrealistically drawn lakes shielded by an east-west barrier of mountains, the so called Mountains of the Moon. Such speculative geography is based on the writings of early geographers such as Ptolemy who was working in the 2nd century CE. No European explorer had yet penetrated into the heart of Africa and so the true source of the Nile remained as much of a mystery in the 19th century as it did in the 2nd.

It was this mystery that the Royal Geographical Society set out to solve. In the 1840s William Desborough Cooley, a prominent armchair geographer, began lobbying the Society to send an expedition to try and find the source but it wasn’t until the 1850s that the Society’s finances were healthy enough to support such a venture. In 1857 Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke set off from Zanzibar into the interior of Africa, thus beginning two decades of involvement in Central Africa searching for the elusive source of the world’s greatest river.

Eugene Rae is the Principal Librarian of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He is interested in the history of exploration particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Joint event with Bournemouth University.

Venue: Kimmeridge House Room KG01, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, Poole, BH12 5BB.

Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members, and BU staff and students free (please show card).

Adventures in paradise - Benedict Allen

 Thursday 30 November at 8.00pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Southampton)

With his usual good humour and enthusiasm, Benedict Allen reveals the full story of his dramatic return to Papua New Guinea, as featured in an inspiring BBC Two series; Birds of paradise: the ultimate quest. Benedict travelled through the swamps and some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet, with the distinguished BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, in search of the island’s elusive birds of paradise.

Venue: Turner Sims, University of Southampton, Highfield Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Places: Prices vary, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) £13 each (quote membership number). telephone 023 8059 5151 www.turnersims.co.uk

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