Archive: Calls

• IGU Regional Conference in Quebec city

2nd Call for Organized Sessions and Individual Papers and Posters
2018 IGU Regional Conference

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers
August 6th -10th 2018, Québec City, Canada

The International Geographical Union and the Canadian Association of Geographers invite you to submit abstracts to be considered for organized sessions and individual papers, and posters for their upcoming IGU-CAG Conference in beautiful Quebec City from August 6th to 10th 2018.
Abstract submissions will take place from November 1st 2017 to March 15th 2018.
Featuring Acclaimed Geographers addressing the importance of ‘Appreciating Difference’:
Wiley Plenary Speakers
Dr. Shuaib Lwasa
(The State of African Geography)
Drs. Sarah Hunt, Annie Ross and Margot Greenwood
(Indigenous Geographies)

Luminary Speakers
Dr. Sarah Bednarz, Sponsored by the CAG Education Study Group)
Dr. Jérôme Dupras, Sponsored by the Regroupement des géographes du Québec
Dr. Mike Goodchild, Sponsored by the CAG GIS Study Group
Dr. Doris Wastl-Walter, Sponsored by the IGU Commission, Geography of Governance
This bilingual English-French conference is a truly international event bringing together more than fifty IGU and CAG Commissions and Study Groups in Human, Physical and Education Geography. We are equally pleased to be joined by the National Council for Geographic Education. Numerous field trips will take advantage of Quebec’s stunning mountain, marine and rural environments as well as urban and cultural centres. Come for the geography and stay for the natural and cultural attractions!
Session proposals and individual papers and posters should take into consideration the conference theme: “Appreciating Difference.”
Abstracts will be published in an electronic format available to all participants. Details on the preliminary program, submitting, registering, travel, and lodging can be
found at the conference website:
Bienvenue au Canada in 2018!

• IGU Thematic Conference – Moscow

The National Committee of Russian Geographers invite participants to the IGU Thematic Conference “Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges which will be held in Moscow on 4-6 June 2018.


It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) – the largest and the oldest geographical research organization in Russia.


First Circular of the conference and its preliminary programme

• AAG 2018 and PGSG preconference

American Association of Geographers 2018 AAG Annual Conference

10-14 April 2018, New Orleans, LA

Call for papers and sessions

Abstract submission deadline

October 25, 2017
Session organization deadline

November 8, 2017

Plus the Preconference of the AAG Political Geography Specialty Group (PGSG)

9 April in new Orleans

• World Social Science Forum 2018

World Social Science Forum 2018 Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures


25-28 September 2018, Fukuoka, Japan


Deadline for call for sessions 30 September 2017

• PhD/RMa Winter School – Cities, Borders and Identities: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

PhD/RMa Winter School

Cities, Borders and Identities: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach
Between 18 and 26 November 2017 a winter school is organized on identity formation in European border cities and urban borderlands at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).
Over the last three decades border cities and urban borderlands have become central to the study of identities from a range of different disciplines. This winter school takes the city of Rome as an explorative case study in its thematic focus on European border cities. We consider European border cities as paradigmatic urban contexts where identity questions are not only particularly salient, but where they also potentially lend themselves to novel conceptualizations of cultural difference and sameness. By bringing together Research Master students and early career PhD researchers from (Art) History, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Archeology, Anthropology and Human Geography, the winter school aims specifically to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the changing cultures of urban border identities. Although individual participants are invited to apply the research questions to various European cases, locating this winter school in Rome offers an outstanding possibility for excursions and in situ analyses of a historically layered city.
The winter school is a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), the Huizinga Institute for Cultural History, ACCESS EUROPE and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam and coordinated by Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz (University of Amsterdam).
For Information please contact Milou van Haut:
Further information on the course and its application process can be found at .

• PGSG Preconference to the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting

The 30th Annual PGSG Preconference to the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting

The AAG Political Geography Specialty Group is pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Preconference will be held at Harvard University on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, hosted and supported by the Center for Geographic Analysis, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Department of Government.
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 [Please note that the AAG main conference begins on a Wednesday this year]
Time: Sessions will run from approximately 8 am – 5 pm
Location: CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 [see here]
Paper presenters: Paper titles and abstracts of 250 words or less are due February 1, 2017. Please submit them with PAPER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Poster presenters: For the first time, PGSG is welcoming poster proposals. Preconference participants may only present in one medium (paper or poster, but not both). Poster titles and abstracts of 250 words or less are due February 1, 2017. Please submit them with POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Registration: As with our past pre-conferences, there will be a nominal $20 registration fee for faculty only. Faculty, please bring cash or checks on the day of the event.
Evening events: In addition to the annual group dinner after the preconference, PGSG will coordinate a social hour on Monday night for early arrivals. More details to follow.
Lodging & transportation: The Harvard campus is easily accessible from the AAG venues in Boston via the MBTA’s Red Line. We suggest preconference attendees choose the same lodging they would for the main conference, but for those who would like more information about housing in the Cambridge area, click here.
AAG scheduling: Should you have any concerns about the scheduling of your main conference presentation, coordinate with your session organizers and AAG administrators.
PSGG organizers: Natalie Koch (, Kenneth Madsen (
Inquiries: Please do not contact local hosts. All inquiries should be directed to the PGSG organizers individually or at:
Updates will be posted regularly on the PGSG website at:

• Geographies of Peace / Geografías para la paz – CFP

First circular for the 2017 Thematic Conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in La Paz, Bolivia


Geographies of Peace

Geografías para la paz


23-25 April 2017

Geography has often been accused of being applied to waging war. Yet, it also offers a vast array of contributions to the construction of peace. The 2017 IGU-UGI thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE/ GEOGRAFÍAS PARA LA PAZ” will highlight the various contributions of geography to the construction of peace.
In 2017 the International Geographical Union (IGU-UGI) will organize two Thematic Conferences, instead of a large Regional: one about “Energy, Geography & Balanced Development” in Baku (Azerbaijan), and one about “Geographies for Peace” in La Paz (Bolivia).
The Thematic Conference in La Paz will be held on 23, 24 and 25 April 2017, in combination with another major international scientific event, “EGAL, XVI ENCUENTRO DE GEÓGRAFOS DE AMÉRICA LATINA” (EGAL The 16th Meeting of Latin American Geographers), which will take place from 26 to 29 April in the same city.
The thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE/ GEOGRAFÍAS PARA LA PAZ” will cover all possible dimensions, from the historical perspective, to forecasting, through the role of education or tourism, and the political analysis of war and peace. Therefore, several IGU Commissions may be involved in the organisation of the different sessions.
Peace is here widely defined. Peace is always shaped by the spaces in which it is made, as it too shapes those spaces. Peace means different things to different groups in different times, spaces, places, and scales. Peace can be created at the scale of the individual, the family, the community, the nation, and/or at other scales, but these different scales are often intertwined. Peace is a situated and spatial process – and as such is necessarily plural. Therefore, geographers are particularly well placed to research it, and to draw lines that connect the pieces of differently situated peaces.
The working languages of the Conference are English and Spanish.
COMFIRMED SPEAKERS include: Simon Dalby, Vladimir Kolosov, Virginie Mamadouh, Nick Megoran, Janice Monk, David Newman, John O’Loughlin, Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Jarkko Saarinen, Michael Shapiro.
Call for Paper
The deadline for submitting abstracts (250 words) for papers is 1 December, 2016. Decisions will be made by 15 December.
Abstracts and sessions can be submitted in either or both languages.
Presentations will be in either English or Spanish. Limited interpretation will be available. All presenters are kindly asked to adapt their speech tempo to their audience. If possible, participants are asked to complement their talk with a power point presentation in the other language.
Format for abstract submission

• CPG Pre-Conference in Guangzhou

International Forum on Frontiers of Political Geography

IGU Commission on Political Geography Pre-Conference in Guangzhou 2016

(2nd Circular)


Frontiers of Political Geography: Dialogs and Collaborations between East and West


Please find here the 2nd Circular of the Pre-Conference



• IGU Symposium – Taiwan

2016 International Geographical Union
Geomorphology and Society Commission, Island Study Commission, and Political Geography Joint Symposium
25-30 June, 2016
Taipei and Matsu, Taiwan

Call for Papers
We welcome proposals for papers and panels from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical schools in Geomorphology and Society, Island Study, and Political Geography. The conference organisers invite researchers, academics, community and business interests, government authorities and interest groups to participate in the conference. The event offers an opportunity to present papers and posters, discuss issues and developments on a wide range of subjects, and identify common themes affecting geomorphology and society, islands, and political geography throughout the world.
Abstracts Please indicate the contributing sub-theme of geomorphology and society, islands, or political geography. We also invite prospective participants to submit proposals for complete sessions with papers to the organiser. There will be a peer review process.
l   Paper Submission
Please send a maximum of 250 word abstract
l   Panel Submission
Please send a panel title and overview abstract of 250 words; each panel paper to have a title and 250 word abstract
l   All Proposals
Please send your proposal as a Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF document by email to:<>  (Prof. Wen-Chen Wang)
l   Please include the following information:

–       Name:

–       Department/Institution:

–       E-mail:

–       Paper title (and in the case of panel proposals, please include the title of the panel and of the panel abstract)

–       Abstract (up to 250 words):

–       Keywords (between 3 and 8)
l   Important Deadlines

–       abstract submission: 15 April 2016

–       notification of abstract acceptance: 29 April 2016
Symposium Program
The IGU joint symposium program with Island commission and political geography commission will be as below:
Day 1, 25 June Participants arrive in Taiwan.
Day 2, 26 June Symposium at NTU (section 1, 2); go to Matsu Geopark in the evening by night ferry.
Day 3, 27 June Field excursion at Don-Ying, Matsu. Keynote speech by Prof. Herve Regnauld at Matsu in the evening before dinner.
Day 4, 28 June Don-Ying to Nangan, Matsu Keynote speech by Prof. Dieter Soyez at Matsu in the evening before dinner.
Day 5, 29 June Back to Taipei,  Symposium (section 3) in the afternoon and Keynote speech by Prof. Mike Meadows
Day 6, 30 June  Symposium (section 4, conclusion remarks). end of the symposium
The IGU Geomorphology and Society Commission, Political Geography Commission and Island Study Commission are going to embrace an joint symposium for the great opportunity to discuss the interdisciplinary issues.
If you and your family or friends can come over together for this symposium, please send each a copy of your passport page by e-mail to us. Only with which we can book the tickets (ferry and domestic flight from Matsu to Taipei) for you. As the seats are limited, I would like to book as earlier as possible. No matter if you have been there, we will try to let you have different experiences.
This is an opportunity to have dialogue with human geographers and island people before Beijing congress. We do not have section together in Beijing congress. Therefore we sincerely invite you to join us, and hopefully we will meet together again in June.
l   Registration: 300 USD (including a round trip ticket for flights/ferries from Taipei City to Mastu, ferry trip to Don-Ying, and all conference meals, refreshments, banquets, and organised island visits and social events)
l   Accommodation
□ Single room (US$140/night)  □ Twin beds, shared room (US$70/night/person)

• Deadline EXTENDED – IGU in Beijing

The 33rd IGC in Beijing and

the CPG preconference in Guangzhou 2016

Deadline extended to March 31, 2016


The 33rd International Geographical Congress (IGC) will be held in Beijing, China from August 21st to 25th, 2016. The CPG preconference will also be held in Guangzhou prior to the IGC Beijing.


Approved CPG Sessions

The call for session proposals was closed at the end of September. CPG will organize the following 13 session proposals. The summaries of these sessions are downloadable from the Congress website at The deadline for abstract submission will be March 31, 2016. Abstracts can be submitted through the Congress website at For any information about the Congress, please look at Those who have any questions about CPG sessions can ask CPG Co-chairs (Virginie Mamadouh and/or Takashi Yamazaki). We look forward to seeing as many participants as possible in Beijing.


1.Sociocultural Encounters in Geography: Borders, Borderlands, Grassroots Non-State Actors and the Southern African Integration Project (proposed by Christopher Changwe Nshimbi and Inocent  Moyo)

2.The Eurasian Pacific: Geopolitical Moments and Unfulfilled Promise (Sergei Golunov and Akihiro Iwashita)


3.Scales of Politics and Policies in Latin American Borders (Adriana Dorfman and Alejandro  Benedetti)


4.Autochthony, Allochthony and Belonging: Migration, Xenophobia and Social  Cohesion in the Southern African Region (Inocent Moyo and Christopher Changwe Nshimbi)
5.Rethinking Carceral Geography in ‘Harmonised Societies’ (Claudio Minca and Chin-Ee  Ong)
6.Politics of Environment and People (Anjana Mathur Jagmohan)
7.The Transformation of Political Space and Prospects for New Governance in the Contemporary Phase of Globalization (Takashi Yamazaki)
8.A Reexamination of Militarization and “the Space of Occupation”: A Comparison Perspective (Takashi Yamazaki and Rassem Khamaisi)
9.Changing Geopolitical Imaginations of Asia (Alexander Murphy)
10.China’s Geopolitical (Re)Positionings in a Changing World (Chih Yuan Woon)
11.China Looks South: Development, Infrastructure and Culture on the Border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam (Jussi Laine and Victor Konrad)
12.Postcolonial Literary Geographies (Patricia Noxolo)
13.Conversations between Gender and Political Geographies Key Concepts, Methods and Themes (with the Commission on Gender and Geography, Virginie Mamadouh and Marianne Blidon)

CPG Preconference in Guangzhou

Prior to the above-mentioned IGC in Beijing, the CPG preconference will be held on August 18-21 at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China followed by a field trip to the Shenzhen/Hong Kong border region. The title of the preconference is “International Forum on Frontiers of Political Geography” the main objective of which is to promote the “understanding” of political geography in China and narrow the gap in the level of such understanding between the West and the East. The preconference will have three thematic sessions on “East-West Dialogues on Frontiers in Political Geography,” “New Dynamisms of Borders in Asia,” and “Micro Territoriality and Urban Governance.” After the preconference, participants can travel to Beijing by train, which will take about 8 hours. Accommodation and ground transportation will be arranged by the local organizer. The deadline for registration will be March 31, 2016. Those interested should submit an abstract/paper to the local organizer by May 31, 2016. For more information, please visit the preconference website at 


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