Webinar Series

The Institute of Australian Geographers, Geographical Research journal and Wiley publishers are delighted to announce a new Webinar Series. We launched the Webinar Series last year, and we encourage your participation in these events.

To view all previous Webinars see: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/17455871/homepage/webinars

Webinar 25 October 2022 – Poles apart: Geographical and other insights, with Professors Klaus Dodds [RHUL] and Elizabeth Leane [UTAS] - (now available on video).
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Our sincere apologies but we need to postpone the September webinar on Flounder or Flourish in support of panellists who have urgent carer responsibilities to now attend to. We hope to reschedule the gathering in mid-November.

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Topic: Flounder or flourish? Geography education and the discipline's future

Description:  A question for geographers and allies always seems to be will we flounder or flourish? Join Australian Geography Teachers Association President Susan Caldis and Vice President Simon Miller, Wiley's Shirly Griffith, Senior Director and Head of School Publishing, the Institute of Australian Geographer's President Jen Carter, and others in this latest webinar in our series. As geography educators working in schools, initial teacher education, higher education, and publishing our guests advocate for the field, take action to support it, and strategize to deal with pinch points. In this webinar they will consider how and with what effects the future of geography education is in lockstep with the discipline's and profession's future in post-secondary spaces. Deliberately preceding September's AGTA Conference, the discussion will include an evidence-based overview and a lively discussion with panellists from publishing, research, and teaching backgrounds that will also invite questions and comments from our audience and, we hope, a celebration of geography education. All welcome.

To view all previous Webinars see: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/17455871/homepage/webinars

The Abstracts for past webinars are below:

This Webinar held on 25 October 2022 is now available as a video at:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/17455871/homepage/webinars

Join Geographical Research journal, the Institute of Australian Geographers, and Wiley as we host an exciting conversation about polar studies with Elizabeth Leane and Klaus Dodds. Elle is Associate Dean, Research Performance and Professor of English at the University of Tasmania. Klaus is Professor of Geopolitics and Executive Dean of the School of Life Science and Environment at Royal Holloway University of London. Both are world-leading scholars on matters polar and their consequences, and we are delighted they are able to join us across hemispheres and disciplines.

Publishing 101: A step-by-step workshop

This free, openly accessible, webinar is focused on the needs of new writers, established writers wanting a refresher, and anyone interested in writing, editing, and publishing! Wiley Journal Publishing Manager, Rebecca Ciezarek, and Geographical Research editor, Elaine Stratford, will consider the process of publishing journal papers. Organised as a series of short presentations interspersed with Q&A and discussion, we will start with recent changes to the publishing landscape, then move to consider tools and tips for authors. We will share insights on writing your paper, selecting the right journal, navigating peer review, dealing with publication ethics, and promoting your research, preprints; publishing Open Access. checklists before submitting your paper, and production and copyright. And we will talk about how to work with journal editors and think about what they need to help you thrive in journal publishing environments, not least by knowing the central value of editing itself. The webinar is a joint initiative of Wiley, the Institute of Australian Geographers, and Geographical Research.

Workshop slides are available here.

Disruption, transformation, and innovation have an ambivalent presence in economic geography, contributing uneven spatial development as well as the necessary ingredients for economic growth and prosperity. On one hand, economic power and higher-value production concentrate in certain locations and warrant the study of regions from the core. On the other hand, there is a need to be mindful of consequential conceptual and empirical distortions of what we know of the periphery on its own terms. At its most basic, working at the periphery draws attention to activity not visible from the centre, a position enabling other valuations of the significance of what is observable at the periphery. Things might be constituted differently away from the centre and may need interpreting in new ways to understand their seemingly distant geographies. Observations and interpretations at a distance might also render knowledge generalisations from the centre incomplete or redundant. This panel brings together contributors to a special section in Geographical Research who consider peripherality as a way of being placed in order to show how this position promotes innovation and to reveal how dynamics in peripheral economies may aid our collective understanding of them and, perhaps unexpectedly, of the core.

The panel includes: Al Rainnie, Alexander Wentworth Vaughan, Thomas Sigler, Sally Weller, Tom Barratt, Sophie Webber, Anton Klarin.

In 2022, eastern Australia has been subject to extreme floods, including what are being dubbed rain bombs. Needed now is focused attention on the geographical effects of these events and on their implications for geographers. One would be hard pressed to argue against the proposition that, in fact, all aspects of geographical concern are at stake here. Consider the spatial, place-based, mobile, multiscalar, and intersectional implications of these events for health, geomorphology, biogeography, and economic, social, cultural, and political issues not least and not solely among them. In this webinar, a panel was invited to converse with our audience about flood events and the contributions that geographers have made and can continue to make in response to them. At the same time, responsiveness is necessary but insufficient, so we also explored what anticipatory work can be done in terms of theorization, methodological innovation, empirical labours, rapid analysis, and policy advice. The webinar will, we hope, be of wider interest to all those grappling with disaster, risk, and resilience and with all of the other geographical concerns that are part of that assemblage.

Panellists include: Brian Cook (University of Melbourne), Emily O’Gorman (Macquarie University), and Jason Alexandra (Alexandra Consulting).

University capitalism thrives by integrating Indigenous, minoritized and southern peoples and their knowledges into “western” paradigms. That practice disrespects rights to justice and profits from insecure academic labour. In this webinar we invited participants to question colonial legacies, destabilise institutional whiteness and share ideas about how we can participate in affirmative thought and practice in ways that lead to just university systems. The webinar follows the publication of a special section on decolonising the university from the Antipodes in Geographical Research. As contributors we sought to drive and strengthen, Indigenous, Southern, Black and Feminist scholarship and voices in research in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ecuador, and India.

Panellists include: Michele Lobo, Denisse Rodríguez, Vanessa Cavanagh, Haripriya Rangan, Sharon J. McLennan, Margaret Forster, Richard Howitt, Leanne Holt, Michelle Lea Locke, and Robert Anders.

For the first webinar of 2022, we welcomed Miri Raven [UNSW], Jason Prior [UTS], Kristian Ruming [Macquarie], Jason Byrne [UTAS], and Philipa Duthie [RSA Oceania]. Together they explored a report, published in October 2021, by Josie Warden from the Royal Society of Arts. The paper is entitled 'Regenerative Futures. From sustaining to thriving together'. In it, Warden considered the meaning of the term regenerative, shared varied perspectives on the term, outlined the ways in which it signifies living systems perspectives, invited readers to think deeply about questions related to the future, and described eight guiding principles for regenerative design. Geographers surely will have much to contribute to the ways in which these principles are made manifest, and this webinar heard views from several leading members of the discipline.

In July 2021, Lauren Rickards gave the Wiley Lecture at the joint Institute of Australian Geographers/New Zealand Geographical Society Conference. In this inaugural webinar hosted by the IAG, Geographical Research, and Wiley in November, Lauren returned to provide a brief reprise on the lecture in light of COP26 and to converse with panellists and the audience in a Q&A session.

Our guest: Lauren Rickards is a Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University where she leads the Climate Change Transformations research program, a new Climate Change Living Lab and a cross-university Urban Futures platform.