Call for session proposals: 2017 Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society

Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) – CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS

The Committee of the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) is pleased to announce a call for sessions to be sponsored by the GCYFRG at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG). The research group aims to raise the profile, perceived value and understanding of geographies of children, youth and families within academic geography and beyond.

GCYFRG members and those of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose sessions. We welcome joint sessions with other research groups. Proposals should relate to our general interest in the geographies of children, young people and families (https://gcyfrg.wordpress.com/about/), ideally linking this to the 2017 conference theme (although this is not absolutely necessary).

Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions or workshops. Innovative sessions and formats are encouraged. A small number of sessions containing Skype or other distance presentations can be supported.

Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

Dates: Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2017

Conference chair: Sarah Radcliffe (University of Cambridge)

Conference Theme: ‘Decolonizing geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’. For more information please visit http://www.rgs.org/AC2017Theme

To propose a session to be sponsored by GCYFRG, or for questions about GCYFRG sponsored sessions, please contact Tracy Hayes, GCYFRG Conference Officer at tracy.hayes@cumbria.ac.uk.

Session proposals will be reviewed by members of the GCYFRG committee, and you will be informed by the end of December if your session will be sponsored by GCYFRG. You will then be able to circulate a call for papers within your session.

Proposals should be submitted by 14th December 2016 and should comprise

(i) Title of session, with Name and Contact Details for Session Convenors;

(ii) Name of Co-sponsoring groups, if applicable

(iii) Abstract, outlining scope of session –  300 words max

(iv) Number of session timeslots that are sought – usually a max. of 2 timeslots per session, with each timeslot comprising 100 minutes

(v) Indication, if known, of preferred organization of session, e.g. 4 x 20min presentation, plus 20min discussion or 5 x 15min presentation, with 5min question for each, etc;

(vi) Indication, if known for any non-standard arrangements, e.g. video-conferencing.

Please note that an individual may not normally make more than two substantive contributions to the overall conference programme.

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