Call for papers: DGWG sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019
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Creative Geovisualisation – Creative Engagements with Geospatial Technologies
Recent work in cultural geography focusing on art and creative practice has seen a shift in the way such works are apprehended. Creative practices are seen less as purely descriptive or representative formations, rather as politically productive (i.e. doing work in the world) and interventionary (Hawkins, 2015; Marston & De Leeuw, 2013). This is a useful point of departure in which to consider calls from critical GIS scholars (such as Sui, 2004) for a GIS more embracing of creative imaginaries… Deadline 11th Feb.
Digital democracy: Geographies of trouble and geographies of hope
Depending on who you believe the increasing incursion of digital technologies into our daily lives and interactions, and into our markets and systems of governance, is either the greatest threat democracy faces or its ultimate saviour… This panel aims to explore both the geographies of trouble and geographies of hope which emerge from the accelerating adoption of digital methods of engagement by the state and in other democratic contexts (such as smart city projects, activist movements, and research)… Deadline 12th Feb.
Displacement, Finance, and Data: Valuing Life on the Move
People move, migrate, and flee for many reasons, and in this session we seek papers examining the economies growing up around migration, displacement and refuge. Legal status includes/excludes mobile populations in paid work, banking, healthcare, education and assistance in highly differentiated ways… Deadline 7th Feb.
Geographies of interactive digital narratives
…By concentrating on the storytelling potential of digital environments, this session engages digital geographers with a persistent and pervasive domain of cultural meaning-making; bringing together theoretical and empirical responses to a broad range of IDN forms and grappling with their implications for how we understand space and place in the digital age. Exploring the conceptual and methodological opportunities and challenges IDNs present to geographers, it aims to provoke new and fruitful directions of scholarship with narrative scholars/practitioners across the arts and humanities. Deadline 8th Feb.
Geography of/with A.I
We are variously being invited to believe that (mostly Global North, Western) societies are in the cusp, or early stages, of another industrial revolution led by “Artificial Intelligence”… The goal of this session is to bring together a discussion explicitly focusing on the ways in which geographers already study (with) ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and to, perhaps, outline ways in which we might contribute to wider debates concerning ‘AI’…. Deadline 31st Jan.
Geographies of trouble and geographies of hope
Depending on who you believe the increasing incursion of digital technologies into our daily lives and interactions, and into our markets and systems of governance, is either the greatest threat democracy faces or its ultimate saviour. ‘Digital democracy’ is an object … This panel aims to explore both the geographies of trouble and geographies of hope which emerge from the accelerating adoption of digital methods of engagement by the state and in other democratic contexts (such as smart city projects, activist movements, and research)… Deadline 12th Feb.
Global challenges and digital geographies: Critical Perspectives of Intersections, Appropriations and Opportunities
In recent years, ‘global challenges’ have become an increasingly important policy agenda for government, non-government organisations, and research stakeholders alike. In the UK, significant university research funding is channelled through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)…. This session aims to critically discuss opportunities and challenges that digital technologies present, in relation to progress towards tackling global challenges… Deadline 8th Feb.
Infrastructures as Theory and Method
The social sciences are experiencing an “infrastructural turn” both as a way of re-discovering the material basis of countless social relations (Star 1999; Star and Bowker 2006; Harvey 2012; Harvey and Knox 2012; Beer and Burrows 2007, 2013; Beer 2013; Harvey 2015; Appel, Anand, and Gupta 2015), and by rediscovering and making visible the ways in which cultural, social and political relations are inscribed, negotiated, and contested over and through infrastructures (Larkin 2013; Easterling 2014; Howe et al. 2016; Nelms and Maurer 2014)… Deadline 4th Feb.
Platform real estate and digital transformations of renting
surveil users, monetize data, and shape the ‘offline’ world. The growing global reach and influence of digital platforms is a prominent societal challenge, one that is particularly apparent in urban contexts. While housing is acknowledged as a crucial vector of urban inequality and digital platforms are already powerfully restructuring urban life and governance, researchers have yet to examine the nexus of digital platforms and housing beyond studies of short-term rentals, e.g. Airbnb… Deadline 10th Feb.
Troubling Platforms: Disruption, mediation and transformation in digital food geographies
Food is increasingly caught up in complex economies and ecologies of digital platforms which facilitate and format interaction and exchange among those who produce, prepare, consume, (re)distribute or review it. … 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… Deadline 8th February.