RGS-IBG 2020 Sponsorship

The Committee of the Digital Geography Research Group invites proposals for sessions to be sponsored by the DGRG at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2020 will take place from the 1st September to the 4th September at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London. It will be chaired by Professor Uma Kothari (University of Manchester), and will have as its theme ‘Borders, borderlands and bordering’. The call for sessions at the conference has recently opened (see below and see https://www.rgs.org/research/annual-international-conference/ for more information).

Members of the formed DGRG and anybody working on digital topics (including e.g. digital technologies, data, online spaces, social media), both in the geographical and related communities, are invited to propose sessions. Proposals should relate to debates, literature or approaches around the digital, preferably linking this in some way to the 2020 conference theme, although this is not absolutely necessary.

Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged.

Proposals for, or questions about, DGRG sponsored sessions should be sent to Tess Osborne at t.osborne@rug.nl Proposals should be submitted on the RGS Session Proposal form by 10 January 2020.

They should comprise

(i) Title of session;
(ii) Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable
(iii) Name and Contact Details for Session Convenors
(iv) Abstract, outlining scope of session  – 200 words max
(v) Number of session timeslots that are sought – this year session may not normally occupy more than 2 time slots.
(vi) Indication, if known, of preferred organization of session, e.g. 4 x 20min presentation, plus 20min discussion or 5 x 15min presentation, with 5min question for each, we would encourage you to be creative in your use of the format.Sessions last 1 hour 40 mins (see here for some great ideas on session formats)
(vii) Indication, if known for any non-standard arrangements.

Please also note that individuals may not make more than two substantive contributions to the conference (where a substantive contribution is: organiser of a session of any number of timeslots; paper/poster presentation of any length; panel member). Acting as chair/facilitator or discussant, or being a non-presenting co-author is excluded from this limit, though multiple roles in these categories this can have a significant impact on scheduling.

As per previous years, the RGS is able to provide a limited number of passes for those who would be otherwise unable to attend due to the costs involved. As such, we encourage you to think about the inclusion of international contributors and non-academics in your session.

We will confirm whether we can sponsor your session by mid-January 2020

If your session is accepted for sponsorship you must secure participants and complete the required paperwork by 14th February 2020 at the latest (preferably earlier).”