LA PAZ – BOLIVIA IGU Thematic Conference 23-25 April 2017


In 2017 the International Geographical Union (IGU-UGI) will organize two Thematic Conferences, instead of a large Regional : one about “Energy, Geography & Balanced Development” in Baku (Azerbaijan), and one about “Geographies for Peace” in La Paz (Bolivia).

The Thematic Conference in La Paz will be focused on peace and the contribution of geography to it. It will be held on 23, 24 and 25 April 2017, in combination with another major international scientific event, “EGAL, XVI ENCUENTRO DE GEÓGRAFOS DE AMÉRICA LATINA” (EGAL The 16th Meeting of Latin American Geographers), which will take place from 26 to 29 April in the same city.

Geography has often been accused of being applied to waging war.  Yet, it also offers a vast array of contributions to the construction of peace. The thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE/ GEOGRAFÍAS PARA LA PAZ” will highlight the various contributions of geography to the construction of peace.

Peace is here widely defined. Peace is always shaped by the spaces in which it is made, as it too shapes those spaces. Peace means different things to different groups in different times, spaces, places, and scales. Peace can be created at the scale of the individual, the family, the community, the nation, and/or at other scales, but these different scales are often intertwined. Peace is a situated and spatial process – and as such is necessarily plural. Therefore, geographers are particularly well placed to research it, and to draw lines that connect the pieces of differently situated peaces.

The thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE/ GEOGRAFÍAS PARA LA PAZ” will cover all possible dimensions, from the historical perspective, to forecasting, through the role of education or tourism, and the political analysis of war and peace. Therefore, several IGU Commissions may be involved in the organisation of the different sessions.

The working languages of the Conference are English and Spanish. Abstracts can be submitted in either or both languages. Presentations will be in either English or Spanish. Limited interpretation will be available. All presenters are kindly asked to adapt their speech tempo to their audience. Participants presenting in Spanish are kindly asked to complement their talk with a power point presentation in English – and vice versa.

COMFIRMED SPEAKERS: include: Simon Dalby, Vladimir Kolosov, Virginie Mamadouh, Nick Megoran, Janice Monk, David Newman, John O’Loughlin, Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Jarkko Saarinen, Michael Shapiro, Marcelo Lopez de Sousa.

The Scientific Committee

Elena dell’Agnese (Pres.),
Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Adriana Dorfman,
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

Fiona McConnell,
St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

Josefina Domínguez Mujica,
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Chiara Giubilaro,
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Vladimir Kolossov,
Russian Academy of Science, Russia

Sara Koopman,
University of British Columbia, Canada

Virginie Mamadouh,
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Michael Heffernan,
The University of Nottingham, UK

Freddy Morales Rutiña,
Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática de Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba

Osvaldo Muñiz-Solari,
Texas State University, U.S.

Ali Demirci,
Fatih University, İstanbul, Turkey

Takashi Yamazaki,
Osaka City University, Japan

Jarkko Saarinen,
University of Oulu, Finland

The Organizing Committee

Javier Nuñez Villalba,
Director of Geographical Research Institute
Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia

Yuri Sandoval Montes,
President of Geographers Bolivian Association

Juan Manuel Delgado Estrada,
IGU Commission on Latin American Studies