Posted on 12/09/2013
Geographers from Royal Holloway were very prominent at the 2013 Royal Geographical Society conference, held at the Society's HQ in South Kensington, between 27th and 30th August. Academic staff, post-docs and PhD students presented papers, organised panels and sessions at what is one of the most significant global gatherings of geographers. In an innovation for the conference, cultural geographers from the Department were also involved in exhibitions during the event. PhD student and artist Rupert Griffiths, worked with Dr Sara Fregonese, former research fellow in the Department now at Birmingham University, on an exhibition on the geopolitics of hotel spaces.
Three Royal Holloway geographers, Dr Katherine Brickell, Dr Harriet Hawkins and PhD student Laura Price made up 60% of the organising committee for 100+. 100+ celebrated more than a hundred years of women's geographical work and was organised by the RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group to mark the centenary of women's permanent admission to the RGS in 1913. From badges of inspirational female geographers worn by delegates and which became sought-after collectors items, to a pop-up interactive exhibition showcasing women who had influenced delegates' geographical work and career, RHUL geographers played a central role in designing the 100+ campaign to honour the contributions of women in the discipline to date, but also looking to the future. Alongside this were a wide range of conference sessions on gender and geography - effectively a full conference within the conference. Katherine Brickell was, with Avril Madrell, the convener of 100+ at the RGS, Harriet Hawkins is working on a permanent display to honour women's role in Geography, and Laura Price fronted the 100+ social media for the event.
Royal Holloway also found the time (and money) to host a slightly chaotic conference party on the Thursday evening, where a good time was had by all, on a wonderfully balmy late-summer evening in London ...