RGS-IBG 2019 Session: Emerging Voices in Political Geography:

  • Laura Shipp (Organiser)

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Organised by Viktoria Noka, Hannah Dickinson and Laura Shipp.
Last year, the emerging voices session was centered around opening-up a discussion about the different kinds of challenges we experience in academia. Whether it is applying for ethical approval, coming across complications in the field, or writer’s block, acknowledging that we are not alone in experiencing such difficulties and discussing them openly is an important step in building a stronger and kinder research community. It is imperative that we address these issues, but we also need to look beyond such challenges and think about how we can (re)learn to collectively recognise and celebrate our successes.

This year, with geographies of hope/geographies of despair as RGS annual theme, we choose to focus on the former and invite speakers to reflect on the ways in which we can reclaim success. Too often, we recognise only the monumental success, the grants and publications, without paying homage to the many ‘little’ successes that lead up to them. Crossing a crucial chapter off your to-do list, finally getting around to reading a paper, or simply starting work at the time you said you would, can feel like a success on some days. This session is about challenging the dominant neoliberal discourses around success where we are made to feel in competition with our peers in an ever-shrinking job market and, as a result, success becomes defined in very narrow terms. The aim of this session is to think about how we can reclaim success, not to list off our CVs, but to build a defiant, positive, and hopeful academic community. How can we challenge the neoliberal academy’s definition of success? How can we build a postgraduate community which is about celebrating and supporting successes?
PeriodAug 2019
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map