Invited speakers

The congress team are planning a range of panel and other invited speaker events and we aim to be as diverse and inclusive as possible in our invitations. Some of our Invited Speakers are listed below. More detailed information will be coming soon and announced in congress updates and news items.

Professor Stuart Lane

Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Title: Doing geography differently in the face of the current climate crisis

Stuart Lane is a geographer and civil engineer by training who has held posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Leeds and Durham in the U.K. and Lausanne in Switzerland. His work has sought to bring a geographical perspective to contemporary environmental concerns such as flooding, pollution and disappearing glaciers. An important thread through his most recent research criticizes the current alignment of geography as a discipline with the ever more neo-liberal academy ; and then argues for the rediscovery of a more scientific geographical science better able to the crises the world is experiencing today.

Professor Anindita Datta

Dept of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India

Title: Worlding feminist geographies: on genderscapes beyond the anglosphere


Anindita Datta is a Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Delhi and Chair, IGU Commission on Gender and Geography. Her work focuses on gendered and epistemic violence, feminist dissidence, spaces of resistance and care. Anindita is currently Associate Editor of Dialogues in Human Geography; IGU’s deputy representative to the Standing Committee on Gender Equality in Sciences; and recipient of the 2023 Jan Monk Service Award for her contributions to feminist geography. Her recent books include ‘Gender Space and Agency in India: Exploring Regional Genderscapes’ and the co-edited volumes ‘Bridging Worlds Building Feminist Geographies’ and ‘Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies’.

Professor Harriet Bulkeley

Deputy Executive Dean for Research, Faculty of Social Sciences & Health, Durham University, and Professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

Title: Governing with Nature: towards climate and social justice?


Harriet Bulkeley FBA is Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University, and at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. Her research focuses on environmental governance and the politics of climate change, energy, nature and sustainable cities and she currently convenes the Horizon Europe NATURESCAPES project (2023 – 2027). She has undertaken commissioned research for the UK Government, European Commission, NGOs, UN-Habitat, the OECD and the World Bank and in 2023 was appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council and as international honorary fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Prof Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University

Title: Digital twins, deep maps and the nature of mapping

Abstract: Mapping is now thoroughly digital at all stages of production and maps are widely engaged with in digital form. This digital turn has transformed the nature of mapping and maps. Maps are no longer static representations, but constitute spatial media, providing an interactive, dynamic means for creating, discussing and sharing spatial information and mediating spatial practices. This has included the development of 3D mapping, including nascent digital twins and digital deep maps. This plenary talk reflects on an attempt to produce a 3D city information model for Dublin that acts as a basic digital twin, which has also been used to explore deep mapping, as well as projecting data onto a printed 3D map model of the city. The paper will examine (1) what digital twins and deep maps mean for how we understand the nature of mapping, arguing that they produce a dyadic intertwining of map and territory; a literal, material expression of post-representational, ontogenetic conceptions of mapping; and (2) the politics of the data used in 3D mapping, focusing in particular on housing and planning data, and issues that shape the evidential stories told about cities through spatial media.

Zoltán Somhegyi , University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

Biography: Zoltán Somhegyi is a Hungarian art historian with a Ph.D. in aesthetics and a Habilitation (venia legendi) in philosophy, and is Associate Professor of Art History at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. As a researcher, he specialises in eighteenth-nineteenth century art and theory, with a particular focus on the aesthetics of ruins, of decay, of landscape representations, as well as environmental aesthetics, while his other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts and art criticism. He is the former Secretary-General (2016-2022) and the current Website Editor of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA), Deputy Secretary-General of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH, since 2023), and a consultant of Art Market Budapest: International Contemporary Art Fair. His recent books are Reviewing the Past. The Presence of Ruins (London – New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020) and Aesthetic Theory Across the Disciplines (Lanham – Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2023; co-edited with Max Ryynänen).