This year marks the 50th anniversary of the proposal to establish what is now the Society’s Rural Geography Research Group (RGRG).
To celebrate this milestone, the RGRG is holding a mini-conference in Newcastle: Half a century of rural geography: looking back, looking forward. The conference will run 29-30 August, in conjunction with the Society’s Annual International Conference.
The RGRG emerged in response to the changing nature of agriculture, the impacts of urbanisation and the growth of outdoor recreation. Fifty years on, these issues are still prominent areas of study by rural geographers, with many new conceptual, methodological, policy and practical ingredients - from automated agricultures to food geographies to planetary urbanisation.
The conference will feature presentations, videos, posters and panel discussions on topics including:
Accounts of working as a rural geographer or the work of particular rural geographers
Evaluations of changes in the focus, method and theories of rural geography
Agenda-setting commentaries on the state or future directions of rural geography
Studies reflecting on the academic, policy and practical impacts of rural geographical studies and institutions
Studies advancing new theories, perspectives and methods for practicing rural geography
See further information, contact Martin Phillips or Megan Palmer-Abs with queries, and follow the RGRG on Twitter.