The Open University at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019

Location

This year's RGS-IBG Annual International Conference will take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Researchers from the OpenSpace Research Centre and other Open University departments will be convening sessions and presenting their work between Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th August. If you are attending the conference, please join us at any of these sessions:

Wednesday 28th August

 

Convivial knowledges: commoning and interdependence
Session 1  (09:00 - 10:40)     Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 120
Dr Renate Dohmen (OU Art History) will be presenting
Commoning and Radical Difference: Conviviality, Commonsalinity and Conditionalities of Belonging
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Geography and Education: Panel session
Session 2 (11:10-12:50)      Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 120
Professor Parvati Raghuram will be taking part in this panel session 
bringing together a range of scholars and educational leaders to explore the many relationships between geography and education at a time when those relationships and the actors and organisations which promote them are diversifying, strengthening and in some cases, coming under threat. 
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Human Geography Today: Then and Now
Session 3 (14:40-16:20) RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre
Professor John Allen will be among the original authors of 
the book Human Geography Today (Massey, et al. [eds]), offering a brief reflection on the ideas that they and the book presented, as well as offering insights into the future of the discipline as they see it.
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Highly Skilled Migration and infrastructures of (im)mobilities (1): Outcomes
Session 3 (14:40-16:20)      Sherfield/SALC Building, Room 8
This session is convened by Dr Gunjan Sondhi. Dr Markus Roos Breines (OU Sociology), Professor Parvati Raghuram and Ashley William Gunter (University of South Africa) will be presenting their paper on 
Infrastructures of immobility: enabling international distance education students in Africa to not move
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Highly Skilled Migration and infrastructures of (im)mobilities (2): Processes
Session 4 (16:50-18:30)      Sherfield/SALC Building, Room 8
This session is convened by Dr Gunjan Sondhi.
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Thursday 29th August

 

Migration geographies (1): identity and place
Session 1 (09:00-10:40)      Skempton Building, Room 064a

Dr Carol Leonardi will be presenting her paper on Brexit and the Impact on Mixed Nationality Relationships Finland and the UK
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Trouble in the land (1): trouble with knowing soils
Session 1 (09:00-10:40)      Skempton Building, Room 307

Dr Jan van Duppen will be presenting 'Getting your hands dirty’: Sticky Soil and the Playfulness of Garden Work
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Everyday Subjectivities of Privileged Migrants (2): Lifestyle and biographical approaches
Session 2 (11:10-12:50)      Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 201
Dr Gunjan Sondhi, Professor Parvati Raghuram and Professor Clem Herman (
OU Computing & Communications) will be presenting Unsettling normative assumptions of gender and skills: when place matters

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Urban limits: peri-urban transformations in the Global South (3)
Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)      Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 119
Raktim Ray (
OU Development) will be presenting Conflict Politics at Urban Margins: Comparative Learnings from Kolkata

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Friday 30th August

 

Researching the contested city: Developing creative methodologies and negotiating ethical dilemmas
Session 1 (09:00-10:40)     
Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 120
This session is convened by Raktim Ray (OU Development) with Hannah Sender (University College London)
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Alternative Spaces of Learning
Session 1 (09:00-10:40)      Sherfield/SALC Building, Read Lecture Theatre
Dr Gunjan Sondhi, Professor Parvati Raghuram and Professor Clem Herman will be presenting 
Spatial Orientation as Skill: Insights from Internationally Mobile Highly Skilled Workers
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Communities and the trouble with house-building: citizen engagement in planning for new homes
Session 1 (09:00 - 10:40)      Huxley Building, Room 308
Tom Morton (OU 
Engineering & Innovation) will present Sites of Activism: The location of consensus in objections to housing development
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Exploring the local context for nature-based solutions in conservation management (1)
Session 2 (11:10-12:50)      RGS-IBG Lowther Room
This session is convened by Dr Shonil Bhagwat with Dr 
Nikoleta Jones (Anglia Ruskin University). Dr Shonil Bhagwat, Dr Charuta Kulkarni and Dr Pallavi Anand (OU Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences) will be among those presenting the study Assessing the long-term resilience of the Western Ghats agroforestry landscapes: Implications for sustaining biodiversity in one of its prime hotspots
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Exploring the local context for nature-based solutions in conservation management (2)
Session 3 (14:40-16:20)      RGS-IBG Lowther Room
This session is convened by Dr Shonil Bhagwat with Dr 
Nikoleta Jones (Anglia Ruskin University).
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Methods for engaging communities on creating sustainable futures (3)
Session 3 (14:40-16:20)      Skempton Building, Room 307
Vera Hale (OU 
Engineering & Innovation), Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos (OU Engineering & Innovation) and Dr Katerina Alexiou (OU Engineering & Innovation) will be presenting Methods for empowering communities to create sustainable futures for historic places of worship
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Troubling Rustbelt Revolts: Regional Geographies of Discontent and Political Grievance (2): Demystifying Narratives of Political Economic Grievance and Right-Wing Populism
Session 4 (16:50-18:30)      Sherfield/SALC Building, Room 5

Professor Allan Cochrane will be presenting From Brexit…to the Break-Up of England? Thinking in and Beyond Nationalism
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