Welcome to the SCGRG!
The Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group (SCGRG) is one of the largest and most active research groups of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The group promotes social and cultural geographies through regular events including through sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference and at a variety of other conferences on contemporary issues in social and cultural geography. Becoming a member is a fantastic way to build relationships with researchers at all career stages from across the sub-discipline, as well as to stay informed about projects, conferences and training opportunities.The group has an active postgraduate membership and is keen to support events aimed at new career and emerging researchers.
The SCGRG embraces researchers and activists interested in the way the world works to produce social and cultural difference, engaging with key social science debates concerning identity, subjectivity, citizenship and belonging. The group’s collective work emphasizes, the connections between material and immaterial geographies, stressing that social injustice, poverty, and exclusion cannot be divorced from questions of representation and imagination. Likewise, it considers the shifting relations between cultural artefacts, practices and landscapes as they take shape in a mobile and seemingly global era.
The group is committed to encouraging inclusive and accessible knowledges, destabilising hierarchical and centred knowledges in favour of those which foreground diversity and difference. As such, the group is keen to promote areas of geography that have often been ‘othered’ within the discipline, such as geographies of the life course, the body, sexuality, gender, disability, ethnicity and religion, as well as geographies of the non-human and the ‘animal’.
Phil Emmerson and Maddy Thompson are the SCGRG postgraduate representatives for 2016-17.
Phil is a 3rd year PhD student in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, funded through the AHRC’s Midlands 3 Cities programme. His PhD examines the geographies of laughter and caring through a broadly more-than-representational lens, focusing particularly on the ways in which laughter intersects with everyday life in residential care homes in the UK.
Maddy is a 3rd year PhD student in the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University. Her research is funded by the ESRC and uncovers the geographical imaginations of Filipino nursing students and graduates. This project explores how geographical imaginations can be understood as a determinant of migratory aspirations, and she is interviewing both aspiring migrants and aspiring stayers. Maddy also has a concern with the exploitative practices surrounding Filipino nurses and Filipino nurse migrants. More broadly, she is interested in postcolonial and feminist geographies, social and cultural geography, and interdisciplinary migration research.
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