The Development Geographies Research Group (DevGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) runs an annual essay competition. This competition is in memory of David W. Smith, an outstanding scholar committed to researching cities in the Global South. He died in 1999. This year, we launch a new format and invite Lower Sixth/Y12 students from across the UK to submit their entries.
This year we are delighted to launch a digital mapping competition with the theme: The Coloniality of Cities and the Built Environment. This competition aims to map place-based stories from cities of the Global South to understand how colonial rule continues to shape cities.
Using screenshots of google maps/street view/open street view/photographs, we encourage all students to submit 3 images exploring one or more topics–i) streets, ii) infrastructure (railways, ports) or iii) monuments named after colonial rulers, space traders, or those who ‘built/discovered places’. The city can be a former British colony located in the Global South.
Each image should tell their story clearly supplemented with title and description, no longer than 300 words. We are particularly interested in descriptions addressing colonial history of the city, what led to independence, who led the resistance, trivia, etymology, brief history of the statue, buildings and street names.We’d like you to question how colonial street names, monuments, or infrastructure relate to and/or contradict the contemporary status and politics of the city.What can the story of these places tell you about the city?
All entries must be in PDF/JPEG/.jpg or word doc format (not more than 3MB) and appropriately cited. Kindly include your name, school, and contact details.
Please submit your entries (and any questions) to Shreyashi Dasgupta of the DevGRG schools prize committee at email@example.com by 1 May 2021 at 23:59 GMT. Entries received after this time will not be accepted. Due to the volume of entries we receive, we will only contact you if you are selected as one of our winners.
The judging panel will comprise of committee members of DevGRG. The panel shall access and determine the winning entry based on theme, imagination and originality, quality of the photograph, and the development of idea through the description of the photos.
The winner receives an RGS-IBG certificate and a voucher of £100 from Routledge Publishers. All the entries will be compiled into an image based resource for archives and research and will be published on the DevGRG website and social media platforms.
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