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The 'international' in geography: concepts, actors, challenges

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posted on 03.05.2022, 12:48 authored by Heike JonsHeike Jons

This chapter critically interrogates the notion of the ‘international’ in the discipline of geography. Drawing on interdisciplinary conceptual debates about internationalisation strategies in higher education, the analysis compares the geographical reach of the four International Geographical Congresses (IGCs) in Paris 1984, Sydney 1988, Cologne 2012, and Beijing 2016. This chapter shows that between the last decade of the Cold War and the greater geopolitical multiverse in the first decade of the twenty-first century, geographical knowledge production and exchange not only diversified and decentralised on a global scale but also experienced a profound shift from a distinct Anglo-American internationalism towards a more complex multicultural internationalism. Consequently, I argue that the international nature of geographical knowledge production and exchange is relational because international conference experiences vary by the geopolitical, socio-economic, cultural, linguistic, and academic positionality of the event and its participants. Policy-relevant conclusions highlight the great value of the IGCs for facilitating international experiences for growing numbers of attendees from the events’ host countries; they stress the important politics of choosing host cities in different world regions and offering flexible conference delivery formats and registration options; and they call for a greater emphasis on the development of intercultural skills to achieve more equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in geography.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

A Geographical Century: Essays for the Centenary of the International Geographical Union

Pages

63 - 80

Publisher

Springer

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

Publisher statement

This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05419-8_6

Publication date

2022-06-01

Copyright date

2022

ISBN

9783031054181; 9783031054198

Language

en

Editor(s)

Vladimir Kolosov; Jacobo García-Álvarez; Michael Heffernan; Bruno Schelhaas

Depositor

Prof Heike Jons. Deposit date: 30 April 2022