NCGS 2019

Theme: Tracing Spatialities and Entanglements in Networked Worlds
Dates: November 15-16, 2019
Venue: University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
In coordination with the UP Department of Geography

NCGS Facebook Page: National Conference on Geographical Studies
PGS Facebook Page: Philippine Geographical Society


Society-space relations and socioecological entanglements have become more complex and fast changing. However, how we understand and interpret their dynamics and transformations continue to operate through critical lenses that subscribe to common binary oppositions of agency and structure, culture and nature, local and global, inside and outside, left and right, us and them, to name a few. The liveliness and complexity of our spatialities and entanglements in the present moment require equally flexible and adaptable framings, modes and tools for knowledge production and for social action. Thus, the National Conference on Geographical Studies 2019 is organized to serve as a venue for tracing processes, practices, discourses and materialities through which sociospatial relations and socioecological entanglements are made, unmade and remade in the context of highly interconnected worlds.

A networked world mediated by information and communication technologies (e.g. wifi, cloud, social media and other mobile gadgets and applications) have transformed the way we interact with each other and constitute our different social, economic and political practices. Far from creating easily predictable and stable social and material effects, the increasing interconnections that we experience today give rise to spatialities and entanglements that are emergent and contingent to the different networks of relations that constitute them. For example, how we conduct our everyday lives in the places and spaces where we dwell, work or consume has tremendously been shaped by the multiple linkages that connect us wider and farther than we could ever imagine. The pressing challenges of our changing world and the inequalities brought by neoliberal economic development have created opportunities for nascent experimentations and enterprises that prefigure a different possible future for people and the planet in a decentered and less rigidly hierarchical manner of organizing communities, allies and technologies.

The NCGS seeks individual or organized panel paper, video or poster presentations that contribute to discussing these questions:

What forms or patterns of society-space relations and human-nonhuman entanglements are created through the networks that constitute place and spaces in the Philippines or elsewhere?

What are the nascent methodologies and research tools that can assist us in understanding the complexities associated with the increasing interconnections of places, spaces, societies, economies, communities and ecologies?

What contradictions do these new spatialities and entanglements create in various contexts?

How are the challenges associated with these emergent arrangements and relations addressed using multiple and creative social actions?

NCGS 2019 serves as a venue for geographers, scholars and other practitioners to discuss a range of topics that are not only cutting-edge in the field of Geography but are also relevant to addressing the many social and environmental issues we face in an increasingly interconnected world. In NCGS 2019, we seek various and novel ways of tracing spatialities and entanglements, undertaking academic interventions and productive conversations using diverse theoretical and practical approaches. The NCGS 2019 serves as a node for conversation among geographers and scholars whose research attend to the processes, practices, discourses and materialities that set places and spaces in the Philippines and elsewhere into networked worlds.

We invite scholars and practitioners from all fields to share their research whether in paper, poster or video format. Research may be on, though not limited to, the following areas:

Geography & social justice
Geographies of peace
Social Movements and Space
Political Geography & Geopolitics
Territorial Conflicts and Re/Deterritorializations
Drone Studies and Development of UAVs
Subaltern & Postcolonial Geographies
Indigenous Geographies
Geographies of Education
Teaching Geography under the K-12 curriculum
Urbanization and Planning
Transport Geographies
Maritime and Marine Geographies
Island and Archipelagic Studies
Agriculture and Rural Development
Regional and Area Studies
Migration, Human Mobility & Diaspora
Population and environment
Geographies of Media
Spatial Humanities / Geohumanities
Visuality and Space
Theoretical Geographies
Postmodern Geographies
Place and Identity
Map Art and Radical Cartographies
Mapping and Counter-mapping
Participatory Mapping and GIS for a Spatially-enabled Society
GIScience and Remote Sensing
Historical Geography
LGBTQ and Gender
Religion and Space
Identity, Community and Human Terrains
Disaster Studies and Risk Reduction Strategies
Geography of Economies
Critical Development Geography
Nature and Society Relations
Environmental Geography
Food geographies