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Tales from the Yangtze Riverbank

Professor Suzanne McGowan and Linghan Zeng write about their recent trip to China. The SIL Congress 2018 is an international meeting for limnologists (people who study inland waters including lakes and rivers). Held every three years, this meeting was in Nanjing, within the lower Yangtze floodplain of eastern China. A perfect setting for Linghan Zeng, …

UK economic geography on the move at the Fifth Global Economic Geography Conference, Cologne, 24-28 July 2018

A blog by Professor Sarah Hall It is an interesting time to travel to attend international conferences as an economic geographer, working in a geography department, in the UK. Of course, there are longstanding debates that are by no means specific to economic geography concerning the place of the international conference in academic work.  Indeed, …

The real rumble in the jungle: violence, conflict, gold mining and environmental destruction in the rainforests of Colombia

A blog by Dr Nick Mount  Colombia is in the process of transitioning from one of the most protracted civil conflicts in the world to peace. However, one of the major questions for post-conflict transition in Colombia is how to ensure the inclusion and participation of vulnerable and marginalised groups in transition processes so that …

Mobility and the archive

David Beckingham reflects on the sessions he co-organised at the 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers (ICHG), held in the Polish capital Warsaw Conferences such as the ICHG are an important opportunity to present ideas, and to find points of connection and contrast in our research.  With colleagues I coordinated two panel sessions exploring the …

My time in Madagascar working with Operation Wallacea

A blog by Dr Joe Bailey I recently returned from my fourth field season in Madagascar working with Operation Wallacea. We work in the dry forest in the north-west, during the dry season (it’s dry). My role out there is as a landscape ecologist (e.g. how might species and overall biodiversity be affected by edge …

The 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers in Warsaw, July 2018

A blog by Pietro Piana The 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers took place in Warsaw between 15 and 20 July 2018. The conference, which is organised every three years, is the most important event for historical geographers, and this year there were 106 thematic sessions, 4 key speakers and 365 papers and by participants …

The 14th International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) Conference, Stockholm (18-21 June 2018)

A blog by Dr Ginnie Panizzo, Dr George Swann, Professor Sarah Metcalfe and Dr Matt Jones This year saw the first ever joint meeting held between the IPA and the International Association of Limnogeology  (IAL) in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference proved a great collaborative success between the two organisations, with over 400 delegates attending. The …

Science Group mapping a new future for Attenborough Nature Reserve

Professor Suzanne McGowan reports on the first meeting of the Attenborough Science task group Attenborough Nature Reserve is facing some important changes. Located between Beeston and Chilwell, and in the confluence of the Trent and Erewash Rivers, the reserve is an immensely popular site for local recreational and nature activities. The reserve is designated a …

Race, ‘resilience’, and resistance: reflections on the AAG 2018

A blog by Dr Nick Clare There is no such thing as a natural disaster. When visiting New Orleans it is impossible not to be confronted by this. As Dr David Beckingham outlined in his blog critical, historical reflection is required to understand the contemporary city; a city shaped by complex histories of colonialism and …

AAG Conference, New Orleans 2018: Geography and its Constitutive Outsides

A blog by Dr Shaun French What does it mean to be an academic geographer?  What is the nature of academic labour?  What responsibilities do geographers have to their students, to their colleagues, to their discipline, to their school and department, their institution and employer, to their local communities, to research and the researched, to …