RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2022

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The Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group (GFGRG) of the RGS-IBG invites submission for sponsored sessions at the next RGS-IBG Annual International Conference. 

The deadline for session proposal submissions to GFGRG is Monday 21 February 2022. We accept submissions for paper or panel sessions. Please email submissions to Kate Maclean (k.maclean@northumbria.ac.uk) including session title and abstract (max 400 words), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the session convenor(s), contact details, and format of the session. Please also indicate if you are applying or intend to apply for sponsorship with any other research group. We particularly welcome submissions from Early Career Academics, PhD students and from underrepresented groups within the academy.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Rachel Pain (Newcastle University) and the theme is Geographies Beyond Recovery. It will take place at Newcastle University (UK), from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September 2022, with a strong in-person element, and with hybrid and online ways to participate. This year’s conference will not be ‘business as usual’ given everything that has happened over the last two years, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, and from COP26 to concerns about cultures and behaviour within disciplinary spaces. Please see chair’s statement on inclusivity and safety.

GFGRG Sponsored Sessions

Feminist Geographies of Leave and Leaving

Rachel Colls Durham University

RGS-IBG Conference Newcastle 30 August – 2 September 2022

This session provides an opportunity to bring together feminist geographical inspired research and reflections about/upon the notions of ‘leave’ and ‘leaving’. Integral to a sense of leaving a person/people, place, a life, or a discipline, or being left behind, left out/side is an awareness of how leaving is felt, embodied, and located ‘somewhere’. Moreover, discourses, practices and experiences of leave and leaving are both explicitly and implicitly present in a range of intra-disciplinary  research in ways which indicate the conceptual power and potential of leave and leaving to augment our feminist understandings of space, time, and power relations.

Papers are sought to allow an exploration of the breadth of this potential and in formats which develop conceptual, empirical, and/or personal accounts of leave and  leaving.  For example, papers might consider the emotional and affectual experiences and consequences of leaving a violent relationship or a country during war or a position in academia that becomes unsustainable or unavailable to individuals.  In what ways is leaving enforced, perhaps through notions of escape, withdrawal, and isolation. What does it mean and feel like to be ‘left behind’; how is this process ‘gendered’; and where does this take place?

 In addition, papers could consider the temporalities and spatialities of leave and leaving.  For example, how are different kinds of ‘leave’ governed or  provided and for those taking periods of paid or unpaid leave from what, where or whom is ‘left’ or suspended within this set period.  Where does ‘leaving’ happen and how ‘long’ does it take? Do we ever fully ‘leave’ a person, place or circumstance? Finally, papers could consider whom or what is left (behind) within different spatial contexts. For example, the ‘failing’ region in need of ‘levelling up’; the fluids, organs and materials that leave  a bounded body; or the families supported financially through migrant remittance payments.

Topics of interest may include, but are not restricted to:

Theorising leave and leaving

Temporalities of leave and leaving

Leaving home

Leaving relationships

Migration and leaving/being left behind

Leaving academia or ‘the discipline’

Experiences of different ‘kinds of leave’ e.g., parental, sick, adoption, pregnancy loss etc

Left behind things and objects

Body parts and materials

Please send abstracts of maximum 250 words to Rachel rachel.colls@durham.ac.uk by 18th March 4pm. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the cfp and your ideas for a contribution. Papers that draw on personal experiences or are based on artistic and non-conventional means of presentation  are welcome.