RGS-IBG conference 2018

Call for papers: DGWG sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018

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A Critical Geopolitics of Data? Territories, topologies, atmospherics? This session aims to invigorate lively discussions that are emergent at the intersection between political and digital geographies on the performativities of data and geopolitics. In particular, we grant an attentiveness to the emergent practices, performances, and perturbations of the potentials of the agencies of data… Deadline 5th February.

Digital and Society : Emerging ICT tapestries of exploitation and empowerment Digital Technologies are changing the world we live in at rates never seen before.  Societal boundaries are eroding and new ones’ materialising as access to, and application of, these transformative technologies weave their tapestry across continents and the communities within them… Deadline 14th February.

Digital Representations of Place- Urban Overlays and Digital Justice Over the last few decades, our cities have become increasingly digital. Urban environments are layered with data and algorithms that fundamentally shape our geographic interactions: impacting how we perceive, move through, and use space. Spatial justice is thus inextricably tied to data justice, and it has become imperative to ask questions about who owns, controls… Deadline 16th February.

Do algorithms ‘dream’ of space and place? AR and VR as a new frontier of software-mediated spatiality The emergence of Augmented Reality (AR) and re-emergence of Virtual Reality (VR) as a viable commercial technology represent new kinds of mediating software where digital objects can be overlaid over the perception of physical space or entirely digital spaces can be created… Deadline 9th February.

Futures of Place – Media and emergent social-technical geographies Numerous forms of media practices and technologies (mobile phones, smart screens, screen projections, etc) adapted and used in the context of our everyday life has brought with them debates and discussions over their socio-spatial and cultural implications in our urban context. It is critical to investigate these implications of media for rethinking the relationship among users, spaces… Deadline 16th February.

Geographical landscapes : changing landscapes of geography

It is often argued that geography is in the midst of a digital turn in which digital devices and technologies have had major effects on geographic thought, scholarship, and practice (Ash et al, 2016)… As a response, this session is interested in exploring the concept of digital landscapes… Deadline 16th February.

Digital Representations of Place – Urban Overlays and Digital Justice Over the last few decades, our cities have become increasingly digital. Urban environments are layered with data and algorithms that fundamentally shape our geographic interactions: impacting how we perceive, move through, and use space. Spatial justice is thus inextricably tied to data justice, and it has become imperative to ask questions about who owns, controls… Deadline 16th February.

Instant messaging platforms and the geography of protest A variety of mobile instant messaging (IM) platforms, including Telegram, WeChat and WhatsApp, are now regularly used in social movements and protests, with Telegram being a key IM platform in recent protests in Iran, WeChat playing a key role in anti-eviction social movements… Deadline, please contact the organisers.

Interface Geographies Digital interfaces now form a key part of a range of activities in everyday life. From smart phones and watches, to tablets and PC’s, environments are increasingly filled with, and controlled by, digital interfaces… Deadline 5th February.

Landscapes of Digital Games Digital games in their various forms (video, computer, mobile, and, recently, virtual reality and ‘extended’ or ‘augmented’ reality), are increasingly understood in geographical terms. Whether in relation to territory and exploration (Bennett 2011, Garrett 2014), space and place (Martin 2011), digital games present complex worlds to be studied and theorised through geographical ways of thinking…. Deadline 16th February.

Methods and approaches in working with digital social media Digital social media reconfigures our social understandings and embodied knowledgxes which have revolutionised our social relationships (Ash, et al., 2016). These technologies and the internet more generally also stretch intimacy (for example, sexual and familial relationships) beyond the domestic realm… Deadline 7th February.

‘Publics In-formation: re-thinking smart cities, people, and processes’, organised by Caspar Menkman, Maynooth University and Aoife Delaney, Maynooth University and visiting Fulbright scholar, Urban Planning and Community Development, University of Massachusetts Boston. For details please contact the organisers.

Theorising space and spatiality in digital geographies Despite the recent establishment of a field of digital geographies (Ash, Kitchin and Leszczynski, 2016), which frames questions around the geographies through, produced by, and of the digital, there is still much to be said about philosophical consequences of the digital for theories of space and spatiality. Digital spatialities are characterised by multiplicities which intersect, connect and coform… Deadline 16th February.

Understanding the uneven landscapes of smart cities As smart technologies, practices and polices of various kinds are rolled out by diverse actors in more and more cities worldwide, the need to understand their engagement with each other and with existing urban landscapes becomes more pressing. While many advocates of the smart city conceive the smart city as a rational landscape structured by flows of big data, this session explores a different smart geometry… Deadline 10th February.

Call for DGWG sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 (now closed)

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 will take place from 28-31 August at Cardiff University. It will be chaired by Prof Paul Milbourne and will have as its theme “Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography”. The RGS-IBG’s call for sessions at the conference has recently opened.

If you would like to propose a session related to the digital (including e.g. digital technologies, data, online spaces, social media) and would like DGWG sponsorship, we would like to hear from you. We would welcome joint sessions with other research groups. Proposals should relate to debates, literatures or approaches around the digital, and some may link this in some way to the 2018 conference theme, although this is not absolutely necessary.

Please send all proposals to Oliver Zanetti. Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged. More information: DGWG Call for Session details 2018.

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