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RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013 Call for Sessions and Papers

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RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013

New geographical frontiers

28 to 30 August 2013, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London



Call for Sessions and Papers


The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is pleased to announce that the Call

for Sessions and Papers has opened for its Annual International Conference 2013

(AC2013). The conference, which will be chaired by Professor Jonathan Rigg

(Durham University), will have as its theme New geographical frontiers.


The conference is returning to London in late August:


Date: Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2013

Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London




Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose

sessions and papers for the conference.


If you have any questions, please start by checking the conference website,  Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to get in contact by

emailing or phoning +44 (0) 20 7591 3027.


Conference theme


The conference has a theme of new geographical frontiers, inviting

exploration of the many ways that frontier can be employed as a concept, a

metaphor or as a point of empirical focus, such as in geographical theory,

inter-disciplinary research, and the contribution and impact of geography in

society and economy.


Session organisers and delegates are invited to submit session and paper

proposals to the conference, especially those which contribute to: how we

theorise (think) and practise (do) geography; the contribution geography makes

to addressing challenges that humanity faces and the need to go beyond

inter-disciplinary boundaries and geographical frontiers to research new topics

in innovative ways.




Key dates


Prospective delegates are asked to take note of the following key dates and


* 13 February 2013 – Deadline for submitting sessions (with paper and author

information, including abstracts) to the conference organisers.

* End of March 2013 – Conference organisers confirm inclusion of proposed

sessions in the conference programme and commence scheduling.

* 12 April 2013 – Deadline for submitting individual paper proposals to ‘open’

sessions organised by conference planning committee.

* End of April 2013 – Conference organisers publish the provisional programme

and timetable for feedback.  The programme is expected to reach “final” status

by early July 2013.


The AC2013 conference website has a full timeline of conference activities.




Call for Sessions



Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose

sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013.


Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums,

discussions or workshops.  Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged.

Session organisers may wish to read some short guides on alternative session




More information about sessions, advice on how to advertise a Call for Papers on

the conference website, information about arranging Research Group session

sponsorship, and a form for submitting your session proposal to the conference

organisers may be found on the conference website.



Call for Papers


Prospective delegates are invited to submit a paper proposal to the ‘open’ Call

for Papers (announced by the conference organisers) or to Calls for Papers

announced by Research Groups and other session organisers.


Prospective delegates are asked to take note of the guidelines for participation

before proposing a session or paper, which include:

* Individuals may not make more than two substantive contributions to the

conference (where a substantive contribution is a paper/poster presentation of

any length; panel discussion; discussant or other session contribution).  Acting

as session organiser, chair or facilitator , and being a non-presenting

co-author is excluded from this limit

* Distance presentations (by video-conference or other format) are possible

for a limited number of sessions.


‘Open’ call for papers


Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to submit paper

or poster proposals to sessions organised by the RGS-IBG conference

organisers. The organisers and Conference Planning Committee will use the paper

titles, abstracts and keywords to group them into themed sessions and arrange a

Chair for the session. Subject to scheduling limitations, the organisers do

their best to accept all papers submitted to open sessions for the conference.


Find out more about the Call for Papers, including how to submit a paper




‘Organised’ sessions


Prospective delegates may also choose to submit their papers to sessions

organised by or sponsored by Research Groups or other (independent) session

organisers.  Calls for papers will be announced on relevant mailing lists, and

also advertised on the conference website where possible.


Papers should not be submitted for consideration in both ‘organised’ and ‘open’

sessions at the same time.  Papers submitted for consideration in organised

sessions at AC2013 should receive a decision from session convenors by

early-February. Details of papers accepted for organised sessions will be sent

to the conference organisers by the session convenors and should not also be

submitted via the ‘open’ route.


Delegates who are unsuccessful in their paper proposal to a session organised by

one of the Research Groups or other independent organisers are encouraged to

re-submit their paper proposal for an ‘open’ session. The deadline for ‘open’

sessions is later than that for organised sessions for this purpose.


Session organisers are encouraged to send a copy of their Call for Papers to the

conference organisers in addition to distributing it via their own networks and

mailing lists as soon as possible.  Email your Call for Papers to:



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