IAG Conference Hobart 9-13 July, 2019

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We are delighted to welcome geographers and friends of geography to join us at the 2019 Conference of the Australian Institute of Geographers (IAG) in Hobart, Tasmania, 9-13 July.

The conference will be held on the banks of the Derwent River, at the Wrest Point Convention Centre, near the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay campus. For the mouheneener people, the river, estuary, coastline and surrounding landscapes – places of convergence – have strong cultural significance: https://www.tmag.tas.gov.au/whats_on/exhibitions/permanent/ningina_tunapri.

We get underway with a welcome reception and opening plenary on Tuesday 9 July 2019, starting around 5pm, with full conference days on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Information about pre-conference workshops on Monday and Tuesday and post-conference fieldtrips on Saturday will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

The conference theme of ‘Geographies of Emergence, Divergence and Convergence’ embraces the diversity of our discipline while also creating a meaningful focus for integrating conversations across the conference. The conference theme speaks to intersections between physical and human geography, to scaled socio-spatial and socio-natural relationships, to global and local events and to historical geographies – past, present and future. Through the conference website and at the conference itself, we hope to use this theme as an invitation to you, to get to know Tasmania as a place of cultural and ecological complexity and richness. We especially encourage you to explore the information that will be provided on the Conference website about Tasmania’s traditional owners and continuing custodians, the palawa and pakana peoples.

Diverging from some past conferences, we are holding part of the conference away from the university campus. This brings both benefits and costs. We have worked with the conference organizer and the venue to keep costs as low as possible and to maximise the financial options open to participants. The conference dinner is an optional part of registration, although we would love to have everyone at the dinner to ensure we have an inclusive celebration of the discipline and the IAG. Students are crucial to the vitality and innovation of IAG conferences, not to mention the future of the Institute. To ensure the conference is accessible as possible, the student/retired/unemployed registration rate has been set below cost. We are also working with our conference managers to develop a suite of accommodation options.

We look forward to the diverse sessions on emergent and traditional topics, to seeing you at the conference in July, 2019, and to personally welcoming you to our island home.

Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison
Co-Convenors of the Local Organising Committee, 10 Dec. 2018