Dear BRG member
The 2012 RGS-IBG Annual Conference is being held in Edinburgh July 3-5th.
If anyone is interested in proposing/organising a biogeography-themed
session please would you contact me and/or Stephanie Wyse at the RGS. The
deadline for session proposals in January 31st.
There will be a later date for submitting individual paper proposals to
sessions organised by the conference planning committee
Full details are given below.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference
Call for Sessions
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is pleased to announce that
the Call for Sessions has opened for its Annual International Conference
2012 (AC2012). The conference, which will be chaired by Professor Chris
Philo (University of Glasgow), will have as its theme Security of
geography/geography of security.
Please note the change of date and location for the conference:
Date: Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 July 2012
Location: University of Edinburgh
Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to
propose sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2012.
Information about the conference theme and a Call for Sessions are
below. An open Call for Papers for the conference will follow later in
If you have any questions, please start by checking the conference
website, www.rgs.org/AC2012. Otherwise, please don't hesitate to get in
contact by emailing [log in to unmask] or phoning +44 (0) 20 7591 3027.
Professional Officer, Conference & Research Groups
The theme is to explore the many intersections between geography and
security: both the security of geography and the geography of security.
The idea is to work between an 'inward-looking' concern for the
well-being of geographical research, learning, teaching and
communication, and an 'outward-looking' concern for how worldly
geographies are deeply implicated in achieving or compromising the
security of environments, peoples and communities.
Attention should be given to ways of securing the subject of geography
in the face of educational restructuring at schools and financial
restructuring of university teaching and research, as well as set
against growing governmental (and even popular) demands to show impact,
relevance and applicability. Success in this respect may then depend on
demonstrating what a geographical perspective - spanning the sciences
through to the humanities - can offer attempts at understanding and
countering multiple sources of insecurity (environmental, climatic,
economic, 'national', digital, personal).
A critical sensibility is needed, however, to ensure that the will to
create security, whether for an academic subject or in real-world
situations, does not descend into simplistic drawing and policing of
boundaries around whatever is to be secured. The invitation to all
geographers, physical and human, is to ask challenging questions about
matters of geography and security which advance intellectual and
practical agendas, addressing issues of major scientific and social
significance, while also cultivating the institutional supports upon
which our own ability to contribute as a subject necessarily depend.
Session organisers are asked to take note of the following key dates and
* 31 January 2012: Deadline for submitting sessions (with paper
& author information, including abstracts) to the conference organisers.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
* February 2012: Conference organisers confirm acceptance of
* 9 March 2012: Deadline for submitting individual paper
proposals to sessions organised by conference planning committee
* From April 2012: Conference organisers publish provisional
programme and timetable for feedback. The programme is expected to
reach "final" status in May 2012.
The AC2012 conference website has a full timeline of conference
Call for Sessions
Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner
forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are
encouraged. Session organisers may wish to read some short guides on
alternative session formats prepared by the conference organisers and
the Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG
New guidelines on participation have been introduced for the conference
in 2012, which include:
* Sessions timeslots are 1 hour 40 minutes long; there are now
15 timeslots of this length in the conference programme.
* A session may not normally occupy more than two timeslots in
* Individuals may not make more than two substantive
contributions to the conference (where a substantive contribution is a
paper/poster presentation of any length; panel discussion; discussant or
other session contribution). Acting as session organiser, chair or
facilitator , and being a non-presenting co-author is excluded from this
Session organisers should read the guidelines for participation before
proposing a session for the conference, as they contain key information
about session organisation and scheduling. All sessions will be
reviewed and approved by the Conference Planning Committee.
More information about sessions, advice on how to advertise a Call for
Papers on the conference website, information about arranging Research
Group session sponsorship, and a form for submitting your session
proposal to the conference organisers may be found on the conference
Call for Papers
A Call for Papers to 'open' sessions (convened by the conference
organisers) will be announced later in 2011.
Session organisers are encouraged to send a copy of their Call for
Papers to the conference organisers in addition to distributing it via
their own networks and mailing lists as soon as possible. Email your
Call for Papers to: [log in to unmask]
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