Call for Session Abstracts RGS-IBG Conference 2015

The Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) invites proposals for sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015 to be held at the University of Exeter from 2nd to 4th September 2015. The conference will focus on “Geographies of the Anthropocene” and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford).

‘The Anthropocene has been claimed to herald a new geological epoch in which human society is acknowledged as having become the greatest force shaping planet earth…This annual conference theme aims to bring all areas of the discipline to the table…to explore the rich array of geographical work engaging this powerful idea and its consequences.’

More information can be found here.

In addition to hosting a postgraduate ‘snapshot’ session, the SCGRG has 11 sessions available for sponsorship. In keeping with Social and Cultural Themes we would particularly welcome sessions exploring:

Cultural approaches to investigating environmental issues; ‘knowing/understanding’ nature etc; the anthropocene and social difference; human-more-than-human relations; adaptive technologies; imagining the environment; performing the anthropocene in arts/science collaborations; the material-imagination; elemental geographies; anthropocene methodologies, and more.

However, we are also open to sessions that engage with social and cultural geography more broadly. A summary of the group’s interests can be found here
Proposals should include-

  1. Title of session;
  2. Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable
  3. Name, Affiliation and Contact Details for Session Convenors
  4. Abstract, outlining scope of session – 200 words max.
  5. Number of session timeslots that are sought – this year sessions may not normally occupy more than 2 time slots.
  6. Indication of preferred organisation of session, e.g. 4 x 20min presentation, plus 20min discussion or 5 x 15min presentation, with 5min question for each. We also welcome creative formats. Sessions last 1 hour 40 mins.
  7. Indication of any non-standard arrangements, please note there will not be support for Skype or other forms of distance participation at AC2015. However, individual session organisers are welcome to incorporate presentations in this format into their sessions if they feel confident they can do so within the IT setup provided (all rooms will have laptop, projector, screen, speakers and internet connection)

The deadline for proposals is Friday 12th December, we will be aiming to inform session organisers of sponsorship before the Christmas break. Proposals for, or questions about, SCGRG sponsored sessions should be sent to Dr. Rebecca Sandover –