IGU Gender

Mentoring Program


In honor of Janice Monk, the IGU Gender Commission has created an international mentoring program for underrepresented scholars in geography. More information to follow!

Bios, contact information, and mentee focus to follow shortly.

IV Latin American Seminar on Geography, Gender and Sexualities

November 13-15th 
Buenos Aires Center University, Tandil - Argentina

7th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Conference



In 2019 we are pleased to support the IV Latin American Seminar on Geography, Gender and Sexualities! All enquiries to Diana Lan (dlan@fch.unicen.edu.ar)

October 18-21st, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

From catch to consumer: Empowering ,counting and hearing women in fisheries

Media release


Experts to gather at 7th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Conference 11 October | Bangkok, Thailand: Women make up half the global labor force in fisheries and aquaculture, supporting a dynamic global economic sector that is also crucial to food security and nutrition. Yet, the gender dimension receives scarce attention. How does this lack of awareness of women’s contributions affect the sector’s performance? How can women’s roles and rights be secured for better outcomes for all? Over 120 experts, researchers and practitioners from more than 25 countries will discuss strategies to enhance gender inclusiveness and equality in the sector at the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries in Bangkok on 18–21 October 2018.

Celebrating IGU Lauréat d’honneur awardee Professor Robyn Longhurst! 

Award presented in Quebec at the IGU meetings, Ausgust 2018

The prestigious Lauréat d’honneur recognises individuals who have achieved particular distinction or outstanding service in the work of the Union or in international geography and environmental research.


The Union’s citation for Professor Longhurst states:

She is a leading scholar in gender, social and cultural geography. Her sustained intellectual and institutional contributions – nationally and internationally – continue to profoundly reshape the discipline. She served the Union’s Gender and Geography Commission for three terms, one of which as Chair, and is a global collaborator with numerous groups and institutions. Robyn's theoretically and empirically rich research focuses on the challenges and complexities of people, inequalities and injustices. Her research on gendered spaces - particularly pregnancy, mothering and social media - is ground-breaking. A committed educator, she has many awards for her geography teaching and research supervision and is a richly deserving recipient of the Lauréat d’honneur.

Professor Longhurst notes: "Although this award has been conferred upon me, and for this I’m deeply grateful, it actually reflects positively on the incredible work carried out by the Gender and Geography Commission,” she says. “It has been a privilege working with members of this highly successful Commission on issues of inequality over many years, and I see this award as being for all of those who contributed to this success. The award also reflects positively on the discipline of Geography in New Zealand.”

(adapted from http://www.waikato.ac.nz/news-events/media/2018/international-recognition-for-university-of-waikato-academic-leader)

Congrats Robyn!

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IGU/YES! Symposium: Gendered Geographies of Care and Mentoring (Pre-NZGS/IAG)

July 10-11, 2018
University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Co-sponsored by:

The IGU Gender and Geography Commission, and Young or Emerging Scholars (YES)!

The Women and Gender Geographies Research Network (WGGRN)

The New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) Women and Gender Geographies Study Group

Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (GPC)


The International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Gender and Geography, the Young or Emerging Scholars (YES!), the Women and Gender Geographies Study Group of the NZGS, and the Aotearoa New Zealand Women and Gender Geographies Research Network (WGGRN) are pleased to announce a feminist geography symposium to be held in and around Auckland University, Aotearoa New Zealand.


The Symposium will start on the evening of the 10th of July, followed by a day of activities on the 11th of July. Participants are then able to join the NZGS and Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Joint Conference at Auckland University, beginning at 4pm on the 11th of July, and concluding on the 14th of July.


The purpose of the Symposium is to provide a space for gender and feminist geography scholars, researchers, and activists to gather and foster discussion around the GPC 25th anniversary themes of care ethics and mentoring. We invite attendees to examine connections and collaborations among feminist and other fields of critical geography such as queer and anti-racist geographies, Māori geographies, Indigenous geographies, health geographies, political ecologies, and more-than-human geographies. The Symposium format may include a combination of mini-paper sessions, panels, and workshops.


Papers, Panels and Workshop Submission


We are seeking submissions for sessions, panels, or workshops that engage with the GPC 25th anniversary themes of care ethics and / or mentoring. Submissions may consider:

o    Intersections of a feminist ethics of care and our role as ‘critic and conscience’

o    Building and bridging feminist activist-academic commitments to social change

o    Intersectionality politics in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond

o    Sexual politics in the university

o    Managing careers, caring relations, and service


In your submission, please include an abstract of no more than 250 words and send to either Annie Bartos (a.bartos@auckland.ac.nz); Lynda Johnston (lynda.johnston@waikato.ac.nz); or Yvonne Underhill-Sem (y.underhill-sem@auckland.ac.nz).



Details about registration (and a modest sliding scale registration fee) will be announced shortly.


Registration and evening welcoming event and guest speaker– Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, to be held at the Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, https://www.womensbookshop.co.nz/


Paper, panel sessions and workshops – Wednesday, 11th July, 2018



IGU Commission on Gender and Geography, YES!, WGGRN, Women and Gender Geographies Study Group.

NZGS/ IAG Conference CFP: Gender, Sex, Space and Place: Precarious Geographies?

August 11-14, 2018
University of Aukland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Session Title: Gender, Sex, Space and Place: Precarious Geographies?


Convenors: Lynda Johnston (lynda.johnston@waikato.ac.nz) and Andrew Gorman-Murray (a.gorman-murray@westernsydney.edu.au)


In a time currently characterised as precarious, anxious and insecure, feminist and queer geographers are well placed to examine vulnerable geographies - including their own - of bodies, lives and labours. This paper session calls for scholars to consider (non)precarious geographies of genders and sexualities at a range of intersecting scales. We are interested in papers that explore the particularities and intersections between precarity with gender, sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, culture, space, and place. In other words, presenters are encouraged to explore the many axes of feminist and / or queer research, methodologies, and collaborations. A recurring theme throughout feminist and queer precarious geographical literature is the importance of foregrounding relationality, the multiscalar, and marginalised bodies. Ultimately, what it means to feel ‘secure’ shifts and changes across places, genders and sexualities. We welcome papers that are theoretical, methodological, and / or empirical in nature. We also welcome papers that engage in the construction of precarious geographical knowledges.


Keywords: genders, sexualities, bodies, health, (in)securities, vulnerabilities, employment, migrants, refugees, disasters, geographical knowledges


Please send an abstract (150-200 words) with a title, your name, affiliation, and contact information to the session convenors at Lynda Johnstonlynda.johnston@waikato.ac.nz) and Andrew Gorman-Murray (a.gorman-murray@westernsydney.edu.au) by 9th of April 2018.


The paper session is co-sponsored by:

The IGU Gender and Geography Commission, and Young or Emerging Scholars (YES)!

The New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) Women and Gender Geographies Study Group

The Women and Gender Geographies Research Network (WGGRN)

Feminist Geography Conference (pre-IGU & CAG)

August 4-6, 2018
University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Canadian Women and Geography (CWAG) specialty group of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) and the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Gender and Geography are pleased to announce a two-day feminist geography conference to be held at the University of Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Taking place before the IGU Regional Conference and the Annual Meeting of the CAG in Québec City, the pre-conference will promote intergenerational and intersectional dialogues among feminist scholars, researchers and activists around the theme of practicing feminist geography in times that are troubled by recent ecological and societal changes such as the rise of white supremacy and homophobia, neoliberal politics, authoritarianism and climate change. We seek to create a space to examine solidarities and connections among feminist and other fields of critical geography such as queer and anti-racist geographies, political ecology, and non-human geographies. The pre-conference also aims to encourage discussion across linguistic differences by creating space for feminist geographers working in non-Anglo-American contexts. This is a fun, supportive and intellectually invigorating opportunity to connect with feminist geographers from around the world. Join us!

We are currently soliciting proposals for sessions. Proposals may be submitted in Spanish, French, and English however, presentations will be in French or English.

Possible Themes

How do feminist geographers understand and address troubled times at all scales from the body to the globe and in contexts such as the home, workplace, and public spaces? How do we address various and messy tensions and contradictions of feminist geographies in and during troubled times? How are tensions contested? What does it mean for various bodies to move through spaces of contradiction and tension? What kinds of tools do we have to dismantle these tensions for opening up spaces for marginalized subjectivities? How can we learn to listen to each other and move forward during these troubled times? What kinds of actions that we can take collectively?  We invite proposals to address these tensions and contradictions to open up spaces for conversation and dialogue that includes but not limited to:

●       Place and space for/by feminist  and other critical geographers in/during troubled times

●       Knowledges, methodologies and tools in/during troubled times

●       Talking across and through diverse feminist geography traditions and generations

●       Connecting feminist geographies and geographers in/during troubled times

●       Feminist next steps for better times (what action and praxis?)

●       Art(istic) and performative  responses to troubled times


Sessions, Panels, and Paper Submission

In the submission, include the name of the session, panel or paper, the names and contact information for all participants and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Abstracts and presentations can be in either English or French.

Sessions & Panels: October 31, 2017

Papers: November 30, 2017

Address for submission : femgeogconference@gmail.com


Details about registration will be announced shortly.

A modest registration fee that will be reduced for graduate students will be charged

Tentative Schedule

Registration and Welcoming Event – Saturday, August 4, 2018

Paper sessions and keynote  –  Sunday, August 5, 2018

Paper sessions and panels  –  Monday, August 6, 2018 (morning)

Depart for IGU in Quebec City –  Monday, August 6, 2018 (afternoon)



IGU Commission on Gender and Geography, Canadian Women and Geography (CWAG), and Département de géografie, Université de Montréal.


Organizing Team

Marianne Blidon (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), Caroline Desbiens (Université Laval), Patricia Martin (Université de Montréal), Tiffany Muller-Myrdahl (Simon Fraser University), Julie Podmore (John Abbott College), Valerie Preston (York University), Laura Shillington (John Abbott college), Laurence Simard-Gagnon (Queen's University) and Ebru Ustundag (Brock University)

[pdf in English]

[pdf in French]

International Seminar on Gender and Space and Latin-American Seminar on Geography, Gender and Sexualities

May 16-19, 2017
Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico, Campus Iztapalapa, Azcapotzalco, Cuajimalpa and Xochimilco Mexico City

Before March 15, 2017 $ 100.00 USD From March 1 to May 16, 2017: $125.00 USD
Undergraduate or graduate students inscribed at a University will pay 50% of the accorded fee.

Topics for Discussion

Organized by the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico, Campus Iztapalapa, Azcapotzalco, Cuajimalpa and Xochimilco, in collaboration with University’s Gender Studies Program, the Geography Institute, the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature and the University’s City Studies Program of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Ponta Grossa Estadual University, Rondonia Federal University, Federal of Santa María University and Federal of Rio Grande University of Brasil and the Commission on Gender and Geography of the International Geographical Union.


This second meeting is intended to promote discussion on the main theoretical and methodological problems regarding the study of the relationship between gender, sexuality and space. Both seminars aim to establish a permanent Seminar in which new ideas can be discussed, exchanged and produced in an interdisciplinary environment. Specialists and scholars from the fields of social sciences and the humanities are cordially invited to submit unpublished papers and documentary materials on the subject. II International Seminar on Gender and Space and III Latin-American Seminar on Geography, Gender and Sexualities members will subsequently be expected to meet periodically in Mexico City or elsewhere to report their own research progress and engage in theoretical and methodological discussions, as well as share their research experiences.


Of particular interest to the Seminar is the organization of a gender and space research network. Seminars Proceedings will be published in digital format on the Internet, and a printed volume will be prepared with the most noteworthy papers.