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This year’s RGS-IBG Annual Conference is going to start tomorrow in London. Below is a list of sessions that I want to hear more details during this three-day event. Welcome to join us if you are in London and are interested in any session listed below.

And by the way, I will give a short presentation in paper session No.339 (Friday 02 September 2016, 14:40 – 16:20). The abstract can be found here. I look forward to seeing you then and hearing any comment you would like to give.

 

Chair’s plenary lectures

The Ghost in the Nexus: Global Poverty and the Dilemmas of Development

Ananya Roy (University of California Los Angeles, USA)

Thursday 1 September 2016, 13.10, RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre

In this talk, I situate “nexus thinking” in the present conjuncture of sustainable development and in the long history of development as a global project. In doing so, I pay attention to the disciplines and professions that are being mobilized to solve urgent human problems, specifically that of poverty. Framed as scientific solutions towards a better world, such frameworks of action are also replete with distinctive aspirations and affects. Foregrounding the figure of the millennial – college students and young professionals enrolled in the global university and enlisted in the work of poverty action – I examine the potentialities and limits of the will to make poverty history, and thereby of nexus thinking.

Discussants: Jennifer Robinson (University College London, UK); Parvati Raghuram (The Open University, UK)

 

Plenaries, panels, workshops

Wednesday (31 August)

  • Area are sponsoring a panel on Ethics in/of geographical research, chaired by Peter Kraftl. Panellists: Sarah Marie Hall (The University of Manchester, UK); James Cheshire (University College London, UK); Anson Mackay (University College London, UK); Stephen Tooth (Aberystwyth University, UK); Jen Dickinson (University of Leicester, UK); and Andy Nobes (INASP/Author Aid, UK). Wednesday, 14.40; room: RGS-IBG Education Centre. This will be followed by a tea and cake reception.
  • The Antipode lecture, Recomposing Urban Collective Life: On Operations and the Inoperable, will be given by AbdouMaliq Simone (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany). Wednesday, 16.50; room: RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre. This will be followed by a reception.

Thursday (1 September)

  • Author meets critics: Fiona McConnell – Rehearsing the State: The Political Practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile (RGS-IBG Book Series, Wiley-Blackwell). Thursday, 09.00; room: RGS-IBG Drayson Room.
  • The Progress in Human Geography lecture, Trust – in Geography, will be given by Charles Withers (The University of Edinburgh, UK). Thursday, 11.10; room: RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre.
  • Colleagues of John Urry (1946-2016) have organised a Remembrance and Book Launch in celebration of his work. Thursday, 16.50; room: RGS-IBG Council Room. This will be followed by a reception.
  • Authors meet critics: Planetary gentrification by Loretta Lees , Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto López-Morales (Polity). Thursday, 16.50; room: RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre. To be followed by a drinks reception, sponsored by Urban Studies.

Friday (2 September)

  • The Social and Cultural Geography lecture, Beyond policing the migrant crisis: Geographical contributions, will be given by Parvati Raghuram (The Open University, UK). Friday, 09.00.
  • Colleagues and former students of Doreen Massey have organised a celebration of her life and work, including screening a montage made up from contributions from people who met her and worked with her in all spheres of her life. Friday, 16.50; room: RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre.

 

Paper sessions on Wednesday (31 August)

No.16 The London nexus – metropolitan elites in the 21st century, new perspectives on Britain’s south-eastern skew

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 1 (09:00 – 10:40) || Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 164, Imperial College London || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/16

No.24 Geography and Decolonization, c.1945-c.1980 (1)

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 1 (09:00 – 10:40) || Room 5, Skempton Building, Imperial College London || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/24

No.29 Post-phenomenological Geographies: methods and styles of researching and writing the human (1): Subjects

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 1 (09:00 – 10:40) || Royal School of Mines, Room G.05 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/29

No.56 Geography and Decolonization, c.1945-c.1980 (2)

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50) || Room 5, Sherfield Building || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/56

No.61 State, Territory, Urbanism: Exploring the Nexus Between Government and Infrastructure (2)

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50) || Room 10, Sherfield Building || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/61

No.69 Affect and the Geographies of Power

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre || Panel discussion: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/69

No.84 Nexus Thinking in Gentrification Studies (2)

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 164 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/84

No.98 Forging politicised solidarities in, against and beyond the European crisis (1): Articulating local solidarities

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Royal School of Mines, Room G.05 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/98

No.102 Set in motion: walking the history of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) c.1830-2016

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Offsite (field tour): http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/102

No.118 Nexus Thinking in Gentrification Studies (3)

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 4 (16:50 – 18:30) || Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 164 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/118

No.128 Operations of capital: Studying the nexus of land, housing, and finance across the North-South divide

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 4 (16:50 – 18:30) || Sherfield Building, Room 7 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/128

No.132 Forging politicised solidarities in, against and beyond the European crisis (2): Towards trans-local solidarities

Timetable: Wednesday 31 August 2016, Session 4 (16:50 – 18:30) || Royal School of Mines, Room G.05 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/132

 

Paper sessions on Thursday (1 September)

No.181 Contested urban green spaces in the ‘austerity city’: Re-politicising the environment and commoning public spaces? (1): Funding and Management

Timetable: Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50) || Skempton Building, Room 064b || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/181

No.215 Contested urban green spaces in the ‘austerity city’: Re-politicising the environment and commoning public spaces? (2): Planning and Governance

Timetable: Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Skempton Building, Room 064b || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/215

No.217 The City-Hinterland Nexus in Global Context: The dynamics of rural-urban connections in different global contexts (1)

Timetable: Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 164 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/217

No.234 Deaf spaces of Victorian London – a walking tour

Timetable: Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Offsite (field tour): http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/234

 

Paper sessions on Friday (2 September)

No.271 Geographies of Anti-colonialism (1): Theorising Anti-colonialisms

Timetable: Friday 02 September 2016, Session 1 (09:00 – 10:40) || Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre G34 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/271

No.281 Beyond Borders and Nations: Transnational Geographies from Syria to Europe (1): Transnational Geographies of solidarity and resistance

Timetable: Friday 02 September 2016, Session 1 (09:00 – 10:40) || Skempton Building, Room 165 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/281

No.301 Geographies of Anti-colonialism (2): Histories of Anti-colonialism

Timetable: Friday 02 September 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50) || Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre G34 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/301

No.311 Beyond Borders and Nations: Transnational Geographies from Syria to Europe (2): Transnational Geographies of segregation

Timetable: Friday 02 September 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50) || Skempton Building, Room 165 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/311

No.339 Narrating Displacements: A Radical Way to Rethink Urban Theories and Politics

Timetable: Friday 02 September 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20) || Skempton Building, Room 163 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/339

No.374 Rethinking Life at the Margins: The Assemblage of Contexts, Subjects and Politics

Timetable: Friday 02 September 2016, Session 4 (16:50 – 18:30) || Sherfield Building, Room 7 || Abstracts: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/374

 

Closing drinks reception

Friday 18:45-20:00; RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre

 

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