RGS-IBG 2015 – it’s coming…


It’s that time of year again! I always sign up for a paper at the RGS annual conference in January – full of New Year optimism – and then promptly forget about it until the conference organizers start sending weekly countdown reminders. At which point, it’s probably time to revise the title and abstract when you realise just how much plans  and intentions change and evolve in eight months!

Anyway, it seems that January-Joanna lucked out on getting into a great session at this years conference (even if I did have to update my title…) I’m down to do a paper in ‘The Geographies of Amateur Creativities’, organised by Katie Boxall and Cara Gray, both from Royal Holloway. It’s a two-part session on Wednesday (session 3 and 4), and both look to feature some really interesting papers:

Woolly-hats and Rivet-counters Revisited: articulating a new understanding of enthusiastic world-making
Hilary Geoghegan (University of Reading)
Hoarding creativity: an insight into crafter’s collections
Joanna Mann (University of Bristol)
The Shifting Grounds of Play and Work: Urban Gardening Practices in London
Jan van Duppen (The Open University)
The Haunted Spaces of Amateur Theatre: Immateriality, Materiality and Performative Memories
Helen Nicholson (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Making suburban faith: creativity and material culture in faith communities in West London
Claire Dwyer (University College London), Nazneen Ahmed (University College London), Laura Cuch (University College London), David Gilbert (Royal Holloway, University of London), Natalie Hyacinth (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Shifting Position: Pro-Am Movement
Nerida Godfrey (University of New South Wales, Australia)
I’m still not sure if I’ll just be heading down for the one day or staying for the whole conference. The last leg of the thesis is turning out to be fairly demanding, so I’m currently leaning towards just the one day. This hasn’t stopped me perusing the rest of the programme though… Sessions on my (tentative) list to attend include:
Historical and cultural geographies of story and storytelling (Wednesday 1 and 2)
The Ends of Geography’s Worlds (Wednesday 3 and 4 – Argh to clashes!)
Attentive Geographies (Thursday)
Gentle Geographies (Friday 1)
So, it’s off to Exeter in three weeks’ time. I’m looking forward to it!