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Royal Holloway Geography Centenary Events 2020

‘Dating human interaction with climate change in the last 300,000 years: Problems, advances and potential’ - Professor Simon Blockley (RHUL Department of Geography)

Thursday 16 January 2020, 6.15pm, Founder’s Lecture Theatre

This inaugural lecture is a personal perspective on efforts to resolve the role past climate change has played on human dispersal and evolution in the later Quaternary (last 300,000 years). The period is very important in the human story as it sees the movement of Early Modern Humans out of Africa, the interaction of Modern Humans with Neanderthals and a series of expansions and contractions in human populations in higher latitudes. All of this is set against major global climate change that had significant environmental impacts. This presentation will focus on attempts to precisely date and correlate archaeological and environmental records, which is difficult but key to understanding these questions.

Admission is free, but please book tickets here:

Centenary Gordon Manley Lecture: ‘Political Geographies: From Women’s geographical work to geographies of diversity, inclusion and citizenship’ -  Professor Avril Maddrell (University of Reading)

Monday 10 February 2020, 6.15pm, Moore Lecture Theatre

In this lecture Professor Maddrell will give an overview of women’s contributions to geographical study, including pioneering female geographers working at Bedford College. She will highlight challenges that women often faced in pursuing their careers in the discipline, the moves to a more inclusive and welcoming subject for women, as well as reflecting on the current debates around diversity within geography.

Admission is free, but please book tickets here:

Denis Cosgrove Lecture in the Geohumanities: ‘Visionary Geographies: William Blake and the English Landscape’ - Professor Stephen Daniels, University of Nottingham

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 6.30pm, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.  POSTPONED due to coronavirus lockdown. This event will be rescheduled.

Geography and Vision are key words in the works of Denis Cosgrove, together the title of his Inaugural Lecture at Royal Holloway in 1996 and that of a career framing collection of essays published in 2008. This lecture explores meetings of material and imaginative worlds in the works of painter and poet William Blake (1757-1827), and their implications for landscape as a field of vision. It addresses Blake’s representation of London and its environs in the early nineteenth century as it was transformed into a major imperial city, as well as images of cottages, cornfields and cathedrals. Visionary Geography locates Blake’s work in relation to wider currents of book and image making in his own time, including topography and cartography, and in terms of its long standing influence, for envisioning English landscape and its possible worlds.

The lecture and the drinks afterward are free to attend but please do book your place at -

Geography Alumni Afternoon

Saturday 27 June 2020, Egham campus.  POSTPONED due to coronavirus lockdown. This event will be rescheduled for 2021.

Join us for an afternoon of talks and tours, as well as a chance to catch up with alumni and staff. More information will be available soon.

The Impact of Geography

Wednesday 7 October 2020, Royal Geographical Society, London.  POSTPONED due to coronavirus lockdown. This event will be rescheduled for 2021.

An evening event showcasing the Department’s collaborative work followed by a reception to be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). More information will be available soon.

London Quaternary Lectures

November 2020 (Date tbc)

More information will be available soon.


Fieldwork in the 1950s (Source: Margery Curtis) & Fieldwork in 2015 (Source: Katie Willis)

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