Call for sessions – RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London 2019


The RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) would like to invite expressions of interest for sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG 2019 Annual Conference, which will take place in London from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2019.

The theme for the 2019 Annual Conference, chaired by Professor Hester Parr, is Geographies of trouble / geographies of hope.

SCGRG is keen to sponsor sessions that directly relate to the conference theme but also those sessions that engage with broader issues of contemporary concern to social and cultural geographers.

You can find out more about the theme at:

When designing your session proposals please take note of the following:

1.  A session cannot occupy more than two timeslots on the conference programme unless this has been pre-arranged with the RGS team. Those seeking more than one timeslot should consider co-sponsorship (i.e. splitting sponsorship so as to have a single sponsor for each time slot).

2.  Each attendee can only make two substantive contributions to the conference programme (e.g. as paper presenter, panel member, discussant). A substantive contribution is defined as one where the individual concerned needs to be present in the session room, and so can include session organiser if attendance is necessary. For individuals proposing multiple co-authored papers, an alternative presenter must be clearly nominated at the time of submitting the session/paper.

SCGRG is able to sponsor 12 timeslots and you are welcome to propose joint sessions to be co-sponsored by another research group.

Please send expressions of interest including the below information. We will inform applicants of the outcome by 22nd December.

(i) Title of session;
(ii) Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable
(iii) Name and Contact Details for Session Convenors
(iv) Abstract, outlining scope of session – 200 words max.
(v) Number of session timeslots that are sought – please note:  a session may not occupy more than 2 time slots unless this has been pre-agreed with the RGS.
(vi) Indication of session format

Proposals for, or questions about, SCGRG sponsored sessions should be sent to Laura Prazeres: