Call for Papers (RGS Annual Conference 2020): The Future of Quantitative Geography – Critical Engagements, Conceptual Borders

Alistair Anderson (University of Bristol,
Nicholas Dorward (University of Bristol,
Lenka Hasova (University of Bristol,
Thomas Statham (University of Bristol,
Isabelle Bi (University of Bristol,

This session is dedicated to the work of postgraduate students embracing quantitative methods to answer geographical research questions. 

We particularly welcome contributions that address the critical and emancipatory potential of quantitative work, or raise questions about the borders and bordering of quantitative geography.

All the participants of the session are automatically considered for the best paper QMRG Award, which will be announced at the AGM.

This session is co-organised by the QMRG and the Bristol PGR community for the occasion of the University of Bristol School of Geographical Sciences’ Centenary celebration in 2020.

 Instructions to Prospective Presenters:
Please send a 250 word abstract with your name and affiliation to and by the 12th February 2020. 

Call for Papers (RGS Annual Conference 2020): Biotic Geographies: Unpicking Microbial Worlds in Health, Hygiene and Environmental Spaces

Convened by Alistair Anderson (University of Bristol, & Alice Beck (University of Bristol,

In recent years there has been an increased attention from geographers towards pre/pro- and anti-biotic imaginaries that drive the bordering and administration of non-, in- and human subjects. These engagements have included examinations of social, cultural, political, and economic landscapes and more-than-human entanglements of microbial life. In proposing new modes of relating to microbiomes for example – from a “feeling for the microbiome” (Greenhough et al. 2018) to a conception of “corporeal communication” (Beck 2019) – geographers have engaged with pro-biotic perspectives to trouble the ontological borders between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microbial life and the “virtuous and the pathological” worlds that such conceptions may divide (Hinchliffe 2015). Pre/pro- and anti-bioses are not limited to microbial relations, with further engagements highlighting the importance of considering the “violent colonial presents, and forms of political economy, within which [the probiotic turn] proceeds” (Lorimer 2017).

This session will put into question how representations of, and interactions with, microbial life challenge or further narratives of borders/boundaries in health-related spaces, including ‘One Health’ contexts. The session aims to extend geographical engagements with the microbiome and microbial life more broadly by questioning how conceptions of the microbiome, and pre-/pro- and anti-biotic approaches are implicated in social, political, economic, methodological and cultural imaginations through understandings of health, hygiene and environment.

In thinking with the theme of ‘borders, borderlands and bordering’, we invite contributions that respond to the above challenge and speak to these inexhaustive prompts:

  • How can/do geographers come to know or create knowledge about the microbiome?
  • How is an identity made for microbial life and what is at stake in health settings?
  • How do pro- and anti-bioses enter the geographical imagination?
  • Whose bodies count, and what counts as a ‘body’, within pre/pro- and anti-biotic discourses?
  • Are probiotic discourses used to justify damaging – or anti-biotic – forms of surveillance or extraction?

Instructions for prospective presenters:
Please email a 250 word abstract with your name and affiliation to and by the 12th February 2020.

Bristol AMR Colston Research Society Symposium 2019

I will be taking a poster to the Bristol AMR Colston Research Symposium this year. The poster contains findings from each strand of my doctoral research, briefly covering the analyses of my accepted Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy article, some of the (currently quite wordy!) findings from my primary survey data, and a couple of themes from my qualitative research.

Come and talk to me about it at the poster sessions around noon on Wednesday and on Thursday!