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‘On being at sea: historically experiencing movement across the waves’: a panel at the RGS-IBG Conference, Cardiff, August 2018

In this panel at the annual RGS-IBG conference Jake Hodder and myself collated five papers that encouraged us to reflect on non-earth (but still Earth-bound) geographies. It had become apparent during our research into interwar international conferences that transit was an essential part of the conference experience, and conference labour. Although the interwar period was …

CFP: AAG 2019, “Historical Geographies of the Interwar: beyond 1919”

Historical Geographies of the Interwar: beyond 1919 CfP: AAG Annual Conference, Washington, 3rd to 7th April 2019 Ben Thorpe, Mike Heffernan and Stephen Legg, University of Nottingham, UK In November 2018 the final centenaries of the First World War will take place. 2019 will witness the centenary of the Paris Peace Conference and of the …

Tuskegee, Alabama

To walk into the archives of Tuskegee University is a reminder of the remarkable role which the institution has played in shaping the African American experience. As soon as you enter, the juxtaposition of that experience is visibly apparent; a story of both the spectacular vibrancy of black popular culture, but also the horrors it …

Workshop III: London and the International City, 5th July 2018

The final workshop of the AHRC Conferencing the International Project took place on the (very warm) afternoon of 5th July 2018 in Methodist Central Hall in the heart of Westminster. The workshop brought together sixteen academics, civil servants and representatives from charities and political organisations to discuss what makes a city, and specifically the city …

International Conferences and Geographical Education

The interwar conferences at the heart of our project all aimed to increase geographical education. The International Studies Conferences of the League of Nations explicitly sought to produce teaching materials that would foster in future generations an interest in distant places, and in global peace. The Pan-African Congresses contributed to the building up of encyclopaedic …

Workshop II: Spaces of Display, 27 March 2018

Our second practitioner workshop, ‘Spaces of Display’, met in March at Primary, an artist-led studio and exhibition space situated in a former Victorian primary school in Nottingham. The setting was generative of the overall aim and ambition of the workshop: to explore some of the wider themes of the project in relation to conferences as …

Geographies of Sensory Politics: Re-thinking Atmospheres

Geographies of Sensory Politics: Re-thinking Atmospheres Session at the New Orleans Association of American Geographers Conference, April 10th 2018 One of our broader objectives in “Conferencing the International” is to conceive of conferences as multi-sensory spaces and to question the extent to which we can explore sensory geographies of the past and their impact on …

Reading Group: Making Spaces of Display

The AHRC Conferencing the International reading group gathered around the now familiar table in the Hogarth Room on the 1st March to consider three essays on ‘Making Spaces of Display’, a theme that connects with several aspects of the AHRC project on the politics of event management. The reading group meeting also foreshadowed a project …

Reading Group: Internationalism, Imperialism and the Formation of the Contemporary World

Internationalism, imperialism and the formation of the contemporary world: the pasts of the present Edited by Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, José Pedro Monteiro. 2018, Palgrave Macmillan In early December 2017 we met to discuss the introduction and three chapters from this new edited volume, drawn from the first (‘Internationalism(s) in an Imperial World: the Interwar Years’) …

Workshop I: Conferencing and Universities, 20 December 2017

Workshop I: Conferencing and Universities 20th December 2017, University Park, Nottingham As part of our “Pathways to Impact” programme we have been establishing links with individuals and organisations who have various connections to conferences, hospitality and events management. We plan three workshops over the following year as ways of engaging in “knowledge exchange”; that is, …