Royal Geographical Society, London

30th August – 3rd September 2016

Call for Papers

Making space for writing: geography and research writing

Sponsored by the Higher Education Research Group of the RGS-IBG


Session Organisers: Rae Dufty-Jones (Western Sydney University) and Chris Gibson (University of Wollongong)


Session Abstract

Writing is integral to how we perform our scholarly identities as geographers. As Kamler and Thompson (2006: 15) argue: ‘we are represented by our writings and we are judged by them’. Research writing is a key product by which colleagues and institutions evaluate our past and potential contributions. It is often the source of much personal anxiety. To be able to write about their research is also a key skill that graduate students are often expected to have mastered by the time they complete their doctoral studies.


Yet, while we regularly espouse the need to ‘find space’ for our writing, we have seldom overtly theorised space in our writing practices. Writing remains a ‘black box’ in geographical literatures.


This session invites proposals to present work examining the nexus between geography, geographers and research writing. Some suggested questions for framing papers include:


Please email proposals (title + 200-250 word Abstract) or queries to Rae Dufty-Jones (r.dufty-jones@westernsydney.edu.au) and Chris Gibson (cgibson@uow.edu.au).  The deadline for Abstracts is Friday 5th February 2016.  The format of the session will be the presentation of 4-5 selected papers each lasting 20 minutes.



Kamler B and Thomson P. (2006) Helping doctoral students write: Pedagogies for supervision, London: Routledge.

Dr Rae Dufty-Jones | Senior Lecturer | Geography and Urban Studies | Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus) | Post: Locked Bag 1797 Penrith Sth DC NSW 2751 |Phone: 61 (2) 9685 9393 | Websitehttp://www.westernsydney.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/doctor_rae_dufty-jones   

Recent publications: 
Dufty-Jones, R. 2015. Governmentalities of moblity: the role of housing in the governance of Australian rural mobilities Journal of Rural Studies, 42, pp.63-78 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016715300279

Dufty-Jones, R. and Rogers, D. (Eds) 2015. Housing in 21st century Australia: people, practices and policies, Aldershot, Ashgate (http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&title_id=20528&edition_id=1209351646&calcTitle=1