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Department of Geography

Conferences Full Listings

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Level 4 MArts Conference (Human)

9:00am to 11:00am, W309, Main Geography Building
Conference Programme
09:00 - 09:15 Michael Choi Where is the Love? Exploring Durham University as a Space of Love
09:15 - 09:30 Jessica Blaikie An Exploration into the Representation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Space of the Museum and Gallery
09:45 - 10:15 Miklós Dürr Incubating the Smart City: Policy Mobilities, Atmospheres and (Post-)Politics in the State-Led Digital Transition of Miskolc, Hungary
10:15 - 10:30 Ben Hughes Tracing the Landscape of Urban Community Responses to Terrorist Attacks - A Temporal Engagement with the 2017 Manchester Arena Attack
10:30 - 10:45 Hana Staddon The Geographies of Type 1 Diabetes
10:45 - 11:00 Kate Taylor To What Extent is the General Public’s Perception of Terrorism and its Causes Influenced by Media Representation?

Friday 11 May 2018

1st Year Postgraduate Conference (Human)

11:20am to 2:50pm, W309, Main Geography Building
Conference Programme
Session 1: Chair: Colin McFarlane, Discussant: Sarah Hughes
11:20 - 11:40 Abigail Joiner The Affective Geographies of Religion: 'Spirit' and Transformations in Christianity
11:40 - 12:00 Christoph Doppelhofer Travels from Winterfell to King’s Landing - The Fictional World of Game of Thrones and its Impact on Heritage Landscapes’
12:00 - 12:20 Yu Qiao Everyday Life Practice in Historic Area Conservation: A Case Study on Local Residents' Public Participation at Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing, China
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (Manley Room)
Session 2: Chair: Rachel Colls, Discussant: Andrew Baldwin
13:30 - 13:50 Claire Cooper How Does the Distribution of Nature Based Solutions Relate to Social, Economic and Health Inequalities in Europe
13:50 - 14:10 Matilda Fitzmaurice Re-Thinking Climate Justice for the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique
14:10 - 14:30 Ryan Wyeth Water-as-Resource: 'Resource-making' and Hydroelectric Development in the Republic of Georgia
14:30 - 14:50 Iqbal Ahmed Working Children in Dhaka: Understanding Their Lives in Urban Informality

Friday 27 April 2018

3rd Year Postgraduate Conference (Human)

2:00pm, W010, Main Geography Building
Conference Programme
Discussant: Noam Leshem
14:00 - 14:30 Connie Kwong Exploring the landscape of ordinary ethics in Asia from the trend of volunteer tourism
14:30 - 15:00 Olivia Mason Lines, thread and traces: a 'thru-like' on the Jordan Trail
15:00 - 15:15 Break
Discussant: Sarah Knuth
15:15 - 15:45 Esther Hitchen The affective life of austerity: Uncanny atmospheres and paranoid temporalities
15:45 - 16:15 Zahra Hussain Significance of pattern language in post-disaster intervention
16:15 - 16:45 Victoria Smith Analysis of the current state of water-resource management in the UK using social network analysis and agent-based modelling: A case study in the Wear Catchment, County Durham

Friday 20 April 2018

6th International Conference on 'Palaeo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal (PAST) Gateways'

W103, Applebey Lecture Theatre, Main Geography Building, Various Speakers

Organisers: Professor Colm O'Cofaigh, Professor Chris Stokes, Dr Sarah Woodroffe, Dr Louise Callard, Professor Dave Roberts & Dr Jerry Lloyd.

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Thursday 11 January 2018

Friday 12 May 2017

1st Year Postgraduate Conference (Human)

9:00am to 3:40pm, W010, Main Geography Building

1st Year Postgraduate Conference (Physical)

9:30am to 10:50am, W007, Main Geography Building

Wednesday 25 January 2017

One Day Conference: Geography, Music, Space

9:00am to 5:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Keynote Speaker: George Revill, The Open University

A one day conference generously supported by the Department of Geography research clusters Culture-Economy-Life, Politics-Space-State and the Institute of Musical Research.

How does music shape diverse spaces, such as an immigration detention centre, a street performance, a military wives' choir, or a family kitchen? Is there common ground to be found between researching the chants of a protest marcher, the beats of a commuter's headphones and a soloist's concert hall recital? What is the role of music in the construction of space, and vice versa? How and why do we research this?

This one-day conference will explore the relationship between space and how music is expressed, circulated and politicised to construct particular identities. It will also examine music at a non-representational level, with meaning emerging through affect and emotion, folded through a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences. In short, it will consider the nuanced interplay between music and space.

The conference aims to bring together scholars working at the intersection of music and space, not only within the areas of ethnomusicology, musicology and geography, but also as approached from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds (including politics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy). We especially encourage contributions from Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers.

The event is free and all are welcome. Please register to attend by Friday 16th December, 2016.

Thursday 12 May 2016

1st Year Postgraduate Conference

11:00am to 3:00pm, W010, Main Geography Building
Timetable of Presentations
Time Surname First Name Presentation Title
Chair: Rich Boothroyd
11:00 - 11:15 Smith Rebecca The impact of coal mining on surface and subsurface water quality in NE England
11:15 - 11:30 Joyce Hannah A regional scale assessment of erosion and sedimentation patterns in upland rivers: A Lake District case study
11:30 - 11:45 Paxman Guy Reconstructing the Palaeotopography of Antarctica
11:45 - 12:00 Smith Victoria The role of gender in collaborative water management
12:00 - 12:15 Trelea-Newton Mihaela On the origin of bedrock mega-grooves in glaciated terrain
Chair: Pete Forman
12:30 - 12:45 Alhammadi Fahad The cultural aspects of the unique pedestrian streets
12:45 - 1:00 Arputharaj Irene Acid attacks against women in India - the significance of studying their experiences as survivors
1:00 - 1:15 Kwong Yim Ming Everyday ethics in volunteer tourism in Asia - A case study of Greater China Region
1:15 - 1:30 Clarke Graham Understanding correlations between hazards: The implications for the insurance industry
Lunch (Manley Room)
Chair: Ingrid Medby
2:00 - 2:15 Hussain Zahra Events and their after-lives, the governance of emergencies in Pakistan
2:15 - 2:30 Shrestha Chandika The geography of post-disaster mental health and well-being: spatial patterning of vulnerability and resilience factors in Nepal after Gorkha Earthquake 2015
2:30 - 2:45 Taufiqurrohman Muh The Role of NGOs in Building Community Resilience to Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Indonesia in 2011 - 2014
2:45 - 3:00 Wang Ruxi Selling in the Street: Modernity, Informal sector and Urban space in Chinese city
3:00 - 3:15 Moscetti-Varanini Giovanni An Ongoing Debate: The Problem of Neighbourhood Planning as 'Proper Political' Process

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Wednesday 4 May 2016

Postgraduate Conference - Moving Together: Exploring the Nexus between Disparate Approaches to Movement

8:30am to 5:15pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre (PLC048)

Conference Organisers: Vanessa Schofield, Peter Forman, Olivia Mason.

Politics, State, Space 2016.

Wednesday 9 March 2016

3rd Year Postgraduate Conference

W309 (Human) / W205 (Physical), Main Geography Building

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Thursday 3 September 2015

International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting

8:30am to 4:00pm

The Department of Geography at Durham University is delighted to be hosting the British Branch meeting of the International Glaciological Society on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September, 2015.

Conference website.

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention Conference

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

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Friday 15 May 2015

Distinguished International Visitor Conference: Geographies of Austerity

12:00pm to 3:30pm, W309, Main Geography Building, Professor Mark Blyth, Brown University, USA

We are delighted to present 2015's Distinguished International Visitor conference, welcoming Professor Mark Blyth (Brown University, USA) as our keynote speaker at a two-day event on the Geographies of Austerity.

Co-sponsored by the Culture-Economy-Life, Urban Worlds, Geographies of Health and Wellbeing and Politics-State-Space research clusters, and featuring talks from both Durham academics and other visitors, we welcome all interested colleagues to attend.

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Wednesday 6 May 2015

1st Year Postgraduate Conference

10:00am to 4:20pm, W007 / W309, Main Geography Building
 Session 1A - Room W007, Chaired by Lucy SzablewskaSession 1B - Room W309, Chaired by John Morris
10.00 - 10.25 Geospatial Analysis of Health Risks and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mildred Ajebon
Whose Right to Movement? Mobilities in Palestinian Tourism
Olivia Mason
10.25 - 10.50 Health, Place and Austerity: A Spatial Analysis of Health Inequalities in Stockton-on-Tees
Ramjee Bhandari
Beyond Multiple Exclusion: The Intersectional Identities of Homeless LGBTQ Youth, Intersectional Spaces and the Relationality of Care
Philip Mullen
10.50 - 11.15 Gender, Motherhood and Health in Austerity: A Longitudinal Approach to Everyday Lived Experiences
Amy Greer Murphy
The Public / Private Dichotomy and Domestic Violence: Intersection Between Discourse and Experience in Malaysia
Zuriatunfadzliah Sahdan
11.15 - 11.40 Austerity as a Historical Determinant of Health: M'Gonigle's Stockton
Michael Langthorne
Beyond Causality: A Genealogy of Riots in the UK
Vanessa Schofield
11.40 - 12.00 Coffee
 Session 2A - Room W007, Chaired by Madhumita DuttaSession 2B - Room W309, Chaired by Pammi Sinha
12.00 - 12.25 Cashing in on the Sky: A Critical Political Economy Account of the Making of the Taipei Air Rights Market
Hung-Ying Chen
How does wave shape influence the erosivity of wave impacts on coastal rock cliffs
Simon Varley
12.25 - 12.50 Following the Waterscape: Climate Change and Human Mobility in Bangkok, Thailand
Leonie Tuitjer
Numerical Modelling of Progressive Rockfall Evolution
Siobhan Whadcoat
12.50 - 13.15 Risk Governance and Governmentality in Experimental Urban Adaptation from Indonesian Cities
Erwin Nugraha
Occurrence and Influence of Dynamic Loading in Rock-Slope Failure
Jessica Benjamin
13.15 - 13.40 Austere Environments: Holding Together Multiple Lived Realities of Austerity
Esther Hitchen
Modelling Evolution of Post-Glacial Rocky Coastlines
Zuzanna Swirad
13.40 - 14.05 Traveling Bodies Under Mobile Powers: Taiwanese Gay Men's Sexual Fantasy and Practices of Bangkok, Thailand
Yo-Hsin Yang
The Interaction of Weathering, Stress and Mechanics in Controlling Rockfall Evolution
Saskia De Vilder
14.05 - 14.40 Lunch
 Session 3A - Room W007, Chaired by Pete ForemanSession 3B - Room W309, Chaired by Adam Trueman
14.40 - 15.05 Dissent Over Public Space in the Case of Gezi Park Protests
Semra Akay
The Geomorphology of Loch Lomond Stadial Glaciation in Britain: A Map and GIS Resource
Hannah Bickerdike
15.05 - 15.30 The Changed and Unchanged in Regional Culture Spaces - The Culture Life Circle and Culture Behaviour Landscape
Pin-Chu Chen
Multi-Dimensional Perspectives on Flood Risk Mapping - Exploring Local and Institutional Conceptualisations of Flood Risk Using Interactive Mapping
Edward Rollason
15.30 - 15.55 Geographies of the 'National Hero': Framing the 'Hero' Soldier in the War on Terror
Alice Cree
Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture as an Input for Landslide Hazard Mapping
Clare Bliss
15.55 - 16.20 Creative Practices of Resistance: An Exploration of Subjectivity Within UK Immigration Removal Centres
Sarah Hughes
Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction: Fieldwork Results
Liaqat Hussain

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Wednesday 29 April 2015

Human Geography Postgraduate Conference: Contested Spaces of Citizenship

9:00am to 5:00pm, PCL054, Palatine Centre, Professor Engin Isin, Open University

This week we are pleased to present a one day postgraduate conference in association with the Politics-State-Space research cluster, featuring a keynote speech by Professor Engin Isin, Professor of Citizenship at the Open University.

Please find below the programme of sessions, and detailed abstracts for each panel.

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Friday 22 November 2013

Human Geography Conference: Calculative Devices in a Digital Age

9:00am to 5:00pm, Priory Hall, Durham Cathedral

Keynote Speakers: Professor Marieke de Goede (University of Amsterdam); Professor Luis Lobo-Guerrero (University of Groningen); and Stanza.

The 'Securing against Future Events' project is organising a two day conference on the forms and techniques of calculation that emerge with digital computation.

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Friday 17 May 2013

Thursday 16 May 2013

Saturday 27 April 2013

Friday 26 April 2013

Thursday 1 September 2011

QRA Postgraduate Symposium 2011

Van Mildert College & Department of Geography

An opportunity for postgraduates to present their research and meet others in the field of Quaternary science in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Symposium website:

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Friday 15 July 2011

Friday 8 July 2011

UAV Workshop

10:00am to 5:00pm, The Calman Learning Centre

This two-day workshop is a joint initiative of the NERC Earth Observation Technology Cluster Programme and the RSPSoc UAV Special Interest Group.

Workshop website:

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Sunday 3 April 2011

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference 2011

Department of Geography

This year’s theme is ‘Geographical Futures’. This incorporates concerns about how postgraduates deal with the future or futures in their work.

Conference website:

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Friday 8 January 2010

Quaternary Research Association (QRA) - Annual Discussion Meeting

9:00am to 5:00pm, The Department of Geography

Sea Level Changes: the Science of a Changing World

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Wednesday 9 September 2009

British Society for Geomorphology Annual Conference

The BSG Annual Conference returns to Durham University after a gap of 15 years.

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Saturday 11 July 2009

Visuality/Materiality: Reviewing Theory, Method and Practice

9:00am to 5:00pm, The Royal Institute for British Architects, London

Plenary Speakers

Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Dr Paul Frosh, Professor Jane Jacobs

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Thursday 9 April 2009

Well-being and Place: an International Conference

9:00am to 5:00pm, Department of Geography

An International Conference for Researchers.

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Wednesday 24 September 2008

Critical Geopolitics Conference

8:30am to 6:00pm, Collingwood College, Durham University

Convened and organised by Marcus Power.

An international interdisciplinary conference on the state of Critical Geopolitics 2008.

Organised by the Politics-State-Space cluster at Durham with sponsorship from the Political Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG and the journal Political Geography.

Conference Timetable & Key Dates

  • January 10th 2008: Deadline for abstracts
  • January 31st 2008: Communication of accepted proposals
  • April 1st: Opening of registration
  • May 25th: Deadline for full papers
  • August 31st: End of registration
  • September 23rd - 24th: Conference

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Friday 4 April 2008

Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes (APEX) – Recent Advances

Department of Geography, Durham University

APEX - Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes is a network research programme aiming to understand Arctic climatic changes beyond instrumental records. Our particular emphasis is to focus on the magnitude/frequency of the climate variability and, in particular, the "extremes" versus the “normal” conditions of the climate system. It is an interdisciplinary programme that integrates marine and terrestrial science and utilizes modelling and field observations. APEX involves scientists from 15 European countries, Canada and USA and is one of the coordinating programmes for palaeoclimate research during the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007/2008.

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Friday 9 February 2007

Housing Wealth Think Tank Conference

University College, Durham University

Thursday 11 January 2007

Theorising Affect Interdisciplinary Conference

9:00am to 5:00pm, Department of Geography, Durham University

Social/Spatial Theory Research Cluster

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Sunday 24 September 2006

Sixth, European Urban and Regional Studies Conference

9:00am to 5:00pm, Comwell Hotel, Roskilde, Denmark

Conference themes:
Boundaries and connections in a changing Europe
Health and well-being in Europe's cities and regions

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Tuesday 18 July 2006

Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth Conference

10:00am to 4:30pm, Department of Geography, Durham University

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Angela McRobbie,
Goldsmith University of London
Professor Gill Valentine,
University of Leeds
Dr Ruth Panelli,
University of Otago

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Friday 7 April 2006

Border Management in an Insecure World

9:00am to 4:45pm

IBRU's 7th Conference.

Convened by Martin Pratt and IBRU staff.

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Tuesday 12 July 2005

Fear: Critical Geopolitics and Everyday Life

9:00am to 5:00pm, Department of Geography, Durham University.

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