RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019

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70 Human Geography Today: Then and Now
Affiliation History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group
Convenor(s) Phil Emmerson (Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), UK)
Catherine Oliver (University of Birmingham, UK)
Chair(s) Phil Emmerson (Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), UK)
Timetable Wednesday 28 August 2019, Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)
Room RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre
Session abstract Published in 1999, the book Human Geography Today (Massey, et al. [eds]), offers a tentative “manifesto” for “certain very broad ways of doing human geography.” As a collection of essays, it presents a series of snapshots into what were then emerging themes, concepts, ideas and approaches within the discipline. Each chapter was authored by scholars who were, and continue to be, ‘household names’ within the discipline of geography and academia more widely. Indeed, many of the ideas presented in the book have become staples of contemporary human geography, forming the bedrock of geographic work as many of us still know and do it. The aim of this session is thus to connect the manifesto and ideas set out in the book to the discipline of Human Geography today, reflecting on why and how some ideas in the book have been taken up, adapted, and furthered; whilst others have somewhat faded into the background. The session also aims to question what ideas might have been missing from the book at its time of publication but have since emerged as forceful drivers of contemporary human geographic thought. The panel features a number of the original authors of the book, who will each offer a brief reflection on the ideas that they and the book presented, as well as offering insights into the future of the discipline as they see it.
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Human Geography Today: Then and Now
John Allen (The Open University, UK)
Sarah Radcliffe (University of Cambridge, UK)
Susan Smith (University of Cambridge, UK)
Gill Valentine (University of Sheffield, UK)
Published in 1999, the book Human Geography Today (Massey, et al. [eds]), offers a tentative “manifesto” for “certain very broad ways of doing human geography.” As a collection of essays, it presents a series of snapshots into what were then emerging themes, concepts, ideas and approaches within the discipline. Each chapter was authored by scholars who were, and continue to be, ‘household names’ within the discipline of geography and academia more widely. Indeed, many of the ideas presented in the book have become staples of contemporary human geography, forming the bedrock of geographic work as many of us still know and do it. The aim of this session is thus to connect the manifesto and ideas set out in the book to the discipline of Human Geography today, reflecting on why and how some ideas in the book have been taken up, adapted, and furthered; whilst others have somewhat faded into the background. The session also aims to question what ideas might have been missing from the book at its time of publication but have since emerged as forceful drivers of contemporary human geographic thought. The panel features a number of the original authors of the book, who will each offer a brief reflection on the ideas that they and the book presented, as well as offering insights into the future of the discipline as they see it.