Call for Sponsored Sessions: History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) Sponsored Sessions


RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, London


The History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG) invites suggestions for 12 sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017 in London from 30th August to Friday 1std September 2017. The conference theme is "Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out the world" and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Radcliffe.


We welcome suggestions for sessions across our remit, interpreted broadly, as the histories and/or philosophies of human geography, physical geography and associated fields. We particularly welcome session proposals that seek to engage with geography's theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, past, present, and future.


HPGRG sponsorship can provide promotion for your session, help manage timetabling clashes, and enable bidding for funding for research group guests and awards for postgraduate presenters in your sessions.


Please send the following information to HPGRG Secretary Isla Forsyth ([log in to unmask]) and HPGRG Chair Paul Simpson (paul.simpson@plymouth) by 16th January 2017:


- title of proposed session (up to 15 words), name and affiliation of organizers, and abstract of c. 200-300 words

- indication of proposed format (e.g. papers or panel discussion, number of papers, use of discussants; for possibilities of session formats, see

- number of 1h 40 minutes slots requested (note, sessions may not normally occupy more than two timeslots)



We will inform session organizers about HPGRG sponsorship and further procedures in mid-January. The deadline for submitting complete sessions to the Society is 17 February 2016. This would leave about five weeks for session organisers to send out a call for papers and finalise the session programme.


Please note that any sessions sponsored by the HPGRG will require the session organizers to provide a short (200-300 word) summary of what happened in their sessions for inclusion in the HPGRG Autumn 2016 newsletter.


Please direct any questions to Isla Forsyth ([log in to unmask]. )  Further details about the Annual Conference 2016 can be found at and about HPGRG at


The HPGRG committee looks forward to your submissions.


Best wishes,


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