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International Geographical Union

Commission on Geographical Education


Newsletter #10, April 2012

April 30th, 2012


1. Introduction from the Honorary Secretary: Professor Simon Catling

2. From the IGU CGE Chair: Professor Lex Chalmers

3. Proposal for the new IGU CGE Commission 2012-16

4. Commission website

5. IGU-CGE Treasurers’ Report: Dr Michael Solem

6. International Geography Olympiad 2012

7 CGE Sponsored Geography Education Conferences

8. Other Geography Symposia and Conferences of Interest

9. Conference and Workshop reports

10. Research Developments Internationally

11. Curriculum and Teaching Developments

12 New Publications

1. Introduction from the Honorary Secretary
Once again we have a full Newsletter, the penultimate one for the current Commission on Geographical Education 2008-12. We have much information about conferences, particularly the updates on the IGU Congress in Cologne and the Pre-Congress in Freiburg, where we hope to see many of you. See section 7.1 below for the details of these conferences.
Information is provided on other geography education and related conferences and workshops in sections 7 and 8. A number of conferences are listed, so do take a look. However, this information can only be included if conference details are sent to the Honorary Secretary. So, do please keep sending or passing on details for inclusion in the Newsletters. As information is updated about conferences and workshops, please also keep us up-to-date, so that we can provide the latest information, website aaddresses and so forth.
In relation to conferences and workshops, it is always helpful and informative to receive reports of work undertaken and their success. This issue includes a report by Michael Solem, CGE Honorary Treasurer, on his recent workshop in Bangalore, India, with geography educators in section 9. Please keep these coming. Photographs of participants or of conference or workshop activities also help to enhance the report and the Newsletter!
Each year the Commission Chair writes the Annual Report of the Commission’s work for the previous year. This is submitted in January annually to the IGU Executive and not only records what has been undertaken and is underway but also helps to make the case for the continuation of the Commission for the coming four year cycle. The Annual Report for 2011 is included as Appendix A in this issue of the Newsletter. Our thanks to Lex Chalmers for preparing his report and for detailing so clearly the variety of work the Commission has been engaged in. It demonstrates how much colleagues around the World are committed and involved.
Thank you for the reports on current and proposed research in and related to geographical education. This is a vital section of the Newsletter, where we can share the work of geography educators around the World as they research children’s understanding and learning, curriculum development, resource preparation and use and much else in schools and further and higher education. Please do keep us informed.
We have one innovation in this Newsletter. In section 10.4 there is a brief introduction to Diana Larsson’s MA dissertation, which has an international interest, since it compared geographical education in three European nations. We look forward to further publications about her work. Importantly, if you have Masters or Doctoral students who have received their awards and whose work would be useful to share internationally, then do send a paragraph, or ask them to send one, to be considered for the Newsletter.
I am sure many of us are aware of the debates and developments in geography’s status and curriculum in a number of countries. We provide some updated information about developments in the U.S.A in this issue (see section 11.3). Work continues in Australia following the consultation on its new national curriculum for geography and we anticipate the geography curriculum will be published later this year. In England there is not yet a government decision on whether geography remains a required subject in the national curriculum, though there is some optimism and the ‘whispers’ are that decisions will be made public by the end of May. Meanwhile, there is also work in hand on the possible content and sequence for the national geography curriculum. In recent years there has been determined action to retain the status of geography where it has been under threat in the school curriculum in countries such as Italy and Ireland. Other nations have been making progress in enacting their geography curriculum. It would be informative for us all to receive updates on the national situations around the World, particularly where changes are taking place and developments are being embedded. Do please send a paragraph about what is happening in geographical education in your country. It would be most helpful to have reports for the next Newsletter in August.
We know that the IGU Congress and the CGE Symposium take place at the end of August this year. This will make it difficult to produce the final Newsletter of this Commission for the end of August. As a result, I have decided to circulate the Newsletter before the Symposium and Congress. This information is, therefore, to give you advance warning that the call for contributions will come in mid-July with a deadline of mid-August, so that I can send out the Newsletter a few days before we meet in Freiburg and Cologne. If you have items to send me before then, please do so. I build up the Newsletter contents as the months progress. It is always helpful to receive items well in advance. Thank you to those of you who do this.
Professor Simon Catling,

Oxford Brookes University, UK.

2. From the IGU CGE Chair: Professor Lex Chalmers
Kia ora tatou katoa (greetings to you all).
There was a lot to report in Newsletter #9 back in December, 2011 but the intervening months have been a bit quieter. We are looking forward to late August in Freiburg, and to the International Geography Olympiad and the major IGU Congress in Cologne. It seems like no time at all since the details of the Freiburg Symposium were confirmed (22nd-25th August) along with the parallel Olympiad ahead of the IGU Congress in Cologne (26th-30th August). The planning has been done, the programmes for all meetings have been announced, and colleagues are probably in the substantive phase of preparing their presentations. I look forward to catching up with you all at whichever venue you will be attending.
In terms of Commission activities, there is a bit of planning to do. The co-chairs of the 2012-2016 Commission (John Lidstone and Joop van der Schee) will assume responsibility for the activities, management and leadership of the Commission at Cologne, but we should also be talking about the future at our meeting in Freiburg. Members of the 2008-2012 and the incoming 2012-2016 Commission will be available to talk about the work of the Commission. We will also be looking to check and confirm our mailing lists at these meetings; email and a web presence are at the centre of our communications strategy.
At the Cologne meeting we will arrange a combined meeting of the 2008-2012 and 2012-2016 Commissions. I will provide a valedictory note, and John and Joop will no doubt want to talk to the Commission proposal that is likely to be accepted by the General Assembly of the IGU in the formal meeting at Cologne. The times and places of these meetings will be advised.
Two things about Commission activities interest me, sitting so far away from Cologne and Freiburg at this time. The first is the importance of the work that is emerging from new scholars in geographical education. The sheer volume of this is impressive if you look at the more than 100 names that appear in our combined programmes in the year up until the end of August 2012. The second is the value of face-to-face meetings and dialogue. Many of us use Skype and similar technologies regularly, but (despite some efforts in 2008-2012) we have not yet succeeded with virtual Commission meetings. I hope the incoming Commission will pick up on this opportunity.
I wish you a recuperative summer break, good Symposium and Congress preparation and safe travel to our various meetings in August.
Lex Chalmers

Chair, IGU Commission on Geographical Education

University of Waikato

Hamilton, New Zealand

April 27th, 2012

3. Proposal for the new IGU CGE Commission 2012-2016
The last Newsletter included the proposal for the next International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education 2012-16.  Professor Joop van der Schee from Vrij Universitat Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Prof John Lidstone from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, have been proposed as the next joint-Chairs of the Commission. The current Chair and Steering Group supported their nomination, their proposed membership, the proposed objectives and the outline of intended activities for 2012-16. Both are very experienced members of the Commission and its activities and we look forward to the future developments in the Commission’s work.
The full proposal was submitted to the IGU Executive in Santiago, Chile in November 2011. It is included here in the CGE Annual Report in section 6d of Appendix A. The request was made in the Annual report that the IGU Executive supports the work of the Commission by approving the continuation of its work with the new Commission team and its proposals. We look forward to receiving approval in Cologne at the IGU Congress. Assuming this is the case, the new Commission will assume its responsibilities from the Congress.
Simon Catling

4. Commission website:
Information from you for our website is very welcome. If you have something to report about geography in education projects, publications, or congresses, please send it to: or (webmasters).
The International Charter on Geographical Education is available online in 22 languages on the website:
At the website you will also find WIKIGEO which aims to give information to geography teachers and geographers in education worldwide about geographical education for students between 5 and 18 year old. It offers the opportunity to communicate about geography teaching in primary and secondary education. We hope that this helps to improve the quality of geography teaching and geographical education all over the globe.
We invite geographers in education all over the world to inform us about the geography education of 5-18 year olds in their country answering some questions (see, and we hope to receive examples of good practice in geographical education to help geography teachers in other countries. Thanks in advance!


Joop van der Schee

5. IGU-CGE Treasurer’s report
As Commission Treasurer, I manage a checking account held at Wells Fargo Bank in Washington, D.C. As of April 24th, 2012 there are USD $4,487.58 total funds available in the Commission’s account.
The most recent expenditures of USD $400 and USD $100 occurred on April 24, 2012. These funds were respectively paid to Joseph Stoltman and Lex Chalmers as reimbursements for a Commission-approved gift made to Josefina Osternie in Mendoza, Argentina.
Michael Solem

Honorary Treasurer

6. International Geography Olympiad 2012
Thanks to our German colleagues the preparations for the 2012 Olympiad are well under way. This Olympiad will be held in Cologne, Germany, from 21st August to 27th August 2012, under the auspices of the International Geographical Union Olympiad Task Force. The venue will be the Institute for Geography in the heart of the city of Cologne beside the Rhine River. As always the iGeo competition contains three elements: a written response test, a multimedia test and a fieldwork test. The official language of the iGeo is English. Questions will be presented in English and students must answer in English. Extra facilities will be provided for non-native English speakers. For further information on the tests, see
A country’s team will be made up of four secondary school students between 16 and 19 years of age (inclusive) on 30th June 2012. Students must be selected through a national geography competition. They will be accompanied by two adults who are involved in geographical education in their country, and who are able to speak and write English. Countries are responsible for their own travel, visas and insurance. In addition, a contribution of €275 per person (for each student and leader) is payable as a contribution to local expenses.
The Olympiad starts with Registration and an International Board Meeting at 16.00 on Tuesday 21st August. The award giving ceremony coincides with the Opening Ceremony of the International Geographical Congress which begins at 16.00 on Sunday 26th August. As well as the tests, the programme includes geographical poster presentations and an intercultural function with a new concept. Also two excursions will take place, to the Ruhr and Rhine Regions. An optional post-iGeo tour at participants’ own cost will be arranged to other parts of Germany.
If you have questions, please contact: Dr Dorothea Wiktorin, iGeo 2012 Organising Committee,, or Ms Kathryn Berg, Secretariat, International Geographical Union Olympiad Task Force,
We will be very happy to see you in Cologne,

Joop van der Schee (Co-chair of International Geographical Union Olympiad Task Force)

7. CGE Sponsored Geography Education Conferences

The major IGU Congress in Cologne and its CGE Symposium in Freiburg take place in late August, 2012. I hope that you have registered and made your arrangements to attend.
Several IGU and Commission sponsored Conferences are planned over the next few years. Information about these, where it is known, is provided below. As more details become available these will be included in future Newsletters and on the commission’s website. Please keep me informed.
7.1 IGU Congress and Pre-Congress Commission on Geographical Education Symposium, August 2012
The key dates for 2012 are at the IGU Congress and the IGU CGE Symposium between August 22nd and 30th, 2012.
The major international Pre-Congress meeting of the Commission on Geographical Education (IGU – CGE) is in Freiburg, Germany (August 22nd-25th, 2012) and the Main Congress of the International Geographical Union (IGU-IGC) is in Cologne, Germany (August 26th-30th, 2012) are now just four months away. We encourage you to participate in both meetings. Each offers focused geographical education sessions, compelling keynote presentations, and opportunities to meet and network with colleagues from around the world.
For those going to both the Commission on Geographical Education (CGE) and the IGU meetings, there is a field experience along the Rhine from Freiburg to Cologne (including a boat trip) which is included in the Pre-Congress Symposium fee. It takes place on August 25th.
For detailed information see sections 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 below and visit the conference websites.
A. The Pre-Congress Symposium in Freiburg:

See the programme shortly on the website.
Presenters and participants are asked to check the Symposium schedule at: It will be available on-line from the end of April, 2012.
B. 32nd International Congress of the IGU in Cologne:

An outline of the programme is on the website.
The sessions that concern geographical education are listed under C08.11 Geographical Education.

The sessions can be seen at:
7.1.1 Pre-Congress: IGU-CGE Symposium, Freiburg, August, 2012
Dates: August 22nd-25th, 2012.
Venue: University of Education, Freiburg, Germany.
Theme: Experience-based Learning in Geography.
On behalf of the German HGD (German Academic Association for Geography and its Didactics) the Commission on Geographical Education (CGE) of the International Geographical Union (IGU) you are invited to our joint symposium "Experience-based Geography Learning". Further details are available on our website homepage at:
A stimulating program, which includes key note speeches, scientific sessions and field trips combined with social events, awaits you.
The Pre-Congress Symposium ends with your transfer on August 25th by bus and boat travel on the Rhine, from Freiburg to Cologne where the main IGU Congress starts on August 26th.
The call for papers ended in December, 2011. The number of papers submitted was overwhelming. Papers will be presented relevant to the following aspects of geographical education:

  • Primary Geography;

  • GIS/GPS;

  • ESD;

  • Promoting Geography;

  • Teacher Training;

  • E-Learning;

  • Experienced Based Learning;

  • Fieldwork;

  • Preconceptions.

From the issues addressed in the submitted papers we conclude that the Freiburg Symposium will give an interesting view on recent research and teaching in geographical education. The planned social program includes a number of exciting highlights that will make your stay in Freiburg even more rewarding. Because the capacities of the buses for the fieldtrips, and the restaurants we are going to eat in, are limited, we encourage everybody to register soon. Registrations for the social events will be handled on a "first come, first serve" basis.  Registration now costs €220.  For further information go to:

Programme Information: The symposium schedule will be online at the end of April, 2012. Presenters and participants are asked to check
Prof. Dr. Hartwig Haubrich will give a speech at the opening ceremony on "Personal experiences in Geography Education".
Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Gregor Falk, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Hartwig Haubrich, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Schleicher, University of Education, Weingarten, Germany

Prof. Dr. Sibylle Reinfried, University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland Lucerne and Full Member of the IGU CGE
Programme outline: please see the website listed above.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Registration opens at 3.00pm

Field Trip in the City of Freiburg

Opening Reception

Conference Dinner

Thursday August 23th, 2012

Scientific sessions

Field Trip to the Kaiserstuhl Area near Freiburg

Wine Tasting and Dinner in a Local Vinery

Friday August 24th, 2012

Scientific sessions

Closing Ceremony

Field Trip to the Black Forest

Evening Reception and Dinner

Saturday August 25th, 2012

Field Trip transfer from Freiburg to Cologne by bus and boat.

Sunday August 26th, 2012

Registration and start of Main IGU Congress in Cologne.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Freiburg.

Gregor Falk, Hartwig Haubrich, Yvonne Schleicher & Sibylle Reinfried.

7.1.2 32nd International Geographical Congress 2012, Cologne, August, 2012
Date: August 26th-30th, 2012.
Venue: University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
Theme: Down to Earth
The 32nd International Geographical Congress will ‘focus scientific attention on the core themes of humanity’. Further information on the conference, its organization and sub-themes is available on the website.
Key dates:

Registration for the Congress and the fieldtrips: up to May 15th, 2012.

Last opportunity for Congress Registration: July 31st, 2012.

CGE strand in the Congress.

As at previous IGU Congresses and Regional Conferences, there will be Commission on Geographical Education sessions during the Congress.

The IGC 2012 offers a business meeting and sessions for the Commission including the following topics:

1. State of the Art in Geographical Education

2. Students‘ Interests of Geographical Topics, Regions and Methods

3. Examples of Best Practice in Geography Education and Teacher Preparation

4. Innovative Learning - New & Traditional Media

6. Standards Concepts and Experience

7. Education for Sustainable Development and Global Learning

8. Spatial Thinking

9. Risk Education

10. Urbanization in Geographical Education

The preliminary programme for the CGE sessions can be found at:

The deadline for all Congress participants to register is 1st June, 2012. Anyone who has submitted a paper and is not fully paid up for registration will have their paper withdrawn and replaced by a candidate on the waiting list. Thus, the programme may change, so keep an eye on the website.

The CGE topic sessions were heavily over-subscribed, which is excellent for geographical education. A fascinating range of papers will be given in Commission sessions.

In addition, sessions will be offered in German on behalf of the German Academic Association of Geographical Education and the German Geography Teacher‘s Association.


IGC 2012 Organizing Committee


On behalf of IGU-CGE and the German HGD for sessions on geographical education,

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hemmer
There will also be papers on the following relevant topics at IGC 2012:

1. Theme: Global Change and Globalisation.

Session title: Digital Earth: an opportunity for spatial citizenship

2. Theme: Global Change and Globalisation.

Session title: Mapping the emergence of change: future European perspectives



Further information is given below by the Local Organizing Committee:
Our homepage has been open since 1st July, 2011. You can register for the Congress using our online system. On the Congress homepage ( you can register for the Congress and book other events, including the various components of the social programme such as the official opening ceremony, the Lord Mayor’s reception or the Conference Dinner. You can also book field trips. On the first day of the Congress there will be a number of workshops for young scientists (postgraduates, post-docs). Registration as soon as you can, since there are only a limited number of places on the field trips and in the workshops.

We are particularly pleased to have acquired a prominent patron for the International Schools Olympiad (iGeo). We are glad to welcome 200 participants to Cologne for iGeo, which takes place in the week before the IGC; its closing event coincides with the opening event of the IGC 2012.

With best wishes from Cologne
The Local Organizing Committee IGC 2012

Online registration
Registration for the Congress is open. Some events have a limited number of places and should be booked early (e.g. field trips over several days). To register for the congress please use our homepage ( To register you need a valid credit card.

Royal opening
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand will address the congress participants at the official opening of the IGC 2012 on the 26th August. The princess teaches history at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy and is very involved in supporting science. We are very pleased that Princess Sirindhorn will honour the IGC 2012 in this way.

Sylvia Löhrmann (Minister of Schools and Further Education in North Rhine-Westphalia) is the patron of the International Schools Olympiad which will take place in Cologne in the week before the IGC. Minister Löhrmann will officiate at the iGeo prize-giving at the official opening of the IGC 2012. We are pleased to announce that iGeo has been recognized by UNESCO as an event in the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

YRF Programme
The workshops for young scientists can be booked at no further cost apart from the regular congress fee. The following workshops will take place on the first day of the congress: “Managing a PhD thesis”; “Project management”; “Publishing in English: Why, where, and how“; “Academic writing for young researchers”; “Funding opportunities in Germany”; “Funding opportunities in the EU”; “Strategic decisions: the path to university career”; and “Careers in science”. These workshops can be booked at no extra cost when registering for the congress. For further information please see the congress homepage.

Science Slam and student poster competition
The University of Cologne geography students’ council will provide an opportunity for undergraduates and postgraduates to present their projects in an unusual format. They will have five minutes to convince the audience – with no limits to creativity with regards to the form of the presentation.

The students’ council is also organizing a poster competition. For further information please see the homepage of the geography students’ council: (

7.2 IGU Regional Conference, Kyoto, Japan, August, 2013
The announcement has been made for the IGU Regional Conference will be held at Kyoto, Japan, in 2013.
Date: August 4th-9th, 2013.
Venue: Kyoto International Conference Centre, Kyoto, Japan.
Theme: ‘Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future’.
Further information will be available in the near future. Keep an eye on the IGU website for further information:
It is planned that the conference will include Commission and task force presentations and papers between August 5th and 9th. There will be Post-Conference Fieldtrips from August 10th.
Please check the IGU website for further information.

8. Other Geography Symposia and Conferences of Interest
A number of conferences on subjects related and relevant to geography and geographical education are taking place in the near future.

8.1 EUROGEO Conference, Dublin, June, 2012
Date: June 1st-2nd, 2012
Venue: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Theme: Geography and Global Understanding: Connecting the Sciences



By its nature Geography continues to connect the physical, human and technological sciences with GIS enhancing research, economic development and production. Geography bridging the physical and human sciences deals with places, people and cultures. It explores international issues ranging from physical, urban and rural environments, and their evolution, to climate, pollution, development and political-economy. Key issues are how these features are interconnected, forming patterns and processes impacting on present and future generations. The role of geo-technologies and geoinformation would seem to be of paramount importance.


The deadline for Abstracts is about to pass

Tuesday May 1, 2012 is the final day that EUROGEO will accept abstract proposals for the 2012 conference. All proposals must be accompanied by payment to be included in the programme. It is also the final day to receive 'early bird' registration rates. 

Visit: to register and for further details of the conference.


A special issue of the European Journal of Geography is planned on the conference theme.

Latest update

Keynote speakers have been announced and are give on:

More than 70 abstracts from 5 continents.

We are delighted to announce that selected papers from the Conference will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publication. The deadline for full papers for publication is July 15th, 2012.

May 31st: Welcome BBQ 7.30pm.

Irish evening and Conference Dinner.

June 3rd: Fieldtrip to the Boyne Valley.
We look forward to welcoming you there.
Karl Donert
Director: European Centre of Excellence: (
President, EUROGEO

Keep in touch with EUROGEO at

Also on LinkedIn
EUROGEO is on Facebook,

8.2 EUROGEO Course, Dublin, June, 2012
EUROGEO will hold a FREE iGuess course on Spatial Thinking and GIS in June 2012 in Dublin.
Date: 29th May – 4th June, 2012
Venue: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Theme: Spatial Thinking
Website: Details at:
European teachers, teacher educators and academics can apply for a grant from their Comenius National Agency to cover their costs to attend. The deadline for the grant application is January 14th, 2012.
Karl Donert
President, EUROGEO

Keep in touch with EUROGEO at

Also on LinkedIn
EUROGEO is on Facebook,
The GeoCube promoting Geography can be found at

8.3 Space, Place and Social Justice Seminar, Manchester, July, 2012
Date: July 13th, 2012
Venue: the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Theme: Space, Place and Social Justice
Sue Bermingham is working with Professor Helen Colley, and Geoff Bright (Ethnographer), facilitating a one day seminar on Space, Place and Social Justice on July 13th, 2012. It focuses on opening the dialogue between Geographers, Geography Educationalists, Educationalists and Ethnographers. Further information, registering an interest and being kept up-to-date can be obtained by contacting Geoff Bright at
8.4 European teachers’ course on geo-media and citizenship, Salzburg, September, 2012
Apply for a FREE teacher Comenius training course
Dates: 23-28 September 2012.
Venue: Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.
Theme: geo-media and citizenship in school education.
Web site:
Deadline for grant applications to your National Agency is April 30th 2012.
Karl Donert

President, EUROGEO

    1. International Conference on Turkish migration in Europe, London, December, 2012

Date: December 7th-9th, 2012
Venue: Regent’s College London, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, UK
Theme: Turkish Migration in Europe: Projecting the next 50 years
The Conference is organised by:

Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS)

London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS)

Turkish Migration Studies Group at Oxford University (TurkMIS)

Co-chairs are:

Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent’s College London)

Philip L. Martin (University of California Davis)

Franck Düvell (COMPAS/University of Oxford)

Zeynep Engin (London Centre for Social Studies)


Call for Papers and Session Proposals:

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Turkey’s population doubled over the past half century to 74 million. Despite replacement-level fertility, Turkey is expected to surpass Germany to become the second-most populous country in Europe (after Russia) by 2020. With almost 4 million Turkish citizens abroad, mostly in Europe, there are fears of more migration from Turkey. Turks continue to migrate, but also often to non-Western European destinations, including Russia and the Middle East. Turkey has become an immigration country.

The enlargement of the European Union resulted in new and complex forms of human mobility while also triggering more cautious policy making and reaction to immigration in general. Turkish immigrant groups have been adversely affected by these shifts. As a case for other immigration-bound minorities in Europe, the study of the Turkish case retrospectively and projections for its future are likely to help deepen our understanding of human mobility and its place in future Europe.
The conference aims at elaborating the patterns of Turkish migration, future prospects, and potential challenges in a changing Europe. We also aim to open up the discussion by including the internal and international migration nexus as well as diverse and potentially competing destination countries as part of the broader Turkish transnational migration experience. Hence we aim to bring new perspectives on mobility and possibilities of (re-)configuration of policies.
Topics of interest include:

  • types of migration (emigration, circular, return migration, internal, secondary, and forced etc.)

  • types of migrants and mobility (highly skilled, workers, students, refugees, tourists/visitors, children, women etc.)

  • destination countries including comparison between EU, Russia and MENA countries;

  • mobility of faith groups and their networks

  • cultural, political, religious, ethnic transnational networks, diaspora ties, professional networks; transnational practices

  • economics of human mobility, migration and development, remittances

  • migration systems, links with international trade

  • entrepreneurship, immigrant businesses

  • brain drain; education and migration

  • comparison of Turkish migration with migration to Turkey

  • migration and social change in sending in receiving countries

  • migration and integration policy challenges and management

  • civic/political participation

  • migration projections, also in relation to Turkey’s EU membership prospects

  • research methodologies

  • migrant literature and literature on migration

  • discrimination, xenophobia

  • labour market participation and experiences

  • households and families

  • second and third generations

  • identity and citizenship

  • conflicts and crises

For further information please see the conference website



15 May 2012: Submission of abstracts (500 words) and session proposals (500 words)

2 July 2012: Decision on proposals

24 August 2012: Early Registration deadline

15 October 2012: Submission of full papers (up to 6000 words)

7-9 December 2012: Conference


Keynote Speakers:

Prof Tariq Modood (University of Bristol, UK)

Prof Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University, Germany)

Conference Sessions:

In addition to the chair and panellists one discussant will also be present for every session to increase the feedback opportunities.

Conference Publications:

Conference Proceedings in electronic format and the Book of Abstracts in both paperback and electronic formats will be made available prior to the conference. Decision on proposals will be made by the conference committee and guest editors.

Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Migration Letters and/or a separate book with an academic publisher. The selection will be carried out during the review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration for any other journal or publication. The final decision will be made based on peer review reports by the guest editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly.

Best paper and best student paper prizes will be offered.


There will be a limited number of scholarships available to advance PhD students to cover their travel expenses. For those wishing to be considered for travel grants please indicate this in your submission form.

Further information can be found at:
Associate Professor Eyüp Artvinli

V/Research Associate, University of London I Institute of Education I 20 Bedford Way I London WC1H OAL I UK 

Eskişehir Osmangazi University I Faculty of Education I Dept. of Elementary Education I Eskisehir I TURKIYE
Editor-In-Chief at RIGEO:

8.6 2013 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting: Los Angeles, California
Date: April 9th-13th, 2013
Venue: Los Angeles, California, USA
Save the date! The 2013 AAG Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, CA from April 9-13. More than 7,000 geographers are expected to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
A call for papers will be issued in the summer of 2012.  For up to the minute news about the conference, visit the AAG Annual Meeting page at

9. Conference and Workshop Reports
9.1 AAG Workshop Creates Educational Resources for US-India Collaborations
The AAG recently led a workshop with The Indian Institute for Geographical Studies (TIIGS) to catalyze educational collaborations between schools and universities in the USA and India.

Held from March 12-16, 2012 in Bangalore, India, the workshop drew a delegation of 28 geography teachers and professors from the US and India to develop new educational resources for the AAG's Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE). CGGE provides open access to six online modules offering regional case studies and collaborative projects for high school and university geography classes.
The case studies developed by the Bangalore workshop participants draw on geographical research by American and Indian geographers to offer comparative analyses of issues related to the global economy, national identity, migration, population and natural resources, global climate change, and water resources. Each case study will be paired with a collaborative project that deploys social networking and interactive technologies for connecting geography classes in the USA and India for discussions, spatial data analysis, and problem-based learning activities. The materials will be published in September 2012 on the CGGE website (
The workshop process emphasized principles of inclusion, cooperation, and mutual consideration of perspectives and practices. Dr Chandra Shekhar Balachandran, TIIGS Director, initiated the proceedings with a presentation on the geography education system in India. This was followed by remarks from Michael Solem, AAG Educational Affairs Director, and Rick Gindele, an AP Human Geography teacher at Cherry Creek High School in Denver, focusing on key characteristics of geography education in the US context.
Working in small groups, the participants formulated the details of their case studies and collaborative projects, using guidelines for writing inquiry-based activities and interactive hypermedia prepared by workshop facilitators Dr Phil Klein (University of Northern Colorado), Dr Osvaldo Muñiz (Texas State University), and Waverly Ray (PhD Candidate, Texas State University). Their efforts were further supported by a field study of the IT industry in Bangalore and a cultural GeoArts program featuring performances of traditional Indian song and dance by students on the campus of the Army Public School.
In addition to the new CGGE resources, a number of other publications are planned. One will be a special symposium for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education that will feature research papers related to the workshop's theme of internationalization, focusing especially on challenges and opportunities of developing and sustaining educational collaborations with Indian schools and universities. Print editions of selected case studies and a related guide for AP Human Geography teachers will appear in a future issue of The Geography Teacher, published by the National Council for Geographic Education. The materials will also be published in the Hindi and Kannada languages to extend the dissemination of the resources throughout India.
Funding for the CGGE-India workshop was provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award OISE-1065935), with additional funding support from the AAG, the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, and Taylor & Francis.
Questions about the Bangalore workshop and CGGE project may be directed to Dr. Michael Solem (

10. Research Developments Internationally
10.1 Development of a competence model on geographical system competence 

International cooperation project between Prof. Dr. J. Hartig (German Institute for International Educational Research, Frankfurt/Germany), Prof. Dr. A. Rempfler (Universtity of Teacher Education of Central Switzerland/Lucerne) and Prof. Dr. R. Uphues (Universitiy of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany).

Duration of the project: 2011-2014
Financing: German Research Foundation and Swiss National Science Foundation


Contact, for further information: Prof. Dr. Armin Rempfler 

Frohburgstrasse 3
CH-6002 Luzern
10.2 A new project called SPACIT will undertake research into education for spatial citizenship.

SPACIT develops, tests and evaluates learning environments using geoinformation and / or teaching GIS in secondary and postsecondary education. The project will then create materials for a teacher training course.

The concept of spatial citizenship originates from the individual and collective appropriation of social space. It supports learners in secondary education to acquire competences that will enable them to more actively participate in society, while GI professionals are educated to provide services that drive the geoinformation society.

Selected Publications

  • Gryl, I. & Jekel T. (2012), Re-centering GI in secondary education: Towards a spatial citizenship approach. Cartographica, 47(1), 18-28

  • Jekel, T, Koller. A & Strobl, J. (2011), Research – education cooperations for GI in secondary education. In: Milson, A, Demirci, A. & Kesrki, J. (Eds.), GIS in secondary education. New York: Springer.

  • Jekel, T., Koller, A., Donert, K. & Vogler, R. (Eds) (2011), Learning with GeoInformation 2011. Implementing Digital Earth in Education. Berlin & Offenbach: Wichmann Verlag

  • Gryl I Jekel T and Donert K (2010), GI & Spatial Citizenship. In Jekel T, Donert K, Koller A and Vogler R, Learning with

Karl Donert

President, EUROGEO
10.3 Two research projects involving school-age geography students at Charles University, Prague.

Centre of Geographical and Environmental Research and Development,

Department of Social Geography and Regional Development,

Faculty of Science,

Charles University,


The Czech Republic.

      1. Project: A study of pupils of various ages and their level of geographical skills (with a special attention to operations with maps)

Researcher(s): Martin Hanus and Miroslav Marada.

The project concentrates on the level of acquiring geographical skills (concretely the operations with maps as a specific source of geographical information) by pupils of various ages. The project has several parts: 1) at the beginning the project concentrates on the research of Czech and foreign curricular documents – the aim of this part is to identify basic skills related to operations with maps; 2) on the basis of these findings the test, which will evaluate the level of acquirement of operations with maps by pupils of various ages, is formed; 3) after the “terrain” investigation of pupils’ maps skills level, a standard level of adoption of surveyed skills will be defined, and this level is compared with commonly used textbooks and atlases. The aim of this comparison is to find if pupils are able to understand maps (and other graphics) in textbooks and gain relevant information from them.

The formulation of standard level of acquiring operations with maps will be beneficial to authors of new textbooks and other materials for education.

10.3.2 Project: A study of pupils´ skills in biology, geography and chemistry: research on intended, realized and acquired curriculum in curricular reform implementation phase
Researcher(s): Dana Řezniċkovȧ, Miroslav MARADA, Tomáš Matějček, Martin HANUS, et al.

The wider context of this project covers education in biology, geography and chemistry in comprehensive schools at the beginning of curricular reform, when a focus on the conditions of generic and specific skills acquisition is desirable. The main aim is to propose, on basis of multi-level analysis of skills in terms of intended, realized and acquired curriculum, a structured and linked system of pupils’ skills, which should be acquired in geography, biology and chemistry in primary and secondary schools. Special attention will be paid to the continuous development of cross-curricular, inter-disciplinary skills. A methodological focus is to assess the pros and cons of chosen research methods by comparing the same procedures used in research of different specific skills. Partial analyses will monitor the literature content analysis and compare opinions of academics and teachers about the skills demanded from pupils of different ages, and on the verification of rate and conditions of specific skills acquisition with respect to the age of pupils. The results will be published in renowned journals and monographs.

10.4 Postgraduate Dissertations of international interest

Both masters and doctoral dissertations can be of wider interest than to the university or in the nation in which they have been submitted. Necessarily brief, an abstract or succinct account of such studies can be of transnational interest. If you know of a student whose work might be shared in this way, please encourage them to send an outline to the Newsletter editor.

10.4.1 Modernities and Geography Education: A Comparative Study of Romania, Sweden and England, Diana Larsson, MA Geography Education Dissertation, 2011, London University Institute of Education

Geography is a world subject, and the world’s geography presents itself as it is for everyone in this world. Nevertheless, we interpret what we see and how we experience the surrounding world in different ways. Our interpretation is informed by our prior knowledge, our own sets of values and the cultural environment in which we grew up. In other words, we all share the same geography but have a myriad of geographical imaginations. In the same way, each nation-state has its own school curriculum which is informed by its society and culture. For my MA in Geography Education dissertation I found the inspiration in my experience of being part of different countries’ geographical imagination as expressed through their school geography curricula, which triggered a personal exploration into the reasons why these evolutionary narratives of geography have been so different, despite trying to make sense of the same global world.

The key question this study attempts to answer is the role played by geography education in the construction of different modernities in the three European countries which are now part of my geographical imagination – namely Romania, Sweden and the UK. This question is particularly relevant in a convergent world dominated by ever stronger trends of Europeanisation and globalisation which insist upon infiltrating and challenging national identities. The choice for the case study countries was informed by my personal link to these countries: growing up and being a pupil learning geography in communist and transitional Romania, graduating as a geography teacher in Sweden and subsequently teaching geography in England. Choosing these particular three countries endows this study with rather unique features since it is part of a personal geographical experience and also because of the three countries’ different cultural and historical paths.
The investigation of these three case studies has enabled the analysis of the role of geography education in shaping the modernities of these particular countries, in the light of a rapidly converging world, where national identities would seem to be neglected. The study shows that geography education plays a vibrant role in shaping a country’s modernities while allowing particularities. Informed by different geographical imaginations, the three modernity paths have and will develop without having a strong common denominator, despite the strong forces of Europeanisation and globalisation. The world remains the study subject of geography, but as discussed in this study, there are different ways to look at the world, ways paved by the bricks of each individual modernity expressed by the different national geography curricula.
If you wish to find out more about Diana’s study please contact her at:

11. Curriculum, Teaching and Professional Developments
11.1 Project “Nós Propomos! – Cidadania e Inovação na Educação Geográfica”

[English translation: We Propose! – Citizenship and Innovation in Geographical Education]

Coordenator: Sérgio Claudino (University of Lisbon)
“Nós Propomos!” is a Portuguese national project in Geographical Education coordinated by the Centre of Geographical Studies (University of Lisbon/Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning). It is being implemented in the current academic year of 2011/2012 and it is destined to Geography pupils of 11th grade (17 years old), with technical support of ESRI Portugal.
The project integrates 9 high schools in Portugal, 14 teachers and 450 pupils. The main goal is to promote local Citizenship through Geographical Education. The pupils are invited to develop a case study (that is compulsory in the subject of Geography in 11th grade) where they are asked to propose solutions for the spatial planning problems of their city/region in a governance perspective. They should, as the first step, know the local spatial plans (through agreements with municipalities) and then they will propose solutions for local spatial planning problems. In practice, emphasis is given to the problems that they experience as more relevant, and the contact with municipalities is diverse depending on the school. These solutions can be presented using GIS features. For this, a “geomentor” of ESRI Portugal gives a few teacher training sessions and sessions for pupils about GIS in schools involved in the project.
The final works developed during this project will be presented in a national seminar in Lisbon University in June of 2012.

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