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RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference 2011

 RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference 2011

1st - 3rd April, 2011. Durham University

Hello, Welcome... the website for the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers' Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2011, or, 2011 RGSWIBGPFMTC (‘rugs-wib-g-pfum-tic’). Durham Geography Department is honoured to be hosting the conference this year. We hope that it will prove to be both as intellectually stimulating and socially enjoyable as always. Durham is one of the biggest geography departments in the country, with over 100 postgraduate students, and so should provide an ideal setting for this conference.

This year’s theme is ‘Geographical Futures’. This incorporates concerns about how postgraduates deal with the future or futures in their work. This could include: how postgraduates attempt to ensure that research proposals made at the start of a PhD will generate data which is still relevant four later; what future for geography as a discipline is suggested by the current work done by postgrads; how postgrads go about anticipating research impacts of their work; what methodological futures might emerge from postgraduate research; how the future is theorised or researched by postgrads; or what the relationship there is between originality, one of the key requirements of a PhD, and the future. We feel this that such concerns should chime with most, if not all, postgraduates’ work. However, postgraduates should feel comfortable completely ignoring this theme if they want, or giving it only a light touch. The central aim of the conference is to provide a useful opportunity for you!

We welcome contributions to this conference from postgraduates from across the UK and beyond. Be it an a first year literary review, a second year methodological paper, a third year exploration of data or a fourth year summary of findings, it is hoped that the postgrad forum will provide an opportunity to test ideas amongst an environment of peers, as well as foster meetings between postgraduates working on similar topics in different departments and disciplines.

So, feel free to browse this website to see the full call for papers, or to learn more about the venue and programme. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the conference email address ( Most of all, we look forward to welcoming you to Durham in April 2011.


Sean Knox

Robert Shaw

Co-Chairs, RGS-IBG PG Midterm Conference 2011

Contact Details

Durham University
Department of Geography
Lower Mountjoy
South Road, Durham

Tel: 0191 3341800
Fax: 0191 3341801

email RGS-IBG conference organisers