2013 RGS Call for papers

Call for papers:
Space-time knowledge in social networks: a new paradigm for transport geography?

We would like to encourage submissions to the following Call for Papers for the 2013 RGS conference. This will take place in London from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2013. Also please note the opportunities for postgraduates.

Best regards,
Janet Dickinson and Chris Speed

Space-time knowledge in social networks: a new paradigm for transport geography?


Rapid developments in mobile technology together with widespread public adoption have brought about new socio-technological practices with implications for transport geography. Much has been said about the decoupling of the links between activity, place and time, and the re-negotiated scheduling of meetings on the go. There have been claims within geography and sociology that this changes everything. However, relatively little work has been conducted in the field of transport geography, yet this is an area possibly most impacted and most subject to change due to new space-time practices that alter our understanding of the movement of people and objects. For example, real-time systems, based around the ubiquity of mobile devices, can visualise the position of users relative to other people in their social network, places, transport resources (buses, cars, cycles) and even the things they need. Ideas around the Internet of things are extending these capabilities beyond people to communication and knowledge generation by moving objects such as cars. Transport geographers are well placed to exploit emergent socio-technological practice to develop solutions to a variety of transport problems, be that access for the ageing population or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This session aims to bring together researchers to explore how transport geography might be changing and whether there is a new paradigm. Submissions are invited that address questions related to what has changed, what might change or whether the impact is really minimal. Submissions may address a variety of issues such as: new methodological considerations; practice based research; conceptual or theoretical issues; new solutions to transport problems; interdisciplinary contexts.

While the session seeks contributions in the traditional paper format, it also seeks to encourage other forms of audience engagement such as demos, audience participation activities and discussion.

Please submit a title and abstract of up to 250 words to Janet Dickinson (Bournemouth University, jdickinson@bournemouth.ac.uk) and Chris Speed (Edinburgh University, c.speed@ed.ac.uk ) by 28th January 2013.

Eligible author presenters are encouraged to submit a paper for the Postgraduate Paper Prize, which will be sponsored by Emerald Publishing in 2013. There is a first prize of £100, and a runner-up prize of a book chosen from the Emerald transport titles.

To enter for the prize, a full paper of not more than 6000 words should be submitted to the Secretary of the TGRG (Kate Pangbourne, k.pangbourne@abdn.ac.uk) no later than 5pm on the Friday of the week prior to the conference.

Eligibility for Postgraduate Prize:
Eligibility is restricted to post-graduate students (or those who have had their viva within six months of the date of the conference) presenting their own work. There is a presumption that the papers ought to be sole authored.

Dr Janet Dickinson
School of Tourism
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
BH12 5BB
Tel: +44 (0)1202 965853

Dr. Chris Speed
Reader in Digital Spaces
Edinburgh College of Art
University of Edinburgh
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH39DF
M: 07917 225815
T: 0131 6515747
Twitter: @chrisspeed
W: http://www.chrisspeed.net


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