The Society is looking forward to welcoming close to 1,700 geographers from across the world to this year’s Annual International Conference in London later this month.
The theme of this year’s conference, which takes place from 29 August to 1 September, is “Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world”. The invited plenary speakers will consider a range of topics relating to the conference theme, touching on issues around decoloniality, indigeneity, geographical knowledges, Southern Theory, critical race theory, political ecology, and positionality, among others.
The conference programme includes exhibitions, sessions for postgraduate students and early career researchers, meet-the-author sessions, and lectures sponsored by some of the leading geography academic journals. As well as sessions engaging closely with the conference theme, there will be sessions on a range of other themes and topics. These include populism, nationalism and Brexit; development; migration and refugees; and digital geographies.
The conference opens on the Tuesday evening with an opening plenary convened by Sarah Hunt and Michelle Daigle (both from The University of British Columbia, Canada) on centring critical indigenous perspectives to decolonising geography. Further chair’s plenary sessions will be held at lunchtimes throughout the week, with presentations by Raewyn Connell, Abdi Samatar and Juanita Sundberg. Each talk will be followed by a short response from disciplinary experts with time for questions and general discussion. These sessions will provide a great opportunity to bring participants together and offer a counterpoint to the more specialised discussions that occur throughout the rest of the conference.
Registration remains open: to book a place please visit the conference website. If you have any questions please contact the conference organisers.
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