Call for Papers: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) Conference 2018


Call for Papers: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) Conference 2018


Papers are invited for 19th ENRGHI Conference, a two-day event organised by and for post-graduates and early career researchers, with generous support from the RGS (with IBG) Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG). This longstanding conference offers a supportive environment to showcase research; providing valuable opportunities for networking, research feedback and discussion with researchers and students who have a shared interest in geographies of health, wellbeing, and impairment.

Attracting an international audience, the conference welcomes abstracts from individuals involved in health or wellbeing research within social, geographical, and/or environmental contexts. We invite submissions from both those working within and outside of geography as a discipline. The 2018 conference will take place on the 18th and 19th June 2018, hosted by the University of Bristol.

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Conference: Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Bath, UK

Call for Abstracts: Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Annual Conference 2018

10th – 12th July 2018, University of Bath, UK

Conference theme: Mobilising Change: Creative and Critical Leisure Practices in the Post-Disciplinary Era

Hosted by the Physical Culture, Sport and Health Research Group

Conference website:

Abstract submission process and key dates:

  • Abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2018
  • Notification of decision will be made by 1 March 2018
  • We welcome abstracts to be submitted either to the conference themes or planned conference sessions. Please see the PDF attached (bottom of page) for information about the themes, sessions and submission guidelines.
  • We are also welcoming poster submissions for the Images of Research competition. Please see poster guidelines attached.

Conference aims:

The Conference Committee invites the submission of abstracts for papers that align with the aims of the conference:

  1. To facilitate critical and creative dialogue that responds to the sociopolitical complexity of leisure practices, formations and organisation in contemporary life.
  2. To invite diverse disciplinary perspectives, methodological and theoretical approaches from within, and beyond the field, to situate the study of leisure within in a post-disciplinary future.

The conference seeks to mobilise critical and creative insights, relationships and collaborations between academics, and also with non-academic participants who have been involved in co-created research (artists, activists, policy makers and professionals).

Conference themes:

Six themes have been identified around leisure problematics, contexts and interrelated matters of concern. These are:

o    Digital and physical cultures

o    Embodied health and well-being

o    Critical pedagogies in public and education spaces

o    Co-creating research – innovative methodologies

o    Inequality, power and change

o    Sustainable communities – people and places

Please see our website or contact for further inquiries. Follow us on Twitter @lsa_2018

LSA Conference Committee

Call for abstracts for the Leisure Studies Association Conference 2018

Call for posters for the Leisure Studies Association Conference 2018

Call for Papers: GHWRG sponsored sessions, RGS-IBG 2018.

This call for papers is for sessions sponsored by the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG) to take place at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st August 2018 in Cardiff. Please click through for individual abstracts and submission details.

Note varying submission deadlines.


Session title: ‘A green thought in a green shade’: understanding and amplifying the worth of urban nature’

Convenors:  Julian Dobson (University of Sheffield) and Nicola Dempsey (University of Sheffield)

Submission deadline: 15th January 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Social enterprise, third sector and non-government organisations as individual and community spaces of wellbeing

Convenors: Sarah-Anne Munoz (University of the Highlands & Islands), Tracy de Cotta (Swinburne University of Technology), & Jane Farmer (Swinburne University of Technology)

Submission deadline: 12th February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Geographies of happiness

Convenors: Maria Alfaro Munoz (University of Birmingham) and Jessica Pykett (University of Birmingham)

Submission deadline: 31st January 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: ‘Bullying … petty managerialism … progressive erosion of trust and collegiality’: the (im)possibilities of critical geographies in changing landscapes of contemporary universities

Convenor: Mark Jayne (Cardiff University)

Submission deadline: 20th Dec

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Critical geographies of care, mobilities, and migration

Convenor: Maddy Thompson, Newcastle University

Submission deadline: 2nd February 2018

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Situating ‘Cultures of Care’

Convenors: Gail Davies (University of Exeter), Beth Greenhough (Oxford University) and Sophie Bowlby (University of Reading)

Submission deadline: 2nd February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session Title: The lived life and told story: exploring biographical methods in geographic research

Conveners: Eliza Garwood (University of Southampton) and Angharad Butler-Rees (University of Southampton)

Submission deadline: 2nd February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: New landscapes of HIV/AIDS in times of PrEP

Convenors: Gavin Brown (University of Leicester) & Cesare Di Feliciantonio (University of Leicester)

Submission deadline: 9th February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Session title: Towards vitalist geographies of health and care
Convenors: Rich Gorman (Exeter University), Phil Emmerson (University of Birmingham) and Diana Beljaars (Cardiff University)

Submission deadline: 1st February 2018.

Link to abstract and submission details


Call for abstracts and participation: Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages

Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages: concepts, controversy and necessary tensions

A two-day interdisciplinary conference, February 12-13th 2018, University of Sheffield UK

Call for abstracts and participation

Global mental health as a field of study and practice involves a wide heterogeneous assemblage of actors and is a controversial field that despite huge achievements has also attracted much critique. While for some the very concept of global mental health is an oxymoron and a form of medical imperialism (Summerfield, 2013), for others it has proved a practical way of leveraging political attention on a much-neglected area. This makes for a sometimes hostile and polemic intellectual climate that risks reaching an impasse (Cooper, 2016). This conference aims to draw out the necessary tensions of this field through critical interdisciplinary discussion and debate. It aims to create space to explore how activists, mental health users and survivors, and academics from various fields (such as, Mad Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Disability Studies, Human Geography, History, Literary studies, Education, and Science and Technology Studies, and many more) can enrich and / or trouble debates around global mental health.

The conference is open to all working in and around global mental health and wider therapeutic assemblages, and especially welcomes postgraduate and early career researchers, those who have lived experience of a psychiatric diagnosis, or of distress, and those who live and/or work in the global South on mental health issues. It aims to explore and showcase the multiple contemporary (converging and diverging) directions of, and innovations in, global mental health research and practice.

For further information on conference content, funding opportunities, and submission of abstracts (deadline 11th December), see

For queries please contact

Call for RGS-IBG Session Sponsorship – Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Call for RGS-IBG Session Sponsorship – Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Deadline: Monday 18 December 2017

The Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group of the RGS-IBG would like to invite expressions of interest for sponsored sessions at the RGS-IBG 2018 Annual Conference.

The conference will take place at Cardiff University from Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 August 2018 with workshops and opening events on Tuesday 28 August. The chair of the 2018 conference is Professor Paul Milbourne (Cardiff University). The conference theme is ‘Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography’.

We welcome proposals for sessions that engage with the conference theme from the perspective of health, wellbeing, and medical geographies, and that could relate to the following:

  • Landscapes of the past, present and future
  • Rural, urban and post-industrial landscapes
  • Colonial, post-colonial and decolonial landscapes
  • Landscapes of power, oppression, exploitation and conflict
  • Landscapes of resistance and justice
  • Landscapes of community and care
  • Spaces of nature and more-than-human landscapes
  • Landscape representations, belongings and identities
  • Bodily engagements with landscape
  • Beyond the land: digital landscapes and soundscapes
  • Liquid landscapes: coastal spaces, seascapes and blue infrastructure
  • Edible landscapes: spaces of food production and consumption
  • Ordinary, mundane and everyday landscapes
  • New landscapes of austerity and Brexit

In addition to the sub-themes above, we of course also welcome other sessions that do NOT engage with the theme, particularly if you can justify that it is on a pressing and topical issue related to health and wellbeing.

Full call for sessions can be found here:

The deadline for session proposals submissions to GHWRG is Monday 18 December 2017.

Please email submissions to Rich Gorman (, including session title and abstract (max 400 words), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the session convenor(s), and the anticipated format of the session.

Session convenors will be notified in due course as to whether or not GHWRG will be able to provide sponsorship for your session. We can sponsor up to 12 session slots. Please bear in mind that sessions cannot occupy more than two slots in the whole programme.

Once a sponsorship decision has been made, you will have until Friday 16 February 2018 to provide the full session details (with all proposed papers and presenters) for final submission to the RGS-IBG. The full guidelines for organizing sessions can be found at:

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any specific queries regarding session proposal submissions to the GHWRG, please contact Rich Gorman ( or Andy Power (


Correspondence info.

We send out most of our communications through the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group mailing list. You can subscribe to the Jiscmail list here. We will notify you of our upcoming events throughout the year, including the ENRGHI conference and our Walk and Talks.

If you would like to publicise an event or paper, or connect with other members you can email and the email will be circulated to the whole mailing list.

We also circulate information via our website and Twitter. Don’t forget to follow us: @GeogHealth


GHWRG Undergraduate Dissertation Awards 2017

Winner of GHWRG Dissertation prize 2017: Alicia Souter (Newcastle University) “An investigation in to the problematic nature of drunkenness and excessive alcohol consumption for the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne.” Read about Alicia’s research below.

Highly commended GHWRG Dissertation prize 2017: Ella Sivan (University of Cambridge) “The way we live now: experiences of chronic pain and the benefit system.”


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“My work on the problematic nature of drunkenness and excessive alcohol consumption was submitted for my third-year undergraduate dissertation. Situating my research in Newcastle Upon Tyne, my experience as a resident and indeed student inspired my project, along with the works of Dr Robert Hollands and Dr Robert Shaw, both of whom lecture at Newcastle University.

The final write-up of my piece was entitled “An investigation in to the problematic nature of drunkenness and excessive alcohol consumption for the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne”.  My paper investigated the detrimental effects of the city’s night time economy on those vulnerable to its exposure,  focussing on health, disorder and disassociation through the collapse of industry and its resulting nightscapes.

Now, studying for my Masters in Human Geography Research, I intend to continue my studies in to a PhD with the intention of exploring the world’s various ‘Night Mayor’ schemes, homing in on what this entails for the governance of the Night Time Economy and what more can be done in the way of policy.”


The GHWRG offers a dissertation prize of £100, sponsored by the international journal Health and Place published by Elsevier. The prize is open to any currently registered undergraduate student in a UK University and will be awarded to the dissertation that exhibits the best overall contribution to any issue relating to health geography. For more information click here.