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• IGU Newsletter January 2019

Here you find the Newsletter #29 of the International Geographical Union

•EUGEO Galway (Ireland) – 15-18 May 2019 – Extended deadline!

The Early Bird Registration for EUGEO 2019 Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers

AND the open call for papers

deadline has been extended until Friday February 15th.
The theme for the 2019 Congress is ‘Re-imagining Europe’s future societies and landscapes’.
Please find the final call for papers for three themed sessions sponsored by the Commission on Political Geography of the IGU at the bottom of this message

and on the website of the Conference at
1): Borders of populism in the European Union

Convenors: Anna Casaglia (University of Trento) and Raffaella Coletti (Sapienza University of Rome)
2): The end of endism? The Revival of the Nation State in Global Geopolitics

Convenors: Elena Dell’Agnese, Università di Milano-Bicocca and Virginie Mamadouh, Universiteit van Amsterdam
3): Neighborhood as a geographical and political concept: the European experience

Convenor: Vladimir Kolosov, Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences
Please use the online portal ( to submit your abstract and send a copy to the convenors of the session you would like to join.

There is also an open call for papers.

Please Check the conference website for any queries regarding travel and accommodation options in Galway.
== Details about the CPG sessions:
Session: Borders of populism in the European Union

Session convenors: Anna Casaglia (University of Trento) and Raffaella Coletti (Sapienza University of Rome)

Emails: Raffaella Coletti ( and Anna Casaglia (
Research on populism is animating academic debates in light of the growing relevance of this trend, which is indeed a rising global phenomenon. Populist movements differ a lot across space and time; however, in its very basic definition, populism is the movement of the ‘pure people’ and their will against the ‘elites’; or, more precisely, a struggle between a reified ‘will of the people’ and a conspiring elite.

Populism is diffusing widely in the European Union and a common feature of these movements is their anti-EU positions, or the inclusion of European institutions and European representatives in the list of “corrupted” elites to be confronted by the new generation of “people” in power. As such, the diffusion of populism challenges the present and future of EU structure and integration.

The contribution of geography to the study of populism has been limited so far, even if borders, globalisation, inequalities, sovereignty, which are crucial variables in the current populist wave, are also traditional topics for geographers. In this frame, and in the case of the European Union specifically, the role of borders looks particularly important.
Indeed, (territorial and relational) borders are crucial sites in understanding processes of EU integration, and political geographers have widely explored the ‘nature of the beast’, interrogating the role of bordering practices and imaginaries in the making of the European Union. Consequently, EU borders and bordering processes are pivotal to exploring and understanding the rationale and the implications of the current shifting political landscape of the EU, and potential mechanisms of EU (dis)integration.

Moreover, borders are central in populist discourse and ideology, not only as ‘containers’ of national identity, but as crucial markers of sovereignty against supranational regulations. Populist parties all over Europe have been exploiting borders and the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ to securitise migration and human mobility and to promote the defence of national identity in the face of cultural invasion. In most countries where populism has been politically successful, like Hungary, Belgium, and Italy, the ‘pure people’s’ claims have soon met racist, homophobic and islamophobic politics invoking the closure of borders, the defence of traditional Christian values, and the strengthening of national bonds. The imaginary power of the nation-state seems to have risen again with a chauvinist revival and a strong feeling that Our security is threatened by Others.

This session aims to collect theoretical or case-study based contributions that explore the link between populism and borders in the European Union in two main directions: on the one hand, to understand if and how European bordering processes can be used as key variables in exploring the emergence and the features of populism; on the other hand, to analyse how European populism affects border practices, imaginaries and regimes at European internal and external borders.


Session Title: The end of endism? The Revival of the Nation State in Global Geopolitics

Convenors: Elena Dell’Agnese, Università di Milano-Bicocca and Virginie Mamadouh, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Emails and
While (political) geographers have long questioned the end of the nation-state and the end of state borders narratives, their sudden dismissal around the world has bewildered them equally. This dismissal has been unexpected and highly contagious: a wave ending endist narratives and bringing nationalism and sovereignty back to fore of political debates. Such narratives have been articulated by (new or refurbished) political parties and broader movements that met unexpected electoral success in Hungary, Poland, and more recently in the US, Austria, Italy, Brazil. They take the form of populist discourses suggesting the existence of a monolith “people” with an essentialist identity and a clear national interest that has to take back control from a cosmopolitan elite thanks to a charismatic leader. These new frames echo nationalist narratives in Russia, China, India or the Philippines where autocratic leaders are in fashion too. Whether targeting globalization and free-trade, international migration and multiculturalism, Europeanization and international governance, or all of the above at the same time, new nationalist sovereignty narratives have emerged in places as varied as England and Italy, with one resulting in Brexit, the other in defiance of EU budgetary rules. Catchy mottos such as America First have a direct and deep impact on inclusion and exclusion processes, affecting social cohesion, identities, and power relations. They also guide foreign policy and affect international relations (border disputes, trade agreements), global governance (asylum, climate change) and regional collaborative efforts such as the EU. The Commission on Political Geography of the IGU sponsors a session for papers that analyze and theorize the political geography of this revival of nationalism and sovereignty in Europe and beyond. Papers may focus on domestic political geographies, on international relations or the interaction between populism, identities and geopolitical visions. Case studies, comparative studies and conceptual papers are welcome.


Session Title: Neighborhood as a geographical and political concept: the European experience

Session Convenor: Vladimir Kolosov, Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences

The term neighbourhood, though a geographic constant, requires further examination and debate. The European Union was one of the first international actors to formulate a neighbourhood policy for implementation across different spatial scales. In diplomacy the concept of neighbourhood (and in particular good neighbourhood) is well established. But it is not related with the understanding of neighbourhood (voisinage in French) by geographers and territorial planners. What does neighbourhood mean? If governments speak about good neighbourhoods, does this mean that there are “bad” neighbourhoods generating risks and threats? Is it a neutral term or has it a stable connotation(s)? What is the relationship between geographical concepts such as neighbourhood, proximity, spatial continuity and contiguity, border and periphery, integration and disintegration? What is the impact of geographical location on neighbourhood?

It is possible to suppose that neighbourhood has different dimensions: topological, functional, institutional, discursive and symbolic. Obviously, it depends on geographical context. Can neighbourhoods be evaluated and, if so, what criteria can be used for this purpose? If a neighbourhood’s characteristics can be changed, can such changes be assigned to spaces and territories? How are neighbourhoods imagined? How are they constructed and modified in political discourse and by historical narratives? How are they impacted by regional integration and cross-border cooperation? What role do different scales play in shaping and interpreting neighbourhood(s)? Naturally, the contiguous political entities do not necessarily share the same interpretation of their neighbourhood. And what are the conditions for co-shaping neighbourhoods and who are setting these shaping parameters? These questions are practically and politically important, especially in the deteriorating geopolitical situation in Europe. It is useful to compare the understanding, the discourse and the practical implementation of the notion of neighbourhood across different parts of Europe. These session seeks papers that address the above themes.

• IGU Newsletter October 2018

Here you find the Newsletter #28 of the International Geographical Union

• IGU Regional Conference 2018 – EXTENDED DEADLINE



If you have not submitted an abstract for the IGU Conference, please note that the deadline for submission has been extended until April 2, 2018.

Visit the IGU website to consult the commissions, study groups and sessions list.



Before submitting an abstract, you must register online, pay all fees and receive your abstract submission code. All abstract submissions must be made through the IGU-CAG-NCGE Online Submission Platform.





For more information regarding the field excursions, please visit the IGU website

• CPG Travel Grants

CPG Travel Grants for
-the 3rd Brazilian Congress on Political Geography, Geopolitics and Territorial Management (CONGEO) in Rio de Janeiro Brazil,
-the 2018 Thematic Conference “Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges” in Moscow, Russia,
-the IGU Regional Conference – CAG Annual Meeting “Apprécier la difference/Appreciating difference” in  Québec, Canada,
PhD students and early career geographers can apply for a CPG Travel grant (US$ 500) to support attendance and present a paper (one grant for each conference).
The grant is reserved for participants coming from outside Brazil (for the CONGEO conference), Russia (for the Moscow thematic conference), and Canada (for the IGU Regional Conference). Applicants should submit an abstract and a note from session organizers confirming that the paper has been accepted, a 2-page summary, a CV, and a letter of motivation to both the CPG Co-Chairs, Virginie Mamadouh ( and Alec Murphy ( via email by 1 March 2018. A decision will be communicated by 8 March. Grants to the awardees will be in the form of cash payments in USD after presentation have been made.


• CPG Newsletter 23 now online!

The IGU-CPG Newsletter 23 is available here


For old newsletters see this page

• IGU Thematic conference in Moscow

IGU Thematic Conference dedicated to the centennial of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences
Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges
Moscow, 4-6 June 2018


Info and important deadlines here

• IGU Newsletter January 2018

Here you find the Newsletter #24 of the International Geographical Union

• PGSG pre-conference AAG 2018


University of New Orleans – April 9, 2018
The Political Geography Specialty Group (PGSG) and the Department of Planning & Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans (UNO) are pleased to announce the 31st Annual PGSG Preconference.
Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: Sessions will run approximately 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Location: Training, Resource, and Assistive-Technology Center (TRAC), Oliver St. Pé Center [#26 on this map].  Physical address for parking lot is at the intersection of Leon C. Simon Dr. and St. Anthony Ave. Generic campus address is 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148.
Paper presenters: Paper titles and abstracts (see details below) are due January 31, 2018. Please submit with PAPER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Poster presenters: The PGSG also welcomes poster proposals. Preconference participants may only present in one medium (paper or poster, but not both). Poster titles and abstracts (see details below) are due February 28, 2018. Please submit with POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Both paper and poster abstracts should include the following information in a Word (.doc or .docx) document with no formatting except as noted: title of paper/poster; name(s) as they should appear in the program with family name underlined; department affiliation; university affiliation; e-mail address for correspondence and to be listed in program; abstract (250 word maximum). [see sample abstract submission document]  
Registration: As with past preconferences, there will be a nominal $20 registration fee for which you should bring cash or check on the day of the event.  There is no fee for full-time students.
Evening events: In addition to the annual group dinner after the preconference Monday evening, the PGSG will also coordinate a social hour on Sunday night for early arrivals. More details to follow.
Lodging & Transportation: There is no PGSG-negotiated housing near the UNO campus and for most people it will work best to stay in the French Quarter and take the bus out to UNO for the day.  The UNO campus is accessible from the AAG venues in New Orleans via the Regional Transit Authority (RTA).  Using the RTA website and inputting 2200 Leon C. Simon Dr., New Orleans, LA into the “arriving at” location will take you on a single bus (#55, lots of local stops, but no transfers) from the French Quarter Marriott (555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA).  Inputting 1955 Leon C. Simon Dr., New Orleans, LA will require a connection but bring you directly across the street and a parking lot from the Oliver St. Pé Center.  Both routes take approximately 35 minutes.  Parking on-campus is available with advance request via the PGSG organizers.  Other transportation options include Uber, Lyft, and taxi.
AAG scheduling: Should you have any concerns about the scheduling of your main conference presentation given your presence in New Orleans early in the week, coordinate with your AAG session organizers and AAG administrators.
PGSG Organizers: Kenneth Madsen, PGSG President (; Afton Clark-Sather, PGSG Secretary/Treasurer (
Local host: Michelle Thompson, Department of Planning & Urban Studies, University of New Orleans.  Please do not contact local host. All inquiries should be directed to the PGSG organizers above.
A .pdf version of this call for proposals may be found here.

• IGU Regional Conference in Quebec city

2nd Call for Organized Sessions and Individual Papers and Posters
2018 IGU Regional Conference

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers
August 6th -10th 2018, Québec City, Canada

The International Geographical Union and the Canadian Association of Geographers invite you to submit abstracts to be considered for organized sessions and individual papers, and posters for their upcoming IGU-CAG Conference in beautiful Quebec City from August 6th to 10th 2018.
Abstract submissions will take place from November 1st 2017 to March 15th 2018.
Featuring Acclaimed Geographers addressing the importance of ‘Appreciating Difference’:
Wiley Plenary Speakers
Dr. Shuaib Lwasa
(The State of African Geography)
Drs. Sarah Hunt, Annie Ross and Margot Greenwood
(Indigenous Geographies)

Luminary Speakers
Dr. Sarah Bednarz, Sponsored by the CAG Education Study Group)
Dr. Jérôme Dupras, Sponsored by the Regroupement des géographes du Québec
Dr. Mike Goodchild, Sponsored by the CAG GIS Study Group
Dr. Doris Wastl-Walter, Sponsored by the IGU Commission, Geography of Governance
This bilingual English-French conference is a truly international event bringing together more than fifty IGU and CAG Commissions and Study Groups in Human, Physical and Education Geography. We are equally pleased to be joined by the National Council for Geographic Education. Numerous field trips will take advantage of Quebec’s stunning mountain, marine and rural environments as well as urban and cultural centres. Come for the geography and stay for the natural and cultural attractions!
Session proposals and individual papers and posters should take into consideration the conference theme: “Appreciating Difference.”
Abstracts will be published in an electronic format available to all participants. Details on the preliminary program, submitting, registering, travel, and lodging can be
found at the conference website:
Bienvenue au Canada in 2018!

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