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Call for Abstracts Open

Dear geographers and friends of geography,

we are pleased to invite abstracts for papers and/or presentations for the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2019 – at Wrest Point in Hobart.

The theme of the conference is geographies of emergence, divergence and convergence. We have some amazing international and local keynote speakers, including Jennifer Wolch (University of California, Berkeley), Janelle Knox-Hayes (MIT), Greg Lehman (University of Melbourne), Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran (University of Melbourne), and Jamie Kirkpatrick (University of Tasmania) – among others.

Session proposals have been submitted for the conference by the Institute of Australian Geographers study groups. The breadth of the sessions attests to the diverse interests in our discipline and the sessions are well-aligned to the conference theme. We invite you to submit the abstract for your paper/presentation to the session that best suits the theme of your paper.

If you are submitting an abstract which is not aligned to a session, please choose the ‘open/unaligned’ option.

The local organising committee for the conference will review all submitted abstracts after the closing date, in consultation with the IAG study group convenors (where relevant), to assess their fit with the conference and nominated session.

Paper presentations are limited to 15 minute presentations and 5 minutes for questions as the default, but there will be some sessions that have a call for papers where there are fewer papers and more time allocated for presentations (subject to time and venue availability). Some sessions may be managed according to interest, gauged by the number of abstract submissions, and the conference program will be adjusted accordingly.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and to seeing you in Hobart!
Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison, on behalf of the Local Organising Committee.


iAG Hobart poster

Dear geographers and friends of geography,


the local organising committee of the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Hobart July 9-13, July, 2019 is pleased to open the call for conference sessions.


The theme of the conference is Geographies of Emergence, Divergence, and Convergence.


Hashtag is #IAG2019Hobart.


The Conference will be held at the Wrest Point Conference Centre in Sandy Bay. The conference starts with a welcome reception and plenary late afternoon on Tuesday 9 July, with full days from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 July. Fieldtrips will be available on Saturday 13 July, with pre-conference activities on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 July. The conference dinner is scheduled for the evening of Thursday 11 July. Information will be updated on the conference website: conference website:


Session proposals, including panels (e.g. author meets critics), can be submitted via the conference website: by selecting the Call for Sessions tab. The Call for Session button, which will take you to an online submission form.


It would be great if you could be mindful of the conference theme when thinking about sessions. The conference website already has some signposts for you to consider. In the near future, a short piece inGeographical Research will expand on the conference theme.


Anyone wishing to attend the conference can propose a session, which will usually encompass 3 or 4 20 minute papers (15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion), or a 60-80 minute panel. Sessions that attract a large number of papers will likely become a stream of multiple sessions. Study groups are encouraged to coordinate call for sessions coming from within the group to minimise duplication and maximise likely interest in session proposals.


Depending on the number of sessions proposed, potential overlap between session proposals, and the constraints of the timetable and venue, we may have to do a little curating.


We have already confirmed some exciting international and local keynotes, including Carolyn FinneyGreg LehmanJanelle Knox-HayesJamie Kirkpatrick and Jeff Malpas. More to follow.


We are looking forward to you joining us in Hobart in 2019.


Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee

and University of Tasmania, Geography and Spatial Sciences


November 27, 2018