Call for Papers: Fieldwork in Political Geography

We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Political Geography Research Group workshop. It will be held at Royal Holloway from 12-13th June on the theme of ‘Fieldwork in Political Geography‘. Please see the Call for Papers below which provides additional details on the theme, registration instructions, and preliminary program – we look forward to hearing from you!

‘The sub-discipline of political geography has undergone significant transformation since its inception in the early 20th century. The ‘God’s Eye view’ has been decentred by critical scholarship, and new approaches involving discourse, the representational, and more recently, the embodied, everyday, affective, material, and elemental to name but a few have been pursued by scholars. Political geography occupies a rich and diverse conceptual and methodological landscape.

One dimension that has perhaps received less critical attention, however, is the ‘doing’ of political geography ‘in the field’? How can we, as political geographers, best engage with and research the geopolitical world? What specific challenges does fieldwork—however we might choose to define this—pose for political geography research and teaching? To what extent can we learn from the creative approaches being developed elsewhere in human geography, the arts, social sciences and the “geo-humanities”?

The Political Geography Research Group is holding a two-day workshop on Monday 12–Tuesday 13 June 2017 at Royal Holloway University of London to engage with some of these questions and to explore this understudied dimension of political geography. The overarching theme of the workshop is ‘Fieldwork in Political Geography’ and we invite abstracts for 15 minute papers and presentations on both the ‘doing’ of political geography research ‘in the field’, and the role of fieldwork in teaching. Alongside leading scholars from within political geography, we very much welcome and encourage contributions from postgraduates and early career scholars.

The workshop will include:

  • Paper, panel and workshop sessions exploring fieldwork in political geography;
  • Research presentations by postgraduates and early career scholars;
  • Optional fieldtrip: A political geography walking tour, linking key political sites in and around Runnymede—including the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, the John F Kennedy memorial and the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. Along the way we ponder how the walking tour might be a productive method for political geography;
  • The Political Geography Research Group will also hold its Annual General Meeting at the workshop, where you can have a say and get involved in the running of the group.

 Costs and bursaries

Attendance at the workshop is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days. There will be a £10 charge for the optional workshop dinner on the evening of Monday 12 June. THREE of bursaries of £50 will be available for PhD students to help with travel and accommodation costs, with priority being given to unfunded students and those giving presentations.

Registration and key dates

The deadline for registration is 3 May 2017, but earlier registration for those who wish to present papers and share their research would be really helpful.

To register, please complete this online form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/RHUL1/FieldworkInPoliticalGeography

For more information, please contact the event organisers:

Dr Alasdair Pinkerton: a.d.pinkerton@rhul.ac.uk

Rachael Squire: rachael.squire@rhul.ac.uk

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