Brexit: a geographical conversation

Tuesday 29th August, 12-17:30, Royal Geographical Society

Brexit is inherently geographical, in its causes, reactions, and consequences. Organised jointly by the Economic Geography and Political Geography Research Groups of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), ‘Brexit: a geographical conversation’ provides an opportunity to further develop geographical conversations about Brexit, with a range of initial provocations being provided by speakers followed by extended Q&A and discussion periods.

The programme for the afternoon is as follows: 

12:00 – Arrival and lunch

Session 1: Chair – James Faulconbridge (Lancaster University)

  • 13:00 – Welcome (James Faulconbridge, Chair EGRG) and Key note address: David Goodhart (columnist in The Guardian, Financial Times and other media) ‘Brexit: the road to somewhere’
  • 14:00 – David Manley, Kelvyn Jones and Ron Johnston (University of Bristol): ‘The geography of Brexit – what geography? Modelling and predicting the outcome across 380 local authorities’
  • 14:30 – John Bachtler (University of Strathclyde) ‘Brexit and Regional Development in the UK’ 

15:00 – Tea/coffee

Session 2: Chair – Marco Antonsich (Loughborough University)

  • 15:30 – Kathy Burrell (University of Liverpool): ‘Putting Polish Migration in Brexit Perspective: Themes, Issues and Questions’ 
  • 16:00 – Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Warwick and Linnaeus University): ‘The Impossibility of Brexit: The Imperial Nostalgia of a ‘Small Island’’ 
  • 16:30 – Ben Anderson (Durham University) and Helen Wilson (Manchester University): ‘(Post)Brexit Futures’

17:00 – Panel discussion (Chair, Emil Evenhuiss, Cambridge University) in response to questions from the audience, finishing at 17.30

Abstracts for the papers to be presented are available here (PDF).

Registration fees (including lunch and refreshments): Waged: £30; unwaged and students: £10.

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