This post is one for the academics and/or geographers among you. The RGS/IBG stands for the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, and it’s the organisation for geography professionals in higher education (the Geographical Association is the UK equivalent for geography school teachers). Its research side is organised into Study Groups and Working Groups. At this year’s annual RGS/IBG conference, Dorothea Kleine and I are convening a meeting to scope out the interest in the formation of a Digital Geographies Working Group.
The meeting will be held on Thursday 1 September at 13:10 – venue to be confirmed but it will be either in the Royal Geographical Society’s building in west London or nearby – the website for checking details is here.
Some important things to note:
- the idea of the Working Group is to provide a platform for discussion among all geographers interested in researching digital things, or doing research digitally. It is not about carving out a new subdiscipline – rather, it’s about facilitating conversations across the wide range of longstanding and newer encounters between doing geography and digital technologies.
- the meeting at the conference is open to everyone, whatever your interest in things digital, whatever your career stage. You can attend just the meeting without registering or paying the conference fee, but you do need to get a visitor pass in advance by emailing AC2016@rgs.org.
- if you’re not coming to the RGS/IBG conference but you’re interested in the Working Group, please drop an email to email@example.com – she’s collating a mailing list for the Group.
- if you’re not interested in the Working Group but you know someone who is – please pass this on to them!
Dorothea and I hope to see lots of people at the conference and to hear from lots more via email.