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

Rob Kitchin is a professor in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute and Department of Geography. His research examines the production of digital geographies and his present ERC-funded project (2022-27) is ‘Data Stories: Telling Stories About and With Planning and Property Data’. He is the (co)author or (co)editor of 36 academic books and (co)author of over 200 articles and book chapters, and he has delivered over 300 invited talks at conferences and universities. He has been an editor of Dialogues in Human Geography, Progress in Human Geography, and Social and Cultural Geography, and co-editor-in-chief of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. He is a recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences.

The lecture will be followed by a response from two discussants who will be based at the RGS-IBG Annual meeting in London. Our respondents are:

Prof Sébastien Caquard, Concordia University, Canada

Prof Katharine Willis, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Zoltán Somhegyi , Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

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).