RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

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'The social atlas of Europe', book launch and drinks reception
Convenor(s) Dimitris Ballas (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Danny Dorling (University of Oxford, UK)
Benjamin Hennig (University of Oxford, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 27 August 2014, Evening (18:45 - 20:00)
Room RGS-IBG Council Room
Session abstract
An event to celebrate the launch of The Social Atlas of Europe (www.europemapper.org) published by Policy Press and written by Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig. The authors will be there to talk about their new work that aims to offer a fresh perspective and new way of thinking about Europe as a continent of cities rather than states, a continent of people rather than power and one of hope rather than decline, reminding its people how much they have in common and highlighting the need for them to carry on working together rather than pulling apart.


The Social Atlas of Europe
Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig

Many of us think of European countries as discrete entities: their own languages, cultures, food, and economies squarely contained within their national boundaries. But in fact Europe is at once a unified place and a sophisticatedly fragmented one, and national boundaries rarely reflect its social and economic realities. The social atlas of Europe is the first atlas to map Europe according to these realities, from the perspective of human geography rather than simply a political one. Using innovative full-colour visualization methods, it reconsiders European identity through its many different facets: economy, culture, history, and human and physical geography, visualizing Europe and its people in a more fluid way, in some cases using maps without artificial national boundaries. It utilizes the latest available demographic, social, and economic data through state-of-the-art geographical information systems and new cartography techniques. Through these new visualizations, this highly illustrated book offers fresh perspectives on a range of topics, including social values, culture, education, employment, environmental footprints, health and well-being, and social inequalities and cohesion. It is a bold rethinking of Europe as we know it and will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the continent in its truest form.

More information can be found at the book’s accompanying web-site (link to: www.europemapper.org)
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2014@rgs.org