[Iag-list] IAG NZGS 2021 Conference Theme Statement

Philip Mcmanus phil.mcmanus at sydney.edu.au
Fri Nov 20 01:03:32 UTC 2020


Hi everyone,

We are very pleased to announce the conference title, theme, dates and venue for the 2021 IAG/NZGS Conference.  Further details will be provided over the coming weeks and months but please mark these dates in your diaries and promote this event among your networks.


The 2021 IAG/NZGS Conference theme: "Remembering, reimagining geography"
The 2021 combined Australian and New Zealand Geography Conference will take place at the University of Sydney from 6 July - 9 July 2021 on the stolen, unceded lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
Traditional ownership of lands, waters and skies of  contemporary  Australia is the foundation of First Nations Peoples' continuing sovereignty since before colonisation. Acknowledging Indigenous ownership of this continent is especially important given the long and controversial history of Geography as a colonial discipline.  If geography is the science of "writing about the earth", then the history of geography is inherently a history of many voices, chiefly that of Indigenous Peoples. Yet in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and elsewhere, Indigenous geographies have been systemically appropriated, undervalued and actively disrupted, a process often promoted by and recorded through the study of geography.
2021 marks the centenary of the first university geography program in Australia at the University of Sydney. While Geography, in and beyond Sydney, is a dynamic discipline - with the 'what', 'how' and 'who' changing markedly over time - more structural changes are needed. Who gets to write Geography? Whose Geographies are written? Under what conditions? And what Geographies are ultimately produced and accepted?
Reckoning with this fraught history requires surfacing the discipline's imperial foundations and establishing new infrastructures of geographical knowledge that promote equitable relations between diverse humans and non-humans. The conference theme of Remembering, Reimagining Geography is offered as an opportunity to critically consider how geography evolved the way it did, its influences on human and more-than-human worlds, and the contribution the discipline can make to more just and sustainable futures. It is also an opportunity to remember and engage, from our different positions and places, the already existing life-sustaining systems of governance and legal orders of Indigenous sovereignties. With its foci on the construction of spatial relations and the intersections of humans and the natural world, geography sheds distinctive light on the challenges to understand and respond to the multiple, entangled crises and ontologies of the twenty-first century.  This conference will provide a space to ask questions, share knowledge and ideas, celebrate achievements and imagine alternative futures within an agenda to "re-imagine the earth" in ways that promote plural and transformative geographies and acknowledge ongoing First Nations sovereignties.
Given the current health context and our ability to meet and engage in ways not previously possible, the format of the 2021 conference is a hybrid online conference combined with in-person events. We wish to foster the discipline and the communities that support geography in ways that are safe, inclusive and fun. We understand that many of us miss the face-to-face social interaction but also that the health context varies across the world and that further changes are likely.  We welcome you to join us in your preferred format for a combined Australian and New Zealand conference that remembers and reimagines geography for a better future.



Phil McManus
Professor of Urban and Environmental Geography
School of Geosciences
The University of Sydney
SYDNEY   NSW   AUSTRALIA  2006
email:  phil.mcmanus at sydney.edu.au<mailto:phil.mcmanus at sydney.edu.au>
phone: 61-2-9351 4242)
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Vice President - Geographical Society of New South Wales (GSNSW)
https://www.geogsoc.org.au/site/index.cfm?display=649100

   Recent publications:

  *   McManus, P. and Haughton, G. (2020) Fighting to undo a deal: Identifying and resisting the financialization of the WestConnex motorway, Sydney, Australia.  Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 0308518X20933279
  *   Riley, E., Sainsbury, P, McManus, P. et al (2020) Including health impacts in environmental impact assessments for three Australian coal-mining projects: A documentary analysis.  Health promotion international 35 (3), 449-457
  *   Schweinsberg, S. and McManus, P. (2020) Coal seam gas: a space-based perspective. Geographical Research 58 (1), 24-33
  *   Haughton, G., McManus, P. (2019). Participation in Postpolitical Times: Protesting WestConnex in Sydney, Australia. Journal of the American Planning Association, 85(3), 321-334
  *   Yan, L., McManus, P., Duncan, E. (2019). Ethnicity and media: a study of English and non-English language print media coverage of water issues in Sydney. Local Environment, 24(5), 442-457.


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