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Call for abstracts

35° International Geographical Congress

Dublin, Ireland, August 24-30, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

35th International Geographical Congress Dublin, August 24-30, 2024

Abstract Proposal Due Date: 12 January 2024

The Research Methods Steering Committee  (RMSC) of the International Geographical Union (IGU) is issuing an invitation to submit proposals for two sessions at the 35th International Geographical Congress in Dublin, Ireland, August 24-30, 2024.

Abstracts of up to 250 words can be submitted until January 12th, 2024 through the website.

1. Marine-Oceanic History GIS/Geography Research Methods Session

The Research Methods Steering Committee of the International Geographic Union (IGU) is calling for papers to contribute to a Marine-Oceanic History GIS/Geography Research Methods session to be presented at 2024 IGU Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Papers may focus on qualitative and quantitative GIS / geographical research methods (an integration of both are particularly encouraged) employed by geographers, and other scholars who focus on maritime and oceanic histories, literatures, cultures, spaces, places, biotic and abiotic environments, bathymetries, cartographies, archaeologies, archives, anthropologies, warfare, trade, tourism, shipping routes, fisheries, resource extractions, global warming and polar geographies, oceanic gyres, currents, an other topical or phenomenal intersections.

Papers are welcomed that discuss / demonstrate how conventional research approaches and theory can be enhanced, aided or hindered by digital, geospatial, virtual-reality, machine and deep learning, computing and artificial intelligence technologies, in addition to new platforms being deployed in the arts, humanities and sciences.
Approaches in literary, historical, socio-cultural and physical geography, the geosciences, cartography, environmental science and history, and any other disciplinary foci embracing geographical, spatial and environmental perspectives are welcomed.
An IGU Research Methods Steering Committee cash prize will be awarded to the paper that best encapsulates the Gestalt of the session’s theme. In addition, session papers may contribute to the publication of an edited volume or special journal issue in a leading international peer reviewed journal.

Session conveners

Charles Travis, ctravis@tcd.ie                                                   Chiara Giubilaro chiara.giubilaro@unipa.it                                  Dan Malkinson dmalk@geo.haifa.ac.il

2. Methods in Urban Ecology

The Research Methods in Geography Steering Committee of the International Geographic Union (IGU) is calling for papers to contribute to an Urban Ecology methods session. In recent years the human population has exceeded the 50% mark of urban dwellers. By 2050 it is estimated that approximately 70% of the human population will live in urban areas. Urban areas comprise a complex mosaic of urban, commercial, and open areas, which consist of paved, constructed, natural, and gardened landscapes. In these areas, people are exposed to natural and semi-natural ecosystems that provide important services to urban residents. The “green lungs” in urban landscapes may be biodiverse, provide shade and cooling in an increasingly warming world, or provide a place to relax and escape from the frenzied city life.

The aim of this session is to collectively reflect on methods, approaches, and techniques mobilized to analyze the entanglements between ecology and the urban. Papers may focus on qualitative and quantitative geographical research methods (an integration of both is particularly encouraged) employed by geographers, and other scholars who focus on urban ecology. In particular, we will seek to attract presentations relating to research methods in urban sustainability, political ecology, environmental justice, climate change governance, urban metabolism and biodiversity, queer ecologies, and the ensuing complex interactions between city dwellers and the ecosystems embedded within the urban landscapes.

The Research Methods in Geography Steering Committee of the International Geographic Union (IGU) is calling for papers to contribute to an Urban Ecology methods session. In recent years the human population has exceeded the 50% mark of urban dwellers. By 2050 it is estimated that approximately 70% of the human population will live in urban areas. Urban areas comprise a complex mosaic of urban, commercial, and open areas, which consist of paved, constructed, natural, and gardened landscapes. In these areas, people are exposed to natural and semi-natural ecosystems that provide important services to urban residents. The “green lungs” in urban landscapes may be biodiverse, provide shade and cooling in an increasingly warming world, or provide a place to relax and escape from the frenzied city life.

The aim of this session is to collectively reflect on methods, approaches, and techniques mobilized to analyze the entanglements between ecology and the urban. Papers may focus on qualitative and quantitative geographical research methods (an integration of both is particularly encouraged) employed by geographers, and other scholars who focus on urban ecology. In particular, we will seek to attract presentations relating to research methods in urban sustainability, political ecology, environmental justice, climate change governance, urban metabolism and biodiversity, queer ecologies, and the ensuing complex interactions between city dwellers and the ecosystems embedded within the urban landscapes.

Session conveners:
Chiara Giubilaro, chiara.giubilaro@unipa.it.                              Dan Malkinson, dmalk@geo.haifa.ac.il

Call for sessions

35° International Geographical Congress 

Dublin, Ireland, August 24-30, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR SESSIONS

35th International Geographical Congress Dublin, August 24-30, 2024

Session Proposal Due Date: 1 September 2023

The Research Methods Steering Committee  (RMSC) of the International Geographical Union (IGU) is issuing an invitation to submit proposals for sessions to contribute to the 35th International Geographical Congress in Dublin, Ireland, August 24-30, 2024.

§ Sessions may focus on qualitative and/or quantitative geographical research methods (integration of both are particularly encouraged) employed by human and physical geographers, and other researchers who focus on space, place, environment, climate, visual thinking and analysis, cartography, GIS and the geosciences.

§ Sessions are welcomed that discuss and /or demonstrate how geographical research methods, theory and topics have been transformed by digital, geospatial, virtual-reality, machine and deep learning, computing, filmic and A.I. technologies.

§ Sessions that showcase new and emerging geographical research by integrating methods in the arts, humanities and sciences to engage data (qualitative and/or quantitative), text, visualization and statistical analyses through assemblages and /or standalone or bespoke platforms.

Please submit session proposals  (250-300 words) to:

Charles Travis (ctravis@tcd.ie), Chiara Giubilaro (chiara.giubilaro@unipa.it) and Dan Malkinson (dmalk@geo.haifa.ac.il)

 

Methods in geography series /a virtual roundtable            /january 24th         12.30-14.00 (GMT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOBILIZING GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH METHODS IN TIMES OF COVID-19

How has geographical research transformed during the pandemic?

Jessica Finlay | University of Colorado (USA)
Moses Okech | Makerere University (Uganda)
Zhiwen Gao | East China Normal University (China)
Lotem Robins | Bar Ilan University (Israel)             

Discussants: Chiara Giubilaro and Dan Malkinson

ZOOM LINK

The virtual roundtable will include reflections on research methods from guest speakers, specifically on strategies utilized with the advent of the recent pandemic and how this has been navigated in different global contexts and areas of the discipline. There will then be an open discussion on lessons and legacies of mobilizing geographical research methods from this period and how they might inform future practices.

 

IGU MEthods newsletter #0

 February 2022

 

 

 

 

 

IGU METHODS

Newsletter | Issue N°0

We are excited to share with you our first newsletter. Our newly established commission welcomes all members of the Geography community who are interested in research methods. Together with our website, this is one of our platforms to share collective details of our Commission’s activities and achievements. The work of the Commission is done by its members and we welcome news from you about your achievements, your suggestions for Commission activities, and thoughts about forthcoming events that Commission members might be interested in.

 

IGU Centennial congress | keynote session july 18th         12.30-14.15 (GMT+2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for Methods | Keynote Session               

Raul Pacheco Vega on “Expanding Methodological Discussions in Geography: Mixed Methods and the Future of the Discipline”             

Discussants: Meghan Cope and Faith Njoki Karanja

Methodological discussions in geography have recently been brought back to the global fore because of debates within the discipline around decolonizing knowledge, advancing equity and diversity, and expanding the suite of research methods available to geographers. Artificial divides between quantitative and qualitative methods have erected barriers for interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and intra-discipline collaborations. In this keynote talk, I will discuss the importance of mixed methods not only as a paradigmatic shift but also as a foundation for the implementation of more ethical research methods in geographical projects. I will share my philosophical approach to mixed methods using an example from a 5 year-long, inter-institutional, cross- disciplinary, multi-sited project focused on the study of water conflicts in Mexico. I outline five principles for the implementation of mixed methods not only from a pragmatic viewpoint but also from a paradigmatic one, where an ethics of care for communities under study is the backbone of sound, rigorous and robust research.

 

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 27 may 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Recruiting: Two New Steering Committee Members on the “Research Methods in Geography” Commission

The “Research Methods in Geography” Commission is looking to recruit two new Steering Committee Members. The Commission on Research Methods in Geography of the International Geographic Union is an active group of geographers that was established in 2020 to promote an international dialogue on research methods as a vital tool for advancing geographic knowledge and research practices  across different regions, countries and traditions. 

 

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