Engaging geography

An ESRC-funded seminar series

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Geography is boring. Geographers are boring. They wear tweed jackets with patches sewn on the arms – out of choice, not necessity. And cords. Most geographers have beards, and a fetish for maps. They are interested in what the highest mountains are, or longest rivers. And they know the capital of anywhere and everywhere.

Right? Maybe.

These pages hope to offer an alternative vision. This site offers contributions from a range of ‘geographers’, all of whom are interested in raising the public profile (or changing it!) of this thing called ‘geography’. For without it, we believe anyway, we are, and always will be, lost…

These pages are derived from a seminar series that starts in 2008. This series, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is based on the need to respond to two main challenges facing the ‘discipline’ of geography in 2008 and beyond:

  • its disciplinary identity and public face (what people think of ‘geography’ and ‘geographers’); and
  • the lack of contact and continuity between university-based, school, and other geographers.

The full seminar series proposal can be downloaded here and you can find out more information about the various events surrounding on the pages throughout this blog. Here, however, we enter into conversations….


This series, and these words, are the unmistakable handiwork of Duncan Fuller who died on Friday 3rd October 2008. Tributes to Duncan can be found (and added) here.


Seminar update:


Seminar 6: ‘Border crossings: geographies across universities and schools’.

This took place on 13 November 2010 in Leicester.


Seminar 5: ‘Communicating public geographies‘.

This took place on 13 October 2010 in London.


Seminar 4: ‘Creative public geographies’.

This took place on 22 June 2010 in Exeter.


Seminar 3: ‘Activist Geographies’.

This took place on 16 March 2010 in Leeds.


Seminar 2: ‘Geographies and policy’.

This took place on 19 November 2009 in Liverpool.


Seminar 1: ‘How did that happen?’

This took place on 23-24 January 2009 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


Written by Ian Cook et al

September 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm

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