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• II IGU Thematic Conference – Tulcea

We are pleased to announce that
the second IGU thematic conference of 2017 which will take place in Tulcea, Romania from 11th to 15th September under the label: 
Land use/cover changes, biodiversity, health and environment, local and regional development.
Please find here the first circular of the conference

• IGU Thematic Conference La Paz – NEWS

International Geographical Union (IGU) in La Paz, Bolivia


 Geographies of Peace

Geografías para la paz

 23-25 April 2017

Please note that the early bird registration (with discounted fee) ends January 31st
The description of the fieldtrips have now been posted on the website:
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• 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

• IGU Newsletter April 2016

Last issue of the IGU newsletter available here

• Crises et mutations Contemporaines

English text below the french version
Le colloque international dédié au thème des “Crises et mutations Contemporaines”, et mettant en exergue les approches géoéconomiques et géopolitiques, est organisé à Reims les jeudi 26 et vendredi 27 mai 2016.
Ce colloque se compose de 9 sessions thématiques comprenant chacune 3 à 4 communications.
Programme des sessions
(Cliquez sur les liens suivants afin de consulter le contenu de ces sessions)
Jeudi 26 mai de 9h00 à 12h00
Session plénière introductive
Jeudi 26 mai de 14h00 à 17h30
Un nouvel ordre économique mondial?
Reconfigurer les espaces politiques
(Re)Penser les territoires industriels en crise
Vendredi 27 mai de 10h00 à 12h00
Nouvelles dynamiques économiques en Asie centrale et orientale
Gestion des ressources et défis du développement territorial (1)
Un nouvel ordre économique mondial ? (2)
Vendredi 27 mai de 14h00 à 16h00
Gestion des ressources et défis du développement territorial (2)
Étudier les répercussions spatiales de transitions politiques
Mobilités et migrations: quelles mutations frontalières a l’œuvre?
Vendredi 27 mai de 16h30 à 17h40
Session plénière conclusive
La participation à ce colloque est gratuite mais, afin de faciliter l’organisation de cet événement, nous vous invitons à vous inscrire en complétant le formulaire en ligne disponible à l’adresse suivante :
En savoir plus
– Programme complet:
– Présentation:
English version
The international conference dedicated to the theme of “Contemporary Crisis and change”, and highlighting the geoeconomic and geopolitical approaches, is organized at Reims on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May 2016.
This colloquium consists of 9 thematic sessions, each including 3 to 4 communications.
Program of the sessions
(Click on the following links to view the content of these sessions)
Thursday, May 26 from 9:00am to 12:00am
Introductive plenary session
Thursday, May 26 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
A new global economic order?(1)
Political spaces’ reconfigurations
(Re)Thinking industrial territories in crisis
Friday, May 27 from 10:00am to 12:00am
New economic dynamics in Eastern and Central Asia
Resource management and challenges of territorial development (1)
A new global economic order ?(2)
Friday, May 27 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Resource management and challenges of territorial development (2)
Studying spatial implications of political transitions
Borders and migrations: ongoing bordering changes.
Friday, May 27 from 4:30pm to 5:40pm
Closing plenary session
Attendance at this colloquium is free but, in order to facilitate the organization of this event, please register by completing the online form available at the following address:
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– Complete program:
– Presentation:

• CPG Newsletter 21 now online!

The IGU-CPG Newsletter 21 is available here


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• IGU newsletter January 2016

Last issue of the IGU newsletter available here

• 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 


• 1st Circular of the IGU-CPG Preconference in Guangzhou, 2016

Now available is the 1st Circular of the IGU-CPG Precpnference in
Guangzhou held on August 18-20 before the Beijing IGC. Please download
and circulate it among your colleagues.


You can also visit the preconference website at:


For information contact:

• CPG Newsletter 20 now online!

The IGU-CPG Newsletter 20 is available here


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