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Click on the menu to the left to learn more about our flagship event, the Gordon Manley lecture, and navigate through the wide-range of events that are linked to specific research groups



2013/14 Term 1


Wednesday, 30 October 2013: Prof. Rachel Beckles Willson (Dept of Music and Director of HARC)

‘Musical Orientations and the flesh of sound space’





Term 1

Thursday, 6th December 2012 : Prof. Nicky Milner (Department of Archaeology, University of York)

‘New Research at the Important Mesolithic Site of Star Carr’

Term 2

Wednesday, 9th January 2013: Prof. Stephen Robertson (University of Sydney)

‘Digital Harlem: Researching and Mapping Everyday Life in 1920s Harlem’



Term 1

October 8th @ 1pm in Q136

Professor Daniel Miller. Department of Anthropology, University College London.

Chair: Professor Philip Crang

Title: ‘Why Denim?’

October 22nd @ 5pm in Q170 (Room TBC)

Dr Dave Featherstone. Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.

Chair: Dr Mustafa Dikec.

Title: ‘Space, the Political and the Making of Internationalisms’

November 5th @ 1pm in Q136

Dr Rupert Housley. Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Chair: Dr Simon Blockley

Title: ‘Venice before San Marco: Origins of the City based on Wetland Investigations within the Lagoon’

November 19th @ 1pm in Q136

Dr Avril Maddrell. School of the Built and Natural Environment, University of the West of England.

Chair: TBA

Title: ‘Where have all the women gone?  A new look at the historiography of geography’


Term 1

Stephen Tooth (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) ‘Wetlands in Drylands’ – Thursday 9th October at 5pm.

Hayden Lorimer (Glasgow University) – ‘Life in nature’s surfaces and beauty’s secrets’ – Thursday 23rd October at 1pm.

Gillian Rose (Open University) – ‘Researching experiences of designed urban spaces: a methodological report from Milton Keynes and Bedford’ – Thursday 6th November at 5pm.

Detlef Mueller-Mahn (University of Bayreuth) – Disasters, Development and the Production of Risk’ – Thursday 20th November at 5pm.

Danny McCarroll (University of Wales, Swansea) – ‘Climate Change and the New Millennium’ – Thursday 4th December at 5pm


Term 1

11 October ­ Fiona Coward (RHUL) - ‘From Lucy to language: The archaeology of the social brain’

25 October ­ Sharad Chari (LSE) - ‘Apartheid Remains’

8 November ­ Simon Carr & Sven Lucas (QMUL) – ‘Title to be announced’

22 November ­ Martin King (EDC, RHUL) – ‘Towards Blended Learning’

29 November ­ Rob Shields (University of Alberta): ‘Why the urban is virtual’

6 December ­ Ed Soja (UCLA) :‘Putting Space First’


Term 2

19 January James Sidaway (Loughborough University), ‘“Confused somewhere along the line”: The Irish border in the context of European integration’

2 February Adrian Palmer (Royal Holloway), Title TBA

16 February Ruth Payne (Royal Holloway), ‘Exploring child-headed households in Zambia’

2 March Mike Dolton (Royal Holloway), ‘Best value and citizen participation: It’ll end in tears’

16 March Martin Bell (Archaeology, Reading University), ‘Later Mesolithic environments and human communities in the Severn Estuary’

Term 1

13 October – Eric Baber (Educational Development Centre), ‘Using electronic tools in your teaching’, G136

27 October – Tim Cresswell (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), ‘The production of mobilities at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam’, G2

PLEASE NOTE that the seminar by Mark Pelling (King’s College London) on ‘Natural disasters and social conflict in Africa, Asia and Latin America: Exploring the linkages’ will now take place on Monday 7th November as part of the CEDAR seminar series in G136.

24 November – Barbara Silva, ‘Environmental change in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary’, G2

8 December – Katie Walsh, ‘“I felt disproportionately angry”: Emotional geographies of ethnographic research’, G2


Term 1

14 OctoberRHIER staff. This seminar will consist of a series of short presentations by RHIER staff on their current research.

28 October – no seminar due to the Gordon Manley lecture at 5.30pm in the Queens Lecture Theatre. This will be given by Professor Derek Gregory (University of British Columbia). The title of the lecture is ‘Orientalism and occupation: Spaces of political violence in Cairo and Baghdad’.

In addition, a discussion of Professor Gregory’s new book, The Colonial Present, is planned for 3.00pm earlier on the same day. Details to be announced.

11 NovemberDr Marcus Power (Bristol University), ‘Frames of reference on the geopolitical stage: Hollywood film and the World War II/Gulf War II intertext’.

25 NovemberDr Richard Hodgkins, ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter: Snow accumulation research in Svalbard and Iceland, 1999-2004’.

9 DecemberAbdullah Adam-Bradford, ‘Urban agriculture: Feeding the poor’


Term 2

16th January: Esther Bertram (PhD Candidate, Geography Dept, RHUL)

"Management Ojectives for tourism in 'wilderness areas' and remote islands"

30th January: Mark Stephens (PhD Candidate, Geography Dept, RHUL)

Tropical Palaeoenvironmental Research from the Great Cave of Niah, Malaysian Borneo’

13th February: Dr Scott Nichol (Senior Lecturer in Coastal Geomorphology, Geography Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Holocene evolution of coastal sediment systems in New Zealand: an integrated history of natural and human-induced processes"

20th February: Dr. Jonathan Pugh (ESRC Research Fellow)

Why are they adopting participatory planning in Barbados?

27th February: Dr Olav Lian (Geography Dept, RHUL)

Subglacial Thermal Conditions during the Last Glaciation in a High Mountain Valley near the Centre of the Last Cordilleran Ice Sheet

6 March: Dr Phil Crang (Geography Dept, RHUL)

The Indian Restaurant in London and Bombay

13 March: Dr Peter French (Geography Dept, RHUL)


Term 1

16 October 2003: Dr James Halfpenny (Gardener, Montana)

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park: Ecological Answers

23 October 2003: Marilyn James – Educational Support Office

Dyslexia Marking Guidelines

30th October 2003: Dr Nick Megoran (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

'Bordering on the insane?: Critical geopolitics of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan boundary dispute'

13th November 2003: Dr Greg Brooks (Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada)

‘The July 1996 Floods in the Saguenay Valley, Quebec, Canada: A case study of the effects of extreme flooding’

6th November 2003: Professor David Faulkner (Management Department)

‘Sustainability at Royal Holloway’

20th November 2003: Katie Walsh (PhD Candidate, RHUL)

‘British Expatriate Belongings in Dubai: Home-making, Intimacy and Foreignness’

27th November 2003: Dr. Duncan McGregor, Prof. David Simon & Don Thompson

‘Peri-Urban Kumasi, Ghana: Watershed misuse and management’ (title to be confirmed)

4th December 2003 (Room G1) : Dr. Phil Crang

The Indian Restaurant in London and Bombay

11th December 2003: Dr. Peter French





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