Digital Geographies Research Group Annual Symposium 2021

Where next for Digital Geographies? Pathways and prospects

Date: 14 July 2021
Location: Zoom

The digital has fundamentally transformed our lifeworlds. Our lives are increasingly dependent on and lived through digital worlds, not only shaping the everyday, but also how we conduct research and teaching. Across the globe, geographical interest in the digital has been growing and attracting a diverse range of scholars, from cultural geographers to GI Scientists. In recent years digital geography has matured as an area of activity with the founding of dedicated journals and research groups. Despite the increasing interest in the digital, however, there remains a risk that digital geographies is both all-encompassing and, perhaps, lacking in specificity. As this area of work matures, therefore, it is timely to reflect on its future research pathways and prospects. ‘Where next for Digital Geographies?’ thus forms the theme for 2021’s fifth DGRG Annual Symposium.

The Symposium will feature keynote provocations from:

  • Alex Hanna (UC Berkeley)
  • Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds)
  • Roopika Risam (Salem State University)
  • Peta Mitchell (Queensland University of Technology)

Panel discussants will include:

  • Andrew Dwyer (Durham University)
  • Lizzie Richardson (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
  • Tabea Bork-Hüffer (Innsbruck University)

In addition to these discussions, we invite contributions to the Symposium that engage with the following, or related topics:

  • Power and the digital: power, politics and propaganda
  • Digital identities
  • The body and the digital
  • Methodological futures
  • Creativity and the digital
  • Robotics and AI
  • Digital ethics
  • Digital health
  • Regulation and governance

Contributions can take different forms in keeping with our commitment to diversifying engagement, particularly taking account of COVID-related caring and other responsibilities.  Conventional 15-minute presentations are welcomed in both live and pre-recorded formats.  We are continuing our successful Digital Shorts Series for those wishing to pitch an idea, a provocation or simply to briefly summarise the work they’re currently engaged with.  Digital Shorts last just 2-5 minutes, ideal for postgraduates and ECRs wishing to showcase work in progress. We also make space for contributions in more creative formats – just get in touch with the Symposium organisers to discuss your ideas. At previous events, we have hosted artworks, interventions and even a discussion session within Gary’s Mod.

Please submit your abstract by 31 May 2021 here or by emailing Tess Osborne (

Registration is free of charge for all and is available via our Eventbrite page

The organisers have been invited to prepare an edited collection on the future of Digital Geographies to be submitted to Edward Elgar in summer 2022.  If you would be interested in developing your contribution into a chapter for this volume, please indicate this on the abstract submission form.