Posted on 31/07/2013
Professor Katie Willis and Professor Zhu Hong (centre of back row) with organising committee of the workshop
Professor Katie Willis gave lectures and participated in discussion sessions at the annual Social and Cultural Geography Advanced Workshop at South China Normal University 12-16 July. This event was co-organised by the Geographical Society of China and South China Normal University. It brought together about 200 Master's and PhD students, and early career staff from about fifty Chinese universities to debate emerging themes in the field of Social and Cultural Geography. While this area of Geography has a long history in European and North American academia, it is only in the last 10-15 years that this area of research has attracted significant attention in China. The annual workshop is a way of developing capacity in the field and sharing ideas.Professor Zhu Hong, Professor of Human Geography, Vice-President and Director of the Centre for Social and Cultural Geography at SCNU has been a key leader in this field.
Professor Willis gave lectures on 'Migration and Place-Making' and 'Gender, Migration and Identity.' She also discussed the use of innovative qualitative research methods in human geographical research and drew on her experience as a journal editor to advise workshop attendees about publishing in English-language Geography journals.
Reflecting on her experiences at the workshop, Professor Willis said, 'This was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about how human geography is evolving in China. It was inspiring to see so many early career scholars working on social and cultural geography themes, and engaging with qualitative methods. I am so grateful to Professor Zhu for the invitation.'