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Hidden Geographies

International Conference Slovenia, Ljubljana, 29-31 August 2019

programme

Hidden geographies in a very broad sense refer to ways of spatial arrangements of natural or cultural, real or imagined features, relations or processes in a landscape that are hidden in any possible meaning, such as (so far) not visible, unseen, kept out of sight, concealed, disguised, masked, unrevealed, also unperceived or unknown. They are hidden to majority or to individuals, to science, to public or maybe to certain social groups. Hiding may be deliberate, e.g. to protect (natural environment, privacy, human rights) or to gain (economic, political) advantage. However, the majority of geographies remain hidden due to lack of information or lack of knowledge how to deal with them. Geography, cartography, remote sensing, geoinformatics and other disciplines focusing on spatial aspects of the nature and societies, supported by the ubiquity of the ICT, and enormous quantities of available spatially positioned quantitative as well as qualitative data reveal, or at least assess enormous amounts of (so far) hidden geographies, which leads to a growing need to adequately select, interpret, model and relate this information to the existing knowledge. Hidden geographies are everywhere, and many have substantial impacts on (other) natural and social processes, which consequently trigger changes, for example in the landscape, economy, culture, health or quality of life.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE

Time

Wednesday

28th August

2019

Thursday

29th August 2019

Friday

30th August 2019

Saturday

31st August 2019

8:30-9:30

 

Registration

Registration

Fieldtrip

9:30-11:00

 

Welcome

speeches and

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers

11:00-11:30

 

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

11:30-13-00

 

Conference

Conference

13:00-14:00

 

Lunch

Lunch

14:00-15:30

 

Conference

Conference

15:30-16:00

 

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

 

16:00-17:30

 

Conference

Conference

 

19:00-20:00

 

Ljubljana old town guided tour

   

20:00

Welcome 

Dinner

EUROGEO Dinner

 

 

Detailed programme will be published after the deadline for abstract submission.

  • Why to attend the conference?

    Join us in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 29 to 31 August 2019 at the EUROGEO 2019 Annual Conference Hidden Geographies. The conference will be part of the activities dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana and the Department of Geography. Under the auspices of the conference Ilešič’s Days, a professional meeting of geography teachers, will also take place. The conference will provide the opportunities to discuss the origins and consequences of the daily expanding complex world of hidden geographies, the awareness of them, their perception, understanding, interpretation and use in research, education, policy-making, management or everyday life. You are invited to contribute to any of the aspects of our discussion on this special and overlooked view on the geography, including:

  • Why to attend the conference?

    Join us in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 29 to 31 August 2019 at the EUROGEO 2019 Annual Conference Hidden Geographies. The conference will be part of the activities dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana and the Department of Geography. Under the auspices of the conference Ilešič’s Days, a professional meeting of geography teachers, will also take place. The conference will provide the opportunities to discuss the origins and consequences of the daily expanding complex world of hidden geographies, the awareness of them, their perception, understanding, interpretation and use in research, education, policy-making, management or everyday life. You are invited to contribute to any of the aspects of our discussion on this special and overlooked view on the geography, including:

  • Why to attend the conference?

    Join us in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 29 to 31 August 2019 at the EUROGEO 2019 Annual Conference Hidden Geographies. The conference will be part of the activities dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana and the Department of Geography. Under the auspices of the conference Ilešič’s Days, a professional meeting of geography teachers, will also take place. The conference will provide the opportunities to discuss the origins and consequences of the daily expanding complex world of hidden geographies, the awareness of them, their perception, understanding, interpretation and use in research, education, policy-making, management or everyday life. You are invited to contribute to any of the aspects of our discussion on this special and overlooked view on the geography, including:

  • Why to attend the conference?

    Join us in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 29 to 31 August 2019 at the EUROGEO 2019 Annual Conference Hidden Geographies. The conference will be part of the activities dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana and the Department of Geography. Under the auspices of the conference Ilešič’s Days, a professional meeting of geography teachers, will also take place. The conference will provide the opportunities to discuss the origins and consequences of the daily expanding complex world of hidden geographies, the awareness of them, their perception, understanding, interpretation and use in research, education, policy-making, management or everyday life. You are invited to contribute to any of the aspects of our discussion on this special and overlooked view on the geography, including:

Hidden geographies in any spatial scale

Gathering, studying, interpreting examples of hidden geographies in any spatial scale; examples may range from in-depth qualitative analyses of interviews, literature, artworks and internet materials, to highly quantitative analyses of remotely sensed imagery or positional data from mobile devices, from simple field explorations of human or animal spatial behavior or public opinion using mobile applications, to complex graphic modelling.

hidden geographies in theories and practices in academic discourse

Discussing the impacts of hidden geographies on theories and practices in academic discourses, discussing the roles of science and technology in revealing or protecting hidden geographies, or their impact on landscapes or people’s spatial behaviours.

ethical, political legal aspects of hidden geography

Discussing ethical, legal, political aspects of keeping hidden, or un-hiding the hidden geographies.

hidden geographies in education

Discussing the role of education in increasing the awareness of hidden geographies, knowledge and skills to discover them and live with them. A special track of the conference focusing on education topics will partly overlap with Ilešič’s Days, the national conference for Slovenian Geography teachers.

WE INVITE YOU TO PROPOSE PAPERS, POSTERS OR WORKSHOPS ON ANY TOPIC RELATED TO HIDDEN GEOGRAPHIES. SELECTED PAPERS, RESULTING FROM THE PRESENTATIONS AT THE CONFERENCE, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN A THEMATIC ISSUE OF THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY AFTER THE CONFERENCE.

Conference Registration Forms of participation

Conference Fieldtrip

The optional post-conference fieldtrip will include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Škocjan Caves and a picturesque village Goče at the karstic edge of Vipava Valley. Divača karst is the southernmost part of the world famous Kras plateau. It is well known for its geodiversity of surface karst features along with Škocjan Caves that are included in UNESCO world heritage list. Fieldtrip will include guided tour to the cave system along with some biggest cave chambers in the world. Second part will be dedicated to surface karst morphology regarding shafts, collapse dolines and a karst canyon. We will conclude the fieldtrip with the visit of picturesque village Goče with guided visit tour of the village, wine tasting and late lunch. Through the fieldtrip we will focus on different aspects of hidden geographies - social, natural etc. We will have the opportunity to discuss how hidden geographies are reflected in space and how we can research and "unhidden" them.

 

Join us and be impressed by hidden geographies on the field!

 

How to participate at the conference?

Your contributions may link the main topic of the conference to any fields of geography or interdisciplinary fields of work/research. Some of the possible fields are:

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Topics from e.g. geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, biogeography, pedology …

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Topics from e.g. population geography, social geography, cultural geography, economic geography, political geography …

GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE

Topics from e.g. GIS and geographic information science, remote sensing, cartography and geovisualization …

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Topics from e.g. environmental protection, landscape ecology, ecosystem services, urban and regional studies, mountain studies, natural hazards, tourism, spatial/environmental sociology, psychology, spatial cognition, perception, behaviour …

GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

Topics from e.g. teaching, learning, educational technologies, curriculum and competences development … Further information are avaliable for Slovenian geography teachers (in Slovenian). Please click here.

CONFERENCE VENUE

The conference Hidden Geographies will take place in the building of Medical Chamber of Slovenia, which is located at Dunajska cesta 162, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. Detailed information on conference venue and how to reach conference are avaliable here.

IMPORTANT DATES/EXPECTED TIMELINE

25 November 2018

Opening of abstract submission and registration

10 May 2019

Deadline for abstract submission and early bird registration

16 August 2019

Last day for payment

29-31 August 2019

The conference & post-conference excursion

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Andrej Mihevc

Hidden landscapes of karst

Key words: karst, Kras, morphology, hydrology, caves, land use

Karst is a type of natural landscape with special relief and underground water flow formed during long geological periods on water-soluble rocks where the dissolution of rock is the most important geomorphic process.

Karst in Slovenia covers 8,800 square kilometres (43%) of the country. It is characterized by a rocky surface, underground water flow and karst landforms. First descriptions and research of caves, water phenomena, sinking rivers and springs date back to the 17th century. In 19th century karst relief features and phenomena were discovered and explained for the first time so local names like dolina, polje, uvala and others were taken as scientific terms, and also karst as a special type of landscape was named by local name kras.

I will present some aspects of karst hidden nature: karst forms due to slow dissolution so that geomorphic processes are “hidden” to eye and normal human experience. Hidden is also karst underground water flow that formed caves. Till now 13,200 caves were explored with total length of 870 km. Through some of the caves waters drain and rivers flow, other caves are relicts. They preserve sediments dating back to Miocene or younger. Cave sediments keep records of past environments, archaeological data and traces of recent use and misuse of the karst.

Most of these phenomena are hidden below the surface or can be observed only by scientific tools so they are hidden and often overlooked by public.

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Carles Carreras

THE HIDDEN URBAN GEOGRAPHIES. THE STUDY CASE OF BARCELONA

The complexity of the contemporary cities hides a great number of dynamic differential geographies both at the material and socio-economic level. The palimpsest of the old European cities adds different cultural and historical elements to this complexity, enlarging the possibilities of more hidden geographies. This paper tries to disclose some of the most relevant hidden geographies in Barcelona.

First, the touristic success of the city after the 92 summer Olympic games organization have had as a hidden consequence the huge benefits of the owners of buildings in the center of the City, much of them foreign companies. Second, the urban landscape of the compact city hides a strong inequality of its inhabitants in their socio-economic level. Finally, the present changes on the economic system hide a secular strong competition of different activities in order to control and perform the city’s Mediterranean coast.

These and other important contemporary trends that characterizes our post truth times claims for a new scientific approach to the Urban that our research group includes in a vindication of a renewed classical Political Economy. The main goal is to allow the explanation of the Urban totality, against the mainstream fragmentation of the anecdotic and fetishist discourses in the Scientific literature.

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Gerry O'Reilly

Hidden Geographies in Times of Change and Conflict

Decoding hidden geographies poses challenges; reading hidden intelligible inter-relationships from a holistic perspective is imperative. Ethical interpretation is vital: to select, model and relate information to existing knowledge bases and ideals e.g. UN SDGs. Research seeks deeper levels of image, not always showing political-economy power brokers. Rising extremism in the USA, UK’s Brexit stress, and populism across Europe, and from the Philippines to Brazil as well as fundamentalism epitomized by Daesh suggest this. Due to globalization, geographers are required to interpret from the smallest scales to world-wide levels. In this, managing and eliminating violence is no longer a choice for humanity, but a responsibility so as to avoid sliding into a dystonia. Elucidating hidden geographies of power is essential; aligning geography, geopolitics and humanistic perspectives is vital. Resource control, defense, identity and existential variables need constant reassessment. The nexus between development and governance has to continually review vulnerability and risk. Interconnections between organization and human needs have to be interpreted within global architectures and legacies. Hidden geographies of emotions and fears are reshaping the political landscape.

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Josef Strobl

Live Geography: Geomedia as Interfaces for Spatial Thought

Discussing the role and design of digital geomedia as these are replacing traditional geographic media like maps, atlasses and globes, it is recognized that digital media fundamentally differ from digitized documents. Geomedia today predominantly are interfaces for online services and SDI, they serve as dynamic framing for discourse and interaction, and require fundamentally different approaches compared to static maps. In addition, geospatial data today result less from mapping processes, but mostly from continuous, live data streams. Established concepts of Time Geography are married with trajectory data models supported by moving objects databases, allowing exploration of past and current realities through spatiotemporal sensing, including analytical methods fully considering time, and demonstrate how visualisation and communication adapt to these changed paradigms. ‚Maps‘ now serve as interactive online user interfaces connecting real people with digital representations of the real world. As real life more often than not is spatially organized, actors in society, business and environment leverage these powerful ‚map‘ interface paradigms beyond simple 2D, guiding the user towards a learning outcome, some deeper insight or simply any mundane everyday task like navigation. In short, maps are not so much considered a product, but as a spatially organized interface allowing the exploration of geospatial knowledge, access to public participation and crowdsourcing, facilitating citizen science as well as navigating events and discovery of domains. Geomedia provide spatial indexing to spatial organisation(s) by integrating map and image displays, perspective views and virtual globes, forms and essentially any kind of digital online multimedia or any web service – whatever is accessed through a URL or URI. Geomedia make spatial thinking not only possible, but also superior!

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Tracey McKay

Hidden Geographies within Initial Teacher Education: trainee teachers encountering 'otherness' in the Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, Northern Ireland

This research was inspired by David Newman’s (2006) paper ‘The lines that continue to separate us: borders in our ‘borderless’ world’. In this paper Newman (2006:1) pointed out how “we live in a world of lines and compartments. We may not necessarily see the lines, but they order our daily life practices and strengthen our belonging to, and identity with places and groups, while...perpetuating and re-perpetuating notions notion of difference and ‘othering’. In the north of Ireland the deeply divided nature of society means that ethnic / cultural ‘borders’, to one extent or another, impact on many aspects of life, including education and initial teacher education. This paper is attentive to the experiences of students of initial teacher education attending a Catholic teacher training college (located on the Falls Road in west Belfast) as they cross the city to encounter representations of Orange (Protestant) cultural identity and heritage in the Museum of Orange Heritage. It reflects on their experience of crossing a hard-edged but largely ‘hidden’ or intangible cultural border to engage in a learning programme intended to explore identity, cultural diversity and mutual understanding within the context Citizenship Education of Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Newman, D (2006). ‘The lines that continue to separate us: borders in our ‘borderless’ world. Progress in Human geography 30 (2), 1-19

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Andrej Mihevc

Research Counsellor

Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, Postojna, Slovenia

karst, speleology, morphology, age, land use and history

Hidden landscapes of karst

Carles Carreras i Verdaguer

Emeritus Professor

University of Barcelona, Spain

urban geography, cultural geography, urban literature and sense of place

The Hidden Urban Geographies - Study Case of Barcelona.

Gerry O'Reilly

Associate Professor

St Patricks Campus, Dublin City University, Ireland

geopolitics, humanitarian action, development, peace-building, spaces of memory

Hidden Geographies in Times of Change and Conflict

Josef Strobl

Professor

University of Salzburg, Austria

geomedia, spatial analysis, spatial data infrastructures, education for spatial thinking, digital terrain modeling

Live Geography - Geomedia as Interfaces for Spatial Thought

Tracey McKay

Senior Lecturer

St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, UK

history and philosophy of geography, cultural construction and dissemination of geographical knowledge, production of geographies of identity, belonging and citizenship, curriculum innovation in the area of Citizenship Education

Hidden Geographies within Initial Teacher Education: trainee teachers encountering 'otherness' in the Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Conference Fees and Payment

Conference fees

Early bird rate, until 10 May 2019

After 10 May 2019

Full participation* including EUROGEO Conference dinner for existing EUROGEO members**

280

340

Full participation* including EUROGEO Conference dinner for non-members***

320

380

EUROGEO dinner only (for partners, students and retirees) and members of DUGS

40

50

Student conference rate, and Retired, existing EUROGEO Student / Senior members**, additional exhibitors

55

75

Student conference rate*, and Retired, EUROGEO non-members

65

85

Members of DUGS****

125

165

Conference field trip *****

60

80

Exhibition fee for the first exhibitor*

150

150

*

includes coffee breaks and lunches during the conference

**

only for members who have paid their EUROGEO membership fee for 2019 (40€ for members, 10€ for student / senior members)

***

includes one year EUROGEO membership fee (40€ for members, 10€ for student / senior members)

****

includes coffee breaks and meals at noon and the payment of one year EUROGEO membership fee (40€); DUGS Slovenian Association of Geography Teachers

*****

includes entrance and guidance in Škocjan Caves and dinner with wine tasting in Goče

Students: Student ID card will be required at the entrance.

Conference fees can be refunded until 3 June 2019, minus an administration fee of 50€. No refunds of conference fees are possible after that date.

Payment Options Conference fees can be paid either by bank-transfer, Paypal

Slovenian teachers: For further payment instructions, please click here.

Payment by bank-transfer:

Organization: Drustvo uciteljev geografije Slovenije

Address: Poljanska cesta 28, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Account number: IBAN SI56 6100 0000 5746 045

Bank: Delavska hranilnica d.d. Ljubljana, Miklosiceva 5, Ljubljana

SWIFT/BIC: HDELSI22

Reference: Hidden Geographies