We are delighted that the 47th Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG) will be hosted at GAP this week (21-24 May), in association with the Geographical Society of Ireland, for the first time in Belfast since 1999. Approximately 150 attendees will take part in a programme of paper, poster, workshop and fieldtrip sessions as well as social events. Keynote speakers are Prof. John Agnew (UCLA), Dr Mary Bourke (TCD) and Prof. Michael Heffernan (Nottingham).
More information on CIG 2015, including programme and events.
A host of leading international scholars, including Professor Mark Neocleous (Brunel University), Professor William Walters (Carleton University, Canada), Professor Jack Halberstam (USC, USA), Professor Chandan Reddy (Washington University, USA) and Dr Rahul Rao (SOAS) will be visiting SSC to participate in the second Lexicon for Political Thought workshop. The workshop seeks to initiate and compile original and critical essays on political concepts, both central and esoteric, with long traditions and with very short ones. The workshop also seeks to politicize concepts that are not usually thought in relation to the political, to bring together and juxtapose a variety of disciplines, theoretical approaches, as well as cultural and geopolitical backgrounds. Participants will offer new horizons and open new questions for those who think with and about the concepts under discussion.
The event is open to the public and no early registration is needed.
For more details contact Brendan Quail
We are pleased to welcome Professor Peter M. Atkinson as Visiting Research Professor to GAP.
Professor Atkinson is a Geographer with an international reputation for research into remote sensing, geographical information science and spatial statistics. He was previously Professor and Head of the School of Geography at the University of Southampton, where he was part of the central team leading Southampton University’s REF2014 submission. He holds the Belle van Zuylen Chair in the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and was also recently Visiting Fellow at Green-Templeton College and the Department of Zoology, Oxford University.
Professor Peter Atkinson will be working with Dr Jenny McKinley on developing geostatistical approaches for geoscientists and environmental disease modelling.
Prof Audrey Horning (GAP's Head of School and Professor of Archaeology) has been awarded the 2014 James Mooney Award for best anthropological book on the South and Southerners by Southern Anthropological Society (SAS) for her book Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic.
The committee was unanimous that Audrey's book stood out among the nominees as a sophisticated, creative, and insightful comparative analysis of British colonization efforts in Ireland and Virginia, considering her use of anthropological theory and methods to be exemplary and a model for such work. Importantly, the committee understands Audrey's book to be an important step in placing the American South into a global comparative framework that moves us far from conceiving of the South as an isolated, insular region.
On 25 March, 13 GAP students were successfully trained as by Geography Ambassadors by special guest Simon Faulkner of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Sarah Hughes, president of our Geography Society, played a key role in bringing the programme to GAP and all thirteen students are now trained in how best to share enthusiasm for the subject to inspire pupils to continue studying geography at GSCE, AS/A Level and university.
Simon commented: “It was a pleasure to come to the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen's and train keen geography students. The Geography Ambassador Scheme aims to promote the relevance and importance of the subject to secondary school pupils in the hope that it encourages them to take it further. The training session at Queen's was full of great ideas, questions, enthusiasm and most importantly fun, and I'm really pleased to have the students on board promoting the subject in Northern Ireland”.
Sarah Hughes, president of the QUB Geography Society, played a key role in bringing the programme to Queen’s said: "It was absolutely great to be involved in being a part of introducing the Ambassador Scheme. I knew once I heard about it at the Geography Societies Conference in London last year, that it would be a great scheme for the School to get involved in. The scheme itself was extremely interesting and well organised. Simon, the coordinator made things so much fun and everyone in the training session had a ball. I would really recommend this scheme to everyone and I am proud to now say that I am a Geography Ambassador."
On 19th February, GAP Professor David Livingstone will give the prestigious Dudleian Lecture at Harvard, on the subject of "Religious Encounters with Evolution: Place, Politics, Polemics". He will address the historical interaction of science and religion as it pertains to Darwinian evolution, using politics, polemics, and particularly place as analytical tools. Prof Livingstone reminds us that science is presented and received differently according to geographic space and enriches our understanding of the interaction between science and religion. The same day, he will be the discussant at a Lunch Panel in Harvard Divinty School on "The Climate of War: Violence, Warfare and Climatic Reductionism". On 20th February, Professor Livingstone will be one of the discussants at a second Lunch Panel on "Science in its Place", together with Professor Janet Browne, Dr Andrew Jewett and Dr Myrna Perez Sheldon.
We are delighted to be able to welcome Dr Tristan Sturm to GAP as Lecturer in Human Geography!
Tristan is a political geographer, who finished his PhD at UCLA in 2010. He was formerly Assistant Professor from 2012 to 2015 at York University in Toronto, Canada. The main themes of his research concern the geopolitics of religion, apocalyptic thought related to climate change, and how nationalism and landscape are co-constitutional. He is currently working on a book project on how American Christian Zionists have performed their nationalism for Israel on landscapes portending the apocalypse. He is specifically interested in the materiality of how these geopolitical imaginations are enacted on the ground, in everyday life, and through tourist and pilgrimage itineraries at Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), Gaza, and the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount. Concomitant with this research, Tristan is interested in theorizing both what he has termed "the geopolitics of religion" (geopolitics by religious groups and their theologies) and "religious geopolitics" (secular discourses that utilize religious discourse). His main concern is fundamentalist religious groups, but he is also interested in how mainstream faiths have constructed their own geopolitical world visions and have justified violent territorial imaginaries.
Among the winners of awards in the Annual Queen’s Students’ Union’s ‘What’s the Big Idea?' awards was GAP student Jodie Jackson for 'Best idea for a Social Enterprise'. Her proposal is for a new international project, Tiwala, working with the charity ‘TEN Foundations’ in rural regions of the Philippines. The aim is to focus on poverty alleviation through a livelihood program based on the creation and selling of soap.
The outcome of this project is to use the profit generated from sales to facilitate paid employment for those involved in the scheme and provide funding for the childrens shelter which has been established by TEN Foundations.
Organised by Enterprise SU, the annual Queen’s Students’ Union Business Idea Awards are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate Queen’s students with a novel and creative idea.
More details about Tiwala (pdf)