Between Science and the City: Connecting Conferencing the International

The beginning of the summer has offered two opportunities to establish dialogues between our project and two new and exciting initiatives. On June 21st Steve travelled to Birkbeck College, London, to meet the four Principal Investigators on the new HERA funded project entitled “The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History”. Steve had been …

Talking and researching European union in the USA

When attending large conferences, the lag times between abstract submission and the conference dates can often mean that papers morph as ideas evolve, or as the promised research takes an unexpected direction. Less commonly – at least when dealing with historical topics – it is due to the shifting political sands of the present. However, …

“Spaces of Internationalism”: Making an Exhibition of Ourselves

Complementing and coinciding with our recent conference at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers, hereafter simply ‘RGS’), the same venue played host to our exhibition, titled ‘Spaces of Internationalism’. We launched the exhibition on the day before the conference, Monday 17th December 2018, and it ran until 22nd January 2019, with …

RGS Conference: “Conferencing the International: Spaces of Modern Internationalism”, 18th & 19th Dec 2018

On Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December, we met for what was the primary public event of the ‘Conferencing the International’ project: an international conference on international conferencing. The venue was the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in South Kensington, London, a space whose own overtly imperial history and decoration, which the geographers in attendance …

Royal Geographical Society lecture, exhibition and conference

For all those who have been following this blog, we are delighted to invite you to three December events at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), London, that we having been hard at work preparing. First, on Monday 10th December 2018, Mike Heffernan will be delivering the Monday night lecture at the RGS, under the title …

CFP: RGS 2019, “A Non-Representational Historical Geography? Archives, Affects and Atmospheres”

A Non-Representational Historical Geography? Archives, Affects and Atmospheres CFP: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society & Imperial College London, 27-30 August 2019 Stephen Legg and Ivan Marković, University of Nottingham Over the last 20 years ‘Non-Representational Theory’ (NRT) has emerged from within, and transformed, human geography. While not all sub-disciplines of human geography have embraced NRT, few …

‘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 …

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 …