Geopolitics & Justice Research Cluster 50th Anniversary Symposium

Venue
The Moore Institute Seminar Room

Date & Time
22nd March, 2013 @ 09:15:00

Geopolitics & Justice Research Cluster
50th Anniversary Symposium

22 March, 9.15 am – 4.30 pm

Moore Institute, NUI Galway

To mark the 50th anniversary of Geography at NUI Galway, the Geopolitics and Justice Research Cluster will host a symposium on Friday, March 22nd, in the Moore Institute. The Geopolitics and Justice cluster unites interests that seek to critically interrogate practices of interventionism, development and securitization in our contemporary world along with their consequent contested forms of governmentality and justice. A common research concern lies in theorising and insisting upon more humane, nuanced and critical human geographies, and in considering urgent issues of economic, environmental and social justice.

The symposium will include overviews of current cluster research which spans key global issues respecting geopolitics and security, structural injustices and poverty, humanitarianism and human rights, environmental and social justice, and hunger and food security. The cluster’s broader public academic concerns of civic engagement, field-based learning, and public geographies and representation will also feature. To this end, the day sets out to combine academic speakers from Geography, History and Politics with development practitioners from Irish Aid, Christian Aid and NUI Galway’s Community Knowledge Initiative, who will all address shared concerns of interventionism, development and justice.

Student presentations from Geography’s MA in Environment, Society and Development on the theme of ‘transformative geopolitics and justice’ will also form a key element of the proceedings, and signals the importance of a vibrant graduate research community integrally feeding into the enterprise and ongoing development of our research cluster. Finally, we are delighted to have as plenary speaker from the School of Geography and the Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development at Queen Mary, University of London, Dr Simon Reid-Henry.

For more information please see http://www.nuigalway.ie/geography/research/gj.html