Trans|Re at the International Geographical Congress (IGC 2016)
Themed “Shaping our harmonious world”, the 33rd International Geographical Congress took place in Beijing, China, in August this year. Among the roughly 2000 participants, the Development Geography section of the Department of Geography was represented as well. Two PhD candidates, Till Rockenbauch and Luise Porst from the Trans|Re project, had the opportunity to discuss their work with colleagues from all over the world and get insights into their perspectives.
Till Rockenbauch shared insights of his research on Translocal Social Networks in the context of Climate Related Risks in Rural Northeastern Thailand, while Luise Porst presented her study of Gendered remittance practices and their implications for translocal social resilience pertaining to internal migration in Thailand.
A number of renowned professors gave inspiring key note lectures. For instance, Michael Meadows (South Africa) outlined Perspectives from Africa on Geography and Future Earth; Virginie Mamadouh (Netherlands) and Takashi Yamazaki (Japan) brought concepts of Multiscalar Political Geographies to mind; Benno Werlen (Germany) discussed a Global Understanding of Global Sustainability; and Bojie Fu's (China) talk was focused on Linking Science and Society as a central topic in China's Geography.
In general, doing this year's motto justice, regional planning and human-environment interaction were grand themes in numerous sessions. But of course, the great variety of presentations (about a 1000 in total from both physical and human geography) enabled everybody to freshen up their minds with new ideas – almost an overwhelming plentifulness. This also seems to fit the impression, though, one can easily receive in China – things are planned and constructed on a somewhat larger scale.
» Conference hall of the 33rd International Geographical Congress in Beijing, China (credit: Prof. Warwick Murray)